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  • Indian Valley Collective Library no longer a dream, but a reality

    07/02/2016 8:33:51 AM PDT · by Utilizer · 4 replies
    Plumas News ^ | Last updated 07/1/2016 at 12:39pm | Maggie Wells
    As a writer, editor, mother, and book lover for as long as I can remember, every time I stepped foot in the room called "Library Media Center" at Greenville High School, a little bit of my heart was broken. I began to think of the space as a giant metaphor for everything wrong with education. As a former educator, it gave me insight into where students in rural America are often coming from in terms of literacy. It has always been part of my teaching philosophy that you meet the student where he or she is and you build from...
  • Box Office: 'Hail, Caesar!' Underwhelms Friday

    02/06/2016 8:29:37 PM PST · by fireman15 · 58 replies
    The Hollywood Reporter ^ | 02/05/2016 | Pamela McClintock, Rebecca Ford
    The third new offering of the weekend, Nicholas Sparks' film adaptation 'The Choice,' is also struggling; 'Kung Fu Panda 3' will beat all three to stay at No. 1. Ethan and Joel Coen's Hail, Caesar! grossed an underwhelming $4.3 million from 2,222 theaters Friday for a projected $11.6 million debut, the lowest nationwide start of the duo's directing career. The news is even more grim for mash-up Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. The movie may only debut to $5 million after earning $2 million on Friday from 2,931 theaters. That puts it behind the the third new movie daring to...
  • A Writer's Tale

    12/29/2015 7:46:22 AM PST · by Kaslin · 2 replies ^ | December 29, 2015 | Paul Greenberg
    When one of the most talented and theologically sophisticated of American writers, Flannery O'Connor, began getting the first reviews of her masterpieces, she was appalled but not at all surprised. As she wrote her friend Ben Griffith in 1954: "My editor wrote me that the book was selling better than anything on their list except Thomas Merton -- which doesn't say much for their list, I guess. However, they have ordered a second printing. The review in Time was terrible, nearly gave me apoplexy. The one in the Atlanta Journal was so stupid it was painful. It was written I...
  • My Column Ends, But the Questions Don't

    12/12/2014 7:29:06 AM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies ^ | December 12, 2014 | Diana West
    Dear Readers, This is a hard one to write. After more or less 15 years of continuous newspaper syndication, this column you are reading is the end of the line. I am not ceasing to write, of course. All of my content -- columns, essays, posts, and, of course, books -- will continue to appear at my website,, and elsewhere. But my weekly conversation with readers in good old-fashioned newsprint stops at the bottom of the page. In some ways, that's too bad. For one thing, there is a kind of journalistic romance to appearing on the pages of...
  • 30 Writers Other Writers Loved To Hate

    07/18/2014 11:34:05 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 81 replies
    BuzzFeed ^ | July 8, 2014 | Arianna Rebolini
    30 Writers Other Writers Loved To Hate
  • An Old Fart’s Advice to New Writers Entering the Culture War

    01/05/2014 6:14:42 AM PST · by Kaslin · 13 replies ^ | January 5, 2014 | Doug Giles
    It’s been officially ten years since I started writing my weekly screeds for the online mega-beast called, I’m glad Jon Garthwaite gave me the opportunity back in ’04 to go public with my brutal musings. I believe I will gift him with a nice box of my Safari Cigars for being kind to this redeemed doper from West Texas. Gracias, Juan. You’re a brave man. Being the gracious, humble and successful man that I am, I thought I’d leave a bread trail for other writers who’d like to wade into the cultural quagmire via their laptop. Here’s my advice...
  • It was on my bucket list

    08/08/2011 2:40:18 PM PDT · by nolongerademocrat · 37 replies
    vanity ^ | 28Jul11 | nolongerademocrat
    I finally completed a project that has been on my bucket list for years. I am celebrating completing my first novel. I'm now an author!!!!
  • Med. Writers' Conference Off because of Israelis

    07/25/2010 1:32:01 PM PDT · by Nachum · 7 replies · 1+ views
    inn ^ | 7/25/10 | staff
    A university in Marseille cancelled a Mediterranean writers' conference scheduled for next March after some of the participants complained about Israeli writer Esther Orner being invited. Orner told the Associated Press in response on Sunday that she was surprised by the decision and that those who called to boycott her are trying to delegitimize Israel.
  • Reward: $100,000 for Full ‘JournoList’ Archive; Source Fully Protected

    06/29/2010 10:38:19 AM PDT · by avg_freeper · 52 replies
    Big Journalism ^ | June 29, 2010 | Andrew Breitbart
    I’ve had $100,000 burning in my pocket for the last three months and I’d really like to spend it on a worthy cause. So how about this: in the interests of journalistic transparency, and to offer the American public a unique insight in the workings of the Democrat-Media Complex, I’m offering $100,000 for the full “JournoList” archive, source fully protected. Now there’s an offer somebody can’t refuse.
  • Razing Arizona: How an Insane Sportswriter Plays P.C. Police with the Diamondbacks

    04/26/2010 2:09:57 PM PDT · by Superstu321 · 11 replies · 494+ views
    Three Fingers of Politics ^ | April 26, 2010 | Stupac
    Now why on earth would a sportswriter be telling you to boycott the Arizona Diamondbacks? Did they cheat? Did they take money from children? No, their owners are Republican. It’s always stuck me as odd when sportswriters begin talking about politics – as if their view of social justice is a true expertise. Nonetheless, some of them almost feel entitled to do so. However, sports and politics have very few serious connections. Sure, former President George W. Bush owned the Texas Rangers. And of course, Philadelphia Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie is a huge contributor to the Democratic Party. But as...
  • World Arab writers vow to fight Israel's cultural influence

    01/10/2010 1:09:23 PM PST · by Nachum · 15 replies · 506+ views
    HaAretz ^ | 1/10/10 | Haaretz Service
    The Arab Writers Union formed a Damascus bureau meant to prevent the infiltration of Hebrew terms into Arab culture, Israel Radio reported on Sunday, adding that the new group said it would prevent the "normalization" of cultural ties with Israel. Hussein Jumaa, the head of the AWU, said that the formation of the new bureau was meant to curb the influence of Israeli culture on the Arab world.
  • Obama lunches with top political writers

    12/01/2009 6:46:08 PM PST · by Nachum · 17 replies · 661+ views
    Politico ^ | 12/1/09 | Michael Calderone
    On the day of his major Afghanistan speech, President Obama had lunch with a group of top political writers at the White House, according to a source familiar with the lunch. There were some attendees today who write extensively on foreign policy, such as Joe Klein (Time), Fareed Zakaria (Newsweek/ CNN), and Tom Friedman (NY Times).
  • Filmmakers and writers seek to censor Israeli film

    09/06/2009 9:25:21 AM PDT · by Nachum · 4 replies · 418+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 9/6/09 | Alan M. Dershowitz
    A group of hard-Left filmmakers and writers from around the world have been using their celebrity to try to coerce the Toronto International Film Festival into banning Israeli films. Their petition, which is filled with misstatement of facts and rewriting of history, describes Israel as "an apartheid regime." It focuses not so much on Israel's occupation of the West Bank since 1967, but rather on Israel's very existence since 1948. It characterizes Tel Aviv, a city built by the sweat of Jews largely on barren coastal land, as illegitimate.
  • Diving into a series is a good fix for literary needs

    08/23/2009 11:11:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies · 2,985+ views
    The Oregonian ^ | August 23, 2009 | Brian Doyle, Special to The Oregonian
    Just finished a headlong dash through the 11 novels of C.S. Forester's legendary Horatio Hornblower series, and even as the addled mud of my mind swirls with cannon fire and sea mist and the epic clash of British ships against the brooding tyrant Napoleon Bonaparte (that cruel diminutive first draft of Hitler), I pause to contemplate the pleasures of reading series of books, the parades of linked stories that ultimately compose vast novels of thousands of pages. Are there not many subtle pleasures in series prose? The realization, at the end of Book One, that you have stumbled on a...
  • Thus Spake Zora (Black writer & conservative)

    08/13/2009 8:04:00 AM PDT · by AreaMan · 10 replies · 1,036+ views
    City Journal ^ | Aug 2009 | Urbanities. John H. McWhorter
    John H. McWhorterThus Spake Zora Zora Neale Hurston’s writing challenged black people as well as white. Summer 2009 One of the last photos of Zora Neale Hurston, taken in the late fifties, is heartrending. Once renowned as a handsome figure who could dominate any room, she sits outside a Florida bungalow, a bloated old woman living in poverty, chatting with locals. As sanguine as she looks, we can’t help wishing that she had been in New York, plugging her latest novel on The Jack Paar Show. But all her books were out of print, and she was supporting herself...

    07/29/2009 7:51:59 AM PDT · by AreaMan · 48 replies · 1,780+ views
    More Intelligent Life ^ | 20 July 2009 | Tom Shone
    Published on More Intelligent Life ( WHEN NOVELISTS SOBER UP By Tom Shone Created 20/07/2009 - 10:57 Writers who drink are old hat. But what about writers who quit drinking? Tom Shone has been studying them for his new novel ...From INTELLIGENT LIFE Magazine, Summer 2009John Cheever was most unhappy to be picked up for vagrancy by the cops. “My name is John Cheever [1]!” he bellowed. “Are you out of your mind?” Found sharing some hooch with the down-and-outs in downtown Boston, he was promptly admitted to Smithers Alcoholism Treatment Centre on Manhattan’s East 93rd Street, where he...
  • Writers at risk talk about their lives

    05/08/2009 5:38:08 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 1 replies · 238+ views
    Harvard News Office ^ | May 6, 2009
    Humanities Center event features poets, journalists, novelists Harvard News Office For some, words are both a way of life and a way of risking life. Last year, 877 writers and journalists around the world were killed, jailed, or attacked. That’s according to PEN International, a global association of writers. A recent PEN event celebrated — among others — the memory of Ken Saro-Wiwa, a Nigerian writer hanged for his activism in 1995. In a testament to the fearful power of his words, his body was burned with acid and buried in an unmarked grave. An audience of 90 at Harvard’s...
  • King Urges Protection for U.S. Authors in "Libel Tourism" Hearing

    02/15/2009 6:23:34 AM PST · by Sammy67 · 12 replies · 854+ views
    A House committee held an important hearing Thursday morning on the issue of "libel tourism." That's the practice of bringing libel suits against American authors in other nations, particularly the United Kingdom, where First Amendment protections do not apply and where the burden of proof is placed on the defendant rather than on the plaintiff. Saudi Arabian businessman Khalid bin Mahfouz has brought several such lawsuits, winning a default judgment against American researcher Rachel Ehrenfeld for her book Funding Evil: How Terrorism Is Financed and How to Stop It, and forcing a Cambridge University Press to destroy copies of the...
  • The Holocaust Memoir that Wasn't

    12/28/2008 8:52:53 PM PST · by Enchante · 11 replies · 760+ views
    History News Network ^ | 12-29-08 | Kenneth Waltzer
    Dr. Waltzer is the Director, Jewish Studies, at Michigan State University. It was as a result of his research that the Penguin Group decided last week not to publish the now-discredited Holocaust memoir by Herman Rosenblat. Waltzer began raising questions about the book in November. In response the producer of the movie that was to be based on the memoir complained to Waltzer's dean. After Rosenblat admitted he had lied the producer said: "It’s unfortunate he told a lie .... The man is tragically flawed, but his story had value." Waltzer was joined in his doubts about the book by...
  • US news agency staff stage 'byline strike'

    12/16/2008 5:11:15 PM PST · by dynachrome · 24 replies · 991+ views
    Breitbart ^ | 12-16-08 | unattributed
    Journalists and photographers at the US news agency the Associated Press (AP) are withholding their bylines to protest management's stance in contract talks, their union said. "Staffers recognize the tough times, but they also understand that quality journalism at AP means attracting and retaining the best employees," Tony Winton, president of the News Media Guild, said in a statement on Tuesday. The Guild said AP reporters and photographers were withholding bylines and personal equipment "in protest over the news agency's proposals that would threaten job security, dramatically raise medical costs, and freeze wages." "They're making it clear that AP's future...
  • Police: Mumbai gunmen came by sea from Pakistan

    Print By RAMOLA TALWAR BADAM, Ramola Talwar Badam MUMBAI, India – The gunmen who attacked Mumbai set out by boat from the Pakistani port of Karachi, then later hijacked an Indian fishing trawler that carried them toward this financial capital on their suicide mission, a top police official said Tuesday. As evidence of the militants' links to Pakistan mounted, Mumbai police commissioner Hasan Ghafoor said ex-Pakistani army officers trained the group — some for up to 18 months — and denied reports the men had been planning to escape the city. "It appears that it was a suicide attack," Ghafoor...
  • David Foster Wallace R.I.P.

    09/20/2008 12:16:21 AM PDT · by Darkwolf377 · 5 replies · 170+ views
    McSweeney's ^ | September 20, 2008 | Darkwolf377
    Below, we've begun a thread of memories of David Foster Wallace that will, we hope, be some kind of salve during this wretched and bewildering week. Remembering him, and hearing of his warmth, his realness, his generosity and incredible decency, from those who knew him well and those who only met him once, might dull the pain a bit and, at the very least, remind us all why he meant so much to the world.
  • Portrait of an Artist: Ben Wattenberg interviews Tom Wolfe

    06/08/2008 5:41:24 AM PDT · by billorites · 25 replies · 85+ views
    TCS Daily ^ | May 13, 2008
    For more than 40 years, author Tom Wolfe has challenged the way Americans look at themselves. His unconventional style of mixing literary techniques with factual reporting became known as the "new journalism." His novels include the bestsellers "Bonfire of The Vanities," "A Man in Full," and "I Am Charlotte Simmons." TCS contributor Ben Wattenberg sat down with Tom Wolfe in New York following a celebration of the tenth anniversary of the founding of the Derriere Garde, a loosely organized group of artists and composers working to rediscover and reinvent traditional forms and techniques. The full video of this interview can...
  • VetsCoR Needs More Writers

    05/14/2008 2:34:23 AM PDT · by A Navy Vet · 2 replies · 263+ views ^ | 5/13/2008 | A Navy Vet
    Vetertans for Constitutional Restoration (VetsCoR) is re-organizing to further our purpose and goals. We are firm in our cause and now require professional writers to express our position. VetCoR is looking for volunteers who can articulate our goals and inform Joe-six-pack & Soccor Mom and all Americans about the loss of rights they continue to lose. If you are interested and have the writing skills, please reply on this thread or privately to my screen name or ping Neil E. Wright. We need professional writers to make our point. Thank you for any assistance.
  • Top Saudi cleric calls for writers' deaths

    03/15/2008 12:47:29 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 19 replies · 503+ views
    Reuters ^ | 3/15/08 | Andrew Hammond
    RIYADH, March 15 (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia's most revered cleric said in a rare fatwa this week that two writers should be tried for apostasy for their "heretical articles" and put to death if they do not repent. Sheikh Abdul-Rahman al-Barrak was responding to recent articles in al-Riyadh newspaper that questioned the Sunni Muslim view in Saudi Arabia that adherents of other faiths should be considered unbelievers. "Anyone who claims this has refuted Islam and should be tried in order to take it back. If not, he should be killed as an apostate from the religion of Islam," said the...
  • The Television Writers Strike: Was It Worth It?

    03/04/2008 2:36:38 PM PST · by vadum · 19 replies · 189+ views
    Capital Research Center ^ | March 2008 | Ivan Osorio and Alex Nowrasteh
    This winter’s strike by television writers interrupted the TV-watching habits of millions of people worldwide. But why did it happen, and did the writers get what they want or need? With the uncertain direction of the “new media revolution,” no one seems quite sure..... On Tuesday, February 12, Hollywood’s TV studios and writers averted disaster. With only 12 days to go before the entertainment industry’s biggest TV extravaganza of the year, the Academy Awards, the Writers Guild of America (WGA) and the member studios of the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) reached a tentative three-year agreement, which...
  • Uproar Over Honors for Israeli Writers

    02/29/2008 3:29:17 PM PST · by SmithL · 7 replies · 95+ views
    AP via SFGate ^ | 2/29/8 | ANGELA DOLAND, Associated Press Writer
    PARIS, France (AP) -- Israeli writers will be the toast of the Paris international book fair in March but some Arab intellectuals argue that honoring Israel's literature has brought dishonor upon France. The Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization urged its 50 member states this week to boycott the March 14-19 event. The fair's organizer said Friday that he regrets the uproar: He wanted to honor books, not take sides in international politics. "I'm not a government minister. My job is to bring literature to readers," Serge Eyrolles told The Associated Press. "I'm very surprised by how political this is...
  • Writers Reach 'Tentative' Deal

    02/09/2008 10:14:39 PM PST · by hole_n_one · 36 replies · 93+ views
    From combined dispatches - LOS ANGELES — Striking Hollywood screenwriters said yesterday they had agreed on a deal to settle their three-month-old dispute and could be back at work tomorrow if it meets with union members' approval. Leaders of the 12,000-strong Writers Guild of America e-mailed members early yesterday to inform them an agreement with studio chiefs had been reached and would be discussed at meetings in New York and Los Angeles. "We have a tentative deal," said WGA leaders Patric Verrone and Michael Winship, adding the time had come to settle the dispute, which has forced the cancellation of...
  • Writers Gone, Viewers Stay

    12/21/2007 6:23:52 AM PST · by AT7Saluki · 8 replies · 127+ views
    Forbes ^ | 12/19/2007 | Lacey Rose
    Despite a growing cadre of viewing alternatives like the Web and repeat-heavy schedules on the broadcast networks, people are still watching television, a new survey finds. They may not be watching the networks, but they haven't ditched the small screen. That's especially good news for late-night talk-show hosts, who should find an anxious audience waiting up for them when they return to the airwaves in early January. When the Writers Guild of America traded its pencils for picket signs on Nov. 5, late-night talk shows were the first casualty, heading into repeats nearly immediately. Though the stoppage over new media...
  • Longshoremen 'Heart' Striking Writers

    11/21/2007 11:38:31 AM PST · by Argus · 19 replies · 167+ views
    LA Weekly ^ | 11/21/07 | Nikki Finke
    The WGA announced Tuesday that the International Longshore Warehouse Union sent the hardest hit striking WGA members 60-pound holiday food baskets with frozen turkeys and other Thanksgiving fixings. ILWU member Chris Bradley said they were paid for by the rank-and-file. The WGA called the baskets "Capra-esque".
  • Edwards to Join Striking Writers

    11/16/2007 5:02:04 AM PST · by AT7Saluki · 18 replies · 42+ views
    Broadcasting and Cable ^ | 11/15/07 | Paige Albiniak
    Senator John Edwards will be the first presidential candidate to picket personally with Hollywood’s striking writers, according to the Writers Guild of America on Thursday evening. Edwards will join picketers at NBC Entertainment’s headquarters at 3000 W. Alameda Ave., Burbank, Calif., on Friday. Edwards first issued a statement of solidarity with the writers on Nov. 6. "The striking Writers Guild [of America] members are fighting an important battle to protect their creative rights. These writers deserve to be compensated fairly for their work, and I commend their courage in standing up to big media conglomerates," Edwards said in a statement,...
  • Jay Leno Says Funniest Thing in Years (plus, DFU spends time with Leno and his cars today)

    11/07/2007 5:56:34 PM PST · by doug from upland · 66 replies · 76+ views
    New York Magazine ^ | Gary Levin
    NOTE: today I had the pleasure of spending about three hours with Jay Leno looking over his incredible car collection. Actually, it was beyond incredible. Yes, really. I'll have a few photos when my brother sends them to me. This was arranged because my brother is editor and published of GREEN CAR JOURNAL, the premiere alternative fuel vehicle magazine. He is often quoted in the media for his expertise. His magazine will again be naming the GREEN CAR OF THE YEAR at the L.A. Auto Show next week. Listening to Jay talk about cars was an amazing automotive history lesson....
  • My Book Deal Ruined My Life

    07/23/2007 5:05:12 PM PDT · by SamAdams76 · 94 replies · 2,701+ views
    The New York Observer ^ | June 5, 2007 | Gillian Reagan
    Taxes, weight gain, depression, loneliness—book advances are like lottery payoffs For those who think they have a book inside them just waiting to be written—and, really, isn’t that pretty much everyone?—landing a book contract would be like winning the lottery. Dreams would come true; doors would open. Anything could happen. “You hear about these big contracts coming in, and it whets your appetite,” said Leah McLaren, a columnist for Canada’s Globe and Mail, who landed a book contract with HarperCollins Canada in 2003 for her chick-lit novel, The Continuity Girl. “You start to think, ‘This is my lottery ticket …....
  • Conservative? Opinionated? Follow Me...

    06/12/2007 9:33:05 PM PDT · by The OttO Show · 5 replies · 218+ views
    The OttO Show ^ | 09/13/2007 | OttO
    Are you a conservative writer, looking for new ways to get your views out there?  Or maybe you just like to comment on article or engage others in debate.  Perhaps you're looking for a high traffic site in which to link your favorite news and opinion from around the Web and let others debate them.I'd like to persuade you to join us at Newsvine - in my opinion, perhaps the best news, opinion and discussion site on the Internet.  I'm a long time contributor to Newsvine and encourage you to check it out.  It's easy to register, you get your...
  • Looking For Conservative News Reporters / Writers

    06/07/2007 12:37:31 PM PDT · by nancyvideo · 2 replies · 209+ views
    RightBias News ^ | 6-7-07 | Nancy Morgan
    Conservative news site looking for writers. Ability to recognize news of interest to conservatives a must. RightBias reports all news of interest to conservatives. Currently growing faster than expected and we need additional staff/news writers. Post reply on FR or through
  • Botox May Ease Writer's Cramp

    12/22/2006 10:29:48 AM PST · by jdm · 7 replies · 301+ views
    Web MD ^ | Dec 22, 2006 | Jennifer Warner
    Chalk up another novel use for Botox. The toxin best known for erasing wrinkles may also help ease the pain of writer's cramp. A small, new study shows injections of Botox improved symptoms of writer's cramp in 70% of those who received the treatment. Writer's cramp is a painful condition that affects about three to seven out of every 100,000 people. Symptoms include involuntary, spasmodic muscle contractions of the fingers, hand, or arm during writing or other manual tasks. People with writer's cramp may simply learn to write with the other hand, but in one in four cases, the condition...
  • Writers needed for Stingray blog

    12/01/2006 3:03:54 PM PST · by DallasMike · 3 replies · 249+ views
    Stingray: a blog for salty Christians ^ | November 8, 2006 | Michael McCullough
    Stingray is back. Well, sort of back. Between a long and huge project at work that often kept me working until midnight, my father's illness, two minor illnesses of my own, taking weekend classes to better my C# skills, and just plain busyness I have been on an unintended hiatus since late July.Thanks to all who keep checking back and to those who have written personally to see what I was up to — Chrys, Oink, Kate, and others. I promise to write you back personally as time permits.The first thing you've probably noticed is that the blog has been...
  • The Man Who Likes To Poke The World In The Eye [Profile of Mark Steyn]

    10/14/2006 5:55:43 AM PDT · by canuck_conservative · 27 replies · 1,349+ views
    National Post [Canada] ^ | Saturday, October 14, 2006 | Linda Frum
    Long-time readers of the National Post will know that former columnist Mark Steyn is one of Canada's most gifted political writers, a man weirdly able to provoke laughter while forecasting the end of the world. In his newly released book, America Alone, he argues that without vigilance and the unapologetic assertion of American force, we will all soon be living under Sharia law. And while Mr. Steyn muses in his book that he may not mind picking up a few extra wives, he worries that the rest of us may not like the system as much. Mr. Steyn lives in...
  • The Geniuses Where are they now -- and how did they spend their money?

    09/15/2006 3:41:54 AM PDT · by Republicanprofessor · 13 replies · 984+ views
    The Chicago Tribune ^ | Sept. 15, 2006 | Charles Storch
    Revisiting 25 years of the MacArthur Foundation's celebrated -- and mysterious -- `genius' grants This week, Daniel Socolow made The Calls out of the Blue. As is his custom, he first suggested the person on the other end sit down or pull off the road. He then told each of the 25 to expect to receive $500,000 over five years -- no strings attached -- courtesy of the $5.5 billion John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. "I've never had anyone hang up on me," said Socolow, since 1997 director of the foundation's MacArthur fellows program. The 25, of all...
  • The Return of Patrick Fitzgerald (NYT writers tipped off Muslim groups re: coming raids)

    08/26/2006 10:59:16 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 15 replies · 1,319+ views ^ | 8/26/06 | Roger Aronoff
    With the major media already under fire for compromising the war on radical Islamic terrorism, a recent court decision suggests that the media may have something else to hide in connection with their conduct in national security and terrorism-related cases. The allegation being pursued in the courts is that reporters for the New York Times tipped off two controversial Muslim groups to the fact that federal authorities were going to raid their offices in an effort to find evidence implicating the organizations in alleged terrorist activity. There were a few articles on the decision, including in the New York Times...
  • A writer's life: P.J. O'Rourke (An interview with the author)

    12/26/2005 5:28:02 PM PST · by Stoat · 23 replies · 5,250+ views
    The Telegraph (U.K.) ^ | Christopher Bray
      A writer's life: P J O'Rourke (Filed: 20/12/2005) The author and essayist tells Christopher Bray he'd rather clean the fridge than write.  "America has to act. But, when America acts, other nations accuse us of being 'hegemonistic', of engaging in 'unilateralism', of behaving as if we're the only nation on earth that counts. We are." Who wrote this? That's right. It's P J O'Rourke, letting another poor booby tire himself out by bouncing pompously around the ring until such time as our man deems it fitting to deliver one of his knockout, two-syllable blows. No big words for...
  • Wonderful FReeptoon News!

    10/04/2005 4:06:49 PM PDT · by pcottraux · 22 replies · 918+ views
    October 4 | pcottraux
    My aspiring career as a political cartoonist on FR seemed to be cut short last month when, inexplicably, my scanner quit on me. I had posted 3 toons altogether, but my fourth was not being scanned. Saddened, and confused, I seemed defeated. Just when I was getting responded to: my first two toons went completely unnoticed. But now, joyously, my scanner is up and running again, and now my FReeptoons will be back in action. Look for my next this coming Friday, at about 6 PM. In the meantime, here is the last toon I drew, in a follow-up of...
  • Calling More Christian Writers

    09/17/2005 10:04:24 AM PDT · by Salvation · 12 replies · 644+ views
    Catholic Exchange ^ | 09-17-05 | Terry Mattingly
    by Terry Mattingly Other Articles by Terry Mattingly Calling More Christian Writers 09/17/05 It was hard for businessman Jim Russell to pick up his local newspaper without thinking about one simple church statistic. According to the Yellow Pages, there were 400 churches in and around Lansing, Michigan. That meant there were 400-plus ministers and many thousands of lay people who either read the newspaper or decided not to. Surely, he thought, these readers must have some kind of reaction to what they saw in the news. Yet Russell kept looking — usually without success — for letters to the editor offering...
  • My Pitch Meeting With Steven Spielberg

    08/14/2005 4:22:11 PM PDT · by J. Neil Schulman · 3 replies · 620+ views
    Levine Breaking News ^ | August 14, 2005 | J. Neil Schulman
    My Pitch Meeting With Steven Spielberg by J. Neil SchulmanHere's a picture of Steven Spielberg with E.T. (Spielberg is the one on the right.)In 1982, when E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial was released, six-year-old Brian Herzlinger first got a crush on its young co-star, Drew Barrymore. Twenty-three years later, with a video camera obtained under morally ambiguous circumstances and $1,100 prize money he won on a game show, Brian decided to make the charming, inspirational, and laugh-out-loud funny movie, My Date with Drew, in which he documents his campaign to get a date with his crush. Strategic to Brian's campaign to...
  • A tale of two recluses: McCarthy and Twelve Hawks

    07/24/2005 12:31:36 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 1 replies · 483+ views
    Hindustan Times ^ | July 20, 2005
    American literature boasts plenty of reclusive authors like JD Salinger, but as the cult of celebrity creeps into publishing, most authors find it's not enough to just write a great book. At a time when the gold standard in publishing is JK Rowling's Harry Potter series - the latest instalment was published on Saturday amid a global media blitz - authors are expected to help hype their work. But two major books from US publisher Random House this summer are proof that sometimes authors can still hold out. Cormac McCarthy, who has a reputation as one of America's best living...
  • Islamic Terror? Never Heard of It - (Brit writer says Koran no more aggressive than the Bible!)

    07/14/2005 4:33:42 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 21 replies · 598+ views
    After the 7/7 London bombings many have raced to renounce the phrase “Islamic terrorism.” A London Anglican priest named Paul Hawkins said in a sermon: “We can name the people who did these things as criminals or terrorists. We must not name them as Muslims.” It may seem odd to deny to the likely perpetrators of the bombings the name that they themselves prize above all others, but such are the politically correct dogmas that prevail in most contemporary public discourse. No one is better versed in those dogmas, or more relentless in her pursuit of any dissenters from them...
  • Citizen Journalism Growing - (sites like Free Republic gaining in "power of persuasion" vs. MSM)

    06/28/2005 4:34:01 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 3 replies · 462+ views
    A.I.M.ORG ^ | JUNE 28, 2005 | SHERRIE GOSSETT
    Not surprisingly Glenn Reynolds of Instapundit gave a videoblogging demo, showing just how easy it is to add video reports to online content. In an interesting development, Glaser also reported that Cox announced he is working with the Poynter Institute to offer up online classes for journalists and bloggers explaining blogging basics. The classes will be part of Poynter's NewsU and may include information to help bloggers understand liability issues. On my own blog several months ago I pointed out the great potential for such synergy. Meanwhile newspapers continue to jump on the blogging bandwagon. Brian Gottstein, a former online...
  • The blog that ate real journalism - (what Huffington's crash-and-burn debut really means!)

    05/12/2005 7:56:54 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 18 replies · 974+ views
    TOWNHALL.COM ^ | MAY 11, 2005 | CAL THOMAS
    The Huffington Post, an Internet blog that debuted May 9 after a campaign that would have delighted P.T. Barnum, makes me nostalgic for the good old days of journalism. It isn't that its founder, Arianna Huffington (who named it for herself in true Hollywood "enough about me, not what do YOU think about me" fashion) doesn't have every right to join the increasingly clogged blog superhighway. Rather, this blog has an agenda and speaks mostly to people who already believe what most of its writers say. In The Huffington Post, the musical genius Quincy Jones explains that Michael Jackson's problem...
  • Three cheers for Stalinism! - (great new humorous satirical piece by Isaiah Z. Sterrett!)

    04/27/2005 9:37:19 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 8 replies · 504+ views
    I AM CONTINUALLY stunned by liberals' sublime willingness to provide conservatives with evidence to suit our points. The left-leaning punditocracy feigned outrage over the stories of several writers being paid by the federal government to advance certain Republican ideas, but it should have been the other way around; Martians arriving from their home planet would surely believe that George Bush is paying liberal writers to oppose conservatives. How else would we get such great material? Reflect on the fact that Molly Ivins' current argument against John Bolton is that the North Koreans don't like him. To recap: the North Koreans...
  • The Art of Intelligence

    04/02/2005 11:07:37 AM PST · by neverdem · 15 replies · 1,323+ views
    NY Times ^ | April 2, 2005 | DAVID BROOKS
    OP-ED COLUMNIST The years between 1950 and 1965 were the golden age of American nonfiction. Writers like Jane Jacobs, Louis Hartz, Daniel Bell and David Riesman produced sweeping books on American society and global affairs. They relied on their knowledge of history, literature, philosophy and theology to recognize social patterns and grasp emerging trends. But even as their books hit the stores, their method was being undermined. A different group rejected this generalist/humanist approach and sought to turn social analysis into a science. For example, the father of the U.S. intelligence community, Sherman Kent, argued that social science and intelligence...