Friday, October 31, 2014


I remember Halloween as a night of homemade costumes (lion, princess, Little Red Riding Hood, ladybug…) and the smell of apple cider, the brilliant colors of the autumn foliage, filling our pillowcases with trick-or-treat candy and pouring our loot out on the kitchen table to count the treats after we came home. There was a lady on our block that gave out king-size candy bars, and a man who gave quarters instead of candy, and a house a few courts behind us that did an elaborate haunted house culminating in some kind of horrific spectacle like an old man jumping out from a doorway wearing a bloodied flannel shirt (ketchup?) and waving a chainsaw at us before doling out candy as we screamed.


In January the E-Channel will be turned into a book. This is the year long project that Charles Johnson and I did back in 2011. Everything you ever wanted to know about his work can be found here, as well as his comments on Martin Luther King, Jr, Buddhism and the craft of writing. This is Johnson up close and personal. A book for scholars as well as the everyday reader concerned with maintaining a good moral compass.

Thursday, October 30, 2014


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Rising Waters

Thursday, November 6, 6:30–8 pm

Conservative estimates predict an 8–24 inch rise in water levels by 2020 on the 11,000 miles of Chesapeake Bay coastlines which, combined with storm surge, will significantly impact local communities. Panelists discuss strategies to adapt to rising waters, including wetland and reef restoration, engineering, and reducing impermeable surfaces.
1.5 LU HSW (AIA) | 1.5 CM (AICP) | 1.5 PDH (LA CES)


Rising Waters is generously sponsored by The Nature Conservancy.





If you want to know why KC lost the game yesterday just look at this play. (See link below)
The KC third base coach should have waved Gordon home. Notice how the relay throw is not handled well. Gordon only slows down because he is looking at the coach.
What do you have to lose by sending Gordon home?  What are the odds that the next KC batter is going to get a hit against Bumgarner? Better to be thrown out at the plate instead of fouling out to the Panda to end the Series.


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The Italian Embassy
Nov. 19  6:30pm-7:30pm  POETRY AND MUSIC
3000 Whitehaven Syreet N.W.

American Initiative For Italian Culture
presents the premiere of a new publication by Bordighera Press

(Poems of an Italian Childhood)
Poems by Grace Cavalieri , with Italian translations by Sabine Pascarelli
Grace and Sabine will read  in English and Italian
The evening will feature musical interludes by  world class violinist Diana Sundsvold
Sarah Browning, Silvana Straw, Rose Solari and Miles Moore will add their poems, in English,for the evening


Cornel West: Video - Strand bookstore October 22, 2014

Cornel West and Darryl Pinckney discussed the financialization, militarization, and privatization of the United States government. West also provided an update on the protests in Ferguson, MO where he and 49 other people were arrested for disturbing the peace.
This conversation took place the Strand bookstore’s rare book room, on October 22, 2014 in New York City. Watch ▶


Browse the National History Center's video library, now organized by subject, region, and era. Consider making a course assignment out of a Washington History Seminar or a Congressional briefing.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014


People would rather have their news curated by friends rather than editors.

   - David Bradley
     Atlantic Media Company

You and a guest are cordially invited to
 Full Spectrum: The Prolific Master within Loïs Mailou Jones

Opening Reception:
Monday | November 3 | 2014 | 6-8 PM

200 I (Eye) Street, SE Washington, DC 20003
Hosted by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities in partnership with the Loïs Mailou Jones Trust. Full Spectrum welcomes home a traveling collection of both well known and unknown artworks by iconic Washingtonian artist, Loïs Mailou Jones. Since making her home in Washington, DC in 1930, she made an indelible mark on our city and shaped the careers of countless artists as an esteemed Howard University professor and founder of arts education Programs. Her extensive international travels to places such as France, Greece, Haiti, Nigeria, and China, are reflected in her vast canon of works, as she painted scenes and subjects at each destination. Loïs Mailou Jones is remembered as a pioneer in the arts, a master of many mediums, and a treasure to the District of Columbia.

To RSVP or for more information, email:

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Commissioners: Judith Terra, Chair | Lavinia Wohlfarth, Vice Chair | Marvin Bowser | Susan Clampitt | Christopher Cowan | Edmund C. Fleet | Antoinette Ford | Rhona Wolfe Friedman | Alma H. Gates | 
Darrin L. Glymph | Barbara J. Jones | James E. Laws, Jr. | Rogelio A. Maxwell | MaryAnn Miller |
José Alberto Uclés | Gretchen B. Wharton

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Ebola has infected more than 10,100 individuals and has led to the deaths of at least 4,922 people, mainly in Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Liberia. As awful as this disease is, it’s the human politics around it that are making it an epidemic, and those human politics are fueled by systemic racism. 
As our featured article states, “racism is fueling the Ebola crisis in Western Africa, with African lives seen as worth less than those of Westerners. As the disease rages, we should point the finger at the failure of Western governments and drug companies to deliver the needed resources. They are more concerned with enforcing borders and protecting profits than with stopping an epidemic that threatens the lives of untold thousands.” 
We need to support the build-up of health care systems and empower health care workers that can adequately meet the needs of patients in Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Liberia. All lives matter. Black lives matter. African lives matter. 
Here in the US, you can support health care workers caring for Ebola patients by signing National Nurse’s United'spetition for adequate protocols and Credo’s petition calling for the GOP to stop blocking confirmation of a Surgeon General.  
In Solidarity,
Sonia, Darakshan, Candice, Suzy and Samantha
PS. We are looking for awesome Spring Peace Organizing interns who want to change the world.Click here to fill out the application.
Want to stay in the loop? Click here for our full list of progressive events in the DC Metro Area.

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Announcing BOMB: The Author Interviews
& Launch Party

BOMB The Author Interviews

BOMB: The Author Interviews

Edited by Betsy Sussler
Introduction by Francine Prose

We are proud to present our first anthology of writers' conversations with Soho Press, collecting over 30 years of illuminating conversations between some of the brightest minds of world literature.

Publishers Weekly has already raved about it in a starred review: "Insights abound, with some writers revealing intensely personal feelings and others focusing on books, writing, and broader ideas about literature... [T]heir discussions feels akin to eavesdropping."

If you'd like to buy a copy (or two), Soho Press is offering friends of BOMB a 40% discount off the $40 cover price when you pre-order before November 4th. Simply enter in the code 0JOJ6PDBLG3I when prompted.

Launch Party
Wednesday, Nov. 12th, 7pm
Housing Works Bookstore in Soho

If you're around NYC, we invite you to attend our launch party with contributors and friends, plus  revealing excerpts read by Kate Vaulk and Ari Fliakos of the acclaimed theater company The Wooster Group.


Chris Abani + Colm Tóibín | Kathy Acker + Mark Magill
Martin Amis + Patrick McGrath 
| Roberto Bolaño + Carmen Boullosa
Guillermo Cabrera Infante + Oscar Hijuelos 
| Maryse Condé + Rebecca Wolff

Dennis Cooper + Benjamin Weissman 
| Lydia Davis + Francine Prose
Junot Díaz + Edwidge Danticat 
| Geoff Dyer + Jonathan Lethem
Jennifer Egan + Heidi Julavits 
| Jeffrey Eugenides + Jonathan Safran Foer

Brian Evenson + Blake Butler 
| Nuruddin Farah + Kwame Anthony Appiah
Paula Fox + Lynne Tillman 
| Jonathan Franzen + Donald Antrim
Mary Gaitskill + Matthew Sharpe 
| Kimiko Hahn + Laurie Sheck

Wilson Harris + Fred D’Aguiar 
| Bernard-Henri Lévy + Frederic Tuten
Wayne Koestenbaum + Kenneth Goldsmith 
| Rachel Kushner + Hari Kunzru
Ben Lerner + Adam Fitzgerald 
| Sam Lipsyte + Christopher Sorrentino

Ben Marcus + Courtney Eldridge 
| Steven Millhauser + Jim Shepard
Álvaro Mutis + Francisco Goldman 
| Sharon Olds + Amy Hempel
Dale Peck + Jim Lewis 
| Sapphire + Kelvin Christopher James

Lore Segal + Han Ong 
| Charles Simic + Tomaž Šalamun
Justin Taylor + Ben Mirov 
| John Edgar Wideman + Caryl Phillips
Tobias Wolff + A.M. Homes
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Tuesday, October 28, 2014


Transition is a unique forum for fresh perspectives on global issues, literature and art, cultures and people, with an emphasis on Africa and the Diaspora.

Alejandro de la Fuente
Harvard University

Visual Arts Editor
Gwendolyn DuBois Shaw 
University of Pennsylvania

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Mark your calendar!

Beyond the Myth 

Featuring issue 116 contributors:
Warren Binford
Xolela Mangcu
Steven Nelson
Harvard Book Store 
Tues, December 2
7:00 pm  

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Open Access
In the weeks leading up to the launch of our special commemorative issue on Nelson Mandela (116), Transition and Indiana University Press are offering open access to six related articles from our archives. 
We hope you will enjoy these first two installments:
  • Letter from South Africa by Bessie Head
    published in Transition 11 (1963) - (this .pdf also includes an interesting announcement of the death of John F. Kennedy, Jr.)
Check this website each week for the latest open access articles. And please mark your calendar for our event "Mandela: Beyond the Myth" at the Harvard Book Store on December 2nd.
More to follow!... 
Issue 116 is our special issue remembering
Nelson Mandela.
Contributors include Wole Soyinka, Nadine Gordimer, Xolela Mangcu, Adam Habib, Pierre de Vos, Warren Bindford, Abdeldjalil Larbi Youcef, Aaron Bady, Marvin Dunn, Kurt Campbell, Steven Nelson, Meghan Healy-Clancy, Hugo Canham, Rebecca VanDiver, and Christopher J. Lee. 

This issue will be the first under the direction ofTransition's new Editor, Alejandro de la Fuente. 
Coming in December 2014.
Pre-order at the number below!

Individual Print Subscription: $39.50 / 3 issues   
For single issue orders, please call  [800] 842.6796  
Current issue
Transition 115 finds us 'Mad.' The issue looks at connections between blackness and psychology, examining Richard Wright's attempts to bring clinical psychotherapy to Harlem and revealing the links between schizophrenia and fears of black "psychos."

Contributors include Carina del Valle Schorske, Gabriel Mendes, Jonathan Metzl, Robin Hammond, Frederick Harris, jewel bush, Yohuru Williams, Peniel Joseph, Kabu Okai-Davies, Irene Yoon, Krishna Lewis, Vijay Iyer, Catherine Keyser, and Lara Stein Pardo.
Submit Your Work 
Transition publishes writing from and about Africa and the African diaspora, with an eye towards a global perspective. Submissions are accepted on a year-round rolling basis. See guidelines and submit your work here. We look forward to hearing from you! 

TRANSITION is a publication of the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University.
Published by Indiana University Press.


Please teach the Dallas Cowboys how to tackle.  Give these guys rope during practice.


One should explore "magical thinking" within black intellectual thought. How many of us have been following a Black Peter Pan or simply wishing for one?
Maybe this is why we might never change our views on race matters.
Oh, and how many black men might simply be magicians? Black fathers disappearing into hats. Black women crying for the bunny.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Superstorm Sandy. Super Typhoon Haiyan. Super Typhoon Vongfong.
The past few years, we’ve seen devastating superstorms hitting coastlines across the globe with more power than ever. Many of us are asking, “Why is this happening? What can be done?” 
On October 29, people around the world are coming together in a digital day of action to remember these storms, discuss the impacts of carbon pollution on our weather, and demand solutions to climate change.
As part of this day of action, The Climate Reality Project is hosting a free informational webinar to highlight the connection between dirty energy from fossil fuels and the extreme weather devastating our cities. 

What’s more, in this webinar, we’ll show you how you can speak out against carbon pollution that gives this “weather on steroids” its strength.
What: Carbon Pollution, Our Changing Climate, and What You Can Do
When: Wednesday October 29, 10:00 a.m. PT / 1:00 p.m. ET
Where: Your computer. To register, click here.
Who: The Climate Reality Project
In the next few weeks, we’ll mark two painful anniversaries: Superstorm Sandy on October 29 and Super Typhoon Haiyan on November 8. We are all affected by climate change, and we need everyone to to work together to protect our future. Will you help?
Click here to register today, and join us in this day of action.
Hope you can attend this important event,
The Climate Reality team
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Georgetown University Library
In Flanders Fields
University Librarian Artemis G. Kirk
and the Georgetown University Library Associates
in conjunction with the Department of English

cordially invite you to

the Annual Casey-McIlvane Memorial Lecture

Poetry of Witness

with editors

Carolyn L. Forché
Director of Georgetown’s Lannan Center, Professor of Poetry and English


Duncan Wu
Professor of English, Georgetown University

Thursday, November 6, 2014
Reception at 6:30 p.m.
Program at 7 p.m.
Copley Formal Lounge, Copley Hall, Georgetown University
Book signing to follow

RSVP by Friday, October 31, at or 202-687-7446
Poetry of Witness is an anthology featuring the work of poets who have witnessed war, imprisonment, torture and slavery. Echoing Forché’s groundbreaking scholarship on this topic, this work illuminates the full range of the human experience. Alongside Shakespeare, Milton and Wordsworth, the volume includes such writers as Anne Askew, tortured and executed for her religious beliefs during the reign of Henry VIII; Phillis Wheatley, abducted by slave traders; Samuel Bamford, present at the Peterloo Massacre in 1819; William Blake, who witnessed the Gordon Riots of 1780; and Samuel Menashe, survivor of the Battle of the Bulge.

The Casey-McIlvane Endowed Library Lecture Fund was established in memory of Francis L. Casey Jr. (C’50, L’53) and in honor of the Reverend Donald W. McIlvane (F’46) through the generous joint gift of Nancy McIlvane Del Genio (F’82) and the late Roseanne McIlvane Casey (S’79).

The Georgetown University Library Associates are a group of Georgetown alumni, parents and friends dedicated to supporting the Library. To learn more, contact us at 202-687-7446 or visit us at
Image: In Flanders Fields by Lieut. Col. John McCrae. Illustrated by Ernest Clegg. Printed in a limited edition of 500 copies at the Shop of William Edwin Rudge, Mount Vernon, New York, 1921. From the Rare Books Collection in the Library’s Booth Family Center for Special CollectionsIn Flanders Fields is featured in Poetry of Witness.
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