When Your Skin Smothers You

“No matter how corrupt, greedy, and heartless our government, our corporations, our media, and our religious and charitable institutions may become, the music will still be wonderful.”

–Kurt Vonnegut, A Man Without a Country

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Lies in Black and White

I am nearly as excited to see the upcoming film A Fragile Trust as I am to see the Captain America sequel. “The Jayson Blair scandal,” the documentary’s site explains, “is [...] a complex story about power, ethics, representation, race, and accountability in the mainstream media.” That is not hype. If you’re unfamiliar with Blair, check out the trailer below and see what you decide.

Recently I heard another such story of journalistic fudging. Like Blair, writer Mike Finkle lied in his pieces. The result is unsettling, I feel. Hear Finkle’s story yourself on NPR’s Snap Judgment.

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Sciencey Reads and Tweets

Author and NPR journalist Adam Frank wants to know what you think is the #bestsciencefilm (as opposed to the best science fiction film). Read his article here.

pinkSpirit Science & Metaphysics hopes you’ll visit “33 Unbelievable Places” on Earth.

pink2I’m now on Twitter and I mostly will not be tweeting the same info that I blog here, so you may find my feed of interest. Let me know @markpaulharwood if you have any lit (or other) items you’d like me to post.

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Writer’s Dread

“One result of lavishing a good part of your one and only life on your books is that you come to feel that, as a person, you are faking it.”

–Susan Sontag, “Sontag and I”

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Creativity: A Spiral of Excitement and Despair

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A Boy and His Tiger and Their Movie

posterGive in to nostalgia. movieI have, and I’m happier for it. Today I finished reading The Authoritative Calvin and Hobbes, and tomorrow I’ll begin its follow-up, The Indispensable Calvin and Hobbes…if I can wait. These comics are as funny and gorgeous today as I remember them being in my childhood, and apparently I’m not the only one whose mind lingers on the comic strip. A recent documentary, Dear Mr. Watterson, is many a fan’s love letter to cartoonist Bill Watterson and his art.

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Serious Reading

I hope that the international community will be moved by the detail, the amount, the long duration, the great suffering and the many tears that have existed in North Korea to act on the crimes against humanity. [...] We can’t say we didn’t know.

–Judge Michael Donald Kirby

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Read:
(1) “Report of the commission of inquiry on human rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea
(2) The Orphan Master’s Son, a Pulitzer-winning novel by Adam Johnson

Watch:
(1) Camp 14: Total Control Zone, a documentary
(2) The VICE Guide to North Korea, online documentary in three parts

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