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#10Readings – May 15, 2016

In Art, Books, Chicago, Education, Events, Film, History, literature, music, news, University of Chicago on May 15, 2016 at 10:37 pm

Things I have Written

  1. Amplify Arts Conference | Voices UChicago
  2. 4 Events from 3rd Week | Voices UChicago

Books Recently Read (& Recommended)

3. The Big Short by Michael Lewis | The Financial System.  Run by honest geniuses.  Best of The Best.

4. Death from the Skies by Philip Plaitt | Clear Science Writing.  Lot of things to (not) worry about.

Found on the Internet

5. How Illinois Pays For Public Schools, $9,794 Vs. $28,639 | WBEZ |  unconscionable.

6. 2016: Age Of The On-Screen Black Superhero | Two years before #BlackPanther

7. Heads Up: More F-Bombs Being Dropped in Public, New Research Shows | It’s not just me.

8. ‘Normal America’ Is Not A Small Town Of White People | Demographics are changing, even if perceptions lag behind.

9. Columbia is first U.S. university to divest from prisons | Divestment movements remain a viable method to advance moral arguments

10. Oral history: Prince’s life, as told by the people who knew him best | One of many good stories about Prince published after his passing



I liked Elysium

In Africa, Art, Film on August 10, 2013 at 1:39 pm


I liked Elysium.

But then, I *would* like Elysium.

I like anti-apartheid stories, including healthcare apartheid stories, especially when they are allegorical.

I like the gritty style of sci-fi film that looks low-budget (even when it clearly is not).

I like my villians to speak a little afrikaans, and wield samurai swords while wearing exosuits.

I could go on…

Review: Space, In Chains

In Art, Books on March 11, 2012 at 4:00 am

Space, In Chains
Space, In Chains by Laura Kasischke
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I don’t feel well-versed enough in modern poetry to be able to say anything about how “Space, In Chains” compares to any of its contemporaries, or if it merits all of the awards and distinctions that it’s earned (from NYT, National Book Critics, etc), but I can say that for me it accomplished what I think all poetry ought to aim to do – leave me in wonder of how such big ideas and strong emotions can be conveyed with such an economy of words.


Random Photo Credit / #uchicago

In University of Chicago on March 9, 2012 at 6:26 pm

I got a random photo credit on the University of Chicago’sNews for Parents & Families” newsletter for one of my pictures (above) from the University’s MLK Service Day.   As a would-be photographer, I’m still overly pleased whenever I get a real photo credit.