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Sunday, 12 November


A Woodsmans Dotage The Lion of Chaeronea

Anthologia Palatina 6.93 = Antipater of Sidon (2nd half of 2nd cent. BCE)

The old man Harpalion, all wrinkles,
The hunter-with-nets, dedicated me-
His hunting spear in Heracles house;
For, on account of his numerous years,
His hands could no longer hold my weight,
And hes attained a rather gray head.

, , ,

    , . 

A Hunter Getting Dressed after Bathing, Gabril Metsu, ca. 1654-56

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Saturday, 11 November


Watching Glass Shatter: Blog Tour Day 7 Valeries Musings This Is My Truth Now

Its Day 7 of the Watching Glass Shatter book blog tour and the amazing Valeries Musings is our host. Please check out her site for a book review, pictures and great content. She participates in a lot of book tours and reads often. Youll always find something great on her site! Speaking of which one of the marketing graphics I used for the book comes from her site. Thank you, Valerie!

Olivia ForgetMeNot

via BLOG TOUR Watching Glass Shatter REVIEW & SPOTLIGHT



Still Nothing michaelwrites

a pause I am refreshed
fresh air sweetly chill
still nothing happens
and won't now the day
ended early by night


Dictionnaire Polyglotte en Six Langues (Engel) New Online Books

Dictionnaire Polyglotte en Six Langues: Franais-Allemand-Anglais-Sudois-Italien-Russe des Termes de la Machine Vapeur et de Ses Diffrentes Applications = Shesti-Iazychnyi Slovar: Frantsuzsko-Niemetsko-Anglo-Shvedsko-Italiansko-Russkii (St. Petersburg, Russia: Imperial Academy of the Sciences, 1865), by Andrei Mikhailovich Engel (multiple formats at

The Literary Riddle in Italy in the Seventeenth Century (De Filippis) New Online Books

The Literary Riddle in Italy in the Seventeenth Century (UC Publications in Modern Philology v40; Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 1962), by Michele De Filippis (page images at HathiTrust)

Zola's La Bte Humaine (Kanes) New Online Books

Zola's La Bte Humaine: A Study in Literary Creation (UC Publications in Modern Philology v68; Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 1962), by Martin Kanes (page images at HathiTrust)

Eames-Ames Genealogy (Ames) New Online Books

Eames-Ames Genealogy: Descendants of Robert of Woburn and Thomas of Framingham, Massachusetts, 1634-1931 (c1931), by Wilmot Spofford Ames (page images at HathiTrust)

Whitfield, Bryan, Smith, and Related Families (Whitfield) New Online Books

Whitfield, Bryan, Smith, and Related Families (2 volumes; 1948-1950), by Emma Morehead Whitfield, ed. by Theodore Marshall Whitfield (page images at HathiTrust)

The Role of Federal Military Forces in Domestic Disorders, 1789-1878 (Coakley) New Online Books

The Role of Federal Military Forces in Domestic Disorders, 1789-1878 (Washington: US Army Center of Military History, 1989), by Robert W. Coakley (PDF with commentary at US Army CMH)

The Role of Federal Military Forces in Domestic Disorders, 1877-1945 (Laurie) New Online Books

The Role of Federal Military Forces in Domestic Disorders, 1877-1945 (Washington: US Army Center of Military History, 1997), by Clayton D. Laurie and Ronald H. Cole (PDF with commentary at US Army CMH)

The Role of Federal Military Forces in Domestic Disorders, 1945-1992 (Scheips) New Online Books

The Role of Federal Military Forces in Domestic Disorders, 1945-1992 (Washington: US Army Center of Military History, 2005), by Paul J. Scheips (PDF with commentary at US Army CMH)

Allied Participation in Operation Iraqi Freedom (Carney) New Online Books

Allied Participation in Operation Iraqi Freedom (Washington: US Army Center of Military History, 2011), by Stephen A. Carney (PDF at US Army CMH)

Enduring Voices (Koontz) New Online Books

Enduring Voices: Oral Histories of the U.S. Army Experience in Afghanistan, 2003-2005 (Washington: US Army Center of Military History, 2008), ed. by Christopher N. Koontz (PDF with commentary at US Army CMH)

Returning Home from Iraq and Afghanistan (Institute of Medicine ) New Online Books

Returning Home from Iraq and Afghanistan: Assessment of Readjustment Needs of Veterans, Service Members, and Their Families (Washington: National Academies Press, 2013), by Institute of Medicine Committee on the Initial Assessment of Readjustment Needs of Military Personnel, Veterans, and Their Families (multiple formats at NAP)


By Book or By Crook (A Lighthouse Library Mystery #1) Any Good Book

Author:  Eva Gates
Genre:  Mystery

Mass Market Paperback; MP3 CD; Digital Book; Audio CD
ISBN #:  9780451470935; 9781494564667
Berkley Publishing (Tantor Audio)
352 Pages
February 3, 2015

For ten years Lucy has enjoyed her job poring over rare tomes of literature for the Harvard Library, but she has not enjoyed the demands of her family's social whorl or her sort-of-engagement to the staid son of her father's law partner.  But when her ten-year relationship implodes, Lucy realizes that the plot of her life is in need of a serious rewrite.

Calling on her Aunt Ellen, Lucy hopes that a little fun in the Outer Banks sun - and some confections from her cousin Josie's bakery - will help clear her head.  But her retreat quickly turns into an unexpected opportunity when Aunt Ellen gets her involved in the lighthouse library tucked away on Bodie Island.

Lucy is thrilled to land a librarian job in her favorite place in the world.  But when a priceless first edition Jane Austen novel is stolen and the chair of the library board is murdered, Lucy suddenly finds herself ensnared in a real-life mystery - and she's not so sure there's going to  be a happy ending.

Lucy Richardson has moved to the Outer Banks from her comfortable home in Boston, ostensibly to escape an unwanted marriage proposal.  She's been lucky enough to find a job working for a library in a renovated lighthouse, her last library job was at Harvard.

This library has been able to secure a set of first edition Jane Austen books, and a notebook written by the lady herself.  On opening night, the library chair makes a few choice remarks about Lucy receiving her job over a local resident - even though Lucy has a degree and the local, Louise Jane, does not.  Mr. Uppiton, the chair, also gets into an argument with the head of the library, Bertie, very loudly, with Bertie making a threat toward him.

Later on that evening, Mr. Uppiton is found dead, Bertie is in the room with a broken bottle in her hand (most likely the murder weapon, but we are never told so), and Lucy, along with the rest of their friends, is convinced she's innocent of the crime.


Fte Champtre, Jean-Baptiste Pater (1695-1736) The Lion of Chaeronea

Fte Champtre, Jean-Baptiste Pater (1695-1736)


Statue of the Roman emperor Claudius (r. 41-54 CE) as the god... The Lion of Chaeronea

Statue of the Roman emperor Claudius (r. 41-54 CE) as the god Jupiter.  Claudius is shown wearing the corona civica, a crown of oak leaves awarded by the Senate to those who had saved the lives of Roman citizens.  Unknown artist; 1st cent. CE, with restorations to the torso in 1800 by Valerio Villareale.  Found at Tindari in the province of Messina, Sicily; now in the Regional Archaeological Museum Antonio Salinas, Palermo.  Photo credit:  Marie-Lan Nguyen / Wikimedia Commons.


Staff Picks: Cats, Combat, Conversationalists The Paris Review

Notebook pages from ric Chevillards autofiction.


The other night, sprawled on the floor of my apartment, I opened the newest issue of Music & Literature and found myself quickly smitten with one of its featured artists: the French writer ric Chevillard. This is neither the first nor the second occasion M&L has introduced me to work that has left me in awe of its authorits happened before, with the fiction writer Ann Quin and the poet Alejandra Pizarnik. But this time felt different. Why? To start, Chevillard has accomplished what few writers, in my readings of them, have: he got me to laugh  aloud. The pages devoted to him flaunt his impeccable rangetheres Chevillard the critic, the novelistbut my favorite bits are those doused in humor, the short snippets of prose that take as their subjects such peculiar things as Hegels cap (its a must-see a thing to behold) and Sergei Prokofievs Peter and the Wolf (where its audience ends up definitively and permanently associating the instruments with the characters they arbitrarily play in the story). Then of course theres Chevillards piece Autofiction, in which he subs the word ejaculating in for writing: To be honest, what I ejaculated back then was worthless. Inconsistent. Peanuts. Flan. Eggnog. Chevillards prose brims with outrageous wit, sophistication, and fun, the likes of which Ive never read before. Caitlin Youngquist

Julia pressed the most recent issue (for American readers) of the London Review of Books into my hands, demanding I read a short piece titled Cat-Brushing, by Jane Campbell. Julia and I talk about cats regularly, and why wouldnt I read an article about cat brushing...


365 Challenge: Day 243 Chicken (Author Alert: Chauncey Rogers) This Is My Truth Now

CHICKEN: (a) type of domesticated fowl (b) a coward; one lacking in courage or (c) 365 Daily Challenge word for todays author alert Chauncey Rogers

Author Alert Image

Logo designed by the amazing Chauncey

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. 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 he is, what hes writing and how to buy his future work.


Hello readers! My name is Chauncey Rogers, and Jays honored me with the privilege of being the second author alert. Ive taken the liberty of writing up my own introduction. James is amazing, but I couldnt let him do everything!

I chose the word chicken for the 365 Daily Challenge word. Hopefully, youre wondering why, otherwise this will probably be very boring for you.

First, let...


Portrait of a Man, Bohumil Kubita, 1911 The Lion of Chaeronea

Portrait of a Man, Bohumil Kubita, 1911


Cooking with Zora Neale Hurston The Paris Review

This is the fourth installment of Valerie Stivers Eat Your Words column, which will run every Friday this month. 

In Their Eyes Were Watching God, the 1937 novel on black Southern womanhood by Zora Neale Hurston (18911960), people eat soda crackers with cheese, drink lemonade or sweeten their water with ribbon cane syrup, and serve whole barbecued hogs with sweet-potato pone. A man on a spree offers fried chicken and macaroni for all, and Janie, the heroine, leaves her first husband after frying him a hoe-cake to go with his coffee.

She dumped the dough on the skillet and smoothed it over with her hand. She wasnt even angry, Hurston writes.

Instead of a loveless marriage, Janie insists on having the sweet things in life. Her second husband buys her the best things the butcher had, like apples and a glass lantern full of candies. And her great love is a handsome man 15 years her junior whom everyone calls Tea Cake. (A tea cake is a classic of Southern cooking thats actually a simple round of sugar dough with a crisp bottom and chewy texture, something between biscuit and cookie.) Hurstons belief that the pursuit of happiness and sensuality was a worthy life goal, especially for a black woman, was radical when the book was published. She was criticized for being pseudo-primitive, too female, too personal, not promoting black causes in the right way. Hurston died in obscurity and was only rediscovered in the 1970s thanks to the efforts of Alice Walker, who was teaching at Wellesley at the time.

Janie knew she was going to be judged, and her response is thus (Hurston was also an anthropologist and folklorist, and used dialects throughout her work):

To start off wid, people like dem wastes up too much time puttin they mouf on things they dont know nothin about. Now they got to look in to me loving Tea Cake and see if it was done right or not! They dont know if life is a mess of cornmeal dumplings and if love is a bed quilt!

In honor of that wonderful image, I made cornmeal dumplings, which turn out not to be a dish on their own, but something youd add to a soup; a fancy lemonade from the king of new Southern cuisine, Hugh Acheson; southern-style pork ribs with...


Watching Glass Shatter: Blog Tour Day 6 Waking up on the Wrong Side of 50 This Is My Truth Now

via Watching Glass Shatter a Novel by James J. Cudney. An Author Interview by Me Waking up on the Wrong Side of 50


Six months ago, a blogger wandered onto my blog and left a comment. I commented back. He continued. Banter ensued. From those humble beginnings a friendship was born. I have had the pleasure of becoming blog buddies, and coffee friends with James J. Cudney, affectionately known as Jay. In our short, but meaningful time as []




Daring as a Woman: An Interview with Lorna Simpson The Paris Review

The following is excerpted from Conversations with Artists, a collection of conversations by Heidi Zuckerman with thirty-four contemporary artists. 


Your work is extensive and takes many dierent forms. How do you respond when people ask you what you do?


It gives me pause when people ask me what I do, because there are so many dierent avenues that my work has gone down. Photography being one avenue, film and video another, more recentlyover the past five yearsdrawing, using inks, and collage.

Although Im trained in dierent areas, I gravitate more toward the photographic arts. Ive always left it open as to how I work in dierent mediums and try not to put too many boundaries on what I do. Its more about experimenting or the process of making that matters.


Do you consider your works to be narrative based?


Many, yes. My earlier works from the eighties and midnineties are very narrative based. But even more recently, the work has an undercurrent of the narrative of the archive, of found photographs, implied narratives, and fictions.


Maybe its because of the stage that was set by your earlier pieces, but theres something about your work that allows viewers to figure out what their relationship is to the image thats presented. Theres comfort in establishing some idea of a story line, whether its there or not.


True. Theres some context, history, or implied narrative that exists in the things that I find, and in some of the more recent work, my own memory gets played out. At the same time, not everyone is going to interpret the work in the same way, which I find interestingthats the area where it seems more open because I dont try to force an interpretation on those metanarratives that are operating.


Right, its surprisingly open. Sometimes you depict yourself in your work, sometimes you dont. When do you choose to use your own image?


More recently, Ive been in my work, but in the past, Id always used surrogates or...

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Friday, 10 November


Programming in D (ehreli) New Online Books

Programming in D (latest electronic edition), by Ali ehreli, ed. by Lus Marques (multiple formats with commentary at

The Carolina Indian Voice New Online Books

The Carolina Indian Voice (1977-2005) (partial serial archives)

Letters From a Sf Teacher, Shaikh Sharfuddn Maner, or Makhdm-ul-Mulk. (Manr) New Online Books

Letters From a Sf Teacher, Shaikh Sharfuddn Maner, or Makhdm-ul-Mulk. (Benares and London: Theosophical Pub. Society, 1909), by Sharaf al-Dn Amad ibn Yay Manr, trans. by Baijnath Singh (stable link)

The Little Book on CoffeeScript (MacCaw) New Online Books

The Little Book on CoffeeScript (prepublication version), by Alex MacCaw, contrib. by David Griffiths, Satoshi Murakami, and Jeremy Ashkenas (HTML at

Beitrge zur Mahdilehre des Islams (Ibn Bbawayh al-Qumm) New Online Books

Beitrge zur Mahdilehre des Islams: Ibn Babuje el Kummis Kitbu Kamlid-Dini wa Tammim-niMati fi Ithbtil-Raibati wa-Kaschfil-irati, Erste Stck (main text in Arabic, notes and commentary in German; Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1901), by Muammad ibn 'Al Ibn Bbawayh al-Qumm, ed. by Ernst Mller (stable link)

Le Dictionnaire des Six Langues; Das Sechssprachige Wrterbuch; The Six-languages Dictionary; El Diccionario de las Seis Lenguas; Il Dizionario Delle Sei Lingue; O Diccionario das Seis Linguas (Almeida) New Online Books

Le Dictionnaire des Six Langues; Das Sechssprachige Wrterbuch; The Six-languages Dictionary; El Diccionario de las Seis Lenguas; Il Dizionario Delle Sei Lingue; O Diccionario das Seis Linguas: Mdaille l'Exposition Universelle de Paris 1900 (in French, German, English, Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese; Lisbon: Empresa Editora do "Occidente", 1902), by Francisco de Almeida (stable link)


An Extensive River Landscape with a Castle on a Hill Beyond,... The Lion of Chaeronea

An Extensive River Landscape with a Castle on a Hill Beyond, Frederik Marinus Kruseman (1816-1882)


Bill Sullivan Named Associate Publisher of Gold Country Media Editor & Publisher

Brehm Communications Incorporated has announced that Bill Sullivan, General Manager of the Folsom Telegraph, has been named the Associate Publisher of Gold Country Media.

Manager of the Telegraph since 2015, Sullivan will now oversee all content and editorial teams for Gold Country Media products and publications from Auburn to Lincoln, Colfax, Loomis, Rocklin and Roseville.


Hank and Jim: The Fifty-Year Friendship of Henry Fonda and James Stewart Any Good Book

Author:  Scott Eyman
Genre:  Biography/Film

Hardcover; Audio CD; Digital Book; Audiobook
ISBN #:  9781501102172; 9781681689623
Simon & Schuster Publishing (Highbridge Audio)
384 Pages
$18.90; $39.99; $14.99 Amazon
October 24, 2017

Henry Fonda and James Stewart were two of the biggest stars in Hollywood for forty years.  They became friends and then roommates as stage actors in New York, and when they began making films in Hollywood, they roomed together again.  Between them they made such memorable films as The Grapes of Wrath, Mister Roberts, Twelve Angry Men, and On Golden Pond; and Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Destry Rides Again, The Philadelphia Story, It's a Wonderful Life, Vertigo, and Rear Window.

They got along famously, with a shared interest in elaborate practical jokes and model airplanes, among other things.  Fonda was a liberal Democrat, Stewart a conservative Republican, but after one memorable blow-up over politics, they agreed never to discuss that subject again.  Fonda was a ladies' man who was married five times; Stewart remained married to the same woman for forty-five years.  Both men volunteered during World War II and were decorated for their service.  When Stewart returned home, still unmarried, he once again moved in with Fonda, his wife, and his two children, Jane and Peter, who knew him as Uncle Jimmy.

For Hank and Jim, biographer and film historian Scott Eyman spoke with Fonda's widow and children as well as three of Stewart's children, plus actors and directors who had worked with the men - in addition to doing extensive archival research to get the full details of their time together.  This is not another Hollywood story, but a fascinating portrait of an extraordinary friendship that lasted through war, marriages, children, careers, and everything else.

If anyone knows classic films at all, then these two actors' names will be right up there with John Wayne, Humphrey Bogart, Spencer Tracy and Cary Grant.  While their films, for the most part, of all these actors were very different, their onscreen presence was palpable.  There was...


Neva Labs Aims to Burst Filter Bubbles Through Personalization Editor & Publisher

Trusted information is essential to the health of every community, and news can act as a consciousness for an individual, Mark Little and Aine Kerr, co-founders of Neva Labs, pointed out in a talk at the News Impact Summit in Manchester at the beginning of November.

Neva Labs is working to find a solution for polarisation in news consumption, such as the emergence of filter bubbles online, by offering users a personalised news diet where they have transparent controls and filters and trusting they will choose to vary their choices.


Crow on a Branch, Kawanabe Kysai, between 1873 and 1877 The Lion of Chaeronea

Crow on a Branch, Kawanabe Kysai, between 1873 and 1877


Cheap Tricks: The Low Cost of Internet Harassment Editor & Publisher

It was 10 a.m. on a hot, humid Tuesday in August when I decided I could finally relax. After a frantic weekend of finishing a big story and typing so much that my forearms tingled I needed to decompress.

I placed my phone on do not disturb, turned on my air conditioner and blissfully spent an hour contorting myself into various poses on the yoga mat next to my bed.


The Freedom of the Press Foundation is Working to Save Gothamist and DNAinfo Archives Editor & Publisher

The Special Projects desk at the Freedom of the Press Foundation is releasing new software to create PDF archives of stories written by individual journalists formerly employed at DNAinfo or the Gothamist network of sites. These scripts, which weve dubbed gotham-grabber, enable anybody with the technical skills to run basic command line tools to create backups that would have been prohibitively time-consuming or impossible to complete before.


Gustave Flaubert and George Sand The Dabbler


"Our ignorance of history makes us slander our own times. Man has always been like that." Gustave Flaubert to George Sand

We witness a moving dialogue between Realism and Romanticism in the 1871 correspondence between two famous friends, Gustave Flaubert and George Sand. The time was appalling. France was stunned in 1870 by Prussian victories over her forces. Emperor Napoleon III himself was taken prisoner. The people demanded a republic to replace his empire and got one in the bloodless Revolution of 4 September 1870. General Trochu was the chief deputy of the new republic, but its most forceful leader was a young lawyer and radical republican hero by the name of Leon Gambetta, who, as minister of interior and minister of war, continued the fight against the Prussians. Despite his angry objections, an armistice was signed with the Prussians on 28 January 1871.

Universal suffrage elected an extremely conservative National Assembly, monarchists outnumbering republicans two to one. Adolphe Theirs, the old man of the Orleanist faction, was chosen as chief executive officer of the Third Republic - it replaced the Second Empire. A humiliating settlement was negotiated with Bismarck. The National Assembly cancelled the pay of the National Guard and it rebelled in collaboration with the republicans in Paris. An army was sent to put down the uprising, but the troops refused to kill their countrymen. The Paris Commune was therefore established but its defenses were weak and it was eventually crushed: twenty thousand people were massacred - so much for the worker's movement. But several socialist parties would arise from the ashes. Karl Marx, the Internationalist, would make a myth of the Paris Commune for the propagation of modern communism.

We find Flaubert at Croisset, near Rouen, at the time, and Sand at Nohant. She is his senior. He addresses her as "master", she calls him "my trobador." They are just close friends - he is not one of the New Woman'...


Press Association is Using Artificial Intelligence to Help Local News Organizations Produce More Data-Driven Stories Editor & Publisher

The Press Association (PA) is taking a new approach to supporting local journalism over the next year, through the launch of its new service, Reporters and Data and Robots (RADAR), which will use automation to create a stream of local stories for hundreds of media outlets.

PA and its partner, data-driven news start-up Urbs Media, received 706,000 (621,000) from Googles Digital News Initiative (DNI) in July to develop the new service, one of the largest grants allocated so far through the Innovation Fund.


A Regular New York Times Kids Section and a Kids Version of The Daily Are On the Way This Month Editor & Publisher

When The New York Times published an experimental kids section in its Sunday paper back in May, Caitlin Roper, The New York Times Magazines special projects editor, didnt quite expect the scale of the reaction from the features young readers. Dozens of kids (many via their parents) contacted her with emails thanking the Times for publishing the section.


The Case for Seasonal Sentimentality The Paris Review

All original illustrations Mary Laura Philpott.


Theres a line in Nora Ephrons 1983 novel Heartburn: Show me a woman who cries when the trees lose their leaves in autumn and Ill show you a real asshole. I reread it recently and thought, wait a secondI cry sometimes when the leaves fall. Although Ive always wished Id had a chance to meet the late Ephron, maybe its better that I never had to admit to her my sentimentality, which apparently was as uncool then as it is now.

Ive also been known to get a little teary when I find a craggy pebble that looks like a frowning face. I sniffle when I see a skunk in my yard who looks lonely, like its dawning on him that all his skunk friends went on an adventure without him. I laugh, too, when I see a twig that looks like its giving me the finger. I chuckle when I see an ant trying to carry a half a Froot Loop. As a cartoonist, I draw talking birds, smiling flowers, and chickens wearing socks, and very often these creatures feel as real to meand as filled with inner narrativesas people.

The other day, I watched a video of a helicopter rescuing a cow in Italy. The cow had gotten stuck in a ravine and shehe? I cant call animals itcouldnt scale the walls to get out. Did that cow panic? I wondered. A veterinarian friend of mine says animals dont think about the past and future. They live in the moment. This is why its so kind and responsible to put a dog to sleep when its in pain from a terminal illness. The dog doesnt think, I want to stay alive long enough to see the snow fall. The dog just feels that his legs hurt, that he cannot get up onto his favorite chair, that he is vomiting again. That cow wasnt thinking ahead to her demise and worrying about whether her family would miss her, nor did memories from her calfhood flash before her eyes. She just knew she was stuck.

After the rescuers hitched her into the harness and took off in the helicopter, what went through her mind? A cow has no instinctive c...


It's Raining michaelwrites

"Most people, most of the time, mess up." Richard Brody

then I won't go if I don't have to
and I don't no one cares and it's
raining not that that matters much

I could just in my chair all day long
flipping through magazines without
actually reading anything in them

but I won't I'll do something anything
will do I have my routines they have
space in them for natural variation


The Washington Post Debuts New Counterpoint Feature for Opinions Content Editor & Publisher

The Washington Post today launched Counterpoint, a new feature that surfaces an Opinions article with a different perspective than what a user is currently reading.

Our Opinions section provides robust coverage of topics from a variety of viewpoints, and were excited to make the diversity of this content more prominent for our readers, said Fred Hiatt, Editorial page editor for The Post.


John Heath, Former Publisher of The Beaufort Gazette and The Island Packet, Dies at 81 Editor & Publisher

A Ladys Island man who oversaw major changes to Beaufort County newspapers has died.

John Heath, former publisher of The Beaufort Gazette and The Island Packet, died Monday. He was 81.

Heath oversaw The Islands Packets transition to a daily newspaper from a weekly publication and transitioned the Gazette from an afternoon paper to a daily morning product, according to his obituary.


Lawmakers Alarmed at Push to Sell CNN Editor & Publisher

Even critics of AT&Ts proposed mega-merger with Time Warner expressed alarm Wednesday at allegations that President Donald Trumps Justice Department is intervening in the deal for political reasons namely his oft-expressed complaints about CNN.

Any indication that this administration is using its power to weaken media organizations it doesnt like would be a profoundly disturbing development, Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) said, after POLITICO and other news outlets reported that the DOJ had been pressing the companies to unload the Time Warner-owned news network.


Cheddar is Launching General News Offshoot, Expects $11 Million in Revenue This Year Editor & Publisher

Business video net Cheddar plans to launch a second channel focused on national and world news next year. The channel is part of Cheddars expansion plans in 2018 and beyond as the company looks to grow its $11 million annual business.

The new channel, which will be called Cheddar Big News, will be modeled after CNNs Headline News in that it will focus on the biggest news stories of the day but done in the style and sentiment of local news, said Cheddar CEO Jon Steinberg.


Marijuana Publishing is a Growth IndustryExcept in Mexico Editor & Publisher

Marijuana media is a high-growth us industry: A majority interest in High Times sold earlier this year for $70 million, and other cannabis publications have sprung up across the country, including The Cannabist, LadyBud, and Marijuana Business. And the quality of cannabis coverage has improved across the media, with serious stories in major outlets.


The Blind Leading the Blind, Sebastiaen Vrancx (1573-1647) The Lion of Chaeronea

The Blind Leading the Blind, Sebastiaen Vrancx (1573-1647)


The Sentence That Is a Period 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


How do you read a sentence by Gertrude Stein aloud? What she puts between periods is often fragmentary and repetitive, unhelpfully underpunctuated, reliant on a series of appositions and flat ands to hold it together. There is a decision to make. You could read it with a take-it-as-it-comes evenness of tone, as though the point were to reject the sentimental habits of the speaking voice. Or you could read it as though you understood it, or even as though you were trying to convince someone that what it says is true. As though you were delivering an oration:

In the practice of orations and the relief of fears, in the practice of orations and the relief of fears, in the practice of orations and in the relief of fears, he we and they, they and we and he, he and they and we and in the practice of orations and in the relief of fears may we accept that which when sent is not only acceptable but in a way need not be regarded as a surprise.

Stein wrote her essay The Practice of Oratory in 1923. It is characteristically many minded: over its four pages, oratory sometimes means oration and sometimes prayer; practice is sometimes getting ready and sometimes action, execution. Nonetheless there are sentences where political performance is evidently foremost. I want to start by accepting that wager, taking this sentence as an exercise of rhetoric, referring questions of its form to its effects on its listeners. That is what rhetoric supposes itself to be, the practical art of persuasion; the structure of its sentences is to be tested against the pulse of the audience.

The rhetoricians would call this s...


Tina West Named Publisher at Wabash Plain Dealer Editor & Publisher

Tina West, a 40-year veteran of the Indiana news industry, was recently named publisher of the Wabash Plain Dealer by Paxton Media Group.

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Tina West to publisher of the Wabash Plain Dealer, said David Holgate, group president of Paxton Media Group in Indiana and Michigan. Tina brings a wealth of knowledge to this position and will be an asset to the paper and community.


How Picasso Bled the Women in His Life for Art The Paris Review

Picasso with (left to right) Paloma, Maya, Claude and Paulo. Christmas at La Galloise, Vallauris 1953

Sixteen years ago, Marina Picasso, one of Pablo Picassos granddaughters, became the first family member to go public about how much her family had suffered under the artists narcissism. No one in my family ever managed to escape from the stranglehold of this genius, she wrote in her memoir, Picasso: My Grandfather. He needed blood to sign each of his paintings: my fathers blood, my brothers, my mothers, my grandmothers, and mine. He needed the blood of those who loved him.

After Jacqueline Roque, Picassos second wife, barred much of the family from the artists funeral, the family fell fully to pieces: Pablito, Picassos grandson, drank a bottle of bleach and died; Paulo, Picassos son, died of deadly alcoholism born of depression. Marie-Thrse Walter, Picassos young lover between his first wife, Olga Khokhlova, and his next mistress, Dora Maar, later hanged herself; even Roque eventually fatally shot herself.Women are machines for suffering, Picasso told Franoise Gilot, his mistress after Maar. After they embarked on their affair when he was sixty-one and she was twenty-one, he warned Gilot of his feelings once more: For me there are only two kinds of women: goddesses and doormats. Marina saw her grandfathers treatment of women as an even darker phenomenon, a vital part of his creative process: He submitted them to his animal sexuality, tamed them, bewitched them, ingested them, and crushed them onto his canvas. After he had spent many nights extracting their essence, once they were bled dry, he would dispose of them.


Watching Glass Shatter: Blog Tour Day 5 Moohnshines Corner This Is My Truth Now

My wonderful friend Patty is todays stop on the blog tour. I cannot thank her enough for sharing so much about Ryder his Facebook page, cute stories and the Goodreads Giveaway for a Signed Copy of the Physical Book that kicks off tomorrow, 11/10 and runs thru 11/30.

Ryders earned a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame thanks to her you have to check it out. Patty is so creative Ive been smiling all morning. Ryder was excited to see his honor, as he sat by my side when we opened the post!

If you havent seen Pattys site, please click below to get a small sample of its brilliance. I happen to adore Wednesdays, so go in search of her posts there too!

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Kathy Ackers Blood and Guts in High School The Paris Review

From the anniversary edition cover of Blood and Guts in High School


Kathy Acker was the most intentional of writers, but paradoxically, while Blood and Guts propelled her mid-1980s commercial breakthrough, it was her least intended work. She composed Blood and Guts in fragments, in her notebooks and as drawings, over five years that began when she was twenty-six years old and living with the composer Peter Gordon in Solana Beach in 1973. Solana Beach was a sleepy California beach town fourteen miles north of UC San Diego in La Jolla. Shed fled New York for California after meeting Gordon on a cross-country ride-share road trip in the summer of 1972. It was there, while happily ensconced in Gordons two-bedroom upstairs bungalow apartment near the beach, that she composed the dream maps placed among the fairy tales in the chapter titled How spring came to the land of snow and icicles. The fairy tales themselves were written three years later, while she and Gordon were living on East Fifth Street in New York.

Dreams cause the vision world to break loose our consciousness, Acker writes in Blood and Guts. And also: Dear dreams, you are the only thing that matter. Shed known, since beginning her long, self-willed apprenticeship as a writer when she was twenty-three years old, that dreams, and their disorder, would be central to her writing process. Working on her first serial novel, The Childlike Life of the Black Tarantula, in Solana Beach in 1973, she attempted to regain a childhood consciousness, pushing herself toward a point of self-dissolution through sex and hallucinogenic drugs. The dream maps, which werent published in that book, record her dreamtime forays across regions with names like the Plains, the Village, and the Childhood Land, where she discovers lions, wolves, trees, huts, and streets. My mom, Gordon recalls, was a psychologist, and found them fascinating. Kathy gave her a large drawing that my mom had framed. Later, Kathy took the maps back, to include in Blood and Guts. Blood and Guts...

Thursday, 09 November


365 Challenge: Day 242 Cringe This Is My Truth Now

Cringe: what happens when you start getting text message from your mother as shes reading your book and about to reach that section


Todays post is a collection of video graphics (sorry A, I know these arent your favorite, but they are so apropos for a few things that happened last night). As I mentioned previously, my mom has been holding off reading my debut novel because she wanted the physical copy. I ordered it and finally gave it to her this week when she came by for lunch. I might have had a few heart attacks but not for the reason you think. I can take the criticism, we have a good relationship; however, a few things suddenly came flying at me from every angle possible. Yes, if you havent read the book, the true danger of some of these items might not make as big of an impression, but if you read it, I know youre with me on this one. Im NOT getting Christmas presents this year, I just know it.

  • What if she asks Is Olivia based on me?
    • No, definitely not. And thats the truth. Well, maybe only the good parts.
    • I do not have any siblings, nor do I come from an upper class Connecticut family, so there really cant be any resemblances.

  • Wha...

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