Writers Read at Fallbrook Library Presents Ruth Nolan


Ruth Nolan, chronicler of the California desert, will read and discuss her writings, October 11, 2016

Ruth Nolan writes about the California desert. Her fiction and nonfiction writing and poetry have been published recently in Rattling Wall; Desert Oracle; Women’s Studies Quarterly; Rhino Baby; News from Native California; Sierra Club Desert Report, Lumen and The Desert Sun, Palm Springs.


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History Today? “The White Race and the Negroes”


White supremacy isn't just for anti-government loonies

By Kit-Bacon Gressitt

Political polling suggests the worst could come to pass in the November presidential election; another gunman goes on a mall rampage; refugees and rapes, police shootings and racism; horror dominates the news.

I escape to my womb of an office and read old newspapers, mostly local weeklies. They’re filled with nineteenth century sarcasm and local gossip—who planted crops too soon or too late, who paid whom a visit the weekend last, whose chickens got loose, who had one too many pints at the tavern. Like much of today’s supposed newscasts, these papers offered more opinion than fact, but the distance of time renders them quaintly entertaining.


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Share this video: Save the Day Vote by Josh Whedon


Josh Whedon's new PSA video culls some favorite entertainers from popular shows* to joke to the rooftops: Save the Day – Vote!

If you haven’t yet registered to vote in the presidential election, on Tuesday, November 8, do it now—before your state’s deadline. Visit Save the Day – Vote! today to determine your deadline and learn the easiest way to register.


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Did she deserve it?


And when, if ever, is misogyny funny?

By Kit-Bacon Gressitt

Disclaimer 1: I know it is not wise to watch videos posted on social media. More often than not, their contents suggest that weird folks create them to get their jollies from the number of viewers who choose to watch weird stuff.

Disclaimer 2: I don’t always act on my hard-earned wisdom.

So, a few days ago, I watched a video on Facebook, because I love the artist who posted it (Ladislao Loera) and because the female subject of the video’s comedy was a public figure I previously enjoyed critiquing.


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Writers Read at Fallbrook Library Presents Poet Karla Cordero


Spoken word artist reads from her new collection on Tuesday, September 13

Karla Cordero is the 2015 recipient of the Spoken Word Immersion Fellowship for writers of color from The Loft Literary Center and recipient of the Global Diversity Award at San Diego State University. Cordero curates Voice For Change and hosts writing workshops for undocumented migrants in shelters located in Mexicali, Mexico.


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The Burkini: Banning oppression or modesty, it’s marginalizing either way


Local bans on the “burkini” are counterproductive.

By Katha Pollitt

Oh, France, what is the matter with you? In the wake of the Bastille Day massacre of 84 by a Tunisian truck driver who plowed through a crowd in Nice, followed by the murder of a Catholic priest by jihadis in Normandy, Nice, Cannes, and several other beach towns have banned the “burkini,” the top-to-toe bathing suit for Muslim women.


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You have no idea what your words mean


Trump responds to accusations of racism, calls Clinton a bigot; journalist calls man who would be emperor clearly unclad

By Kit-Bacon Gressitt

On Friday, after watching a CNN video clip of Donald Trump insisting Hillary Clinton is a bigot, the journalist, author and “Morning Joe” co-host Mika Brzezinski looked into the camera with a solemn face and said, “Donald Trump, you have no idea what your words mean. You have no idea. You have no idea what your words mean.”


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Postcards from Greece


By Kit-Bacon Gressitt

“I’m a big-ass feminist,” proclaims the sixteen-year-old tourist, his enthusiasm leaping through the stacks and first editions displayed at Atlantis Books, in Oia, Greece. “I’m a drama student,” he says in demi-pointe. “But I don’t like Shakespeare. He’s a dick. Romeo and Juliette is a parody of love. I want to go to university in the U.S.” He glissades into the next room. “I have to get out of Bahrain.”


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The week that was


Zika funding bill, Olympic victory, Harvey Milk and more

By Kit-Bacon Gressitt

Donald Trump recognized hump day by declaring himself regret-free for twitter bombing the parents of a U.S. Army officer slain in Iraq. To deflect criticism, he attempted to correlate the grieving parents of the Muslim-American war hero with terrorism. “Get smart,” Trump writes. Apparently not.


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Wisdom Worker


By Sharon Thompson

Perhaps
in days of deep pine wilderness
and cooking stones lowered into baskets of thick soup,
there were elders to consult.
Huts in which to kneel and learn.
Dreams of smoky revelation.
Heart beats measured on drums of stretched skin. …


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