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Steatite oval amulet, bearing the throne name of the 18th Dynasty pharaoh Amenhotep III the Magnificent (r. 1388-1351/0 BCE) on the obverse; on the reverse are the name and royal title of Amenhoteps Great Royal Wife, Queen Tiye. Now in the Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. Photo credit: Walters Art Museum.
Courage, Anxiety, and Despair: Watching the Battle, James Sant, ca. 1850
Instinct: (a) an innate, typically fixed pattern of behavior in animals in response to certain stimuli or (b) what your gut says
There are moments in life when you tell yourself to push beyond the instinctual behavior that generally guides your actions. Sometimes you can accept a different feeling or approach, but not always and even when you do, you may not fully engage to see a different result. It is when you reflect back on your decisions and determination that you often see how accurate your instincts can be after theyve been a natural part of who you are for so very many years. But if you choose to always rely on them, you might not ever experience a necessary revelation.
My instincts have been on high alert in regard to several decisions and trust over the last few months. I remind myself each day to take chances. It might pay off. It might not. If I listened to my instincts today (as in this morning, this moment), and followed through on what they tell me, I might be listening to fear rather than opportunity. I doubt Ill cater to them right now, as I can see why the voice is louder in the current period and thats a good thing. Recognizing the parameters under which you originally developed your instincts is necessary before unequivocally accepting them as concrete guides to evaluating your options and making your decisions.
Im more vague and philosophical than...
The Holy Family with Sts. Elizabeth and John the Baptist, Pompeo Batoni, 1777
Author: Linda Reilly
Trade Paperback; Digital Book
ISBN #: 9781516104192
Lyrical Underground Publishing
$15.00; $3.99 Amazon
December 26, 2017
Eaton Journal of Archival Research in Science Fiction (2013-) (full serial archives)
National Security Strategy of the United States (last Reagan-era version; 1988), by United States Executive Office of the President (PDF at defense.gov)
William, An Englishman (London: Skeffington and Son, 1919), by Cicely Hamilton (Gutenberg text)
Bay Area Reporter (1971-; at this writing issues online 2000-) (partial serial archives)
The Marquis of Carabas' Picture Book: Containing Puss in Boots; Old Mother Hubbard; Valentine and Orson; The Absurd ABC (London and New York: G. Routledge and Sons, n.d.), contrib. by Sarah Catherine Martin and Walter Crane, illust. by Walter Crane and Edmund Evans (multiple formats at archive.org)
The Universal Fortune Teller: Being Sure and Certain Directions for Discovering the Secrets of Futurity (London: W.S. Fortey, ca. 1870) (multiple formats at archive.org)
Goody Blake and Harry Gill; and The Miser (London: Published at J.T. Ward and Co.'s Stationary and Children's Book Warehouse, 1808), contrib. by William Wordsworth (multiple formats at archive.org)
The Battle of Manila Bay, May First, Eighteen Hundred and Ninety-Eight: An Epic Poem (c1904), by William Wilson Galt (stable link)
By the Elbe (3 volumes; London: Smith, Elder, and Co., 1876), by Sarah Tytler (stable link)
Papers for Thoughtful Girls; With Illustrative Sketches of Some Girls' Lives (Boston: Crosby and Nichols; New York: O. S. Felt, 1864), by Sarah Tytler, illust. by John Everett Millais (multiple formats at archive.org)
William, An Englishman (London: Skeffington and Son, n.d.), by Cicely Hamilton (multiple formats at archive.org)
Space Technology (New York: J. Wiley and Sons; London: Chapman and Hall, 1959), by L. M. K. Boelter, ed. by Howard S. Seifert (page images at HathiTrust)
A Treatise on Auscultation and Percussion (translated from the fourth edition; London: Highley and Son, 1853), by Joseph Skoda, trans. by W. O. Markham (page images at HathiTrust)
Paul Wellstone: The Life of a Passionate Progressive (Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press, c2005), by Bill Lofy (page images at HathiTrust)
The Mystery of Sex and Race Regeneration: A Sane, Sensible and Reasonable Approach to the Highly Important But Much Involved Problem of Sex From The Natural, Moral and Religious Aspects and Having the REgeneration of the Race in View (fourth edition; Quakertown, PA: Philosophical Pub. Co., 1950), by R. Swinburne Clymer (page images at HathiTrust)
The Adventures of a United States Detective: A Series of Interesting Sketches Illustrating the Operations of the Whisky Ring in Their Evasions of the Law and Its Penalties (Philadelphia: Souder, 1876), by James J. Brooks (page images at HathiTrust)
Henry Merrow of Reading, Massachusetts, and His Descendents Named Merrow, Marrow, and Merry (1954), by Oscar Earl Merrow (page images at HathiTrust)
All-American Anarchist: Joseph A. Labadie and the Labor Movement (Detroit: Wayne State University Press, c1998), by Carlotta R. Anderson (multiple formats at wayne.edu)
All Our Yesterdays: A Brief History of Detroit (Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 1969), by Frank B. Woodford and Arthur M. Woodford (multiple formats at wayne.edu)
A Bibliography of Jewish Education in the United States (Detroit: Wayne State University Press, c1996), by Norman Drachler (multiple formats at wayne.edu)
National Security Strategy (2015), by United States Executive Office of the President (PDF at archives.gov)
National Security Strategy of the United States of America (2017), by United States Executive Office of the President (PDF at gpo.gov)
Today an Argentinian fact-checking outlet is taking a big step toward automating more of its workflow.
Chequeado has announced the release of Chequeabot, a tool that automatically identifies claims in the media and matches them with existing fact checks. The bot draws upon natural language processing and machine learning to help perform everyday tasks for fact-checkers who are already using it in the newsroom.
The Minnesota-based nonprofit news site MinnPost has come up with a way to help out local nonprofit organizations and also generate additional revenue at the same time. When it has some extra ad inventory, MinnPost will sell it at a steep discount to small local nonprofits.
Can fake news be corrected? A short paper from George Washington Universitys Ethan Porter and Ohio State Universitys Thomas Wood looks at whether people become less convinced by fake news after they see a correction of it. In their study of nearly 3,000 subjects on Mechanical Turk, they found that the corrections were effective:
In my enviable role as social-media manager, I get to pick through old issues of The Paris Review to find interesting, overlooked pieces to surface. Nestled in issue no. 78 (Summer 1980), among Bobby Andersons Edie Sedgwick: A Reminiscence and Mallarms poem A Tomb for Anatole, I discovered three folks tales by Paul Brtn, a writer from what the president vulgarly referred to yesterday as a shithole country.
Little information about Brtn is available, but according to the issues contributors note, he was born in Haiti in 1916 and spent most of his life as a goatherd. He was imprisoned in Saint Dimanche under the Duvalier regime and subsequently exiled. I stumbled upon this trio of narrative pearls when I was an intern here last summer. The writing is immediate and compact, stunning in its musicality and plick-plock rhythm. Reading The Woe Shirt for the first timenot having any idea what it was, where it came from, or how to find more of itI nearly wept at my desk. Today, weve unlocked it from our archives in celebration of writers from shithole countries the world over.
The Woe Shirt by Paul
Issue no. 78 (Summer 1980)
Blem did tinker repair his bicycle by the stink-toe tree. Better to work there it smells so bad, work gets done no lazy quick. Then he rode to buy a woe shirt. He saw Mari then, standing. She said, You going to buy that shirt, I know! Youll go buy that beggar shirt Blem, I know. Oh it will cost you all your little money all your goats and old friend parrot to get it! I tell you clearly, look at what you do! Spend everything on a beggar shirt, no sense! but Mari saw that Blem felt the shirt on him already, too late, O.K. then, say good-bye twice to your parrot, she said.
Subscribers can also read two more of Brtns short stories in our archives:
Denarius of the Roman emperor Tiberius (r. 14-37 CE), depicting him crowned with a laurel wreath; the inscription identifies him as divi Augusti filius (son of the deified Augustus). Now in the Yorkshire Museum. Photo credit: York Museums Trust.
Carrie Gracies resignation sent shock waves through Britain. Gracie, the former China editor for BBC News, resigned from her post Sunday after learning that her male colleagues were paid more than 50 percent more than she was for equivalent work.
Gracie says she is not necessarily asking for a raise, nor for her male colleagues to earn less.
James Jim Hyatt Jr., a former publisher of the Bristol Herald Courier, died Monday at his home in Alabama.
Hyatt Jr., 54, of Oxford, Alabama, served as publisher and regional vice president of the Bristol Herald Courier from 2002-2006. During that time, Media General owned the newspaper and Southwest Virginia community newspapers.
The New York Times Company announced today that Rachel Glaser, the chief financial officer of Etsy, Inc., has been appointed to its Board of Directors.
We are delighted to welcome Rachel to our Board. She joins us with an impressive 30-year background in key financial and strategic roles leading growth initiatives at a variety of digitally-focused, consumer-facing public companies. Her experiences and insights will be very valuable, particularly at a time when were highly focused on extending our position as the most successful digital news subscription business in the world, said Arthur Sulzberger, Jr., chairman of the Companys Board of Directors.
Lisa Chappell, a veteran Texas newspaper executive, has been appointed publisher of the Cleburne Times-Review. She replaces Kay Helms, who recently retired.
Chappell is the publisher of the Weatherford Democrat, the Mineral Wells Index, the Gainesville Daily Register and the Greenville Herald-Banner, and their affiliated weekly publications in Royse City, Commerce and Rockwall County. She will continue in those roles as well.
Wick Communications Group Publisher Ken Harty has named Tara Klostreich publisher of the Wahpeton operation, effective Tuesday, Jan. 9.
I am pleased to announce the promotion of Tara Klostreich to publisher of the Daily News, News-Monitor, Southern Valley Living and Southern Valley Shopper, Harty said. She has done an excellent job leading the newspaper as general manager and is ready for the next step.
Fuller Cowell will retire next month as publisher of the 114-year-old Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, the trustee of the Helen E. Snedden Foundation announced Wednesday.
Richard Harris, publisher of the Kodiak Daily Mirror, will succeed Cowell on Feb. 5. The Fairbanks-based nonprofit foundation has owned both newspapers since January 2016.
A Washington Post reporter who came under fire late
last year for participating in a liberal conference has been put on
leave by the newspaper, CNN has learned.
Janell Ross, a reporter on the Posts national desk, was sidelined after she participated in a private gathering in November attended by Democratic lawmakers and liberal activists, including the billionaire benefactor George Soros.
In early 2017, I had drinks with a former colleague when we discussed my goal to publish a novel that year. She had grown up with someone who published a book and offered to introduce us. I said sure and never actually contacted the guy. Months later, I signed a contract to publish my book, then realized I never followed through, so I sent a message, we chatted a bit, and I thought I should read Doug Coopers book: Outside In. I got hold of a copy, it sat on the shelves for a bit, but I decided I wasnt allowed to buy/download another book in 2018 until I finished everything I already owned hence how this one got picked for January!
Plot, Characters & Setting
Brad Shepherd is a middle school teacher whose student overdoses in class. As part of the Administrations way to handle the students death, Brads out of a job. He heads to Put-in-Bay, Ohio to meet a friend and have a summer off, where he can party for a little bit and find his new life path. When he arrives, a life he never knew, or perhaps had forgotten, begins to surround him: hes quick to fool around with a bunch of women, drink himself silly and experiment with a...
I never expected to like Netflixs The End of the F***ing World, but it needed only a few minutes of my attention to have me laughing out loud. Though the description might be off-puttingBored with killing animals, seventeen-year-old James is busy plotting his first real murder when brash new girl Alyssa catches him off guard at schoolthe show is witty and barefaced in the way that a Wes Anderson film could be if Andersons films werent so masculine. Alyssa and James have a push-pull relationship that left me refreshed at the end of the shows eight twenty-minute episodes, wondering where the two and a half hours had gone. Eleanor Pritchett
If you live in the New York City area or are visiting soon, please carve ten minutes out of your day for The New York Earth Room and then, if you have ten more minutes, The Broken Kilometer. These are two strange little rooms, both created by the artist Walter De Maria, both maintained by Dia, both completely free to enter. I wont (oh god, a pun, why not) soil the surprise of either piece, but I will say that when I visited these two exhibits in quick succession last Sunday, I saw the city open upalmost unfold before my eyesin ways that it hadnt for me ever before. What other rooms could be lurking among the tapas restaurants and purveyors of high-end socks? I wondered. What other mysteries does the city hold? Brian Ransom
This week, the Denver Post put up a paywall around the vast majority of its material for the first time since April 2015, when the paper opened access to all of its digital and mobile content so that more readers could see its coverage of the Aurora theater shooting trial.
Crime: (a) an action or omission that constitutes an offense that may be prosecuted by the state and is punishable by law, or (b) 365 Daily Challenge word for todays author alert Agatha Christie
If you are new to the ThisIsMyTruthNow blog, the 365 Daily Challenge, or the Author Alert segment, check out the About Site section from the main menu. I usually feature a new author who is currently writing: I share an interview with him or her, as well as fresh content about their upcoming work and fun facts. This week, as I wasnt able to secure a new author in time, Ive gone retro to cover an ole favorite! Below are some key things to know about this author, but at the end of this post, youll see the permanent page Ive added to my blog. You can return to check out more on who (s)he is, what shes writing and how to buy her future work. I am pleased to present a few tidbits about the very talented Agatha Christie.
First, I apologize for not bringing you a new author this week. I had a few possibilities falling into place, but given their schedule and my reading schedule, we opted for posting about them later this month or in early February. So...
A work, once finished, is like a tombstone, Moyra Davey writes in her latest book, Les Goddesses/Hemlock Forest. Always aware of the inevitable end, she has constructed a practice conscious of its own past and reliant on radical self-doubt. Her photographs, films, and essays cross-reference and depend on one another as she makes a subject of her own process and its intentions, fears, and failures.
Davey has published twelve artfully designed books that lovers of her work covet for their rarity. This most recent book gathers two essays, Les Goddesses (2011) and Hemlock Forest (2016), along with photographs and stills from their respective film iterations, in which she is recites her text aloud for the camera, opening it up to the serendipity of mistakes.
Davey emerged in the eighties, in an art world allergic to the confessional work she was making. Over time, she experienced a gradual seeping in of a kind of biographical reticence, until, as she writes, my subjects constituted little more than the dust on my bookshelves or the view under the bed. In the Les Goddesses film, she appears not photographing dust but wiping it from her own portfolios in order to reconsider the brassy, sexy photographs she made of her punk teenage sisters in the eighties. She pins the prints to the walls of her apartment where they function as visual footnotes in a monologue dealing with family and disappointment.
Davey often portrays herself in her New York City apartment, within reach of any bookmarked volume in the crosshatched piles on her shelves. Her writing is weighted by reverence for other artists, writers, and filmmakers, whose quotes crowd her paragraphs. Perhaps I still write like a photographer, she once wrote. I go out into the world of other peoples writing and take snapshots. Davey tends to invite her audience in at what feels like the most inopportune moment, when she is surrounded by notes, her rooms in a state of honest disarray, a mess of chairs and dishes piled in the sink. Thats why, as I sat down in her living room for our interview, I felt an uncanny familiarityeverything: the bookcases, the couch, the kitchen, was as I had seen it beforedown to her cannonball-like pitbull, Rose, who lay on her back, watching us talk upside down.
How did these two pieces come together into this book? They were made years apartLes Goddes...
The end is nigh. Facebook is planning a major change to its news feed, starting as early as next week, that will decisively favor user content and effectively deprioritize publishers content, according to three publishers that have been briefed by the platform ahead of the move.
In the midst of a union organizing vote, new Los Angeles Times editor-in-chief Lewis DVorkin is moving forward with a sweeping reorganization of the Times newsroom. He will, Ive learned from numerous sources, soon announce three new top hires all from outside a newsroom in turmoil.
Vox Media has agreed to recognize the Writers Guild of America East as the collective bargaining representative of approximately 400 employees.
The digital media company covers news, technology, sports, and lifestyle across eight verticals Curbed, Eater, Polygon, Racked, Recode, SBNation, the Verge, and Vox.com. The WGA East made the announcement Thursday and said it hopes to start negotiations soon.
Theres a phrase Ive been thinking about a lot recently by the great Russian writer Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. He says in his book The Gulag Archipelago, Wherever the law is, crime can be found. Ta-Nehisi Coates
Chekhov for me is the great writer of compassion. Cornel West
It was the fall of 2008 and I had just started a Ph.D. program in Russian literature at Princeton University. In retrospect, I dont know what kind of twenty-two-year-old I was that I would leap so enthusiastically into long days and nights spent reading about serfs, brain fever, and Cossack rebellions, but there I was. I was anxious about keeping up with all the reading, so I eagerly signed up for a course on Anton Chekhov, who once famously said, Brevity is the sister of talent. About a month into the class, my already frazzled nerves snapped in two when I learned that our next session would be guest taught by Cornel West. As someone who grew up in a black family, this was bigger news than if Chekhov himself would be joining us. I was, however, a bit surprised; I knew Cornel West as many things: an intellectual and lyrical genius, a spitter of black prophetic fire, an extra in my least favorite Matrix film, and even a fashion icon, but back then I did not associate him (or really anyone whod ever been on TV) with nineteenth-century Russian literature.
But, as I would learn that day, West has long loved Russian writers, Chekhov in particular, whom he places at the center of his vision for radical social change. In interviews and public talks, West describes himself a Chekhovian Christian (and he seems refreshingly unconcerned that most people dont have a clue what he means by that). There were only two other students in the class, and we were scheduled to be there for about three hours, so there would be no hiding in the corner; Id have to talk to Cornel West, most likely more than once. When he arrived, he smiled warmly (revealing his...
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