Thursday, March 31, 2011
There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are the messengers of overwhelming grief... and unspeakable love." ~ Washington Irving
I guess at some point life becomes more about what you have lost and what you are losing rather than what you have.
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
I’m excited about Hey Small Press! an organization focused on getting small press books into libraries. They are the next thing in the new literary movement, which is focused not on publishing a journal or a book, but on providing a useful and specific service to the literature that is already being produced.
Hey Small Press! was founded by Don Antenen, a library employee in Kentucky [my coworker - Writer], and Kate Hensley [a pastcoworker and a present friend - Writer], a literature student at Harvard (and, er, editor of her own beautiful-looking Monolith Magazine). Together, they will select ten new books every month and send their curated list to libraries across the country, with info and ordering instructions. Here’s some copy from their press release:Year after year, independent presses publish the most exciting books but lack the marketing budgets to get noticed by public libraries. The lack of marketing leads to under-representation on library shelves and lack of access for readers. HSP! exists to pick up the publicity slack and push hard to get these books noticed. Every month. Free of charge. Because amazing books should be available to everyone.
You can also Like Hey Small Press here on Facebook.
Sometimes writers talk about their characters as if they are living, breathing friends and family, but I’m not sure I feel that way exactly, or at least not always. Even if one of the goals of fiction might be to create a feeling in the reader of knowing a real person, of creating empathy or sympathy or disgust at that person, even then that is something that mostly happens in the reader, or rather, if it does eventually happen in the writer too, that might just be because we are also our own readers, because one of the ways in which we know we are done is when we recognize that happening in us as we read and edit our own work, as we refine that happening toward greater effect.
Read the interview at HTMLGIANT
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Returning home on the eve of his mother's death, an Anglican priest is haunted by memories of his far northern Canada hometown and its intertwined history with his family in Zentner's eerie, elegiac debut. Sitting by his mother's bedside, Stephen recalls his childhood of 30 years earlier, watching the men fell trees and float the logs downriver before the winter freeze. Stephen's father, Pierre, was a logger despite his mangled hand, but after Pierre and Stephen's sister die in an ice skating accident, only stories remain of him, and Stephen later passes these along to his own daughters just as stories of Jeannot, Pierre's father who left Sawgamet when Pierre was an infant, were kept alive as family lore. Soon after Pierre's death, though, Jeannot, a town founder, reappears and insists he has returned to find his wife, though she's been dead for years. The tales he tells Stephen — of golden caribou, malevolent wood spirits, and a winter that lasted so long it buried the town in snow until July — are woven in so seamlessly that the reader never questions their validity. The rugged wilderness is captured exquisitely, as is Stephen's uncommon childhood, and despite a narrative rife with tragedy, Zentner's elegant prose keeps the story buoyant.
A Saving Remnant is a brilliant dual biography of two of the most fascinating twentieth century gay political activists: Barbara Deming and David McReynolds. When Barbara Deming and David McReynolds first met in the early 1960s; each was deeply engaged with many of the critical issues of their day. An American feminist, writer, and political activist with a deep and lasting commitment to non-violent struggle, she was repeatedly jailed for her participation in nonviolent protests and traveled to Hanoi in 1966 to see for herself what the war looked like. The first openly gay man to run for President of the United States, on the Socialist Party ticket, he devoted his life to peace and justice, working for forty-five years as the "intellectual backbone" of the War Resisters League in NYC. Born on opposite coasts twelve years apart in 1917 and 1929, they were left-wing radicals who also happened to be gay, and whose paths crossed at different points based on their common political concerns. The prize-winning biographer and historian Martin Duberman brings their stories – and the story of their times – vividly and movingly to life.
Via the NYT: Being Gay on the Left
From the bestselling author of The Wordy Shipmates, an examination of Hawaii, the place where Manifest Destiny got a sunburn. Many think of 1776 as the defining year of American history, when we became a nation devoted to the pursuit of happiness through self-government. In Unfamiliar Fishes, Sarah Vowell argues that 1898 might be a year just as defining, when, in an orgy of imperialism, the United States annexed Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and Guam, and invaded first Cuba, then the Philippines, becoming an international superpower practically overnight. Among the developments in these outposts of 1898, Vowell considers the Americanization of Hawaii the most intriguing. From the arrival of New England missionaries in 1820, their goal to Christianize the local heathen, to the coup d'état of the missionaries' sons in 1893, which overthrew the Hawaiian queen, the events leading up to American annexation feature a cast of beguiling, and often appealing or tragic, characters: whalers who fired cannons at the Bible-thumpers denying them their God-given right to whores, an incestuous princess pulled between her new god and her brother-husband, sugar barons, lepers, con men, Theodore Roosevelt, and the last Hawaiian queen, a songwriter whose sentimental ode "Aloha 'Oe" serenaded the first Hawaiian president of the United States during his 2009 inaugural parade. With her trademark smart-alecky insights and reporting, Vowell lights out to discover the off, emblematic, and exceptional history of the fiftieth state, and in so doing finds America, warts and all.
Warning, NPR (!) gave it a bad review: Sarah Vowell's Glib Luau Tales
Harry Crosby was the godson of J.P. Morgan and a friend of Ernest Hemingway. Living in Paris in the twenties and directing the Black Sun Press, which published James Joyce among others, Crosby was at the center of the wild life of the lost generation. Drugs, drink, sex, gambling, the deliberate derangement of the senses in the pursuit of transcendent revelation: these were Crosby’s pastimes until 1929, when he shot his girlfriend, the recent bride of another man, and then himself. Black Sun is novelist and master biographer Geoffrey Wolff’s subtle and striking picture of a man who killed himself to make his life a work of art.
Via New York Review Book Classics: James Dickey calls it "The best biography I have ever read."
A long-estranged family discovers that blood is thicker than water in this hilarious and moving domestic comedy. It's been a couple of decades since Nick cast off his impossible, contentious, embarrassingly working-class parents: gruff, stingy, explosive Ken and June, who seemed to revert to a primal state of nature after a divorce that both of them managed to blame on Nick. Enjoying the life of the country gentleman that he's made for himself with impeccably turned-out Astrid and her teenage daughter, Laura, Nick has kept only the slenderest family connection to his brother, Dave, who's stuck with the role of ambassador in a family that's long settled into cold war.
But then Ken decides that the year of his death has arrived, and thus kicks off an ill-conceived quest to reunite his family before he meets his fate. Bringing to this tinderbox just the spark it needs, Louise Dean sends up the whole clan, each of them fatally flawed yet saved by hidden grace, and illuminates with her incomparable acuity their clashes of generation, gender, class, and temperament, in a riotous and compassionate conflagration.
From Ragtime and Billy Bathgate to World’s Fair, The March, and Homer & Langley, the fiction of E.L. Doctorow comprises a towering achievement in modern American letters. Now Doctorow returns with an enthralling collection of brilliant, startling short fiction about people who, as the author notes in his Preface, are somehow "distinct from their surroundings—people in some sort of contest with the prevailing world".
A man at the end of an ordinary workday, extracts himself from his upper-middle-class life and turns to foraging in the same affluent suburb where he once lived with his family.
A college graduate takes a dishwasher’s job on a whim, and becomes entangled in a criminal enterprise after agreeing to marry a beautiful immigrant for money.
A husband and wife’s tense relationship is exacerbated when a stranger enters their home and claims to have grown up there.
An urbanite out on his morning run suspects that the city in which he’s lived all his life has transmogrified into another city altogether.
These are among the wide-ranging creations in this stunning collection, resonant with the mystery, tension, and moral investigation that distinguish the fiction of E.L. Doctorow. Containing six unforgettable stories that have never appeared in book form, and a selection of previous Doctorow classics, All the Time in the World affords us another opportunity to savor the genius of this American master.
Evolution is often presented as a strictly competitive endeavor. This point of view has had serious implications for the way we see the mechanics of both science and culture. But scientists have long wondered how societies could have evolved without some measure of cooperation. And if there was cooperation involved, how could it have arisen from nature "red in tooth and claw"? Martin Nowak, one of the world’s experts on evolution and game theory, working here with bestselling science writer Roger Highfield, turns an important aspect of evolutionary theory on its head to explain why cooperation, not competition, has always been the key to the evolution of complexity. He offers a new explanation for the origin of life and a new theory for the origins of language, biology’s second greatest information revolution after the emergence of genes.
SuperCooperators also brings to light his game-changing work on disease. Cancer is fundamentally a failure of the body’s cells to cooperate, Nowak has discovered, but organs are cleverly designed to foster cooperation, and he explains how this new understanding can be used in novel cancer treatments. Nowak and Highfield examine the phenomena of reciprocity, reputation, and reward, explaining how selfless behavior arises naturally from competition; how forgiveness, generosity, and kindness have a mathematical rationale; how companies can be better designed to promote cooperation; and how there is remarkable overlap between the recipe for cooperation that arises from quantitative analysis and the codes of conduct seen in major religions, such as the Golden Rule.
In his first book written for a wide audience, this hugely influential scientist explains his cutting-edge research into the mysteries of cooperation, from the rise of multicellular life to Good Samaritans. With wit and clarity, Nowak and Highfield make the case that cooperation, not competition, is the defining human trait. SuperCooperators will expand our understanding of evolution and provoke debate for years to come.
The iconic French singer comes to life in this enthralling, definitive biography, which captures Edith Piaf’s immense charisma along with the time and place that gave rise to her unprecedented international career. Raised by turns in a brothel, a circus caravan, and a working-class Paris neighborhood, Piaf began singing on the city’s streets, where she was discovered by a Champs-Elysées cabaret owner. She became a star almost overnight, seducing Paris’s elite and the people of its slums in equal measure with her powerful, passionate voice.
No Regrets explores her rise to fame and notoriety, her tumultuous love affairs, and her struggles with drugs, alcohol, and illness, while also drawing on new sources to enhance our knowledge of little-known aspects of her life. Piaf was an unlikely student of poetry and philosophy, who aided Resistance efforts in World War II, wrote the lyrics for nearly one hundred songs (including "La Vie en rose") and was a crucial mentor to younger singers (including Yves Montand and Charles Aznavour) who absorbed her love of chanson and her exacting approach to their métier. Here is Piaf in her own world—Paris in the first half of the twentieth century—and in ours. Burke demonstrates how, with her courage, her incomparable art, and her universal appeal, "the little sparrow" endures as a symbol of France and a source of inspiration to entertainers worldwide.
In Every Day by the Sun, Dean Faulkner Wells recounts the story of the Faulkners of Mississippi, whose legacy includes pioneers, noble and ignoble war veterans, three never-convicted murderers, the builder of the first railroad in north Mississippi, the founding president of a bank, an FBI agent, four pilots (all brothers), and a Nobel Prize winner, arguably the most important American novelist of the twentieth century. She also reveals wonderfully entertaining and intimate stories and anecdotes about her family - in particular her uncle William, or "Pappy," with whom she shared colorful, sometimes utterly frank, sometimes whimsical, conversations and experiences. This deeply felt memoir explores the close relationship between Dean s uncle and her father, Dean Swift Faulkner, a barnstormer killed at age twenty-eight during an air show four months before she was born. It was William who gave his youngest brother an airplane, and after Dean s tragic death, William helped to raise his niece. He paid for her education, gave her away when she was married, and maintained a unique relationship with her throughout his life. From the 1920s to the early civil rights era, from Faulkners winning of the Nobel Prize in Literature to his death in 1962, Every Day by the Sun explores the changing culture and society of Oxford, Mississippi, while offering a rare glimpse of a notoriously private family and an indelible portrait of a national treasure.
Image via LIFE: My UK Wildcats husband Josh Harrellson plays defence against my UNC husband Tyler Zeller.
I know this won't mean much to a lot of you but reading John Clay's blog post about why Kentucky should be the Final Four favorite (and that's basketball, thank you very much) gave me chills!
When Brandon Knight executed the drive-and-bank and Kentucky beat Princeton in the second round of the NCAA tournament, John Calipari hopped on one of his Internet platforms and asked "Can we get one more?"
How about two more?
Kentucky can win this thing.
In fact, you can make a pretty fair case that Kentucky should win the thing when it travels to Houston for this weekend's Final Four, the 14th trip in the school's long and continuing glorious basketball history.
The number crunchers in Las Vegas have taken a fresh look at the remaining four and dubbed John Calipari's club the favorite.
After all, Connecticut is on a wonderful run, and there is Huskie hero Kemba Walker, but Jim Calhoun's club did finish in ninth place in the Big East, losing four of its last five regular-season games.
Meanwhile, VCU is the true Cinderella in Nikes, but the Rams did lose their four of their last five regular-season games. Butler has the professor coach in the amazing Brad Stevens, who looks like he could be Justin Bieber's older, and smarter, brother.
But Kentucky has the real Justin Bieber, or the Bieber look-alike in Jarrod Polson, the walk-on from West Jessamine who the team made sure was the first up the ladder to cut down the nets at the Prudential Center. Tells you a little about the team right there.
Talk all you want about the necessary talent, but when it comes right down to it, teams get to Final Fours and teams win championships. A single player or even a couple of players rarely do the trick, and over these last 10 games the Cats have shown the true togetherness of one solid team.
There were some, myself included, who wondered about the John Calipari strategy of narrowing his rotation down to six players. But what the Cats may have lacked in depth, the super six made up for with a strong bond between the three veterans and the three freshmen.
That trait shows up especially on the defensive end. The Cats blocked 11 shots against Ohio State. They made 10 steals against North Carolina. They have held their last 32 opponents under 50 percent from the field. The last team to top that magic mark? UConn, which shot 57.7 percent in that 84-67 drubbing of the Cats back on Nov. 24.
If Kentucky was not the same team that faced North Carolina back in December, it's certainly not the same team that lost to Connecticut in that Maui final right before Thanksgiving.
Josh Harrellson played
25 minutes without scoring a point that night in Hawaii. That was before No. 55 transformed from the jorts-wearing goofball with the dangerous Twitter tendencies into the Incredible Hulk.
DeAndre Liggins couldn't stop Walker, who scored 29 points, including 17 in the first half. That was before Liggins turned into the energetic lock-down defender who can change the direction of a contest.
In Maui, trigger-happy Terrence Jones took 41 shots in three games. In the NCAA Tournament, the more measured freshman has taken just 33 shots in four games.
Eloy Vargas played 19 minutes in that first game against the Huskies, Jon Hood played 10. Now, both can count their minutes on one hand. Doron Lamb played 14 minutes in that Maui final. He normally sees the floor for more than double that amount now.
Connecticut isn't the same team, either. Freshman Jeremy Lamb scored two points against the Cats. He's averaging 16 points a game in the NCAA Tournament. Niels Giffey started for the Huskies that day and scored 14 points. He's scored in double figures once since. He's played five minutes for Calhoun the last three games.
But Kentucky has avenged earlier losses to Vanderbilt, Florida, Mississippi and North Carolina. No reason the Cats can't do the same Saturday against Connecticut.
After 29 wins, no reason why the Cats can't get two more.
Apparently Donald Trump is raising a stink about the newspaper announcement of Barack Obama's birth.
According to Trump this isn't simply a newspaper announcement: it is what he's passing off as Obama's birth certificate, suggesting that his family was too poor for an actual one.
Maybe I've been doing genealogy too long...or maybe I'm not so moneyed that I allow my brain to become mush...but I know that most states since the early 1910s issued official documents called birth certificates (some places earlier and some later), and that in some communities even today, newspapers issue birth announcements.
For example, my birth announcement, a copy of which I carry in my wallet, lists my parents, where they live, my name, the date of my birth, where I was born, my weight (8 lbs. 14 oz.), my grandparents and where they lived.
And, guess what? The announcement wasn't printed until 8 days after my birth, and, no, that does not mean I'm lying about being born in western Kentucky nor does it mean that I'm actually a citizen of Kenya. (But don't worry: there are plenty of other reasons that I'm most likely not elligible to run for President.)
I didn't realize John Barrowman had been around this long. I had a paper copy of this pic (maybe cut from a magazine, maybe printed from the internet) back when I was in college - so anywhere between 1994 and 1998. So this John Barrowman is very, very young. :)
Monday, March 28, 2011
Sunday, March 27, 2011
Saturday, March 26, 2011
The bottom is Johnny Gunn and I'm in love. The top is Tim Kruger is the top and I'm also in love.
Johnny Gunn's extenders are the size I want to get.
Pic via (and there's more there) 100percentgay
Also there's a full video of them fucking in a locker room at maXXXcock
They're so hot, I don't mind the condoms at all.
No. 12 Kentucky beats No. 1 Ohio St. 62 to 60. Above is my future husband Josh Harrollson hitting the ball away from the Ohio St. goal with .4 seconds to go!
Check out John Clay's liveblog of the game.
Friday, March 25, 2011
Thursday, March 24, 2011
A Kentucky Mason who recently set off a controversy by revealing to the organization that he is gay is facing a second challenge to his membership.
Last year, after John Wright told members of Right Angle Lodge in Winchester that he was gay, members of a lodge in Frankfort tried to change the Kentucky Masons' constitution so that openly gay men could not be members.
But in October, Masons at a statewide meeting turned down the proposal. At the time, Wright told the Herald-Leader he saw the vote as a sign that Masons in Kentucky would not discriminate against gays.
Now, Wright is facing a Masonic trial set for April 8, according to a letter from an official in the fraternity's administrative body, the Grand Lodge of Kentucky. Within weeks of the statewide vote, five Masons from Central Kentucky filed an internal petition, saying that Wright violated the group's constitution by forsaking his belief in God in declaring his homosexuality and by going public with information about the Masons.
Wright, a student at Eastern Kentucky University who also works for a military defense contractor, was Master of the Right Angle Lodge from December 2009 until December 2010, and he said this week that he remains a member. The Masons are said to be the world's oldest and largest fraternity.
Wright provided letters and other documents involving the complaint to the Herald-Leader.
In a Dec. 6 letter, Kentucky Grand Secretary Joseph R. Conway told Wright that Mason John C. Bourne, a member of a Nicholasville lodge, had filed an internal complaint alleging that Wright had engaged in "unmasonic conduct."
Bourne, a detective with the Jessamine County Sheriff's Department, declined to comment on the petition, which was also brought by four other Masons. Others who backed the complaint include: Dennis R. Gambrell and Doyle G. Rambo, members of two separate lodges in Lexington; Andrew R. Dixon, a member of a Versailles lodge; and Robert D. Roach, a member of a lodge in Lawrenceburg. All four men declined to comment about the petition.
When Wright became a Mason in 2007, he was married. Wright said he and his wife filed for divorce in March 2010 because he realized he was gay.
The complaint said Wright's behavior went against the Masonic constitution because he "violated the sanctity of his marriage" and "deserted her due to his homosexuality."
Another charge alleged that Wright revealed "privileged Masonic Communications ... to the non-Masonic world."
In a Feb. 9 letter to Wright, Conway said an investigative committee found probable cause to believe that Wright may have revealed privileged Masonic information and that he may have violated "his oath and obligation" by engaging in other relationships prior to the finalization of his divorce.
The complaint also alleged that Wright had violated the group's constitution because he had "openly forsaken his belief in God ... by refusing to obey the Moral Laws in declaring his homosexuality which the Moral law declares as an abomination to the law of God."
On that issue, the committee found "no probable cause," Conway's letter said.
Reached at the Grand Lodge of Kentucky headquarters in Jefferson County, Conway declined to comment about the charges.
In a March 15 response letter to Conway, Wright said he did not disavow his belief in God, divulge privileged Masonic communication or violate the sanctity of his marriage by divorcing his wife.
Wright said recently that after the vote in October, many men were upset that he was allowed to continue as a Mason.
"Personally, I feel these charges are retribution for speaking out about the discrimination that I experienced," he said.
"In my heart, I feel that if I had left my ex-wife for another woman, nothing would've been said to me about it, nor would I have been brought up on charges," Wright said. "I know of many Masons in Kentucky who have been divorced and re-married, some several times, and charges were never brought against them for abandoning their spouse by causing a divorce action to be filed," Wright said.
According to the group's constitution, if Wright is found guilty at a Masonic trial he can be admonished, reprimanded, suspended or expelled.
The Masons are a worldwide fraternity of men who believe in God and work to help people through their charities, according to the Web site of the Grand Lodge of Kentucky.
In Kentucky, they support homes for the elderly, a rehabilitation hospital for disabled children and other causes. There are 400 chapters in the state with about 44,000 members, Conway said.
Article by Valarie Honeycutt Spears — vhoneycutt [at] herald-leader.com
Posted: 12:00am on Mar 24, 2011; Modified: 12:38pm on Mar 24, 2011
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Just found my favorite twink on Twitter and he has a website here - can't wait to take a gander. Also he apparently follows and is followed by lots of barebackers, so I hope that's in his future too. :)
And apparently he's an escort. I guess I need to start saving some money. LOL
Good As You posts the above 1985 news clipping as a reminder that Elizabeth Taylor was among the first and most vocal celebrities to demand funding for AIDS research, a move she made at great risk to her career, considering the tenor of those dark, dark days. Taylor went on to cofound the American Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR) and her own Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation, which raised over $50M in its first ten years.
This morning the Human Rights Campaign acknowledges Taylor's tireless campaign against HIV/AIDS: "We are deeply saddened by the death Elizabeth Taylor. Ms. Taylor was a true ally to the LGBT community. She was one of the first public voices to speak up about the AIDS crisis while many others stayed silent in the 1980s and she helped raise millions of dollars to fight the disease. Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family, and to all those whose lives have been positively impacted by the life and work of Elizabeth Taylor."
My cousin Clay is in da middle. LOL
Via Facebook. Trying to keep it light today, cause I'm still pretty wasted and it is about to storm AND there's a beautiful man still in my bed yet I'm here at work.
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Tuesday, March 22, 2011
See more of his Ellen interview at A cause des Garçons
And click on the same link if you can read French to learn more about this photo as well.
He makes me miss Justin. :)
Monday, March 21, 2011
I love Matt Smith. I love Matt Smith. I love Matt Smith. I love Matt Smith!
I love Matt Smith. I love Matt Smith. I love Matt Smith. I love Matt Smith!
More at AfterElton