Category: Education

Why I’m Not Gay For Huckabee – Seeking Successful Satire

For his inaugural “Better Know A Lobbyist: Gay Agenda” segment, Stephen Colbert brought out his faux-condescending inner pundit to interview HRC (Human Rights Campaign) president Joe Solomonese. This is a two part series. In the second installment of “Better Know A Lobbyist: Gay Agenda“, Stephen Colbert once more summons his inner pundit to further probe…

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The Fluff That Fills Our Heads

While the elites are focused on their own fluff stories like “The World’s Most Secretive Billionaires,” the rest of us might watch a little t.v. I do. I wish I could have a full time critical mind. I don’t. I engage in “mindless” activities that often include sitting in front of an electrified box that…

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The Class Blog!

In-Depth Analysis of Journalistic Integrity ~~~~ My Introduction to Journalism class has just begun — and we’ve got a blog! Visit http://collegejournalism.wordpress.com/ for some novice writing tips. And to meet us! ~~~~

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¡POETRY!

I have just updated the GOODREADS ¡POETRY! Group with some new folders that include: INTRODUCTIONS ~~~ MY BOOK / POEM IS PUBLISHED! ~~~ ADVICE – QUESTION FOR YA! ~~~ I APPRECIATE POETRY CRITIQUE ~~~ YOU’VE GOTTA READ THIS POEM! ~~~ CALLS FOR WORK – SUBMIT! ~~~ POETRY WRITING SUGGESTIONS ~~~ PLEASE HELP ~~~ RECOMMENDED BOOKS…

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Awesome. Period.

In May 2007, Greensburg, Kansas was leveled by one of the largest tornados in U.S. history. Very few structures remained in the aftermath of the deadly EF5 tornado, and the town lost everything. Inspired by the desire of the townspeople to rebuild ‘green,’ Planet Green, along with executive producer Leonardo DiCaprio, is chronicling the rebuilding…

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Animal, Vegetable, Miracle

Currently reading Barbara Kingsolver’s brilliant new book, ANIMAL, VEGETABLE, MIRACLE. A series of quick excerpts from the first chapter to whet your appetite and inspire: A profit-driven food industry has exploded and nutritionally bankrupted our caloric supply, and we long for a Food Leviticus to save us from the sinful roil of cheap fats and…

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WOM-PO and Walt Whitman

In a scene dubbed “a bit too precious” by one reviewer, an excerpt from Walt Whitman’s poem, “Out of the Cradle Endlessly Rocking” makes an appearance in the excellent film, L.I.E., above. And separately, I have been graciously granted, by Annie Finch, the Women’s Poetry Listserv moderator title that she has worn many years now:…

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“I Named Myself”

“We used to go over to the railroad track and play,” she said. “We’d take straight pins, lay them on the railroad track and make little alphabets out of them. We’d know just about the time when the train was either coming or going, and the train would run over the pins and mash them…

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Happy Earth Day!

Things the U.S. Government wants you to believe (& thus prevent you from making that call): The Bush Administration is focused on achieving meaningful results – cleaner air and water, and healthier lands and wildlife habitats. The nation’s air is much cleaner today than it was in 1970 and progress will continue. The trend of…

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Feminist Resurgence?!

Since Ms. Clinton began her campaign, there certainly has been a public resurgence in misogyny, starting with my long-lost father sending me Hillary Clinton jokes via email. No call on my birthday or Christmas, but I warrant jokes in which a presidential candidate ends up dead, raped, and mocked? That’s emotionally-charged action from a man…

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Not One, But a Lovely Two!

Brandi Homan reviews I’M THE MAN WHO LOVES YOU in The Cutbank Review today (an excerpt): Even though King does something that there should be more of in contemporary poetry—addresses the sociopolitical aspects of life in the 21st century head on—I’m The Man Who Loves You accomplishes much more. It is disjointed, beautifully grotesque, and…

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Ron Padgett Sings His Poetry!

April 5, 2008 This week on A Prairie Home Companion, we’re setting up our giant radio antenna atop the historic Town Hall in New York City for three shows in April. This week’s special guests include, the phenomenon in boots and a hat, Brad Paisley, American film actress Kimberly Williams-Paisley, poet Ron Padgett, and the…

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Bitches

Who doesn’t love a good cat fight? Nails and hair flying, women on their knees, beating each other mercilessly, ripping out earrings, bleeding scratches, possible nudity — BUT. We intellectuals are above all that, right? Liberal men and liberal women use their brains and don’t succumb to such debased antics tinged with “lower class” heart-on-the-sleeve…

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Pronouncing “Louis”

My genius friend and jazz scholar, among other things, Michael Steinman, first taught me that “Louie” was a publicly-assigned nickname and that the legend actually went by LouiS. I’m guessing other scholars will catch up. And now Mr. Steinman has a blog by which he will inform us all of the happenings in New York…

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Where’s the Mommy?

A Few Things I Learned During My Stay In the Hospital 1. Though I was in a “good” hospital, the industry, in all forms, aggressively seeks ways to cut corners for profit. The worst manifestation of these “ethics” include under-staffing. This made for decent-but-frustrated nurses and not enough support staff for patients. I have an…

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Daisy Fried’s Poetry Exercises

Daisy Fried on Poetry: * I’ve never found an explanation for why poetry, apparently alone among the art forms, is asked to do more than be itself. * But poetry’s the High Art which is also democratic: inexpensive, portable, reproducible, quickly consumed (except for epic and very difficult poetry), requiring only literacy to participate. So…

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