I’ve just finished two truly excellent works of nonfiction: Wild and Zeitoun. Both books read like fiction, with clean, clear writing and page-turning suspense. Both document almost unbelievable, out-sized events, in one case likely unique, in the other – horribly – anything but. I highly recommend both books.
I didn’t expect to like Wild. Something about . . . → Read More: wmtc: what i’m reading: wild by cheryl strayed, zeitoun by dave eggers
I’ve been thinking a lot about Kevin Vickers. By now the world knows Vickers’ name: he is the sergeant-at-arms of the Parliament of Canada, and his quick thinking and courage undoubtedly saved lives. Vickers shot killed Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, who had already killed one person and appeared intent on killing others.
Vickers is a hero. But . . . → Read More: wmtc: kevin vickers, nathan cirillo, and canada’s response to recent acts of violence
I think The Onion has outdone itself this time. From the Structural Steel Melt on Tower 7–Grain bread to the Twin Chowers cold cut combo with Ground Zero–Carb vinaigrette on a Let’s Whole Wheat Roll, we’ve got something for everybody this Subtember 11.
. . . → Read More: wmtc: never forget, onion style
I almost forgot to mention, we had some interesting news from home. Everything is fine now, but Essie had her hands full for a while!
I warned Essie about the danger of skunks in our backyard after dark: absolutely never, ever let the dogs run out into the backyard after dark!! I’ve lost track . . . → Read More: wmtc: cantabria to gernika and bilbao, part 1
Although the big 9/11 anniversary was weeks ago, Chris Hedges’ observations are relevant every day. This is a truly excellent piece. This excerpt is not the lede. The beginning of this essay may be triggering for some, as Hedges was at the World Trade … . . . → Read More: wmtc: chris hedges: we are what we loathe
If you’re reading this right now you are doing something that I have refused to do: read any coverage or analysis of 9/11. I am boycotting the wall to wall coverage – the pull-out specials in the newspapers, the live coverage of ceremonies at ground ze… . . . → Read More: RedBedHead: I Refuse To Read 9/11 Memorial Coverage
Every day has a story. But not every day has a story that changes so much in your life. For ten years I haven’t told my story because it’s not special or unique compared to anyone else’s, especially on that day. But I now realize that it’s an important story not compared to anyone else’s . . . → Read More: djkelly.ca: Tuesday, September 11, 2001
Ten years on. Ten years of Islamophobia, endless war, the open rationalization of torture and massacre. Ten years of surveillance, insidiously creeping police state, witch hunts, shredding of personal freedoms. Nine years of torture, medical experiment… . . . → Read More: wmtc: 9.11.11: an anti-remembrance
In Texas, the survivor of a vicious hate crime is campaigning to spare the life of his assailant, who murdered two other people and is scheduled to be executed today.I collect these kinds of stories, and one day I’d like to write more about why I find … . . . → Read More: wmtc: survivor of hate crime fighting to save assailant’s life: join his mission for a world without hate