I have been studying the right’s strategic use of the “liberal bias” charge — and mainstream journalism’s crippling fear of it — for many years

I have been studying the right’s strategic use of the “liberal bias” charge — and mainstream journalism’s crippling fear of it — for many years. This is perhaps the best thing ever written on that subject. Not kidding.
https://crooked.com/artic…/mainstream-media-liberal-embrace/
I look forward to the day when the New York Times, instead of shrinking from the term, says proudly: We are a liberal newspaper. We believe in uncovering what actually happened. Verification is our religion. And we are not on anyone’s team. But yes, we are a liberal newspaper— in the deepest sense of the term. Click the link for more.

New De-Canon post — this one gathers together the basic info and deadlines for upcoming poetry book contests that are seeking POC writers

New De-Canon post — this one gathers together the basic info and deadlines for upcoming poetry book contests that are seeking POC writers. Check this out for information on the Kundiman Poetry Prize, Cave Canem Poetry Prizes (yes, there are two), Cantomundo Poetry Prize, and the RAWI sponsored Etel Adnan Poetry Prize.

Los Angeles friends — come out and catch this performance! I’m thrilled to be collaborating with brilliant composer Juhi Bansal on an opera about…

Los Angeles friends — come out and catch this performance! I’m thrilled to be collaborating with brilliant composer Juhi Bansal on an opera about Ada Lovelace. We’re debuting the aria at this event (I won’t be there, but Juhi will). Plus you’ll get to hear other the work of other terrific composers (including some I’ve worked with in the past!).
Wish I could make it — expecting fantastic things from everyone!

Season 2 of The Lit Fantastic begins tonight on KBOO 90

Season 2 of The Lit Fantastic begins tonight on KBOO 90.7, Portland Community Radio. Our first episode airs at 10 pm Pacific Time and features a lively conversation about KFC, the cult of Colonel Sanders, and blue collar work with poet & editor Jon Tribble.
Episodes will be archived and available online after broadcast.

Highlights of the day, starting with early blue-sky respite from our “parade” of rainstorms

Highlights of the day, starting with early blue-sky respite from our “parade” of rainstorms. (Has anyone ever heard that term before this year? Is it supposed to help make it sound kinda fun, or manageable?) The oasis only lasted a couple hours, but it was dramatic. But then! A terrific convergence of friends from near and far over dinner. The photos of faces turned out uneven, but the prettily made table tells some stories. Bringing up the rear is Boy Wayne from a fetching midday moment.

Losses and finds

Losses and finds… After receiving a reminder for a Seattle Arts & Lectures event tomorrow that would’ve initially included Sherman Alexie, who I’m respectfully sorrowful is still on hiatus from public appearances (it still sounds great, featuring personal favorite Jess Walter and a couple of unknown-to-me Native writers; I encourage others to go and would be there if I could)… I just listened to this moving interview from June with Alexie and Teri Gross on Fresh Air, and found parts of myself and others again.

Thanks to Eric Scigliano for bequeathing me this hat with profound history

Thanks to Eric Scigliano for bequeathing me this hat with profound history. I tried to pose with at least a semblance of justice to it. It holds a respected post in my home today, with my father’s antique rattlesnake kit alongside. It took serious stuff to make the trail out here.

Rising from the ashes of a post-Sundance fever: time to catch up on posting albums on behalf of FiRe Films

Rising from the ashes of a post-Sundance fever: time to catch up on posting albums on behalf of FiRe Films. Starting with the easiest: SO appreciated, this suite of shots taken by Donna M Shillinger, who helped us at I think every dang one of our 6 private events this past week. When she volunteered to help check people in, we knew she was an IT expert; then learned that her kids are ski racers, so she’d have to arrive in snow gear now and then; and that she had great ideas for new people to invite; and also volunteers with Sundance, so she’d sometimes have to change clothes onsite and take off again for evening events. I didn’t know she was also a photographer with chops (and cool gear). I begged her to give me everything she shot, but she’s also modest about that side. So thank you, Donna, for taking and sharing these special shots, in the middle of everything else.

SO EXCITING!!! If I got this right, it’s Opening Day of this year’s live albatross cam

SO EXCITING!!! If I got this right, it’s Opening Day of this year’s live albatross cam. A pair are alert in the dark right now. Immeasurable thanks to Hob Osterlund, The Cornell Lab, and the ‘trosses for being so unusual that they serve as a natural example of trust and love, and therefore, of hope.

A *deep* dive into the manipulation of news, Facebook’s feeds, voters’ hearts & minds, Cambridge Analytica

A *deep* dive into the manipulation of news, Facebook’s feeds, voters’ hearts & minds, Cambridge Analytica…
and how to solve the problem of the destruction of “credibility systems”: using a panel of bipartisan fact-checkers combined with crowd-sourced up- or down-votes on Truth. (I would add a human-based blockchain-like verification process)
30 min

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