Friday, August 19, 2005

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Tuesday, June 14, 2005

PBS and NPR the way of the dinosaurs? Only quicker?

This just sent via Mr. Padgett himself:

Dear MoveOn member,

You know that email petition that keeps circulating about how Congress is slashing funding for NPR and PBS? Well, now it's actually true. (Really. Check the footnotes if you don't believe us.)

A House panel has voted to eliminate all public funding for NPR and PBS, starting with "Sesame Street," "Reading Rainbow," and other commercial-free children's shows. If approved, this would be the most severe cut in the history of public broadcasting, threatening to pull the plug on Big Bird, Cookie Monster and Oscar the Grouch.

Sign the petition telling Congress to save NPR and PBS:

If we can reach 250,000 signatures by the end of the week, we'll put Congress on notice. After you sign the petition, please pass this message along to any friends, neighbors or co-workers who count on NPR and PBS.

The cuts would slash 25% of the federal funding this year—$100 million—and end funding altogether within two years.1 In particular, the loss could kill beloved children's shows like "Sesame Street," "Clifford the Big Red Dog," "Arthur" and "Postcards from Buster." Rural stations and those serving low-income communities might not survive. Other stations would have to increase corporate sponsorships.

This shameful vote is only the latest partisan assault on public TV and radio. The Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which exists to shield public TV and radio from political pressure, is now chaired by Kenneth Tomlinson, a staunch Republican close to the White House. Tomlinson has already forced one-sided conservative programs on the air, even though Tomlinson's own surveys show that most people consider NPR "fair and balanced" and they actually trust public broadcasting more than commercial network news.2

Tomlinson also spent taxpayer dollars on a witch hunt to root out "liberal bias," including a secret investigation of Bill Moyers and PBS' popular investigative show, "NOW." Even though the public paid for the investigation, Tomlinson has refused to release the findings.3

The lawmakers who proposed the cuts aren't just trying to save money in the budget—they're trying to decimate any news outlets who question those in power. This is an ideological attack on our free press.

Talk about bad timing. Every day brings another story about media consolidation. Radio, TV stations and newspapers are increasingly controlled by a few massive corporate conglomerates trying to maximize profits at the expense of quality journalism. Now more than ever, we need publicly funded media who will ask hard questions and focus on stories that affect real people, instead of Michael Jackson and the runaway bride.

As the House and Senate consider this frightening effort to kill public broadcasting, they need to hear from its owners—you.

Thank you for all you do,

–Noah, Wes, Jennifer, Eli and the Team
Tuesday, June 14th, 2005

P.S. You can learn more about the threat to public broadcasting from our friends at Free Press at:


1. "Public Broadcasting Targeted By House," Washington Post, June 10, 2005

2. "CPB's 'Secrets and Lies': Why the CPB Board Hid its Polls Revealing Broad Public Support for PBS and NPR," Center for Digital Democracy, April 27, 2005

3. "Republican Chairman Exerts Pressure on PBS, Alleging Biases," New York Times, May 2, 2005

Friday, April 15, 2005

Kay Ryan

Tuesday, April 05, 2005

Poetry not prose, better for brain

By Indo-Asian News Service

London, April 4 (IANS) If literature is food for the mind, then a poem is a banquet, scientists say.

According to psychologists at Scotland's Dundee and St. Andrews universities, poetry exercises the mind more than a novel since the former guaranteed far more eye movement associated with deeper thought, reported the daily Scotsman.

People were found to read poems slower, concentrating and re-reading individual lines more than they did with prose.

Preliminary studies using brain-imaging technology also showed greater levels of cerebral activity when people listened to poems being read aloud.

Jane Stabler, a literature expert at St Andrews University and a member of the research group, believes poetry may stir latent preferences in the brain for rhythm and rhymes that develop during childhood.

She claims the intense imagery woven through poems, and techniques used by poets to unsettle their readers, force them to think more carefully about each line.

"There seems to be an almost immediate recognition that this is a different sort of language that needs to be approached in a way that will be more attentive to the density of words in poetry," she said.

"It may be because readers are trying to hear the words or recreate the imaginary event the poet has provided a script for.

"Also, children seem to be born with a love of rhyme and rhythm. Then something happens and by the time we see them in the first year at university many of them are almost frightened of poetry and clamouring to study the contemporary novel."

To study readers' reactions, the research group focused an infrared beam on the pupils of their eyes to detect minute movements as they read.

They found poetry produced all the standard psychological indications associated with intellectual difficulty, such as slow deliberate movement, re-reading sections and long pauses.

Even when they used identical content but displayed it in both a poem format and a prose format, they discovered readers found the poem form the more difficult to understand.

Stabler said: "When readers decide that something is a poem, they read in a different way."

Monday, April 04, 2005

Poetic Inhalation

Ric Carfagna's review here ~

Tuesday, February 22, 2005

More Bang For Your Oscar Buck! This weekend via UES and TYPO Magazine in NYC ...

Please come! A bona fide Unpleasant Event Schedule reading this Saturday!

Saturday, February 26, 2:30pm

An Unpleasant Event Schedule reading. As part of the Frequency Reading Series, three UES contributors will read their work: Leonard Gontarek (from Philadelphia), Amy King (from Williamsburg, Brooklyn),and Tracey Knapp (from Boston).


Four-Faced Liar
165 West 4th Street
New York, NY

AND on Sunday from TYPO Magazine:

Dear friends, readers, writers, and all who yearn for the burning chair,

We offer the second installment of the Burning Chair Readings, featuring Sabrina Orah Mark and Marie Mutsuki Mockett, set for Sunday, February 27th, sharply at 8PM. Due to renovations at the Cloister Café, the gathering will take place two doors down at **Solas, 232 East 9th Street, between 2nd and 3rd Avenues.**

Sabrina and Marie write, each in her own way, outside of the usual literary frameworks. Each writes innovatively, accessibly, and beyond prescribed conventions. Sabrina’s poems figure their way through the dark contraptions of the world. It’s her voice versus the inventions of the monsters—time, space, and the terrible endeavors of humanity. Marie’s fiction winds through the despairing and laughing shapes of the world, observing and calculating toward a discovery that remains unrealized beyond those forms. Each has found an ageless voice and will lead us, as audience, into the unlit stretches.

Please, join us for the reading and post-reading celebration.


Danielle, Dave, Greg, Katy, and Matt

Friday, February 11, 2005

S'More ...

Notes on me "Antidotes for an Alibi" methinks:

* Marcus' blog

* Bullfight

* eratio bookshelf

* Catherine Daly's blog

Wednesday, January 12, 2005

More Attention

should be paid to the "Poem of the Week" series Barry Schwabsky curated at KultureFlash for a spell. Some excellent work there -- check it out and edify yourself. Or someone. Happy New Year!

Friday, December 31, 2004

Media Appeal

Apparently in an effort to appeal to the masses, the tsunami must affect a lighter shade of human interest.

Thursday, December 23, 2004

Holiday Blogging to Keep On Blogging ...

From the generous K. Silem Mohammad --> a lovely note about my book. Muchos gratitude & holiday cheer, Mr. M!