And the Band Played On
During a recent visit to New Orleans, I attended the funeral of Antoinette K-Doe who passed away on February 24th, the first day of Mardi Gras this year. Owner of the popular Mother-in-Law restaurant in Treme, one of the oldest African American neighborhoods,... Additionally, she took twenty-seven foster children under her care and was indeed a fixture on the Krewe de Vieux floats during Mardi Gras parades.
Black Peruvians: A Vanishing Presence?
A freedman from Angola, a Peruvian legend says, lived in a shantytown on the edge of colonial Lima. An ardent convert to Catholicism, he painted a picture of Christ on one of the shantytown’s walls. When an earthquake ravaged Lima in the 1650s, that wall remained standing.
Common Ground for a People Divided: Let’s Start with Community College
Helo Pad, Camp Bastion
At precisely 2135 my public affairs escort to the Helo Pad shows up and we load my gear into the back of a beat up mini-van. My backpack is pretty heavy and there are black and blue welts on both my forearms from all the times I’ve slung it on and off the past couple days. It’s good to have a little help. I ask him what day it is and he tells me Saturday. I think it’s Friday.
Junot Diaz – The Only Way Out is In
Author Junot Diaz electrified a packed room of over two hundred at Yale on Nov. 12, 2013 with fighting words: "If you're writing real art, no one wants your shit anyway...The point of an artist is to give people what they don't want. The day you start giving people what they want you become an entertainer."
Living the Dada Life: Andrei Codrescu Style
Because in the dada world, poets (and other mischief makers) will always make the best headlines… and the dada world might very well be the REAL world according to Andrei Codrescu’s latest book, The Posthuman Dada Guide (Princeton University Press).You see, headlines are dada, especially when you take out a pair of scissors and whip down a shot of whiskey while reconstructing prose. (I warn you, this is not easy—but neither is dada).
Rolex Arts Weekend – I Discovered a Mountain
As library patrons and tourists filed into the front entrance of the New York Public Library on 42nd Street and Fifth Avenue, another cluster of people formed along the side of the century-old institution. On a cloudy Sunday afternoon in November, a crowd of bookish types, journalists and rockers strained their necks for a glimpse of the soon-to-appear speakers as they walked into the Celeste Bartos forum of the New York Public Library, a ballroom sized space with towering ceilings. Four chairs had been arranged in a semi-circle on stage.
The Fourth Wall Arts Salon: Confessions of a Cynic
The Other Side of Abu Ghraib – Part Two: The Yoga Teacher Goes to Istanbul
The Other Side Of Abu Ghraib — Part One
…the following acts are and shall remain prohibited at any time and in any place whatsoever with respect to the above-mentioned persons: (a) Violence to life and person, in particular murder of all kinds, mutilation, cruel treatment and torture; (b) Taking of hostages; (c) Outrages upon personal dignity, in particular, humiliating and degrading treatment;... --- — The Geneva Convention/Article 3
Why Clowns are Knocking at Our Doors
Veterans Finding a Home
62,000 Vets will wake up homeless today. One of seven homeless adults is a Vet. Today twenty-two Vets will commit suicide. Vets will be twice as likely as non-Vets to be without a job.