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Sunday, 22 October


365 Challenge: Day 223 Cartoon This Is My Truth Now

Cartoon: a simple drawing showing the features of its subjects in a humorously exaggerated way, especially a satirical one in a newspaper or magazine


I enjoyed cartoons as a child, but I hardly ever watch them anymore. I have seen a few newer ones (Paw Patrol or Dora the Explorer) when visiting with friends or family who have younger children, but its not often we have the television or mobile device turned on with a cartoon. The reason I chose it as todays 365 Daily Challenge word is two-fold: (1) I am seeing so many commercials for them lately which have made me curious to watch them again and (2) I am wondering if I ever act like a character from a cartoon show? I think the first reason is fairly straightforward, but how could I compare myself to those characters from my favorite shows

I watched several as a child, but the ones sticking out were The Jetsons, The Flintstones, Scooby Doo, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Tom and Jerry, Inspector Gadget, Bugs Bunny, The Smurfs, Garfield, and of course, all the Disney shows. The Smurfs and Scooby Doo were probably my favorites, mostly because of the imagination and mystery aspects, which are the two things I can most relate to. Saturday mornings resting on the couch while eating breakfast and waking up to these shows are always good memories. Its been replaced with checking all the key social media, email and other pertinent websites on the Internet. That doesnt seem fair, now does it?

Cartoon characters are quite memorable. They do things we wish we could do. They make us laugh. They make...

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Saturday, 21 October


Processional Cross, Lorenzo Monaco, 1392-93 The Lion of Chaeronea

Processional Cross, Lorenzo Monaco, 1392-93


Frerne, Island og Grnland paa Verdensudstillingen i Paris 1900 (Bruun) New Online Books

Frerne, Island og Grnland paa Verdensudstillingen i Paris 1900 (in Danish; Copenhagen: Trykt hos Nielsen og Lydiche, 1901), by Daniel Bruun (stable link)

Albuquerque (Stephens) New Online Books

Albuquerque (from the "Rulers of India" series; Oxford: At the Clarendon Press, 1892), by H. Morse Stephens (Gutenberg text and illustrated HTML)

The Story of the Nations (Stephens) New Online Books

The Story of the Nations: Portugal (New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons; London: T. Fisher Unwin, 1903), by H. Morse Stephens (Gutenberg text and illustrated HTML)

Sex After Life (Colebrook) New Online Books

Sex After Life ("Essays on Extinction v2"; Ann Arbor: Open Humanities Press, 2014), by Claire Colebrook (HTML and PDF with commentary at Open Humanities Press)

Telemorphosis (Cohen) New Online Books

Telemorphosis ("Theory in the Era of Climate Change v1"; Ann Arbor: Open Humanities Press, 2012), ed. by Tom Cohen (HTML and PDF with commentary at Open Humanities Press)

The Principle of Unrest (Massumi) New Online Books

The Principle of Unrest: Activist Philosophy in the Expanded Field (London: Open Humanities Press, 2017), by Brian Massumi (PDF with commentary at Open Humanities Press)

Tocqueville and Democracy in the Internet Age (Delogu) New Online Books

Tocqueville and Democracy in the Internet Age (Ann Arbor: Open Humanities Press, 2014), by Christopher Jon Delogu (HTML and PDF with commentary at Open Humanities Press)

New Homoeopathic Pharmacopoeia and Posology (Hempel) New Online Books

New Homoeopathic Pharmacopoeia and Posology (New York: W. Radde, 1850), by Charles J. Hempel (stable link)

The American Dispensatory (King) New Online Books

The American Dispensatory (fifth edition; Cincinnati: Moore, Wilstach, Keys and Co., 1859), by John King (stable link)

American Eclectic Obstetrics (King) New Online Books

American Eclectic Obstetrics (Cincinnati: Moore, Wilstach, Keys and Co., 1855), by John King (stable link)

The Anatomy Of The Brain (Whitehead) New Online Books

The Anatomy Of The Brain: A Text-book For Medical Students (Philadelphia et al.:: F. A. Davis company, 1900), by Richard H. Whitehead (stable link)

Faith-Healing in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries (Cox) New Online Books

Faith-Healing in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries: Read Before the American Folk-Lore Society, November 29, 1890 (New York: De Vinne Press, 1891), by Charles F. Cox (stable link)

Home Life in All Lands (Morris) New Online Books

Home Life in All Lands (3 volumes; Philadelphia and London: J. B. Lippincott Co., c1907-1911), by Charles Morris (stable link)

Mind as a Cause and Cure of Disease, Presented From a Medical, Scientific and Religious Point of View (Beers) New Online Books

Mind as a Cause and Cure of Disease, Presented From a Medical, Scientific and Religious Point of View (Chicago: The author, 1914), by Eli Beers (stable link)

Why Grow Old? (Marden) New Online Books

Why Grow Old? (New York: T. Y. Crowell and Co., c1909), by Orison Swett Marden (stable link)

Weeping Bay (Davidman) New Online Books

Weeping Bay (New York: Macmillan, 1950), by Joy Davidman (page images at HathiTrust)

Tendencies in Modern American Poetry (Lowell) New Online Books

Tendencies in Modern American Poetry (New York: Macmillan, 1917), by Amy Lowell (page images at HathiTrust)

Anya (Davidman) New Online Books

Anya (New York: Macmillan, 1950), by Joy Davidman (page images at HathiTrust)


Social Media Crackdowns at the Times and Journal Will Backfire Editor & Publisher

The relationship between media outlets and social platforms like Twitter has always been tense. On some level, publishers know they have to be on social media, because thats where the news happens, and its also where content gets sharedbut at the same time, they are afraid of what might happen if reporters and editors speak their minds.


Cribb, Greene & Pope Release Fall 2017 Publisher Confidence Survey Editor & Publisher

Responses to the Fall 2017 Publisher Confidence Survey indicate publishers continue to be encouraged about the short-term future, and are somewhat more confident than a year ago. One hundred and twenty-four newspaper publishers/executives completed the 2017 Survey with 71% of respondents owning daily or daily/weekly newspapers and 29% owning primarily weekly publications.


Publishers are Caught in the Crossfire of the Facebook-Apple Fracas Editor & Publisher

Facebook and Apple are squabbling, and publishers are caught in the middle.

Publishers were supposed to be the winners of Facebooks long-awaited plan to provide a path to sell subscriptions in its Instant Articles.


Marble votive relief from the sanctuary of Artemis at Brauron,... The Lion of Chaeronea

Marble votive relief from the sanctuary of Artemis at Brauron, Attica, showing a group of worshipers approaching the goddess (left), who is attended by a stag, one of her characteristic animals.  Artist unknown; ca. 350 BCE.  Now in the Archaeological Museum of Brauron.


Frank Reddy Named Editor of Forsyth County News Editor & Publisher

The Forsyth County News recently welcomed a new member to its editorial staff, hiring former FCN reporter and Hall County native Frank Reddy as editor.

Reddy, who began in the position Oct. 19, previously worked at the Dawson County News then named the Dawson Community News and the Gainesville Times, FCNs sister papers.


Solving the Political Ad Problem with Transparency Editor & Publisher

Almost all the content and advertising on the internet is customized to each viewer. The impact of this kind of content distribution on the 2016 election is still being explored. But, we can certainly say that the campaigns used this to say different things to different people without having to worry about accuracy.


The Washington Post Launches the Health 202 Live Series Editor & Publisher

On October 25, The Washington Post hosts lawmakers and health care experts for a program examining the issues, questions and stories dominating the health-care debate in Washington. Speakers will discuss the current status of health care reform efforts, the future of Medicare and Medicaid and the state of the insurance marketplace.


Staff Picks: Foxes, Unicorns, and Ghostworms The Paris Review


Yrsa Daley-Wards new collection, bone, opens with a small explosion, a two-line poem called Intro: I am the tall dark stranger / those warnings prepared you for. The poems that follow pick up the dual meaning hereof threat and of erotic desire. Often, the two are intertwined, as when she writes of an affair, Remember on the right night and / under the right light / any idea can seem like a good one. Daley-Ward, who was raised by her religious grandparents in a small town in Northern England, self-published bone in 2014; it sold more than twenty thousand copies, a staggering figure for a self-published book, let alone of poetry. Penguin reissued an expanded edition, with forty additional pages, last month. The excellent long autobiographical It Is What It Is describes her brothers heated reaction to their fathers funeral, and the breathlessness as she narrates their swift escape along the highway, thinking of their separation as children, propels the poem to its painful close. Today is the first day of the rest of it, she writes in the last poem, resigned but also dogged, Of course there will be other first / days / but none exactly like this. Nicole Rudick

Assigned reading can be either tedious or life changing. Pastoralia, the second story collection from the 2017 Man Booker Prize winner, George Saunders, falls into the latter category for me. A little more than four years ago, I was a junior in college, a shy journalism student who didnt especially identify with any of the newshounds surrounding me. I enrolled in a fiction workshop, and when that went well, I enrolled in another. The critiques, the meat of the class, were valuable, but what I long for now are those undergrad creative-writing syllabi, packed as they were with revelations: the full-moon beauty and madness of Kelly Link; the plinky, playful fables of Italo Calvino; the lyrical precision and tightly knotted emotions of Alice Munro. Those first encounters with the writers on those lists shaped the way I think about fiction. Th...


In the Future, Will Online Misinformation Get Better or Worse? Experts are Divided Editor & Publisher

A study released today about online misinformation posits a few existential questions.

Will technology improve our lives, or worsen them? Is human nature fundamentally the problem? Will chaos dominate the future internet?


GateHouse Hires New Coastal N.C. Ad Director Editor & Publisher

A new regional advertising director has been hired for GateHouse Medias Coastal North Carolina Group, which includes the StarNews.

Bill Davis, who arrives from The Roanoke Times in Virginia, began this week in his new role that will oversee advertising staff for GateHouse Medias coastal group. In addition to the StarNews, the group includes the Jacksonville Daily News, the New Bern Sun Journal and the Kinston Free Press, as well as several weekly and specialty publications.


Publishers Prepare for a Post-Autoplay World Editor & Publisher

Autoplay has become synonymous with publishers putting monetization ahead of user experience. The leading browsers,, Google Chrome and Apples Safari are taking steps to block videos that play automatically with sound on. Publishers will have to post videos that people actually want to watch by choosing to start them.


Nameless and Friendless (The Rich Mans Wealth Is His Strong... The Lion of Chaeronea

Nameless and Friendless (The Rich Mans Wealth Is His Strong City, etc. - Proverbs x, 15), Emily Mary Osborn, 1857


Racy Public Art Exposes Pariss Invisible Borders The Paris Review

Joep van Lieshout at the unveiling of Domesticator at the Centre Pompidou. Photo: Jean-Pierre Vaillancourt for Carpenters Workshop Gallery


This week, after a social-media barrage declared it obscene, officials refused to install a sculpture called Domestikator in the Tuileries Gardens near the Louvre. The same piece was then accepted by, and set up outside, the Pompidou, a contemporary-art museum less than a mile down the road.

The piece in question, by the Dutch artist Joep van Lieshout, is of a forty-foot-tall humanoid apparently copulating with a four-legged creature. A staircase leading to a doorway in the humanoids hip invites the public inside.

The piece is apparently intended to pay tribute to the ingenuity, the creativity, the sophistication, and the persistence of humans to change the world into a better place. But what interested me was why the artwork had been deemed appropriate for one part of the city and not another.

When people talk about Paris as a great walking city, they are referring not only to its beauty but to the thrilling proximity of its diverse neighborhoods. Just last weekend, in celebration of this unseasonably warm October, I wandered from my apartment in the rapidly gentrifying ex-abattoir district of the nineteenth arrondissement, through the African immigrant quarter known as the Goutte dOr, down the film set Frenchness of the rue des Martyrs, past the tourist-infested Opera, and then window-shopped at the hyperluxury boutiques of rue Saint-Honor. Though the whole walk took barely more than an hour, I traversed so many barriers of class and culture that there are whole countries one could cross and not see more.

These barriers are unofficial yet strongly defined: there are never groups of track-suited North African men hanging out on the snooty street corners of rue Saint-Honor, no middle-aged executives in the hawkers crush outside Metro Barbs, no tourists in the nineteenth.

This week, there were the obvious aesthetic-conservative arguments that Domestikator would ha...


Tribune Media Shareholders Vote in Favor of Sinclair Merger Editor & Publisher

Tribune Media shareholders on Thursday overwhelmingly approved the companys proposed acquisition by Sinclair Broadcast Group, even as federal regulators slow down the TV station megamerger to allow for more public input.

More than 99 percent of the votes cast by shareholders Thursday morning at a Los Angeles hotel were in favor of the merger, according to Tribune Media.


Facebook is Testing Subscriptions for Instant Articles on Android Editor & Publisher

Facebook has announced it will be testing news subscription models over the next several weeks for Instant Articles across the US and Europe, but only on Android devices. In July, news broke that Facebook Instant Articles would soon allow paywalled content, and in August, Facebook confirmed it would be adding subscriptions for Instant Articles.


Norma Does Not Lie: On Believing Women The Paris Review

Sondra Radvanovsky and Joseph Calleja. Photo: Ken Howard for the Metropolitan Opera.


Ten years ago, the first time I saw Vincenzo Bellinis 1831 opera, Norma, at the Met, I noticed one quirky bit of stage business. In the opera, the Roman proconsul Pollione has come to 50 B.C.E. Gaul to pacify the locals. Hes also pursuing a young, lovely priestess, Adalgisa. But his buddy Flavio calls him out: Pollione has already seduced the high priestess, Norma. Norma broke her vows and betrayed the revolution for Polliones sakeand gave birth to their two sons. So what about Norma and the kids?

Pollione spreads his hands in an offhand, bro-ish shrug, as though its too much effort to sing, So what? or, Whaddya want me to do about it? (We never see Flavio again; presumably hes been demoted.)

After that, I looked for what I dubbed the Met shrugthe man shrug, really. Isolde calls out Tristan for murdering her fianc and capturing her for a forced marriage: shrug. Pinkerton impregnates and abandons fifteen-year-old Butterfly and gets called out: shrug. The Mets movement coach had nailed it: so hilarious, so casually entitled, so irresponsible, so right: Whaddya want me to do about toxic masculinity? La donna mobile!

From The Marriage of Figaro to Don Giovanni, from Turandot to Tosca to Carmen, the sexual assault, rape, and murder of women are stock plot contrivances. Some contemporary productions treat the violence in subversive ways, as Heartbeat Opera did with Butterfly this spring. The Mets new Norma doesnt break any new directorial groundit relies entirely on the staggering artistry, vocal powers, and charisma of Sondra Radvanovsky in the title role and Joyce DiDonato as Adalgisabut...


365 Challenge: Day 222 Goodness This Is My Truth Now

Goodness: what Ive found through so many people via this blog


Todays 365 Daily Challenge word and message is another short but very powerful one: Goodness. I have found such incredible honesty, generosity, kindness and strength from so many people via this blog and other social media accounts. Between a few dozen people suggesting new 365 words to those willing to take a chance on reading my first novel, the individual acts of goodness are amazing. I am grateful to everyone and just wanted to say so in a public manner in a very small way. There will be more gratitude to come as I organize my days, plans and next steps with everything going on.

It costs nothing. It provides a smile. Its the purpose behind all we do. When you have a choice, why not do the right thing? Thats what crosses my mind 99% of the time, and in that 1% when I struggle to follow goodness, it almost always backfires in my face. Im glad it does because it teaches me a valuable lesson each time. Thank you to everyone who has chosen to be good. You also have permission to smack me if Im doing or saying something that isnt spreading goodness. We all need that wake-up call from time to time.

Im very excited to start using all the new words everyone has provided. Ive got the next few days planned out between lists, alerts and Ryder Rants, but on Tuesday, its time for the first word suggestion! Have...


Agns Vardas Ecological Conscience The Paris Review

Jules Breton, The Recall of the Gleaners, 1859.


Existence isnt a solitary matter, says the shepherd to the wanderer in Agns Vardas 1985 film, Vagabond. This vision of collectivity, the belief that we are all in it together, recurs throughout Vardas films, from her early, protoNew Wave La Pointe Courte (1954) to her acclaimed Clo from 5 to 7 (1961) to her most recent film, Faces Places (2017), made in collaboration with the young French street artist JR. (Filmmaking isnt a solitary matter, either.) This movie is about togetherness, she told New York Magazine. Watching Faces Places, I couldnt help thinking about Vardas 2000 film, The Gleaners & I. Both are road-trip movies in which Varda interviews the kinds of people we dont often see in moviesfarmers, miners, dockworkers, and their wives. Both films proceed by chance, gleaning whatever they happen upon. But though The Gleaners is now seventeen years old, old enough to drive a car and almost old enough to vote, its feeling as fresh and relevant as if it had been made in parallel to Faces Places. It rewards rewatching.

The Gleaners & I is a documentary about the time-honored act of gathering what other people have abandoned or thrown away. Gleaning is most often associated with whats been left behind after a harvest; think of that famous Millet painting, The Gleaners (1857), which you can find in the Muse dOrsay. The womengleaners used to be mainly womenbend over to collect the bits of wheat the harvesters have left on the ground; they gather what they find in their aprons. It looks like back-breaking work. Its always the same humble gesture, Varda comments in voice-over: to stoop, to glean.

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Friday, 20 October


Digital Publishing: Neetzan Zimmerman, the Former Editor of the Internet, Speaks Out Editor & Publisher

Editor of the internet.

That was Neetzan Zimmermans title when he was a viral content-producing machine during his time at the now-defunct news website Gawker. Zimmermans uncanny ability to pluck out content he knew would be popular with readers allowed him to garner over 30 million page views a month, as much as five times more page views than his next highest colleague. That led the Wall Street Journal to dub him the most popular blogger working on the web today and New York Magazine called him a one-man viral treasure chest.

Back in 2015, Zimmerman took a job with The Hill, a newspaper focused on politics and policy that has served Capitol Hill since 1994. Officially the senior director of audience and strategy, its been Zimmermans job to help The Hill grow its digital footprint and better compete in a saturated market against outlets as varied as Politico, the Daily Caller and the Washington Post.

So far, so good. According to CrowdTangle, an analytics platform owned by Facebook that tracks the performance of articles on social media in local markets, The Hill had more interactions on both Facebook and Twitter in the first half of 2017 than the New York Times, the Washington Post and Politico. In August 2015, The Hill had just 306,000 followers on Facebook. Just two years later that number now tops 1.2 million. And according to comScore, The Hill also has more monthly readers than any other independent political news source, reaching about 10 percent of all digital media viewers in the United States. Not bad for a niche publication focused on politics.

In other words, Zimmerman knows how to find readers on the internetwhich is why I wanted to pick his brain about local news outlets and what they can do to increase their digital reach.

Zimmermans position was a new one for The Hill, and at countless news outlets across the country where the news gathering process is still print-centric, having someone whose sole focus is trying to draw in digital readers is a luxury tight budgets cant afford. For those small and mid-sized newsrooms, the message to reporters has been to find readers themselves, which Zimmerman thinks is the wron...


Deep Thinking michaelwrites

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with the weather deep
thinking is impossible

I go on anyway trying
to live alone one night
used up easily another
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365 Challenge: Day 221 Zero This Is My Truth Now

Zero: the amount of time and words available to spend anywhere but editing today


There are moments in life when you are scrambling to get something done and have zero capacity to focus on anything else. Today is one of those days. I have edits due before midnight to the publisher to re-format Watching Glass Shatter so that it includes all the small issues weve collected in the last few weeks. Bad news:  Ive been editing for 10 hours and have at least 4 more to go. Good news: The final product will be updated and will contain so many great fixes before the printed version. So all my words and attention are focused on that task, leaving me zero seconds for the 365 post. Since Im dedicated to this blog and wont fail to post, today, my message is simple:

Its more than acceptable to just show up sometimes without anything of value to share or give. A friend may just be happy to see your face and know they have your support.



About Me & the 365 Daily Challenge

Im Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My debut novel, Watching Glass Shatter, can be purchased on Amazon @ Ive always been a reader. And now Im a daily...


America's First Television Tour (National Broadcasting Company) New Online Books

America's First Television Tour: Demonstrating, Describing the Art and Science of Seeing at a Distance (c1939), by National Broadcasting Company (PDF at

A Pictorial History of Radio (Settel) New Online Books

A Pictorial History of Radio (New York: Bonanza Books, c1960), by Irving Settel (PDF at

The Radio Station (Sill) New Online Books

The Radio Station: Management, Functions, Future (New York: G. W. Stewart, c1946), by Jerome Sill (PDF at

Descendants of Thomas Farmer, Who Came to Virginia in 1616 (Farmer) New Online Books

Descendants of Thomas Farmer, Who Came to Virginia in 1616: A Genealogy (c1956), by Ellery Farmer (page images at HathiTrust)

Estudios Cientificos del Doctor Andres Posada con Algunos Otros Escritos Suyos Sobre Diversos Temas (Posada Arango) New Online Books

Estudios Cientificos del Doctor Andres Posada con Algunos Otros Escritos Suyos Sobre Diversos Temas (in Spanish; Medellin, Colombia: C. A. Molina, 1909), by Andrs Posada Arango (stable link)

History of Company M, First Texas Volunteer Infantry (Hamilton) New Online Books

History of Company M, First Texas Volunteer Infantry: Hood's Brigade, Longstreet's Corps, Army of the Confederate States of America (written 1925; published Waco, TX: W. M. Morrison, 1962), by D. H. Hamilton (page images at HathiTrust)

The Battle for China's Spirit (Cook) New Online Books

The Battle for China's Spirit: Religious Revival, Repression, and Resistance under Xi Jinping (New York: Freedom House, 2017), by Sarah G. Cook (PDF with commentary at


Marcantonio Pasqualini Crowned by Apollo, Andrea Sacchi, 1641 The Lion of Chaeronea

Marcantonio Pasqualini Crowned by Apollo, Andrea Sacchi, 1641


Glenn Miller Declassified Any Good Book

Author:  Dennis M. Spragg
Genre:  Biography

Hardcover; Digital Book
ISBN #:  9781612348957
Potomac Books
408 Pages
September 1, 2017

On December 15, 1944, Maj. Alton Glenn Miller, commanding officer of the Army Air Force Band (Special) boarded a plane in England bound for France with Lt. Col. Norman Francis Baessell.  Somewhere over the English Channel the plane vanished.  No trace of the aircraft or its occupants has ever been found.  To this day Miller, Baessell, and the pilot, John Robert Stuart Morgan, are classified as missing in action.

Weaving together cultural and military history, Glenn Miller Declassified tells the story of the musical legend Miller and his military career as commanding officer of the Army Air Force Band during World War II/  After a brief assignment to the Army Specialist Corps, Miller was assigned to the Army Air Forces Training Command and soon thereafter to Supreme Headquarters, Allied Expeditionary Force, in the UK.  Later that year Miller and his band were to be transferred to Paris to expand the Allied Expeditionary Forces Programme, but Miller never made it.

Miller's disappearance resulted in numerous conspiracy theories, especially since much of the information surround his military service had been classified, restricted, or, in some cases, lost.  Dennis M. Spragg has gained unprecedented access to the Miller family archives as well as military and government documents to lay such theories to rest and to demonstrate the lasting legacy and importance of Miller's life, career, and service to his country.

When I first saw this book, I was somewhat excited to read the story of Glenn Miller.  As a great fan of Big Bands, and Glenn's own 'swing' music, it was a chance to read more about the mystery surrounding his death.

When he was lost over the English Channel, no trace was ever found of the plane carrying him or the three occupants.  I believed by the title - Glenn Miller Declassified - I would learn something new.  Alas, such was not the case.

The book, while quite a nice size, is full of technical information only interesting to those...


Sharon Sorg to Rejoin Meadville Tribune as Publisher Editor & Publisher

Sharon Sorg, former publisher of the Meadville Tribune, has been appointed to rejoin the paper in that role again, effective immediately.

She succeeds Jim Galantis, who has served as publisher for the last six years.


Southern California News Group Debuts Spanish-Language Excelsior Website Editor & Publisher

To better serve diverse and growing Latino audiences in the nations largest Hispanic market, Southern California News Group (SCNG) today introduced as the go-to digital Spanish-language news source for Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Los Angeles counties. The new website also integrates topics of specific interest to Latinos, as well as state, national and international news from Mexico and other Latin countries.

The website integrates content published in Exclsiors three weekly newspapers: Exclsior Orange County, Exclsior Los Angeles and La Prensa Una publicacion de Exclsior in the Inland Empire. Additionally, Exclsior also collaborates with SCNGs 11 English-language dailies, including stories of interest in Spanish to Latino audiences.

It is exciting to introduce a richer digital experience for Latinos in Southern California who have looked to Exclsior as a strong local voice and trusted local news source, said Carlos Aviles, editor of Exclsior. The responsiveness and enhanced functionality of the new website will be attractive to new audiences as well, and will facilitate interaction between journalists and the community as a whole. merges content previously published to SCNGs and websites into a cleaner presentation. Key improvements include:

A more responsive display and faster load times across desktop, smartphone or tablet platforms (contents scale to fit in various screen sizes). Article pages designed with smartphone users in mind, from the typography to elements like Highlights summaries and large links that are easy to use on touchscreens.

Simplified navigation and homepage dropdown menus that include:

Noticias: Streamlines access to news about Immigration, Mexico, Education,
Economy, Health, Politics and other topics of interest in one click;

Local: Organizes news geographically by Orange County, Inland Empire, Los Angeles and California;

Entretenimiento: Includes Celebrities, Music, Cinema, TV, Culture and art, Events, and Places tabs;

Deportes: Includes Futbol (soccer), Boxing, Baseball and Basketball tabs;

Opinion: Includes Editorial, Pedradas and Guayabazos, Virtual world, Feedback Columns, and From the Editor tabs;

Especiales: Includes Wellness, Horoscope, Tourism, Literature and Technology.

A new TEMAS (themes) area at the top center of the home page, which displays trending or cant-miss articles as selected by the editor;

Greater accessibility to the latest and trending news through Latest Headlines and Most Popular headers;

A new commenting platform...


Patrick Seil, Publisher of the Navigator, the Carmi Chronicle and the Prairie Post, dies at 57 Editor & Publisher

Patrick Joseph Seil, 57, of Grayville died Oct. 17, 2017 at Deaconess Hospital in Evansville, IN.

He was born Oct. 27, 1959 in Evansville, Ind., the son of William Schrontz Seil and Mary Ann (Mungovan) Seil, of Grayville.

He was a 1977 graduate of Grayville High School and graduated with a bachelors degree from the University of Illinois School of Journalism in 1981. During his college years he worked at the Champaign News Gazette where his father and his uncle Manning also worked.


Heres How U.S. Lawmakers Want to Regulate Political Ads on Facebook, Google and Twitter Editor & Publisher

A trio of top Senate lawmakers is commencing a new push today to regulate the political ads that appear on Facebook, Google and Twitter, as Congress seeks to thwart the Russian government from spreading disinformation ahead of another U.S. election.

The new bill is called the Honest Ads Act, and its the brainchild of Democratic Sens. Mark Warner and Amy Klobuchar.


Emperor Shun with Elephants (from the series The Twenty-Four... The Lion of Chaeronea

Emperor Shun with Elephants (from the series The Twenty-Four Chinese Paragons of Filial Piety), Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1797-1861)


Andrew MacLeod Named Postmedia President and Chief Operating Officer Editor & Publisher

Postmedia Network Inc. is pleased to announce the appointment of Andrew MacLeod to the newly created role of President and Chief Operating Officer adding President to his current scope. Paul Godfrey continues in the role of Postmedias Chief Executive Officer a position he has held since the Companys inception in 2010 in a move that formalizes a clear succession plan and acknowledges the collaborative executive structure already in place at Postmedia.

I am delighted to appoint Andrew MacLeod to the new role of President and Chief Operating Officer, said Paul Godfrey, Chief Executive Officer. Since joining Postmedia in 2014, Andrew has shown strong leadership and an innovative and strategic approach that has moved our company in new directions including the launch of new initiatives and partnerships leading directly to new revenues.

Appointing Andrew to the role of President and COO now, makes our succession planning process transparent and sets up a seamless transition for the future.

Andrew Macleod joined Postmedia in 2014 as Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer and was named Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer in 2016.

This is a tremendously important time for our industry and our company as we fight to bring viable solutions forward in a deeply disrupted ecosystem, said Andrew MacLeod, President and Chief Operating Officer. I want to personally thank Paul for his guidance and support. I am privileged to be included in the future of this company and look forward to continued collaboration among a highly skilled and dedicated executive team.


House, Senate Intel Committees Receive Briefing from Google Editor & Publisher

Google has briefed the House and Senate intelligence committees ahead of two Nov. 1 hearings that will examine Russian efforts to influence U.S. elections through social media.

Officials from Google talked to investigators behind closed doors in recent weeks as part of the committees probes into Russian meddling in last years election, according to people familiar with the briefings.


For Local Reporters, Climate Change Means Covering an Existential Threat Editor & Publisher

In June 2015, I traveled to Gillette, Wyominga gleaming town off Interstate 90 in northeast Wyoming, and the heart of Americas coal country. I was living and teaching in Laramie, the university town in the southeast part of the state.


CNN Awarded First FAA Waiver Allowing Drone Flights Over Crowds Editor & Publisher

CNN received a waiver allowing routine drone flights above crowds, a milestone for the industry seeking greater use of the remote-controlled devices for everything from insurance inspections to covering news.

The approval is the first time the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration has granted a waiver for unlimited flights over people, the news network said in an emailed statement


From Nieman Reports: The Powers and Perils of News Personalization Editor & Publisher

It took a terrorist attack for Google to enter the news business.

On September 11, 2001, after hijackers crashed two commercial jets into the World Trade Center as well as a third plane into the Pentagon and another into a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, Internet users turned to the search engine for information.


Bing & Ruth and Amy & David The Paris Review

David Moore of Bing & Ruth.


New York has felt like a second home since my parents first took me there as a teen in the early eighties. I grew up in rural coastal North Carolina, but the Mets became my team in 1979 when we got cable TV, and WOR carried 162 Mets games. On that first trip, I made my way alone to Paragon Sporting Goods in Union Square to buy Mizuno baseball cleats. Over the past twenty years, Ive made more than 150 trips to the city while researching the photographer W. Eugene Smith. I now know a lot about arcane matters, like the history of Manhattans wholesale flower market, Long John Nebels overnight radio talk show, and underground angles on the midcentury jazz and drug scenes in places like Staten Island.

The city feels further away from me today, and its literally true. I moved earlier this year with my family to Bloomington, Indiana. Our house in Durham was 480 miles from Grand Central; from Bloomington, its 760. For nearly three decades Ive listened to late-night sports radio on fifty-thousand-watt WFAN through a transistor beside my bed. Now I have to use a stream, which doesnt feel the same; the conversation on WFAN isnt quite the vernacular it used to be either.

Moreover, the pall of Trump is wide and heavy, even in cities he lost by forty points. In August, I drove four hours, from Bloomington to Chicago, to hear the improvisations of the Eric Revis Quartet, and each time I looked down the Chicago River and saw the six-story letters spelling TRUMP on the side of his building, it felt like Biffs rule in Back to the Future II

In late September, I visited New York for only the second time since my first child was born two and a half years ago. I walked from my hotel on the Lower East Side up to Bleecker Street and over to (Le) Poisson Rougenoting all of the boutique bars and restaurants that werent there twenty years ago, or even two years agofor a show by the experimental ambient ensemble Bing & Ruth, along with Arone Dyers Dronechoir, which featured seventeen women onstage and meandering throughout the venue singing drone for sixty minutes. I...


The Guardian Remains Committed to VR, Despite Limited Commercial Opportunities Editor & Publisher

The Guardian is remaining committed to virtual reality even though its unclear when it will become a moneymaker.

At the beginning of October, the publisher which has experimented with VR for over a year started bringing its nine different VR experiences into its Guardian VR app and sent out 100,000 Google Cardboard headsets to make its VR content more accessible.


Markus Feldenkirchen Named CEO of ppi Media US, Inc. Editor & Publisher

Markus Feldenkirchen has stepped down from his role as managing director of ppi Media GmbH in order to focus on ppis branch in the US, which is of vital importance to the company as a whole, as CEO of ppi Media US, Inc. Along with managing ppi Medias US branch, Markus Feldenkirchen will be responsible for the coordination of the activities of two further subsidiaries of the Eversfrank Group in the US, comosoft and Novadex.


How the USA Today Network Is Measuring Impact in Its Newsrooms Editor & Publisher

Measuring the audience response to a journalistic story usually means counting page views and unique visitors, yet that assessment falls short. At my Gannett newspaper in the suburbs north of New York City, we wanted to know more: What happened when we started asking questions (about a story)? After we published a story? When a key decision-maker or a crowd of people saw that story?


A Matter of Space: Designing Newsrooms for New Digital Practice Editor & Publisher

Over the past decade, technology has driven unprecedented change in news audiences and news organizations. News organizations have experimented with business models, integrated new technologies, adopted digital platforms and established digital-first workflows.

Yet in too many newsrooms, the physical spaces are stuck in the late 20th century.


Facebook Admits Russia Agents Used Messenger to Disrupt U.S. Presidential Election Editor & Publisher

A top Facebook executive admitted Wednesday that Russian agents had used the social networks popular Messenger platform to interfere in the 2016 presidential election.

Facebook Messenger boss David Marcus disclosed that a very small number of the 470 accounts active in the Russian interference campaign were using Messenger to communicate with their users.


The Renaissance Precursor of Rap Battles and Flow The Paris Review

C. Hansen, La Fte DAegir, 1861


What could be dafter / Than John Skeltons laughter?
Robert Graves

Sometime early in the sixteenth century, a frequently hungover, perennially in trouble, and womanizing priest named John Skelton took to the lectern at his church. He faced his angry congregation and tried to explain the bastard child born to his mistress. Despite his Cambridge education, his humanist credentials, the fact that hed once been tutor to Prince Henry, and the immaculate poetry hed penned, the good Christians of Diss, Norfolk, had complained to their bishop about the priests behavior. Skelton may have claimed that (when it came to poetry at least) hed imparted drink of the sugared well / Of Helicons waters crystalline, but his congregation was less than impressed. The priest penned inspired lyrics like Speke, Parrot, Phillip Sparrow, and the immaculate doggerel The Tunning of Elynour Rummyng, of which the five-hundredth anniversary is this year. Across these works, he developed an innovative rhythm known appropriately enough as Skeltonics. But that sort of thing was of no sway with the bishop. Laity and clergy alike didnt care for the literary pretensions of this self-styled British Catullus. Perhaps it was clear that ordination was not Skeltons calling, for what could the parishioners expect from sacraments administered by a man who once wrote that To live under law it is captivity: / Where dread leadeth the dance there is no joy nor pride.

A failure of imagination on the villagers part, for Skelton was no mere parish priest who scribbled trifles of honest mirth. He was, in the words of the critic Michael Schmidt, a bard in Calliope green who stands like Janus at the threshold of the English Renaissance. A poet of a gloaming period gesturing back to the verse of Chaucer and forward to that of Shakespeare. Skelton, nostalgically pining for Merry Old England while anticipating a coming golden age. Skelton, singing in the bawdy prosody of the alehouse and the vulgar profanity of the bedchamber. Sublime Skelton, who has long troubled literary historians, even though Schmidt argues that he was the first modern E...


Architectural Capriccio, Antonio Joli (1700-1777) The Lion of Chaeronea

Architectural Capriccio, Antonio Joli (1700-1777)


Going Away michaelwrites

looking forward to getting back
the new paradigm of going away
not that I don't want to go indeed
I will be glad to be there with my
precious family enlarged by Bill
intend to have a wonderful time


Carrie Mae Weems on Her Favorite Books The Paris Review

The following is excerpted from Unpacking My Library: Artists and Their Books, a collection of interviews with contemporary artists about their personal libraries, to be published by Yale University Press in November. 

Carrie Mae Weems in her library. Photo: David Paul Broda


Your photographic work incorporates family stories, autobiography, documentary, and other narrative forms. What do you consider to be your role as a storyteller?


In the past Ive employed elements of text in and around my work, but Im certainly not a storyteller. Storytelling requires skills that I dont possess. Rather, in my work, text functions as a conceptual frame for creating play, counterpoint, tension and/or positioning meaning. The word is a form and the shape of things.


Is there one book that stands out as having had a big impact on you when you first read it?


Books are my playmates, my best friends, my running buddies, my partners in crime, my solace, and my occasional lover. For many years I carried a Felix Gonzalez-Torres catalog [text by Nancy Spector, for the Guggenheim Museum] everywhere. Id find myself hugging it, holding it tightly to my chest. I fell in love with itI took simple pleasure in opening it, letting the pages fall where they may, and reading it randomly. I really do love that bookthe way it feels and the way it carries, the ease at which you can move through it, thumb through it, look at it. One day I opened it up and I thought, This is really interesting. Who designed this? His name is Takaaki Matsumoto. I was lucky enough to have him design the catalogue from my exhibition at the Guggenheim, and we have become wonderful friends. His designs are elegant, smart, and very simple, with beautiful paper.


Thursday, 19 October


A Blessed Blasphemer The Lion of Chaeronea

Martial, Epigrams 4.21

Segius swears that no gods exist,
That the heavens above are empty and proves it,
For while he makes these denials, he sees
Himself become a prosperous fellow.

Nullos esse deos, inane caelum
adfirmat Segius: probatque, quod se
factum, dum negat haec, uidet beatum.


The Rich Wastrel, Josef Danhauser, 1836

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