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 […]
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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, […]
FROM NBC NEWS: What do President Donald Trump, CNN anchor Jake Tapper, The Washington Post, Breitbart and Jack Dorsey, the head of Twitter, all have in common? They and nearly 40 celebrities and politicians were all roped into retweeting or otherwise engaging with accounts created by a Russian “troll factory” to millions of followers, according […]
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 […]
“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 […]
Watch the trailer for Deanne Stillman’s new book, Blood Brothers: The Story of the Strange Friendship between Sitting Bull and Buffalo Bill. Then join her Tuesday, November 14, 6 to 7:30, for Writers Read at Fallbrook Library. Click here for more information.
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 […]
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 […]
Documentary filmmaker Lance Warren interrogates the silence around lynching in the American South. By Lance Warren, October 2017 We turned left at Maplesville and headed for Clanton, drawn by word of a Confederate flag and rumor of a lynching. Ida B. Wells wrote about the killing 125 years earlier. Now, we’d read in the paper, stars […]
READ ME! By ERIC REID, SEPT. 25, 2017 In early 2016, I began paying attention to reports about the incredible number of unarmed black people being killed by the police. The posts on social media deeply disturbed me, but one in particular brought me to tears: the killing of Alton Sterling in my hometown Baton Rouge, La. […]
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 […]
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 […]
Reviewed by Kit-Bacon Gressitt Previously published by Gay San Diego Bestselling author and journalist Steven Gaines is prolific. With 13 published books, nine of them in the realm of biography, Gaines has made an art of getting into other people’s heads — and letting them into his. He has written or co-written insightful portrayals of […]
This is pretty darn interesting: Sexism and misogyny are pervasive—even in the realm of deep thinkers. Too bad, though, the author relegated “minorities” to a parenthetical. By GARY GUTTING, SEPTEMBER 18, 2017 “There is a deep well of rage inside of me. Rage about how I as an individual have been treated in philosophy; rage […]
By Kit-Bacon Gressitt Previously published by Gay San Diego Prepare one large stack of index cards, each containing the memory of a significant life event, its date and the author’s age at the time in one corner. Arrange the cards in chronological order. Mix in three themes—food, love and bipolar disorder—and stir gently. Skim […]
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 […]
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 […]
At the Mexico-U.S. border fence. By JR. Learn more at NPR.
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 […]
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 […]