Monday, June 18, 2018

Bryan Stevenson: Lawyer/Equal Justice Initiative/The National Memorial for Peace and Justice (Ongoing Archive)


New York University - School of Law


Wikipedia page


Adams, Tim. "Bryan Stevenson: America's Mandela." The Guardian (February 1, 2015) ["Bryan Stevenson has devoted his life to exposing racial bias in the US penal system, with cases including a 13-year-old boy sentenced to life and numerous wrongful death row convictions. Tim Adams meets him at his Alabama HQ."]

Capeheart, Jonathan. "Bryan Stevenson wants us to confront our country’s racial terrorism and then say, ‘Never again.’" Washington Post (April 24, 2018)

Equal Justice Initiative ["The Equal Justice Initiative is committed to ending mass incarceration and excessive punishment in the United States, to challenging racial and economic injustice, and to protecting basic human rights for the most vulnerable people in American society."]

Landrieu, Mitch, et al. "Confronting the Legacy of the Confederacy." Best of the Left #1186 (May 29, 2018) ["Today we take a look at the legacy of the Confederacy, the monuments and white supremacy it left behind and the racial terror institutionalized in America based on upholding its values."]

"Lynching in America: Confronting the Legacy of Racial Terror." 3rd ed. Equal Justice Initiative (2017)

McWilliams, James. " Bryan Stevenson on What Well-Meaning White People Need to Know About Race." Pacific Standard (February 6, 2018)

The National Memorial for Peace and Justice ["More than 4400 African American men, women, and children were hanged, burned alive, shot, drowned, and beaten to death by white mobs between 1877 and 1950. Millions more fled the South as refugees from racial terrorism, profoundly impacting the entire nation. Until now, there has been no national memorial acknowledging the victims of racial terror lynchings. On a six-acre site atop a rise overlooking Montgomery, the national lynching memorial is a sacred space for truth-telling and reflection about racial terror in America and its legacy."]

Stevenson, Bryan. "A Presumption of Guilt." The New York Review of Books (July 13, 2017)

---. "'Death Penalty is Lynching's Stepson': On Slavery, White Supremacy, Prisons & More." Democracy Now (May 1, 2018) ["Extended conversation with Bryan Stevenson, the founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative, the nonprofit behind the National Memorial for Peace and Justice, the country’s first-ever memorial to the victims of lynching in the United States. The memorial opened last week in Montgomery, Alabama. Its centerpiece is a walkway with 800 weathered steel pillars overhead, each of them naming a U.S. county and the people who were lynched there by white mobs. The memorial’s partner site, the Legacy Museum: From Enslavement to Mass Incarceration, also opened last week. For more, we speak with Bryan Stevenson, who says that acknowledging history is crucial to facing racism today. “Everybody wants to think that if they were alive during slavery, they’d be an abolitionist,” Stevenson says. “If we’re not prepared to act today, then I don’t think we can claim that we would have acted any differently during slavery and lynching and segregation.”"]

---. "One Lawyer's Fight For Young Blacks And 'Just Mercy.'" Fresh Air (October 20, 2014)

---. "'Talking History is Way We Liberate America': : New Memorial Honors Victims of White Supremacy." Democracy Now (May 1, 2018) ["The National Memorial for Peace and Justice opened last week in Montgomery, Alabama—a monument to victims of white supremacy in the United States. The memorial’s centerpiece is a walkway with 800 weathered steel pillars overhead, each of them naming a U.S. county and the people who were lynched there by white mobs. In addition to the memorial dedicated to the victims of lynching, its partner site, the Legacy Museum: From Enslavement to Mass Incarceration, also opened last week. For more, we speak with Bryan Stevenson, the founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative, the nonprofit behind the National Memorial for Peace and Justice, the country’s first-ever memorial to the victims of lynching in the United States."]

Toobin, Jeffrey. "The Legacy of Lynching on Death Row." The New Yorker (August 22, 2016) ["In Alabama, Bryan Stevenson is saving inmates from execution and memorializing the darkest episodes of America’s past."]

Dialogic Cinephilia - June 18, 2018

Beck, Ulrich and Bruno Latour. "How To Think About Science (Part 5)." Ideas (February 11, 2015) ["Few people ever apply a name that sticks to an entire social order, but sociologist Ulrich Beck is one of them. In 1986 in Germany he published Risk Society, and the name has become a touchstone in contemporary sociology. Among the attributes of Risk Society is the one he just mentioned: science has become so powerful that it can neither predict nor control its effects. It generates risks too vast to calculate. In the era of nuclear fission, genetic engineering and a changing climate, society itself has become a scientific laboratory. In this episode, Ulrich Beck talks about the place of science in a risk society. Later in the hour you'll hear from another equally influential European thinker, Bruno Latour, the author of We Have Never Been Modern. He will argue that our very future depends on overcoming a false dichotomy between nature and culture."]

Cook, Jonathan. "How the Corporate Media Enslave Us to a World of Illusions." Counterpunch (June 15, 2018)

Feldman, David. "The Meanings of Antisemitism." Backdoor Broadcasting Company (February 13, 2017) ["Antisemitism has figured in British political debates in the last year as never before. In this lecture, David Feldman examines the changing meanings of antisemitism since the term was first coined. He reveals a new history of the Jews’ struggle for equality from the late-nineteenth century and explains why the politics of antisemitism today generate so much controversy. David Feldman is Director of the Pears Institute for the study of Antisemitism and also a Professor of History at Birkbeck, University of London. He is currently writing an intellectual and political history of the concept of antisemitism in Britain from its introduction in the 1880s to the present."]

Gladwell, Malcolm. "Carlos Doesn't Remember." Revisionist History 1.4 (ND) ["Carlos is a brilliant student from South Los Angeles. He attends an exclusive private school on an academic scholarship. He is the kind of person the American meritocracy is supposed to reward. But in the hidden details of his life lies a cautionary tale about how hard it is to rise from the bottom to the top—and why the American school system, despite its best efforts, continues to leave an extraordinary amount of talent on the table."]

Landrieu, Mitch, et al. "Confronting the Legacy of the Confederacy." Best of the Left #1186 (May 29, 2018) ["Today we take a look at the legacy of the Confederacy, the monuments and white supremacy it left behind and the racial terror institutionalized in America based on upholding its values."]

Paths of Glory (USA: Stanley Kubrick, 1957) Dialogic Cinephilia (Ongoing Archive)

Scott, Debra Leigh. "Here's How Higher Education Was Destroyed in 5 Basic Steps." Alternet (June 2, 2018)

Simon, David. "Under the Influence: Paths of Glory." (Posted on Vimeo: May 2018) ["In this episode of Under the Influence, the creator of THE WIRE and THE DEUCE talks about Stanley Kubrick’s war masterpiece and how its narrative and political complexity has inspired his own work."]

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Paths of Glory (USA: Stanley Kubrick, 1957)

Paths of Glory (USA: Stanley Kubrick, 1957: 88 mins)

Beyl, Cameron. "The Directors Series: Stanley Kubrick, Pts. 1-5." The Film Stage (February 11, 2015)

Dirks, Tim. "Paths of Glory (1957)." FilmSite (No Date)

Ebert, Roger. "Great Movie: Paths of Glory." Roger Ebert (February 25, 2005)

Ehrenstein, David. "Paths of Glory." The Current (June 25, 1989)

Koski, Genevieve, et al. "Wonder Woman / Paths of Glory, Pt. 1." The Next Picture Show #80 (June 13, 2017) ["Patty Jenkins’ new WONDER WOMAN takes World War I as its setting, opening up a host of comparisons to a much earlier, much different cinematic vision that looks to the Great War to uncover the best and worst of humanity: Stanley Kubrick’s 1957 anti-war drama PATHS OF GLORY. In this half of the discussion, we focus on PATHS OF GLORY, marveling at its efficiency and technical achievement — and at how both contribute to the film’s delicate but scathing unilateral indictment of the military system. "]

---. "Wonder Woman / Paths of Glory, Pt. 2." The Next Picture Show #81 (June 15, 2017) ["We return to the battlefields of WWI to talk over Patty Jenkins’ new WONDER WOMAN, both on its own and as it relates to Stanley Kubrick’s PATHS OF GLORY. After discussing what worked and didn’t work in WONDER WOMAN, we bring in the Kubrick film to discuss how these two stories approach themes of leadership and the military, as well as their views of the Great War specifically and all war in general."]

Naremore, James. "Paths of Glory: “We Have Met the Enemy . . .” The Current (October 25, 2010)

Simon, David. "Under the Influence: Paths of Glory." (Posted on Vimeo: May 2018) ["In this episode of Under the Influence, the creator of THE WIRE and THE DEUCE talks about Stanley Kubrick’s war masterpiece and how its narrative and political complexity has inspired his own work."]

Uhlich, Keith. "Great Directors: Stanley Kubrick." Senses of Cinema (May 2002)

Friday, June 15, 2018

Dialogic Cinephilia - June 15, 2018

Conis, Elena. "A Social History of Vaccination." Against the Grain (October 23, 2017) ["It’s stating the obvious to observe that vaccination in the United States is a highly charged subject. But the heat of the controversies, as historian Elena Conis argues, obscures how vaccination — which has saved many lives when used against deadly illnesses — became so widespread, including for milder diseases. Conis discusses the cultural, political, and social forces that have shaped mass vaccination."]

Gladwell, Malcolm. "The Lady Vanishes." Revisionist History 1.1 (ND) ["In the late 19th, a painting by a virtually unknown artist took England by storm: The Roll Call but after that brilliant first effort, the artist all but disappeared. Why?
The Lady Vanishes explores the world of art and politics to examines the strange phenomenon of the “token”—the outsider whose success serves not to alleviate discrimination but perpetuate it. If a country elects a female president, does that mean the door is now open for all women to follow? Or does that simply give the status quo the justification to close the door again?"]

---. "Saigon, 1965." Revisionist History 1.2 (ND) ["In the early 1960s, the Pentagon set up a top-secret research project in an old villa in downtown Saigon. The task? To interview captured North Vietnamese soldiers and guerrillas in order to measure their morale: Was the relentless U.S. bombing pushing them to the brink of capitulation? Saigon, 1965 is the story of three people who got caught up in that effort: a young Vietnamese woman, a refugee from Nazi Germany, and a brilliant Russian émigré. All saw the same things. All reached different conclusions. The Pentagon effort, run by the Rand Corporation, was one of the most ambitious studies of enemy combatants ever conducted—and no one could agree on what it meant."]

Hacking, Ian and Andrew Pickering. "How To Think About Science (Part 4)." Ideas (February 11, 2015) ["Philosophers of science tended, until quite recently, to treat science as a mainly theoretical activity. Experiment - science's actual, often messy encounter with the world - was viewed as something secondary, a mere hand-servant to theory. Popular understanding followed suit. Theories were what counted: one spoke of the theory of evolution, the theory of relativity, the Copernican theory and so on. It was as thinkers and seers that the great scientists were lionized and glorified. But this attitude has recently begun to change. A new generation of historians and philosophers have made the practical, inventive side of science their focus. They've pointed out that science doesn't just think about the world, it makes the world and then remakes it. Science, for them, really is what the thinkers of the 17th century first called it: experimental philosophy. In this episode we hear from two of the scholars who've been influential in advancing this changed view: first Ian Hacking, widely regarded as Canada's pre-eminent philosopher of science, and later in the hour Andrew Pickering, author of The Mangle of Practice. "]

Miron, Jeffrey and Annie Rouse. "Harry Anslinger - America's First Drug Czar." Anslinger: The Untold Cannabis Conspiracy 1.1 (February 5, 2018) ["On the first episode 1 of Anslinger: The untold cannabis conspiracy, we discuss narcotic policies and the life of Harry Anslinger, America’s first Drug Czar, prior to his appointment as Chief and First Commissioner to the Federal Bureau of Narcotics. We also interview Harvard economist, Dr. Jeffrey Miron, about the global outlook on drugs, diseases and the economy during the early 1900s."]

"Songs for My Dear-Wolf." Dialogic Cinephilia (June 14, 2018)

The Universal Clock: The Resistance of Peter Watkins (Canada: Geoff Bowie, 2001: 76 mins) ["This feature documentary is a portrait of Peter Watkins, an Oscar®-winning British filmmaker who, for the past 4 decades, has proved that films can be made without compromise. With the proliferation of TV channels, documentaries are enjoying an unprecedented boom fuelled by audiences seeking an alternative to infotainment. But now documentary filmmaking, too, finds itself constrained by the imperatives of television. However, there is a rebel resisting this uniformity of the spirit. Pre-eminent among today's documentary filmmakers concerned about this mind-numbing standardization, Peter Watkins has never strayed from either his principles or the cause."]

Watkins, Peter. "Notes on the Media Crisis." MACBA (2010) ["Peter Watkins (Norbiton, United Kingdom, 1935) gained critical recognition in the sixties as a result of the scandal arising from the BBC’s boycott against his film The War Game. Nevertheless, although he continued to produce a series of essential, radical works that did not fit within conventional film or adhere to the timing standards of mainstream cinema, his films where no longer mentioned or taken into account as key works in debates on political commitment and the cinematic image. Peter Watkins’s last work, La commune (1999) represents, among many other things, a curious rereading of the relationship between film and the discourses of history, by means of the rupture of the illusion of representation through the blurring of the boundary that usually separates actors from the characters they play. In Spring 2010, the MACBA presented a retrospective on Peter Watkins, which reviews his contribution to contemporary film and, in particular, his status as a pioneer of docudrama and false documentary."]

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Songs for My Deer-Wolf

1) Arcade Fire:
Rebellion (Lies)
The Suburbs

2) Morcheeba
The Sea
Undress Me Now

3) The Ghost of a Sabre Tooth Tiger
Schroedinger's Cat

4) Roxy Music
Out of the Blue

5) Tame Impala
The Moment

6) Janelle Monae featuring Prince
Givin 'Em What They Love

7) Flobots
Anne Braden
We Are Winning & Rise

8) Mogwai
Hunted By a Freak

9) Yes
Starship Trooper

10) Axiom Funk
Hideous Mutant Freakz (George Clinton, Bootsy Collins, Bernie Worrell and Buckethead)
Sacred to the Pain (Eddie Hazel and Umar Bin Hassan)

11) Madness
Our House
One Step Beyond

12) Portishead
Glory Box

13) B-52s
Dance This Mess Around
Planet Claire

14) Cake
The Distance
I Will Survive

15) The Breeders
Divine Hammer

16) Red Hot Chilli Pepper
Under the Bridge
Road Trippin

17) Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Soundtrack)
The Origin of Love

18) Patti Smith
Because the Night

19) Bikini Girl/Le Tigre
Rebel Girl

20) Smashing Pumpkins
Tonight, Tonight

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Dialogic Cinephilia - June 12, 2018

Almendrala, Anna. "Crisis Pregnancy Centers Have Another Mission: Public School Sex Ed." Huffington Post (June 10, 2018) ["But they may have met their match in these Gen X parents, who are fighting back."]

"Anthony Bourdain from 2011." WTF (June 8, 2018) ["From Episode 233, this is Marc's conversation with Anthony Bourdain, conducted in 2011. Anthony died on June 8, 2018, at age 61."]

Ferguson, Micheale L. "On the Job: Debating Sex Work." Boston Review (May 14, 2014) ["Does sexual liberation entail a laissez faire attitude toward sex, or can it involve the freedom to critically, consciously, and intentionally explore pleasure and desire?... Sexual liberation is best understood as the freedom to be curious about sex and about the broader economic and social context in which desire and sexuality are produced. It is the freedom to engage in pleasure as something to be indulged not mindlessly, but mindfully: observing our individual relationships to our bodies, to what turns us on or off, to what troubles us, and to how this may change over the course of our lives—observing all of this with curiosity."]

Fitzgerald, Colin. "serpentwithfeet's 'soil' Is a Visionary Statement of Arrival, a Potent and Singular Masterpiece." Pop Matters (June 8, 2018)

Gores, Jared, et al.  "Meyerowitz Stories of a Sacred Florida Project." Reel Fanatics #528 (November 11, 2017) ["This episode is an arthouse roundup in which Jared and Joe review The Florida Project, The Meyerowitz Stories, and The Killing of a Sacred Deer. The guys discuss the Netflix distribution model, and Michael expresses concern about the future of the movie theater experience."]

Gupta, Arun. "Anthony Bourdain (1956 - 2018)." Jacobin (June 11, 2018) ["Anthony Bourdain’s genius was not in the kitchen. His genius was in knowing which side he was on."]

Parramore, Lynn. "The average American worker takes less vacation time than a medieval peasant." Business Insider (November 7, 2016)

Siegel, Jacob. "Send Anarchists, Guns and Money." The Baffler #39 (May 2018)

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Slurring Bee 13

Also need 15 absurd/quirky warm up questions

1st Round: warm-up question followed by a word
2nd Round: 3 words in succession for each contestant
3rd Round: Round-robin until we have a winner (keep track of last three - the order they come in)
3 mispelled words and a contestant is out

Pronouncer Information 1. Read carefully the Judges, Recorders, Spellers and Audiences information that is included in the Scripps pronouncers’ guide. 2. Familiarize yourself with all words on the confidential word list. Pronunciation is important. A meeting with the judges to insure pronunciation of words and procedures will be scheduled prior to the Bee beginning. 3. Speak clearly for contestants, judges and audience alike. Grant all requests to repeat a word until the judges agree that the word has been made reasonably clear to the speller. You may request the speller to speak more clearly or louder. 4. “Pace” yourself. You need time to focus attention on the pronunciation of the new word and the judges need a few moments between each contestant to do their tasks.

Speller’s Information 1. Each speller needs to focus on the Pronouncer, to aid his or her hearing and understanding of the context of the word. A speller may ask for the word to be repeated, for its use in a sentence, for a definition, for the part of speech, and for the language of origin. 2. Each speller should pronounce the word before and after spelling it. If the speller fails to pronounce the word after spelling it, the judge may ask if they are finished. If they say yes, the judge will remind the speller to remember to repeat the word the next time. (No speller will be eliminated for failing to pronounce a word.) 3. When a speller is at the podium spelling, the next speller should be standing at a marked location ready to proceed to the podium.

376) beaucoup

377) oleaginous  [The oleaginous Mike Pence, with his talent for toadyism and appetite for obsequiousness, could, Trump knew, become America’s most repulsive public figure.
— George Will, The Washington Post, 9 May 2018]

378) obsequious

379) perfunctory

380) palindrome

381) raillery

382) petard

383) garrulous

384) eventuate

385) hygienic

386) visceral

387) titillate

388) puerile

389) assuage

390) opprobrium

391) arrogate

392) sacrosanct

393) ingenue

394) abhorrent

395) menagerie

396) autonomy

397) fustigate

398) shenanigan

Spelling Bee 7 - #210

Friday, June 8, 2018

Dialogic Cinephilia - June 8, 2018

Amelie (France/Germany: Jean-Pierre Jeunet, 2001) Dialogic Cinephilia (Ongoing Archive)

Beydoun, Khaled A. "What is Islamophobia?" American Islamophobia: Understanding the Roots and Rise of Fear. University of California Press, 2018: 1-22.

Fang, Lee, Glenn Greenwald and Leighton Akio Woodhouse. "Animal Rights Activists Face Multiple Felony Charges, Brought by Prosecutors With Ties to Smithfield Foods." The Intercept (June 7, 2018)

The Frankfurt School (Critical Theory) Dialogic Cinephilia (Ongoing Archive)

Hancock, James and Andy Webb. "Getting Re-Animated for the Films of Stuart Gordon." Wrong Reel #343 (December 2017)

Hannah Arendt (Germany/Luxemborg/France: Margarethe von Trotta, 2012) Dialogic Cinephilia (Ongoing Archive)

Lock, Margaret. "How To Think About Science (Part 3)." Ideas (February 11, 2015) ["In 1993 medical anthropologist Margaret Lock published Encounters with Aging: Mythologies of Menopause in Japan and North America. The book explores dramatic differences in the way women experience menopause in each place. Such variation is usually taken as purely cultural, but, in her book, Margaret Lock makes a surprising suggestion. She proposes that there are biological differences between Japanese and North American women. Culture doesn't just interpret biology, she says, it also shapes it. Margaret Lock is a professor in the Department of Social Studies of Medicine at McGill. In this episode you'll hear her current reflections on what she calls "local biologies" later in the hour. David Cayley begins his conversation with a discussion of another pathbreaking book of hers called Twice Dead: Organ Transplants and the Reinvention of Death."]

Pan's Labyrinth (Spain/Mexico: Guillermo Del Toro, 2006) Dialogic Cinephilia (Ongoing Archive)