The Loving Story: tears welled in my eyes watching this

The video below is the trailer for an upcoming film, The Loving Story, by Elisabeth Haviland & James and Nancy Buirski, about the Supreme Court case of Loving vs. Virginia, contesting the legality of miscegenation (interracial cohabitation or marriage). The film project is currently in the final days of funding at Kickstarter, the “largest funding… Read more of: The Loving Story: tears welled in my eyes watching this

my life in 365 days

Directly inspired by Ev’Yan and her “my life in 365 days” post, i’ve decided i want to try taking a photo … every day … for a year. It’s tempting to think it’s easy, but as a person who’s attempted (and “completed”) several poetry 30-in-30s (at least one poem every day for 30 consecutive days),… Read more of: my life in 365 days

the Oxford English Dictionary is dead—long live the Oxford English Dictionary

I love words. Without shuddering from the dreaded “labeling,” i am a logo- and bibliophile. So when i heard the news, as reported by the NY Times and the Huffington Post, that there would be an imminent dem…transitioning of the Oxford English Dictionary from print and online versions to only the latter, i was immediately disheartened… Read more of: the Oxford English Dictionary is dead—long live the Oxford English Dictionary

continued compromise of the 1st Amendment: banned books

(Originally Published 24 Oct 2010) The challenging and banning of books is a direct attack on our First Amendment as U.S. Citizens. From the ALA website: Challenges do not simply involve a person expressing a point of view; rather, they are an attempt to remove material from the curriculum or library, thereby restricting the access… Read more of: continued compromise of the 1st Amendment: banned books

short-term influence of free digital versions on book sales

With the growing purveyance of digital books and ebook readers flooding the publishing and consumer markets, respectively, it was apropos stumbling upon this paper by John Hilton III and David Wiley of the Journal of Electric Publishing, tackling the question that’s on many authors’ and publishers’ minds: Increasingly, authors and publishers are freely distributing their… Read more of: short-term influence of free digital versions on book sales

darling Nikki (Giovanni): your transparency should be lauded

When encountering an artist’s work for the first time, especially one who’s lauded doubly for her writing ability and Civil Rights activism (and the coupling of both), it’s dismaying when the work is underwhelming. With Sacred Cows…And Other Edibles, that surely is not the case. In fact, i don’t believe the work of Nikki Giovanni,… Read more of: darling Nikki (Giovanni): your transparency should be lauded

age of privacy over? the (unsolicited) transparency agenda of Zuckerberg

Facebook has been an integral part of my life since Oct 2004—back when only a hundred or so colleges and their constituency were part of the social networking site. It has since grown from a fledgling, exclusive college-only website of many interconnected networks, into an Internet behemoth that rivals Google and Microsoft with its web… Read more of: age of privacy over? the (unsolicited) transparency agenda of Zuckerberg

become a patron of the arts—of writing, of film, of … whatever

Often, I stumble upon an engrossing website or an excellent blog post or WordPress plugin, and I immediately think about donating to the cause, but for whatever reason, I rarely ever give. Usually a lack of a “donate” button (from PayPal or Amazon) deters me from doing so. There is now a fix: new micro-payment/donating… Read more of: become a patron of the arts—of writing, of film, of … whatever