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Local Book Notes: Doniger, Morrissey & The CIA

"Proyecto Latina and Gozamos are partnering to launch a groundbreaking writing initiative to cultivate a new generation of Latino writers and help promote Chicago as a mecca of powerful Latino voices," Ray Salazar writes on his White Rhino blog.

"The unique partnership brings together two organizations in the community that value the power of stories told through a variety of traditional and innovative platforms. The initiative will be housed at the 1900 South in the Pilsen neighborhood, where the idea was conceived by writers and media makers Diana Pando, Luz Chavez and Stephanie Manriquez."


"On Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m., Chicago theater veteran Beau O'Reilly, the author of more than 75 plays, debuts 60 Story Animal at the Poetry Foundation," the foundation has announced.

"An investigation of the theatrical work and poetry of Samuel Beckett, 60 Story Animal will later move to various theaters throughout Chicago (Prop Thtr, the side project, Center Portion). Performed with Judith Harding and with music by Jenny Magnus."


"Scott Cutler Shershow's Deconstructing Dignity: A Critique of the Right-to-Die Debate employs Derridean theory to uncover self-contradictory and damaging assumptions that underlie both sides of the controversial discussion. In [a piece] that Shershow drafted for the Chicago Blog, he contextualizes two cases that generated recent headlines about how - and to which extents - we define life, especially in light of its termination."


"Orland Park's public library will continue to give adults unfiltered Internet access, including the ability to view pornography on computers, but a policy change also would give librarians discretion if patrons complain," the Tribune reports.


"A University of Chicago scholar's 'alternative history' of Hinduism will be barred from India by its publisher - and its existing copies pulped - to settle an extensive legal battle launched against the tome by a conservative group there," the Tribune reports.

"Wendy Doniger's The Hindus: An Alternative History, is a 2011 book from the longtime divinity professor and noted Hinduism scholar 'that offers a new way of understanding one of the world's oldest major religions,' according to its publisher.

"Critics of the text, however, decry it as an objectionable, incorrect and illegal representation of Hinduism."


Chicago gets skunked in Business Insider's "18 Bookstores Every Book Lover Must Visit At Least Once."


"Did the CIA fund creative writing in America? The idea seems like the invention of a creative writer. Yet once upon a time (1967, to be exact), Paul Engle, director of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, received money from the Farfield Foundation to support international writing at the University of Iowa. The Farfield Foundation was not really a foundation; it was a CIA front that supported cultural operations, mostly in Europe, through an organization called the Congress for Cultural Freedom."


Chicago Zine Fest 5th Anniversary, March 14th-15th.


"As conversations continue to swirl around whether negative reviews are a worthy use of the dwindling amount of space devoted to covering books, the Hatchet Job of the Year Award has been given to A. A. Gill for his dyspeptic view of the rock star Morrissey's Autobiography," the New York Times reports.


"For a mere $9.75 (plus shipping), Ian Belknap and Lindsay Muscato will create a custom typewritten love or hate letter and mail it to its intended recipient," Aimee Levitt reports for the Reader.

"Belknap and Muscato don't have boilerplate love or hate letters. Instead, they sit down with each person and conduct a short interview about the recipient of the letter and what the letter-sender wants to tell him or her. Much to Belknap's surprise, the demand for love letters vastly overwhelmed that for hate letters."

Frankly, that's disappointing.


Comments welcome.


Posted on February 14, 2014

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