Entries by kbgressitt

Claire, in Geneva

By Michelle DeRose “a misguided girl of 17 who had forced herself upon Byron while he was still in England and who, in January, 1817, bore him a daughter, Allegra.” –The Norton Anthology of English Literature   I hear his thumps down damp corridors and lean into the oak of my closed door, try to swallow […]

Coconut Boys

A true, anti-war story—because the greatest gift for veterans is to keep the peace By Kit-Bacon Gressitt   Mr. Phan stands and faces the passengers, his small frame mostly hidden by his seat back, a microphone in his hand. He blinks through thick, round glasses. Nodding in one direction, his eyes grow large; in another, […]

Gladiators

By Penny Perry for Colin Kaepernick   Poor men. Former slaves. Doors slamming in their brains. Eyes squinting through bronze grids. Limbs, lungs, exposed like glass windows. Clothed. Fed. Celebrated with laurel wreaths. Told not to speak. Mouths shut like boarded houses. Words in ruins like the fields of rubble where they once lived. Half […]

From Brave New Films: Close Immigrant Prisons

“Few Americans know about our nation’s system of immigrant detention centers. Each year, the U.S. government locks up roughly 440,000 immigrants in over 200 immigrant prisons. These prisons have grown into a highly privatized, lucrative and abusive industry that profits off misery. “We’re doing everything we can to expose the abuses of the deportation industrial […]

Writers Read Presents Deanne Stillman

On November 14, 2017 Deanne Stillman will discuss her new book Blood Brothers: The Story of the Strange Friendship between Sitting Bull and Buffalo Bill   Preceded by open mic for original poetry and prose Date: Tuesday, November 14, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. Location: Fallbrook Library, 124 S Mission, Fallbrook Deanne Stillman is returning to Writers Read with […]

Sexual Harassment and Power

By Kit-Bacon Gressitt Note: This has been updated from a 2009 version.   My high school English teacher was an expansive man, ensnared by the vagaries of a congenital defect. The first class that watched him thrash across the room, dragging his clubfoot behind him, dubbed him “The Galloping Guinea,” effectively vilifying his ethnicity and […]

The Alchemy of Moonlight

  By Scott Gressitt for Tom Petty   I wheel, yet again, around the lake the blue water behind me the black water below me the golden hills up to the left roof down, windows down expectations down the glowing orb performed her daily retirement nicely again for me today, just for me when time […]

College Students React to Racism in the U.S.

From Fine Brothers Entertainment   In this video from FBE, college students react to the tragic events of past weeks, and racism in the United States. FBA brings you the stuff you want to talk more about, from their award-winning REACT series, to shows across scripted, unscripted, animation, interactive, sketch comedy, and more. FBE makes originals for […]

October 10, 2017, Fallbrook Writers Read Presents

Danielle Mages Amato reading and discussing The Hidden Memory of Objects   Preceded by open mic for original poetry and prose Date: Tuesday, October 10, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. Location: Fallbrook Library, 124 S Mission, Fallbrook San Diego-based debut author Danielle Mages Amato has created a fascinating mystery with a dash of the paranormal in her novel […]

From Esquire: The Falling Man

This might be difficult to read. Read it anyway. The Falling Man: an unforgettable story By Tom Junod Esquire, Sep 9, 2016 Do you remember this photograph? In the United States, people have taken pains to banish it from the record of September 11, 2001. The story behind it, though, and the search for the […]

From SPLC: President Trump’s DACA Statement, Annotated

From the Southern Poverty Law Center, September 6, 2017 The Trump administration announced that it will be rescinding the DACA program, which has protected 800,000 young adults from deportation. President Trump released a statement defending this heartless, inhumane decision. For accuracy and context, the SPLC has annotated the president’s statement below. “As President, my highest […]

President Barack Obama on DACA decision

Obama condemns Trump decision to end DACA—graciously, of course   Immigration can be a controversial topic. We all want safe, secure borders and a dynamic economy, and people of goodwill can have legitimate disagreements about how to fix our immigration system so that everybody plays by the rules. But that’s not what the action that […]