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Friday, 17 November


Former Daily Herald Sports Editor Marion Wilhoite Dies at 76 Editor & Publisher

Marion Wilhoite, sports editor of The Daily Herald for 54 years, died this morning.

He was 76. Funeral services were pending with Oaks & Nichols Funeral Home in Columbia.

Wihoite retired from the newspaper in September 2016. He was named sports editor emeritus and continued to write occasionally.


Trust Project Launches Major Effort to Help Rebuild Trust in the Media Editor & Publisher

An important new global initiative is launching today with the ambitious goal of creating transparency standards that help people easily assess the quality and reliability of journalism.

According to a news release from the nonpartisan Trust Project, leading media companies representing dozens of news sites will begin to display what theyre calling Trust Indicators.


The Insouciant Sentence The Paris Review

In our eight-part series Life Sentence, the literary critic Jeff Dolven takes apart and puts back together one beloved or bedeviling sentence each week. Artist Tom Toro illustrates each sentence Dolven chooses.

Tom Toro

Americans are particularly bad at lying, thought Oscar Wilde. Whatever he would say of us today, his views in 1891, when his essay The Decay of Lying was published, were clear enough:

The crude commercialism of America, its materialising spirit, its indifference to the poetical side of things, and its lack of imagination and of high unattainable ideals, are entirely due to that country having adopted for its national hero a man, who, according to his own confession, was incapable of telling a lie, and it is not too much to say that the story of George Washington and the cherry-tree has done more harm, and in a shorter space of time, than any other moral tale in the whole of literature.

The Decay of Lying is a dialogue. This sentence belongs to Wildes avatar, Vivian, who is talking in the library with Cyril; Cyril has gotten things started by failing to persuade his friend to go outside and smoke their cigarettes in the grass. (Grass is hard and lumpy and damp, protests Vivian, and full of dreadful black insects.) The riposte to American pragmatism has all of the art that Vivian so prefers to the discomforts of nature. But it wears its art lightly, being at moments formal, even stiff, but mostly loose and improvisatory. Its shifts in tone are a matter of what grammarians would call its coordination, its connections to itself, the appositions and the ands. Perhaps Wildes casual mastery ought to deflect study of such matters, or any further thinking. And perhaps not.

The opening series of phrases does wax rather rhetorical, keeping the main verb at bay through no fewer than four witty accusations. Theres nothing complicated about their syntactic relation, making up a compound subjectasyndetic in its preference for commas rather than conjunctions, though ands would do as well and would make everything a little less elevated. (If you read it aloud that way, with ands in-between, you can feel your voice flatten; the cadence is relieved of the burden of sustaining the suspension and those little words do the work.) Things get more complicated with that participial phrase...


European Broadcasters are Joining Forces to Fight Facebook and Google Editor & Publisher

If you cant beat Google and Facebook, you might as well ally with others.

This week, Channel 4 became the first U.K. broadcaster to join a pan-European broadcaster programmatic video alliance that Germanys ProSiebenSat.1, Frances TF1 and Italys Mediaset set up earlier this year.


CNN vs. BuzzFeed: A Media Spat for the Digital Age Editor & Publisher

In one corner, a media powerhouse that catalyzed the 24-hour news cycle. In the other, a rambunctious upstart that made its name with catchy videos and listicles before diving into hard-news reporting. Two outlets battling for the attention of digital audiences, needling each other along the way.


The Insomniacs Dream Diary: Part Four The Paris Review

Copyright Ellis Rosen

This week, well be running a series of dreams from the forthcoming Insomniac Dreams: Experiments with Time. For nearly three months in 1964, Nabokov recorded his dreams upon waking, as a way of testing J. W. Dunnes theory that dreams offered not only fragments of past impressions, but also a proleptic view of an event to come. In other words, that dreams were a sort of reverse dj vu, a way of subconsciously working through not only the past but the future. 

In this fourth installment, Nabokov has a confrontation with his father. 

38.     22 Nov. 1964 3.15 am                                                                                               

In a kind of lecture-hall during an informal performance or rehearsal of lecture. On the platform my father seated at a small table is reading and discussing something. Several people between the stage and me. Am eagerly taking down what he says. My mother is among the four or five people sitting in front of me. My father is now elucidating a point. I see and appreciate it and clear my throat a trifle too loudly while trying to jot down his argument as fully as possible. From the stage he suddenly addresses meI nod my head supposing he is making the possible objection I have foreseen; but instead, he says to me: Even if you are <new card> bored you might have the decency to sit quietly. I feel deeply injured and reply (textual words [transl. from Russian], chosen and uttered with great care and dignity): I think your observation to me is most unjust. I was listening attentively and with enormous interest. I get up and start to leave hoping I shall be called back. But I hear behind me my fathers voice resuming his speech with a little less force than before. I visualize in a medallion of light to-morrow mornings interview with himimagine him in his beige dressing<new card> gown. Shall I ignore what happened? Will he refer to it? I decide philosophicallya similar case has come up before within dream experiencethat time will decide (curious that I saw myself imagining the future in my dream and vaguely recalling a past and that a sense of future, of time, clearly though somewhat crudely existed in my mind, i.e. I distinctly perceived the degree of difference in comparative reality between the dream vision and the dream prevision). It is odd that my father who was so good-natured, and gay, is always so morose and grim in my dreams.

    VNs f...


Watching Glass Shatter: Blog Tour Day 12 BrizzleLass Books This Is My Truth Now

Check out Day 12 on the Blog Tour. I am absolutely in love with this post and her review. She captured the book perfectly. This is a must check out stop on the blog tour and I owe Claire major gratitude for all shes done. A blogger you should all check out if you have any interest in books shes an amazing contact and bibliophile thank you.

via #BlogTour: Watching Glass Shatter by James J. Cudney @jamescudney4 @CreativiaPub #Review


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Thursday, 16 November


365 Challenge: Day 249 Shop This Is My Truth Now

Shop: what Im doing with my mother today in preparation for the holidays


Todays 365 Daily Challenge word is shop because I need a quick word as I will be busy later. Im heading out to Long Island on a train shortly to grocery shop with my mom in preparation for Thanksgiving. My parents, cousins and friends will be coming to my place in the city for Thanksgiving next week, so we need to pickup all the trimmings in advance. Since the price for all the food we need is probably less than 50% of the cost of what Id pay in the city, my mother insisted I go shopping in the suburbs with her. {AsideYou can imagine our discussions over the prices of things she sees in my kitchen cabinets or refrigerator!} So Im commuting 3-hours back and forth to get everything we need, then bring back in just the items I need to start the turkey and the stuffing early Thanksgiving morning. If you see anyone in NYC tomorrow, on a train or subway, carrying large bags with a turkey and other food, many miles and blocks, its me!

I also need to start thinking about shopping for holiday presents. I no longer like doing it because everyone buys what they want when they want it. Id rather just spend quality time together, but thats me. I do like gifts, but theyre hard these days. Mom and I will probably go to the book store s...


Critical Thinking: Should There Be More Ad Restrictions for Media Companies During an Election? Editor & Publisher

Critical Thinking - Nov. 2017

Facebook recently revealed it sold about $100,000 worth of ads during the last presidential election cycle from inauthentic accounts and pages likely operated out of Russia. Should there be more ad restrictions for media companies during an election?


Anant Naik, 21, senior, University of Minnesota (Minneapolis, Minn.)

Naik is the opinions and editorials editor for the student-run newspaper, the Minnesota Daily. He has written for the paper since 2014.

When Facebook discovered that accounts likely tied to Russia had purchased ads in the midst of last years presidential race, it raised an important question regarding how foreign actors could interfere with local elections. As a result, many are asking to increase the amount of restrictions for media companies during an election.

For example, Virginia senator Mark Warner has said he is in the process of writing a bill that would require social media companies to disclose who funded political ads. While it seems like a promising idea, I would strongly urge caution against posing blanket regulations on advertisements during elect...


The Story of Doctor Johnson (Roberts) New Online Books

The Story of Doctor Johnson: Being an Introduction to Boswell's Life (second edition; Cambridge, UK: At the University Press, 1919), by S. C. Roberts, contrib. by James Boswell (Gutenberg text and illustrated HTML)

A History of the Cambridge University Press, 1521-1921 (Roberts) New Online Books

A History of the Cambridge University Press, 1521-1921 (Cambridge, UK: At the University Press, 1921), by S. C. Roberts (Gutenberg text and illustrated HTML)

Smith's Illustrated Astronomy (Smith) New Online Books

Smith's Illustrated Astronomy: Designed for the Use of the Public or Common Schools in the United States, Illustrated with Numerous Original Diagrams (fourth edition; New York: Cady and Burgess, 1849), by Asa Smith (multiple formats at

The Autobiography of a Super-Tramp (Davies) New Online Books

The Autobiography of a Super-Tramp (London: A. C. Fifield, 1908), by W. H. Davies, contrib. by Bernard Shaw (multiple formats at

Personalities (Kapp) New Online Books

Personalities: Twenty Four Drawings (New York: R. M. McBride, 1920), by Edmond X. Kapp (stable link)

Five Weeks in a Balloon (Verne) New Online Books

Five Weeks in a Balloon: or, Journeys and Discoveries in Africa by Three Englishmen (New York: Hurst and Co., c1869), by Jules Verne, trans. by William Lackland (stable link)

Iconographic Encyclopaedia of Science, Literature, and Art (Heck) New Online Books

Iconographic Encyclopaedia of Science, Literature, and Art (6 volumes; New York: R. Garrigue, 1851-1852), ed. by J. G. Heck and Spencer Fullerton Baird (stable link)

La Tulipe Noire (Dumas) New Online Books

La Tulipe Noire (text in French, with English notes; Boston et al.: D. C. Heath and Co., c1918), by Alexandre Dumas, ed. by C. Fontaine (stable link)

Lincoln (Cameron) New Online Books

Lincoln (Chicago: Chicago Historical Society, 1911), by William John Cameron (stable link)

Luisa Paranquet (Dumas) New Online Books

Luisa Paranquet: Comedia en Tres Actos (in Spanish; Madrid: R. Velasco, 1892), by Alexandre Dumas and Armand Durantin, trans. by Pedro Bofill (stable link)

Monsieur Alphonse (Dumas) New Online Books

Monsieur Alphonse: A Play in Three Acts, By Alexander Dumas, Fils, Adapted and Augmented by Augustin Daly, As Acted at the Fifth Avenue Theatre, for the First Time, April 25th, 1874 (New York: Printed for the author, 1886), by Alexandre Dumas, ed. by Augustin Daly (stable link)

The Poets in the Nursery (Powell) New Online Books

The Poets in the Nursery (London and New York: J. Lane, 1920), by Charles Powell, contrib. by John Drinkwater (stable link)

Results of Astronomical Observations Made During the years 1834, 5, 6, 7, 8, at the Cape of Good Hope (Herschel) New Online Books

Results of Astronomical Observations Made During the years 1834, 5, 6, 7, 8, at the Cape of Good Hope: Being the Completion of a Telescopic Survey of the Whole Surface of the Visible Heavens, Commenced in 1825 (London: Smith, Elder and Co., 1847), by John F. W. Herschel (multiple formats at

The Special Correspondent (Verne) New Online Books

The Special Correspondent: or, The Adventures of Claudius Bombarnac (New York: Lovell, Coryell and Co., c1894), by Jules Verne (stable link)

Translations From the Poems of Victor Hugo (Hugo) New Online Books

Translations From the Poems of Victor Hugo (New York and London: White and Allen, ca. 1887), by Victor Hugo, trans. by Henry Carrington, contrib. by Evelyn Lilian Hazeldine Carrington Martinengo-Cesaresco (stable link)

The Life, Crime, and Capture of John Wilkes Booth (Townsend) New Online Books

The Life, Crime, and Capture of John Wilkes Booth: With a Full Sketch of the Conspiracy of Which He Was the Leader, and the Pursuit, Trial and Execution of His Accomplices (photocopy of edition published New York: Dick and Fitzgerald, ca. 1865), by George Alfred Townsend (stable link)

Address of the President on Lincoln's Birthday, Delivered by Radio from the White House on Thursday Evening at 10 o'Clock, February 12, 1931 (Hoover) New Online Books

Address of the President on Lincoln's Birthday, Delivered by Radio from the White House on Thursday Evening at 10 o'Clock, February 12, 1931 (Washington: GPO, 1931), by Herbert Hoover (page images at HathiTrust)

Nollekens and His Times (Smith) New Online Books

Nollekens and His Times: Comprehending a Life of That Celebrated Sculptor; and Memoirs of Several Contemporary Artists, from the Time of Roubiliac, Hogarth, and Reynolds, to That of Fuseli, Flaxman, and Blake (2 volumes; London: H. Colburn, 1828), by John Thomas Smith (page images at HathiTrust)

A Mouth Sweeter Than Salt (Falola) New Online Books

A Mouth Sweeter Than Salt: An African Memoir (Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press, c2004), by Toyin Falola (page images at HathiTrust)

How to Write Stories That Sell (Fox) New Online Books

How to Write Stories That Sell (Boston: The Writer, c1961), by Edward S. Fox (page images at HathiTrust)

The Writing and Selling of Non-Fiction (Reynolds) New Online Books

The Writing and Selling of Non-Fiction (Garden City, NY: Doubleday and Co., 1963), by Paul R. Reynolds (page images at HathiTrust)

The Fur Country; or, Seventy Degrees North Latitude (Verne) New Online Books

The Fur Country; or, Seventy Degrees North Latitude (New York: W. L. Allison, ca. 1873), by Jules Verne, trans. by N. D'Anvers (page images at HathiTrust)

Roman de Mahomet, en Vers du XIIIme Sicle, par Alexandre du Pont, et Livre de la Loi au Sarrazin, en Prose du XIVme Sicle, par Raymond Lulle, Publis pour la Premire Fois, et Accompagns de Notes (Alexandre) New Online Books

Roman de Mahomet, en Vers du XIIIme Sicle, par Alexandre du Pont, et Livre de la Loi au Sarrazin, en Prose du XIVme Sicle, par Raymond Lulle, Publis pour la Premire Fois, et Accompagns de Notes (in French; Paris: Silvestre, 1831), by Alexandre du Pont and Ramon Llull, ed. by Joseph Toussaint Reinaud and Francisque Michel (page images at HathiTrust)

Doctor Johnson in Cambridge (Roberts) New Online Books

Doctor Johnson in Cambridge: Essays in Boswellian Imitation (London: G. P. Putnam's Sons, c1922), by S. C. Roberts (page images at HathiTrust; US access only)

Opere di Pietro Aretino (Aretino) New Online Books

Opere di Pietro Aretino (in Italian; Milan: F. Sanvito, 1863), by Pietro Aretino, ed. by Massimo Fabi (page images at HathiTrust)

Reflections (Kapp) New Online Books

Reflections: A Second Series of Drawings, With Introductory Comments by Laurence Binyon and W. H. Davies (London: J. Cape, c1922), by Edmond X. Kapp, contrib. by Laurence Binyon and W. H. Davies (page images at HathiTrust; US access only)

Writing for Money (Lambert) New Online Books

Writing for Money: How to Write Saleable Manuscripts; Where and Way to Sell Manuscripts; Over Two Thousand Places to Sell Manuscripts (Chicago: International literary bureau, c1913), by John V. Lambert (page images at HathiTrust)


Daisies for Innocence (An Enchanted Garden Mystery #1) Any Good Book

Author:  Bailey Cattrell
Genre:  Mystery

Mass Market Paperback; Audio CD; Digital Book
ISBN #:  9780451476883; 9781494568238
Berkley Publishing
336 Pages
$7.19; $23.13; $7.99 Amazon
January 5, 2016

The Enchanted Garden behind Elliana Allbright's perfume shop draws people of all ages with its fragrant flowers and lush greenery.  But when the magical serenity is interrupted, it's up to Ellie to sniff out a killer.

Ellie's life has blossomed in Poppyville, California, since she opened Scents & Nonsense, a custom-made-perfume store.  Her skills with aromas and botanical essences - some from her very own garden - seem almost...supernatural.  Her perfumes can evoke emotions, bring about change, or simply make people happy.  Customers are flocking to the store to buy her wares or just to sit in her beautiful garden, sip tea and enjoy homemade cookies. 

But she smells trouble when she learns that her part-time assistant Josie is dating her ex.  And before she can tell the young woman to beware of his charms, she finds Josie dead in the Enchanted Garden.  Now the prime suspect in Josie's murder, Ellie must search for the real culprit in Josie's past - because it'll take a miracle to nip this problem in the bud...

Elliana Allbright owns a shop that makes perfumes, soaps, body lotions, etc., in the town of Poppyville, California.  She opened it after a messy divorce from her husband Harris; one in which he kept the restaurant they owned together and bought her out.  She has a part-time employee named Josie, and one day she tells Ellie that she's been dating Harris and asks if it's a problem.  Ellie assures her it isn't, Ellie leaves to run some errands and leaves Josie handling the shop.

She doesn't see Josie again that day, and the next morning her little Corgi Dash goes outside and won't stop barking.  Ellie follows, and finds Josie's body just outside the gate to her Enchanted Garden which is in the back of her shop.  She calls the police and is questioned.  Detective Lang, a friend of her ex-husband Harris, is convinced she murdered Josie out of jealousy; convinced because...


Sunset: Deer and River, Albert Bierstadt, 1868 The Lion of Chaeronea

Sunset: Deer and River, Albert Bierstadt, 1868


BuzzFeed Now Has 19 People Writing Commerce Content Editor & Publisher

BuzzFeeds commitment to commerce revenue continues to grow, and as a result, its begun pursuing commerce revenue more like a regular publisher might: through search.

After more than two years of experiments focused on identity-focused listicles like 39 Fucking Awesome Gifts For Anyone Who Loves to Swear or 27 Gifts Only Math and Science Nerds Will Appreciate, BuzzFeed now has 19 people cranking out commerce posts full time.


Where Doing Journalism Means Breaking the Law Editor & Publisher

It had been 48 hours since Pravit Rojanaphruk was hauled in for another attitude adjustment session by the National Council for Peace and Order,  Thailands ruling military junta. At least, that was his best estimate. The only way the newspaper reporter could keep track of time in his sweltering, 13-by-13 room was by watching television, or observing the streaks of light seep in and shift through cracks in the shuttered windows.


A procession of men, perhaps representing the Ionian festival... The Lion of Chaeronea

A procession of men, perhaps representing the Ionian festival known as the Apaturia, encircles a scene of a youth pouring wine for Dionysus.  Attic red-figure cup, attr. to the Triptolemos Painter; ca. 480 BCE.  Now in the Louvre.


Spotlight on Reporters Reporting Editor & Publisher

A new Associated Press Instagram account features AP journalists in the field, shooting photos and video and reporting news stories across the globe.

From Bangladesh to Venezuela, @reportersreporting provides a behind-the-scenes look at APs newsgathering efforts across all formats, offering a window into the work that produces the news report.


Jeff Sessions: Were Investigating 27 Leaks of Classified Information Editor & Publisher

The Justice Department is conducting 27 investigations into classified leaks of information, a sharp increase from recent years, according to Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

At a House oversight hearing on Tuesday, Sessions sought to emphasize that his department is taking the leak epidemic seriously.


Kickstarters New Product, Drip, Lets People Charge Subscriptions for Ongoing Projects Editor & Publisher

National Observer is no stranger to successful crowdfunding campaigns. The Canadian investigative news outlet launched its first Kickstarter in 2014, raising 53,040 Canadian dollars (USD $41,615) from 741 backers to produce 140 stories on the conflicts associated with Canadas tar sands. That was followed by a 2015 campaign that raised CA $80,939 from 574 backers to report on climate change solutions (surpassing a goal of CA $50,000) and a successful 2016 campaign that raised CA $70,863 from 784 backers.



The Electrifying Dreamworld of The Green Hand The Paris Review

From Purple Slideshows, by Nicole Claveloux.

Ive been deeply in love with the work of Nicole Claveloux for close to forty years, which is strange because until the New York Review of Comics reissue of The Green Hand, Id never actually read one of her stories. I dont read French, but more to the point, it somehow seemed perilous to focus in any way on the text, as I feared it could only diminish the mysterious power of her images.

I first saw her name in Heavy Metal magazine when I was in high school and, soon after, through some miracle, managed to blunder across a French album of her work called La main verte. I remember standing in the mildewed chaos of Larrys Comics in Chicago (RIP), transfixed by the beautiful, electrified colorsunlike any Id seen before (or since). I took it home and obsessed over every panel, drawn into an intimate, immersive private dream world of deep and complicated emotions, an obsession that has only deepened over the years with the acquisition of further volumes of her work, thanks to French eBay and my NYRC editors.

Nitpickers and amateur sleuths may wonder how I could claim never to have read one of her stories while noting their appearance in an English-language magazine in the very next line, but both the bad reproduction quality and the slick relettering repelled my sensitive young eyeballs. To replace her fragile text with italicized preComic Sansish shouting was like watching an Ozu film dubbed by a troupe of drivetime DJs. So I skimmed and squinted, holding out (for thirty years, as it turns out) for the optimal experience.

I can offer no more biographical info about Ms. Claveloux than a page-one Google search, and Im...


New Initiative Lookout360 is Offering Training and Mentorship to help Journalists Produce Immersive Stories on Climate Change Editor & Publisher

Journalists who want to get started with telling stories about climate change in 360-degree video can now apply for training and mentorship through Lookout360, a six month pilot project launched today (15 November) by the European Forest Institute and the Global Editors Network.

The programme will select 10 journalists from different news outlets in Europe and beyond, who will have to commit to producing and publishing at least one 360-degree video story about climate change in the next six months.


Exploiting the Reach and Impact Publishers Represent Together Editor & Publisher

Last year the Duopoly of Facebook and Google took almost all of the US online advertising growth, but that is not the only problem. Since these mega-platforms have placed themselves between the publishers and their users, they are now in control of who consumes what, where and when. Publishers are exposed to any shift in the platform providers algorithms or business strategy and terms.


The Apostle St. Andrew, school of El Greco, ca. 1600 The Lion of Chaeronea

The Apostle St. Andrew, school of El Greco, ca. 1600


The Alchemy of November The Paris Review

This is the third installment of Nina MacLaughlins Novemberance column, which will run every Wednesday this month. 


Anselm Kiefer, Nigredo, 1984, oil, acrylic, emulsion, shellac, and straw on photograph and woodcut, mounted on canvas.

Three uncarved pumpkins the size of candlepin bowling balls stud the mulch in the front garden of a neighbors house on the short street where I live. City creaturessquirrels, raccoons, ratshave chewed coin-size circles through the tough outer rind and into the stringy pale flesh below. These sections of gnaw are now ringed with black. The black of rot, a black that looks at once dusty, as though charred by the flame of time, and slick, like the vegetal squelch of something long forgotten in a drawer of the fridge. It is a definitive black, the black of something making slow return to a different state.

Along the river, the milkweed pods have split and pour forth their seeded snow-white silk. I walk south along the river when the sun is in the final stages of its work, and scramble down the banks to look. Off tall stalks, desiccated pods spill a thrilling and climactic white. White like rabbit fur, like pearl, white that holds rainbows when the light hits right.

The leaves of the young gingko trees that grow out of the sidewalk fell all at once. A few days ago, the fan-shaped leaves with their crenulated margins glowed gold from the branches and fluttered with nonchalance. The following morning, I gasped to see it: branches all but bare and the trees seemed to grow out of puddles of gold.

At the cemetery nearby, a twisting Japanese maple is aflame, its feathery leaves a deep red, a bodily red, a red that blazes between wine and blood. Those leaves will grip the branches much deeper into the month than most of the trees around it, almost tauntingly, in a flare of lingering crimson.



New Research: Small-Market Newspapers in the Digital Age Editor & Publisher

Too often we tend to hear one single narrative about the state of newspapers in the United States. The newspaper industry is not one sector. While there are considerable variances between the myriad of outletswhether national titles, major metros, dailies in large towns, alt weeklies, publications in rural communities, ethnic press, and so ona major challenge for anyone trying to make sense of industry data is its aggregated nature. Its nearly impossible to deduce trends or characteristics at a more granular level.


Why Spirited Media is Taking an NPR-Inspired Approach to Memberships Editor & Publisher

As the era of free news wanes, one question for media companies that are pivoting to subscriptions and memberships is figuring out how much people are willing to pay. Local news startup Spirited Media believes the answer lies in an NPR-like approach that lets people pay what they want.


Russian Lawmakers Approve Law on Media Foreign Agents Editor & Publisher

Russias lower house of parliament on Wednesday approved a bill that would give Moscow the power to force foreign media to brand the news they provide to Russians as the work of foreign agents and also to disclose where they get their funding.


All Gap michaelwrites

nothing left to say
since I can't say everything
the truth is in the gaps
and it's all gap

still it's worth trying
not to disappear unsung
forgotten love lies
weeping at the tomb

unremembered thought
might as well die
before it fades
into unbroken night

I catch a word or two
in my dream net
snatch a faint idea
from the stormy flux

and here I am again
defined in time
resisting fatal entropy
with every bone


The Insomniacs Dream Diary: Part Three The Paris Review

Copyright Ellis Rosen

This week, well be running a series of dreams from the forthcoming Insomniac Dreams: Experiments with Time. For nearly three months in 1964, Nabokov recorded his dreams upon waking, as a way of testing J. W. Dunnes theory that dreams offered not only fragments of past impressions, but also a proleptic view of an event to come. In other words, that dreams were a sort of reverse dj vu, a way of subconsciously working through not only the past but the future. 

In this third installment, Nabokov tries to console a girl, with sympathy that is genuine but not free from desire, and contemplates Dobuzhinskys autobiography. 

Nov. 13, 1964 6.30 am                                                                                                            31.

Poignant bitter-sweet dream permeated with tenderness and hopelessness. Short girl, rather dumpy, slatternly dressed, bare-necked, face very attractive but not flawlessly pretty, broadish jaws, flattish nose, wonderful complexion, smooth, warmly colored skin, pale-blue eyes, bedraggled fair hair. Am trying in vain to console her: she has been badly hurt by faithless heartless young husband, a shadowy gay-dog figure in the background. I am doing my best to make her understand how dreadfully sorry I am for her, but she is completely wrapped up <new card> in her taciturn grief, is absolutely impenetrable no matter how I strain to reach her, ,[1] as I tell her in Russianbut all in vain, she looks up at me with apprehensive hunted gaze, ready to stiffen, bothered, resenting my sympathy which is quite genuine but not free from desire. (The young man isa very obscure feelingrelated to meperhaps Dm.?!) 

Oct. 14, 1964 cont.[2]                                                                                                                   

Later, a museum dream, ending in my picking up an autobiographical work by Dobuzhinsky the painter,[3] but here writing about butterfly-collecting. (He had been my teacher of drawing and I had seen him many years later in New York and Vermont). I cannot find the index, but then realize the volume consists of two books bound together and the index comes after the first.



365 Challenge: Day 248 Medium This Is My Truth Now

Medium: (a) halfway between two extremes of size or another quality; average, (b) psychic, or (c) an agency or means of doing something


I had a few items on my mind for todays 365 Daily Challenge word, and when I thought about how to connect it together, the word medium quickly came to mind. Heres why:

  • Medium as Average
    • Ive posted before that I have always felt average, which in my mind is a good thing. It means you do well in some things, you are improving in others and you are the all-around good person in all that you do. Thats me! I like it.
    • Lots of book reviews are coming in and its kind of nerve-wracking to see peoples thoughts and opinions. Sometimes its just ratings without any explanation. On the Amazon and Goodreads scale of 1 to 5, the middle / medium / average would be a 3, which usually means the person thinks its a good book youd probably recommend. I give 3s out all the time to books I enjoyed but didnt totally move me for any particular reason. As my book reviews come in, I see a string of 5s, then 3s and some 4s. All in all, its averaging a 4.6 with about 75 reviews so far. I shouldnt be so worried, but I am because its about my work...

Wednesday, 15 November


Watching Glass Shatter: Blog Tour Day 11 Authors Inspirations This Is My Truth Now

Its Day 11 on the Watching Glass Shatter Book Blog Tour and our host is Jina from Authors Inspirations. If you havent met Jina, you need to check out her post below, then meander all about her site. Shes a prolific writer and magazine columnist with excellent articles about whats happening around the world today, stories about writers and other wonderful content. I am very appreciative of her great review of my book and her fantastic post today. Thank you, Jina!

As a reminder, yesterday was the radio interview I had with Artist First network. If you missed out on the LIVE show, you can listen to the recording via this link. Its just under one-hour and youll hear my voice for the first time!

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Minnesota Newspapers Participate in Whiteout Campaign Editor & Publisher

What if one day, all the news vanished from the front page?

Thats what happened in Minnesota when several hundred newspapers agreed to run blank front pages as part of a statewide whiteout campaign. The initiative took place during Minnesota Newspaper Week Aug. 13-19, coinciding with the Minnesota Newspaper Associations yearlong celebration of its 150th anniversary. Several hundred newspapers in the state ended up participating in the campaign.

Feedback from MNA newspaper members has been overwhelmingly positive. Publishers report receiving calls from readers thanking them for publishing the paper and some said it made readers appreciate the newspaper more, said MNA executive director Lisa Hills.

Keith Anderson, director of news for ECM Publishers (which produces more than 45 papers throughout Minnesota), said the campaign served as an opportunity for both readers and journalists alike to reflect on the essential role of local journalism.

Its easy to assume the news that we all read each day will always be there. We just expect it, like the rising of the sun. But it takes serious effort, time and talent on the part of journalists to report news that matters to people, he said. We also know newspapers have endured some pretty tough times in the last decade and the volume of work that used to be handled by many has fallen on a reduced field of dedicated people. We believe that work is worth celebrating. And its also worth protecting for the benefit of everyone.


Folklorist of the Coal Fields (Gillespie) New Online Books

Folklorist of the Coal Fields: George Korson's Life and Work (University Park, PA and London: Pennsylvania State University Press, c1980), by Angus K. Gillespie (multiple formats at ACLS Humanities E-Book)

Lake Erie Fishermen (Lloyd) New Online Books

Lake Erie Fishermen: Work, Identity, and Tradition (Urbana and Chicago: University of Illinois Press, c1990), by Timothy Charles Lloyd and Patrick B. Mullen (multiple formats at ACLS Humanities E-Book)

The Making of Bamana Sculpture (Brett-Smith) New Online Books

The Making of Bamana Sculpture: Creativity and Gender (Cambridge, UK et al: Cambridge University Press, c1994), by Sarah C. Brett-Smith (multiple formats at ACLS Humanities E-Book)

The Palmetto Dictionary (Walker) New Online Books

The Palmetto Dictionary: In Which the Meaning of Every Word is Clearly Explained and the Sound of Every Syllable Distinctly Shown; Exhibiting the Principles of a Pure and Correct Pronunciation (new edition; Richmond, VA: J.W. Randolph, 1864), by John Walker (stable link)

The Idiot (Dostoyevsky) New Online Books

The Idiot: A Novel in Four Parts (New York: Macmillan, 1913), by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, trans. by Constance Garnett (page images at HathiTrust)

Studier i Modern Sprkvetenskap New Online Books

Studier i Modern Sprkvetenskap (partial serial archives)


Virgin and Child (The Madonna of the Book), Sandro Botticelli,... The Lion of Chaeronea

Virgin and Child (The Madonna of the Book), Sandro Botticelli, 1480


Peter Wallsten Named Senior Politics Editor at the Washington Post Editor & Publisher

Announcement from Steven Ginsberg, National editor, and Lori Montgomery, deputy National editor:

We are very excited to announce that Peter Wallsten is the new Senior Politics Editor.

Peters mission is critical: make sure The Post delivers the best political coverage in the nation. Peter is well-suited to the task. He is a sophisticated thinker about politics who comes into the office every day with smart ideas about how to take on the biggest stories.


The News Industry Has a Sexual Harassment Problem. #NowWhat? Editor & Publisher

A good place to start telling the unfolding story of sexual harassment in newsrooms is July 6th, 2016. Thats the day former Fox News host Gretchen Carlson sued Roger Ailes, chairman and CEO of Fox News, saying she was fired in retaliation for rebuffing his sexual advances. Within days Gabriel Sherman, who was working at New York magazine at the time, had heard from about a half dozen other women describing incidents of Ailess harassment.


Kenyas Enigma of the Ballot Box Sampsonia Way Magazine

National Super Alliance (NASA) supporters at a barricade. Image via Nairobi News.

Kenya conducted a controversial repeat presidential election on October 26 after the Supreme Court invalidated the August 8th election result of incumbent president Uhuru Kenyatta of the Jubilee Party. Emboldened by the historic court verdict, the opposition National Super Alliance (NASA) stepped up pressure on Kenyattas regime and the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) by staging a series of no reform, no election protests, mostly in the countrys largest cities. Most of these protests turned deadly, as protesters clashed with the police.

In a strongly-worded joint report, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International claimed that more than fifty protesters have been killed since August by security forces, mainly in opposition-strongholds. Regardless, the government was categorically dismissive of the accusations that were seen by the opposition as a reaffirmation of their narrative of selective police brutality perpetrated against the Lou tribe (to which Raila Odinga belongs), the countrys second largest ethnic group.

Two weeks before the presidential rerun, Kenya found itself in uncharted and volatile waters. Raila Odinga pulled out of the race, citing lack of reforms at the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC). Consequently, he also urged Kenyans to boycott what he called a shambolic election until a fresh election to be organized in ninety days. Odingas call fell on deaf ears however,...


Bones to Pick (A Brie Hooker Mystery #1) Any Good Book

Author:  Linda Lovely
Genre:  Mystery

Hardcover; Trade Paperback; Digital Book
ISBN #:  9781635112627; 9781635112597
Henery Press Publishing
286 Pages
$20.92; $15.95; $2.99 Amazon
October 24, 2017

Living on a farm with four hundred goats and a cantankerous carnivore isn't among vegan chef Brie Hooker's list of lifetime ambitions.  But she can't walk away from her Aunt Eva, who needs help operating her dairy.  Once she calls her aunt's goat farm home, grisly discoveries offer ample inducements for Brie to employ her entire vocabulary of cheese-and-meat curses.  The troubles begin when the farm's pot-bellied pig unearths the skull of Eva's husband, who disappeared years back.  The sheriff, kin to the deceased, sets out to pin the murder on Eva.  He doesn't reckon on Brie's resolve to prove her aunt's innocence.  Death threats, ruinous pedicures, psychic shenanigans, and biker bar fisticuffs won't stop Brie from unmasking the killer, even when romantic befuddlement throws her a curve.

Brie Hooker is a vegan chef who comes to her twin aunts' goat farm for the funeral of one of them.  When the will is read, she discovers that they bought her a (needs tons of work to be inhabitable) large house she wants to eventually turn into a B&B.  She decides to stay at the farm and help the surviving twin, Eva, run the place while she uses her spare time to work on the place.

When, during the wake, a pot-bellied pig named Tammy uproots a human skull, it is eventually determined to be that of Eva's runaway husband, Jed.  The sheriff - who's kin of Jed - decides that Eva must have murdered the man over forty years ago and didn't expect his body to be found.  But Brie isn't going to see her aunt railroaded for something she didn't do, and with the help of old and new friends, she sets out to find the killer.  What she doesn't know is that finding a killer isn't that hard if you know where to look...

This is a new series, and I think that it might need a bit of honing.  I was a little concerned when Brie was shown a newspaper headline tha...


Cherise Madigan Named Manchester Journal Editor Editor & Publisher

Cherise Madigan, who has covered the Manchester and the mountains region as a reporter for the Manchester Journal and Bennington Banner, has been named editor of the Manchester Journal.

Madigan, a resident of Manchester, has been writing for the Journal since 2016, and has been a staff writer with the Journal and Banner since April. She grew up in the area and attended Mount Anthony Union High School where she was editor of the student newspaper while also holding a news internship with the Banner.


Ndeemba mask of the Yaka people, Popokabaka, Southern Bandundu,... The Lion of Chaeronea

Ndeemba mask of the Yaka people, Popokabaka, Southern Bandundu, Democratic Republic of the Congo.  Now in the Royal Museum for Central Africa, Tervuren, Belgium.


Journalisms New Patrons: Enterprise Journalism Emerges in Virginias Blue Ridge Mountains Editor & Publisher

In the hills and hollows of one of Virginias smallest counties, leaders of a three-year-old startup think theyve found one answer to what ails local news nonprofits.

The Foothills Forum, funded mostly by individual donors, is producing in-depth enterprise well beyond the capability of the single editorial staffer employed by the weekly Rappahannock News, the only news source in Rappahannock County.


Who are Podcast Super Listeners, What Do They Do, and How Do We Build Podcasts for Them? Editor & Publisher

Hello from Chicago, where Im writing this in the lovely Hearken offices. Much thanks to the team for letting me in from the Midwestern cold.

The voice of Vox. We now know who is going to host the upcoming Vox daily news podcast: the Canadian-born Sean Rameswaram. A veteran WNYC staffer, his tenure includes work on the Kurt Andersen-led Studio 360 while the show was still at the station and, more recently, as a reporter on Radiolabs More Perfect.


One Year In: What The New York Times Learned from Its 360-Degree Video Project, The Daily 360 Editor & Publisher

Every day for the past year, The New York Times has published a 360-degree video.

The installments for the Samsung-sponsored project, called The Daily 360, were shot across 57 countries, with the help of over 200 different Times journalists. The videos gathered 94 million views on Facebook, and 2 million views on YouTube; the company declined to share view counts for its owned and operated properties.


Redux: Maya Angelou, Denis Johnson, and James Schuyler The Paris Review

Every week, the editors of The Paris Review lift the paywall on a selection of interviews, stories, poems, and more from the magazines archive. You can have these unlocked pieces delivered straight to your inbox every Sunday by signing up for the Redux newsletter.  

This week, we bring you our 1990 interview with Maya AngelouDenis Johnsons story Car-Crash While Hitchhiking, and James Schuylers poem In earliest morning. What do these have in common? Theyre all in the first episode of our new podcast!

Tune in for freeand while youre at it, subscribe to The Paris Review for instant access to everything weve published since 1953.

Maya Angelou, The Art of Fiction No. 119
Issue no. 116 (Fall 1990)

There is, I hope, a thesis in my work: we may encounter many defeats, but we must not be defeated. That sounds goody-two-shoes, I know, but I believe that a diamond is the result of extreme pressure and time. Less time is crystal. Less than that is coal. Less than that is fossilized leaves. Less than that its just plain dirt. In all my work, in the movies I write, the lyrics, the poetry, the pr...


Alabamas Biggest Newspaper Calls on GOP to Withdraw Support for Roy Moore Editor & Publisher

Alabamas largest newspaper published a scathing editorial Monday afternoon, calling for the GOP to withdraw its official support for Roy Moore, the controversial Republican nominee for the states open U.S. Senate seat.

We believe these women, The Birmingham News editorial board wrote of the women accusing Moore of sexual misconduct when he was in his 30s and they were teenagers.


Harvard Experiment Finds Large Effects from Small News Outlets Editor & Publisher

Even small publishers have a large effect on the national discourse, according to a new paper published in Science on the effects of news. Exposure to the news media, the study states, causes Americans to take public stands on specific issues, join national policy conversations, and express themselves publicly.

The research aims to quantify the effect of news media. Put in terms that are increasingly common when talking about journalism: What is the impact of news organizations?


Inside Paul Czannes Studio The Paris Review

A few years ago, during a visit to Czannes studio in Aix-en-Provence, I experienced a flash of insight about the artist that I saw as intrinsic to his becoming the father of modern painting. Once having seen it, it inspired me to move in a new direction in my own work.

Czanne painted his studio walls a dark gray with a hint of green. Every object in the studio, illuminated by a vast north window, seemed to be absorbed into the gray of this background. There were no telltale reflections around the edges of the objects to separate them from the background itself, as there would have been had the wall been painted white. Therefore, I could see how Czanne, making his small, patch-like brush marks, might have moved his gaze from object to background, and back again to the objects, without the familiar intervention of the illusion of space. Czannes was the first voice of flatness, the first statement of the modern idea that a painting was simply paint on a flat canvas, nothing more, and the environment he made served this idea. The play of light on this particular tone of gray was a precisely keyed background hum that allowed a new exchange between, say, the red of an apple and the equal value of the gray background. It was a proposal of tonal nearness that welcomed the idea of flatness. 

The study of gray is not something we often think about in the works of most modern artists. Perhaps the pointillists were th...


Artistic Form michaelwrites

the form of the form asserts where we meet
who you are whether you are there one verb
continuing through disparate harmonies and
rhythmic motions applied widely and wisely
keeping its integrity hidden from predatory
know-it-alls lurking in messages received

starting from zero the blood remembers to
circulate until it doesn't recognize Boolean
probabilities and reverts leaving you dead
meanwhile you read and think or write in
mirror fragments semi-cleverly arranged to
replicate imagined elements of artistic form


After a Decade, its Time to Reinvent Social Media in Newsrooms Editor & Publisher

For newsrooms, the social media tumult began a decade ago.

In 2008, journalists new to digital media in legacy print newsrooms were trying to adapt to a Twitter invention called the hashtag. Facebook was confounding them, and MySpace was dying just when some were beginning to understand it.


The Internet isnt Saving Local News. Heres How Thats Hurting Democracy. Editor & Publisher

When the Gothamist network of websites shut down suddenly last week, it marked the latest disappointment in creating an online market for local news.

Since 2009, the Gothamist and DNAinfo sites had covered local politics, culture and entertainment in several cities, including New York, Washington, D.C., and San Francisco. But after the companys New York writers voted to unionize which CEO Joe Ricketts opposed the sites went dark.


Disney Ban Elevated Tension at Los Angeles Times Newsroom Editor & Publisher

A dispute between The Los Angeles Times and the Walt Disney Company has ignited a battle between the papers employees and its new top management.

On the morning of Nov. 3, the newspaper published a note to readers revealing that Disney had barred its journalists from attending advance film screenings in response to a Times investigation into the entertainment companys business ties with Anaheim, Calif. Outrage over Disneys move was soon rocketing around social media.


Riding Arabs with Followers, Adolf Schreyer, between 1860 and... The Lion of Chaeronea

Riding Arabs with Followers, Adolf Schreyer, between 1860 and 1899


Austin Lewter Named Managing Editor of The Paris News Editor & Publisher

Northeast Texas native and former publisher and editor of the Whitesboro News-Record in Whitesboro, Texas, Austin Lewter has been named as the new managing editor of The Paris News. He begins his new position on Monday.


The Insomniacs Dream Diary: Part Two The Paris Review

Copyright Ellis Rosen

This week, well be running a series of dreams from the forthcoming Insomniac Dreams: Experiments with Time. For nearly three months in 1964, Nabokov recorded his dreams upon waking, as a way of testing J. W. Dunnes theory that dreams offered not only fragments of past impressions, but also a proleptic view of an event to come. In other words, that dreams were a sort of reverse dj vu, a way of subconsciously working through not only the past but the future. 

In this second installment, Nabokov dreams about his childhood tantrums after rereading Speak, Memory.

18.     Oct. 318.00 am                                                                                                               

Among several dreams was a really stunning recollection of early childhood. I was again immersed in these dreadful tantrums, those storms of tears with which my mother had to cope when I was 45 years of age and we were abroad. The dream beautifully brought back the sensation of utter disaster when letting myself completely go I simultaneously realized that I was removing further and further, with every sob, and howl a reconciliation with my helpless, distraught mother. In to-nights dream, I was <new card> already in such a tempest as I rushed from my and S.s[1] bedroom in a hotel into the white corridor and endeavored to break into mothers room. She would not let me incried out abruptly and jarringly that she was trying on something. I dashed into a water closet and next moment was oddly standing on the lid and hugging the whitewashed pipe that went upward to a basin-like affair in which I plunged my face (the dream rather eccentrically gave the measure <new card> of my height by means of this position which apparently had no other purpose or meaning). My mother with bright eyes and flushed face opened the door at the end of a kind of vestibule leading to the place where I sobbed. There I let myself go completely. Unfortunately at this moment my brother S. whom the English governess was dressing heard my sobbing and joined in. This double performance spoilt the matter and M.[2] instead of consoling me broke into tears herself.

[1]. Here the initial stands for Sergey Nabo...

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