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May 16th marks the 100th anniversary of Studs Terkel’s birth and an occasion to memorialize one of the most prolific writers and cultural critics in the history of Chicago letters. As an author, broadcaster and oral historian, legendary Chicagoan Studs Terkel celebrated the lives of ordinary Americans. Some of Terkel’s many friends and fans are hoping to return the favor with a series of events marking the 100th birthday of a man whose work is a chronicle of the 20th century.
The Studs Terkel Centenary, a group headed up by Terkel’s friends, including Chicago Tribune reporter Rick Kogan, on Saturday will rededicate the Division Street Bridge, which was named after Terkel 20 years ago. On Wednesday, The Newberry Library will host a birthday party featuring guest speakers who will share stories about Studs. Terkel’s friends will ensure that his memory lives on with a day of Studs-only programming on WFMT-FM on his birthday, with performances of passages from Terkel’s 2001 book “Will the Circle Be Unbroken?” at Steppenwolf Theatre next week and by phoning in personal anecdotes about Terkel to a hotline set up by Chicago’s Hull House Museum.
This piece includes a number of photographs, an animated short and five documentary short films about the life and works of Studs Terkel.
http://disembedded.wordpress.com/2012/05/16/the-studs-terkel-centenary-chicago-celebrates-legendary-studs-terkel/May 16th marks the 100th anniversary of Studs Terkel’s birth and an occasion to... more
Speaking at the International Forum on Globalization, Q'Orianka challenges globalization as it is today...and celebrates the recent passage of the UN Declaration on the rights of indigenous people.Unedited program is available through Institute for Policy Studies.Sept 14, 2007Speaking at the International Forum on Globalization, Q'Orianka challenges... more
We’re going Loco. I’m already pretty loco, but, that’s not the point. We Heart Music is going local and under the radar. Starting November 17th, 2010 and ending December 17th, 2010 (my birthday!), we’re going to be doing a special month-long edition dedicated to local and under the radar artists in Montreal and Brooklyn, Let’s get Loco!
Let’s get Loco! is about focusing our eyes to see what’s right in front us (3D picture included) – innovative and unique local music. We want to give those deserving, hardworking Montreal and Brooklyn based artists the exposure and press they need. We’re going to be giving you the down-low about what’s going on in your backyard bars, the neighbourhoods you should be visiting for great music, and bands you may have overlooked due to the influx of big names and big game.
keep reading at www.ForgetTheBox.netWe’re going Loco. I’m already pretty loco, but, that’s not the... more
It’s the time of year when you rediscover how to read and write after three months of summer’s mind-erasing heat. But when once our days of pining away over degrees have passed we need something to fill the void of our back to school excitement. There are measures you can take to ease the pain of never seeing your friends again or needing to be productive before 3 p.m.It’s the time of year when you rediscover how to read and write after three... more
“Greenwich Village Memories” presents a number of wonderful vintage photographs, music audio, a slide show and a video.
http://disembedded.wordpress.com/2007/07/29/greenwich-village-memories/“Greenwich Village Memories” presents a number of wonderful vintage... more
When Geeks Attack,...or,...Disarmed Maiden in Unrest
Last week, my boyfriend and I found this group of guys who boffer (it’s basically sword fighting role play) so that he could do a documentary about them. I went with because I was bored and figured I could help Matt out. I was expecting a group of stereotypical Dungeons and Dragons nerds; aka fat white boys who have no social lives. Well, we show up and there were, dare I say, really hot guys there!
Since I was just there to be Matt’s assistant, I sat on the porch while he filmed the guys doing their thing. I was just watching until one of the gents came over to the porch to get something. He noticed me just sitting there and kept trying to get me to join them. I kept telling him I’d have no idea what I’d be doing and I’d make a fool of myself, but he kept trying to get me to play along with them. He even offered to let me use the good weapons. (Ooo lala!) There was just no way that I was going to try to sword fight with these guys, so I stayed on the porch. Later this guy decided to keep tapping me on the shoulder from behind with his sword (his actual foam sword for those of you with dirty minds) and would pretend to be minding his own business when I turned around.
I’ve never been one to garner a lot of attention from men, so I naturally was very awkward around this guy. I thought he was just trying to be friendly, but in the car on the way home, Matt informed me that that guy was hitting on me. I was MORTIFIED! It was bad enough that I’m totally oblivious to the fact that I couldn’t tell when a guy was hitting on me, but the fact that my boyfriend had to tell me was the cherry on top. If I would’ve known that he was trying to flirt I would’ve naturally told the guy to back off because I’m taken!
http://collegecandy.com/2010/04/22/coupled-and-getting-hit-on/When Geeks Attack,...or,...Disarmed Maiden in Unrest Last week, my boyfriend... more
Photos from Toronto's Twestival, from Thursday March 25th 2010.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/scolirk/sets/72157623585908637/Photos from Toronto's Twestival, from Thursday March 25th 2010.... more
The Paleo is the largest Switzerland open-air music festival.Students and festival volunteers paid tribute to the 40th anniversary of the Woodstock music festival by spreading the fun of mud as it was done in 1969 in Upstate New York.According to the festival organization, the project is a “back to the earth” psychedelic inspiration and 100% recyclable
http://www.thisblogrules.com/2009/07/dirty-fun-at-mud-festival.htmlThe Paleo is the largest Switzerland open-air music festival.Students and festival... more
A full translation of Tiqqun's
"Raw Materials for a Theory of the Young-Girl"
(Premiers Matériaux pour une Théorie de la Jeune-Fille)
has appeared at
a book written in 99 by the tiqqunsters of france, attacking the "cookie cutter" pseudo-persons created in accordance with the so called "YoungGirl," a "blueprint-person" which acts as a universal model in human relationships, lifestyles, body image, etc., and brings the empire ever closer to full physical domination over every human being ...even to their very genitals!
an attempt to describe the war zone's contours, the work, has been translated for an amerikan audience. The 'YoungGirl' FIGURE is a non-gendered one, not a sexualized concept but a chilling, disembodied ghost haunting the ruins of sexuality.
The back cover:
Concepts made for war don't need to be unanimous. And it's only natural that they'd be reproached for those aspects of them in which they are slanderous of the realities that they make visible. And as for those who have successfully blinded themselves to the nonetheless massive fact of the YoungGirl, that's not all they're blind to. It's not the theory of the YoungGirl that is the product of misogyny, but the YoungGirl herself. Open any women's magazine and you'll see. The YoungGirl's not always young, and she's not always a girl; she is but the figure of total integration into a social totality that's disintegrating. When fools protest against the evidence that "the world isn't a commodity" and by the way that they aren't either, they're feigning a virginity that only justifies their powerlessness. We want none of that virginity nor of that powerlessness. We propose a different emotional education.
http://younggirl.jottit.comA full translation of Tiqqun's "Raw Materials for a Theory of the... more
There was a time when I would roll my eyes at the Goldies, Shlomos and Sadies of the world — those old-country Jewish folks with their old-fashioned shtetl names. They may have embodied my heritage — my peeps — but I winced at how out of step their monikers made them seem.
It was surprising, then, that when it was my turn to give out names, I found myself adhering to similar kinds of traditions. My daughters are half Mexican — not an easy thing to be in Lou Dobbs' America — and my wife and I wanted to make sure they remained proud of their Hispanic heritage. We thus tagged them with Elisa and Paloma — elegant, uncommon and undeniably Spanish.
--I remember growing up being annoyed by my name. I remember complaining to my mom as a little girl (mostly during elementary school) about giving me a "white" name, and it was so short, Amy. I would tell her, "Why didn't you name me Esperanza, Virginia, or at least Maria like my grandmother." But, I got over it and now like my name very much, but I still sometimes wish I had a Latin middle name ;PThere was a time when I would roll my eyes at the Goldies, Shlomos and Sadies of the... more
Come join the fun with the Los Angeles Outreach Reps from Current TV as we throw an awesome networking event on September 2nd at The California Independent Production Center! This event is great for tips on your HP VCAM, and networking with other great producers, editors and filmmakers. We will have free food, drinks, and Current swag.
For more details on the HP VCAM go to: http://current.com/groups/hp-photosmart-vcam/
Here is the details for the event:
What: HP VCAM Networking Event
When: Wednesday September 2nd at 7:00PM
Where: The California Independent Production Center
4119 West Burbank Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91505
Call Tania Rashid if you have any questions: 310-408-3624Come join the fun with the Los Angeles Outreach Reps from Current TV as we throw an... more
As the school year begins, be ready to hear pundits fretting once again about how kids today can't write—and technology is to blame. Facebook encourages narcissistic blabbering, video and PowerPoint have replaced carefully crafted essays, and texting has dehydrated language into "bleak, bald, sad shorthand" (as University College of London English professor John Sutherland has moaned). An age of illiteracy is at hand, right?
Andrea Lunsford isn't so sure. Lunsford is a professor of writing and rhetoric at Stanford University, where she has organized a mammoth project called the Stanford Study of Writing to scrutinize college students' prose. From 2001 to 2006, she collected 14,672 student writing samples—everything from in-class assignments, formal essays, and journal entries to emails, blog posts, and chat sessions. Her conclusions are stirring.
"I think we're in the midst of a literacy revolution the likes of which we haven't seen since Greek civilization," she says. For Lunsford, technology isn't killing our ability to write. It's reviving it—and pushing our literacy in bold new directions.
The first thing she found is that young people today write far more than any generation before them. That's because so much socializing takes place online, and it almost always involves text. Of all the writing that the Stanford students did, a stunning 38 percent of it took place out of the classroom—life writing, as Lunsford calls it. Those Twitter updates and lists of 25 things about yourself add up.
It's almost hard to remember how big a paradigm shift this is. Before the Internet came along, most Americans never wrote anything, ever, that wasn't a school assignment. Unless they got a job that required producing text (like in law, advertising, or media), they'd leave school and virtually never construct a paragraph again.
But is this explosion of prose good, on a technical level? Yes. Lunsford's team found that the students were remarkably adept at what rhetoricians call kairos—assessing their audience and adapting their tone and technique to best get their point across. The modern world of online writing, particularly in chat and on discussion threads, is conversational and public, which makes it closer to the Greek tradition of argument than the asynchronous letter and essay writing of 50 years ago.
The fact that students today almost always write for an audience (something virtually no one in my generation did) gives them a different sense of what constitutes good writing. In interviews, they defined good prose as something that had an effect on the world. For them, writing is about persuading and organizing and debating, even if it's over something as quotidian as what movie to go see. The Stanford students were almost always less enthusiastic about their in-class writing because it had no audience but the professor: It didn't serve any purpose other than to get them a grade. As for those texting short-forms and smileys defiling serious academic writing? Another myth. When Lunsford examined the work of first-year students, she didn't find a single example of texting speak in an academic paper.
Of course, good teaching is always going to be crucial, as is the mastering of formal academic prose. But it's also becoming clear that online media are pushing literacy into cool directions. The brevity of texting and status updating teaches young people to deploy haiku-like concision. At the same time, the proliferation of new forms of online pop-cultural exegesis—from sprawling TV-show recaps to 15,000-word videogame walkthroughs—has given them a chance to write enormously long and complex pieces of prose, often while working collaboratively with others.
We think of writing as either good or bad. What today's young people know is that knowing who you're writing for and why you're writing might be the most crucial factor of all.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org.As the school year begins, be ready to hear pundits fretting once again about how kids... more