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Joy Harjo Named U.S. Poet Laureate, Becoming First Native American In That Role : NPR

Joy Harjo Named U.S. Poet Laureate, Becoming First Native American In That Role : NPR
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The Lost Words: An Illustrated Dictionary of Poetic Spells Reclaiming the Language of Nature “Words belong to each other,” Virginia Woolf’s melodious voice unspools in the only surviving recording of her speech — a 1937 love letter to language. “In each word, all words,” the French philosopher Maurice Blanchot writes a generation later as he considers the dual power of language to conceal and to reveal. But because language is our primary sieve of perception, our mightiest means of describing what we apprehend and thus comprehending it, words also belong to that which they describe — or, rather, they are the conduit of belonging between us and the world we perceive. As the bryologist and Native American storyteller Robin Wall Kimmerer observed in her poetic meditation on moss, “finding the words is another step in learning to see.” Losing the words, then, is ceasing to see — a peculiar and pervasive form of blindness that dulls the shimmer of the world, a disability particularly dangerous to the young imagination just learning to apprehend the world through language.

7 Ways Kurt Vonnegut Poisoned Readers’ Minds with Humanity Kurt Vonnegut once said he wanted his novels to “catch people before they become generals and Senators and Presidents,” to “poison their minds with humanity. Encourage them to make a better world.” Here are seven ways he lived up to those aspirations. In an obituary for writer Kurt Vonnegut published in the Los Angeles Times, Elaine Woo called Vonnegut “an American original, often compared to Mark Twain for a vision that combined social criticism, wildly black humor and a call to basic human decency.” She quotes Jay McInerney, who considered Vonnegut “a satirist with a heart, a moralist with a whoopee cushion.” Vonnegut is quoted in the obituary as having once said that his motives as a writer were political and that he urged all writers to be agents of change. It’s one thing to have such lofty intentions as a writer; it’s quite another to produce change in people’s mind and behavior with words. #1: By caring about humanity Kurt Vonnegut cared. In the novel God Bless You, Mr.

Short Stories Online | Philip K. Dick Homepage > Resources > Web Sites > Short Stories Online These Philip K. Dick stories come from Project Gutenberg and are stories that were written early in his career. For more reading formats, visit that site. Only html and text are provided here. Beyond Lies the Wub html text Beyond the Door html text Mr. This title was found on Wikisource by a reader of this site. Adjustment Team pdf This title was found on SFFaudio by a fan. Upon The Dull Earth html 'I even loved his Twankey': Dench, Hopkins, Mirren and more on Ian McKellen at 80 | Culture ‘He’s a fairy godmother with a roaring engine inside’Michael Sheen Ian has been been very important in my life, even before we became good friends. When I was a young teen I remember watching Walter on the TV and being hugely affected by it. Then at Rada in the early 90s, I finally saw him live, in Richard III at the National. I was blown away. For me, one of the most enjoyable phases of his life was when he went: “I don’t give a fuck any more, I’m going to do exactly what I want.” He’s not a mentor. He’s extremely sure of what he believes in, so much so he doesn’t need to push it on people. ‘It was a really, really intense sex club’Bill Condon I first met Ian in Los Angeles in 1997 when he was 57. Nearly 20 years later, when he was about 75, I asked him to play someone who was 92 for Mr Holmes. In the flesh, he doesn’t seem anywhere near 80. Mr Holmes was low budget so Ian invited us all to his house in Limehouse, London, for a huge wrap party. He hasn’t changed much. He’s very funny.

10 Essential Native American Novels Brandon Hobson's remarkable, moving novel, Where the Dead Sit Talking, follows 15-year-old Sequoyah as he becomes the foster child of Harold and Agnes Troutt, a middle-aged couple already fostering 13-year-old George and 17-year-old Rosemary. Sequoyah bonds with Rosemary over their shared Native American heritages—he is Cherokee, she Kiowa. Sequoyah also learns of Harold’s illegal sports bookie business from his foster siblings, and the lure of Harold’s hidden sacks of rolled hundred-dollar bills, tucked safely in a backyard shed, tempt all three children with the possibility for trouble, excess, and freedom. Hobson, a member of the Cherokee Nation Tribe, picks 10 essential Native American novels. The 10 essential Native American novels I’ve listed here are in no specific order. I’ve chosen 10 novels I love, but there are plenty of others I would consider essential, many of which are written by the people on this list. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

Lise Meitner – the forgotten woman of nuclear physics who deserved a Nobel Prize Nuclear fission – the physical process by which very large atoms like uranium split into pairs of smaller atoms – is what makes nuclear bombs and nuclear power plants possible. But for many years, physicists believed it energetically impossible for atoms as large as uranium (atomic mass = 235 or 238) to be split into two. That all changed on Feb. 11, 1939, with a letter to the editor of Nature – a premier international scientific journal – that described exactly how such a thing could occur and even named it fission. In that letter, physicist Lise Meitner, with the assistance of her young nephew Otto Frisch, provided a physical explanation of how nuclear fission could happen. It was a massive leap forward in nuclear physics, but today Lise Meitner remains obscure and largely forgotten. What happens when you split an atom Meitner went further to explain how her scientific colleagues had gotten it wrong. Meitner had an alternative explanation. As a Jewish woman, Meitner was left behind

The Third Self: Mary Oliver on Time, Concentration, the Artist's Task, and the Central Commitment of the Creative Life “In the wholeheartedness of concentration,” the poet Jane Hirshfield wrote in her beautiful inquiry into the effortless effort of creativity, “world and self begin to cohere. With that state comes an enlarging: of what may be known, what may be felt, what may be done.” But concentration is indeed a difficult art, art’s art, and its difficulty lies in the constant conciliation of the dissonance between self and world — a difficulty hardly singular to the particular conditions of our time. Two hundred years before social media, the great French artist Eugène Delacroix lamented the necessary torment of avoiding social distractions in creative work; a century and a half later, Agnes Martin admonished aspiring artists to exercise discernment in the interruptions they allow, or else corrupt the mental, emotional, and spiritual privacy where inspiration arises. Oliver writes: It is a silver morning like any other.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Was More Radical Than You Think - by Ben Passmore On the 50th anniversary of his death, it’s time to remember who he really was by Ben Passmore Posted April 4th, 2018 Rise and Shine.The World is Doomed. The Nib, delivered to your inbox every AM.