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Dragon’s Breath Chili
Earth’s Greatest Cookies
Humble Stew (Served with humble pie for dessert? Oh, c'mon, you saw that one coming...)
Baked Macaroni and Cheese to Kill For
Czarist Chicken Salad
Chow-chow (I read the recipe and still don't know what this is - ?)
Lazy Housewife Pickles
Emergency Casserole (Maybe to help the person killed for the mac and cheese...)
Can't you just see it now: "She went to the kitchen and started banging pots and pans onto the stove. She'd have the last laugh for his cheating on her, the Dragon's Breath Chili would see to that..."
Inspiration can indeed come from the strangest places. If nothing else, some of these really do sound worth trying!
From "Bend" by Meredith Doench:
"No one’s ever loved me before. People have told me they did, like my mom. But she only said so when I’d done something to please her, or after she’d had too much to drink or smoke. So when Alison Rogers said, Nicole, I love you, I cried harder than I’ve ever cried before. And the weird thing was Alison cried too, hugging me close, her tears getting the shoulder of my old t-shirt wet and warm.
Now the staff at Lakeridge Psychiatric Center would have called this inappropriate touch between patients, so we were wedged tight into the cubby hole of a maintenance closet that someone left open while getting a mop. I could hear..."
Read and see much more on Dark Sky Magazine.
From Worldview Magazine (v20n2)by David Arnold
"Before being there, my only reference point for any African country was a reading of Saul Bellow's Henderson the Rain King which, as I recall, was more about crazy Henderson than about Africa. It turns out that this is typical of Americans who write about Africa. Even those like Hemingway who were there...
In this issue of WorldView, we're sampling writers whose work has become part of our Africa bibliography: Norman Rush, George Packer, Paul Theroux, Leonard Levitt, Kathleen Coskran, Sarah Erdman, Richard Wiley, Maria Thomas and Tony D'Souza..."
Read more here: Worldview Magazine.
"In her new book, The Feminine Mistake, Bennetts asserts that women's decisions to abandon their careers may save them stress in the short-term, but the repercussions are enormously dangerous-and women often fail to understand this until it's far too late. Further, she argues, the financial and psychological benefits of working outside the home are enormous. Bennetts herself serves as a prime example of this assertion, having crafted an enviable journalism career over the past thirty years while simultaneously raising a family. She spoke with the Humanist in March, shortly before her book's release, to discuss the urgent message she wants to impart on today's younger women..."
Read an excerpt of the interview here: Don't Give Up Your Day Job: Leslie Bennetts on The Feminine Mistake
James Biggar and Michael M'Gonigle
Alternatives Journal Online, April 2007
"'Climate porn.' That's how the Institute for Public Policy Research in Britain depicts the portrayal of the climate crisis by media and governments. In the organization's report, 'Warm Words,' the authors claim the apocalyptic and external framing of global warming convinces the public that climate change is inevitable and therefore beyond human control. In the context of that frame, appeals for changes in individual behaviour, such as the Liberals' One Tonne Challenge and the endless 'Ten Things you Can Do' lists, seem pretty lame, even to advocates. After all, how many times can a dutiful bicyclist be squeezed into the curb by a lumbering SUV before she feels there is no point to her action?"
Read the rest of the article at: Alternative Journal Online
"To celebrate the release of Lawrence Weschler's Everything That Rises: A Book of Convergences, we are launching an extravagant new contest: A Convergence of Convergences. Submit your own convergence—an unlikely, striking pair of images, along with a paragraph or three exploring the deeper resonances. The best contributions will be posted on the site, along with responding commentary from Weschler."
See the list winners at McSweeny's.
More info here: www.faultmag.com
reflections on ritual & routine from the zendo
Poet Darren Bifford stands with a cup of tea on the steps of the zendo and contemplates different ways of opening and arriving with Flash animation by Geoffroy Tremblay of images from the Centre Zen de la Main in Montr
"Well, it's June again, and for many cable networks that means it's time to mark Pride Month with a halfhearted rerun of every notable post-1990 queer film they can get their hands on. But leave it to Turner Classic Movies to dig deeply into its vaults for 'Screened Out: Gay Images in Film,' a 44-film series running Mondays and Wednesdays all month long. Based on Richard Barrios's book Screened Out: Playing Gay in Hollywood from Edison to Stonewall, the series offers a varied look at gay characters in American film: from swishy supporting roles (mostly banished from the screen after the Hays Code went into effect) to butch prison matrons to seductive, unscrupulous, exotic inverts of any gender."
For more on this, see the rest of Alonso Duralde's article on The Advocate.
"Barrelhouse is searching for non-fiction about your favorite dive bar, your best or worst dive bar story, the 'I never thought these letters were true until I wound up shirtless drinking shots of Black House with three old men on a Sunday afternoon' kind of dive bar story. It's not really a contest, but the ones we like best will be published in a special section of our next print issue."
For more info, stagger on over to Barrelhouse.
Ballyhoo is currently "accepting submissions for all states except California, New York, Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Connecticut, Ohio, and Indiana. Stories should show a strong representation of the people and culture of the particular state. Stories should be no more than 5,000 words and have the state as either the subject or the setting. Please be sure to read one or two of our current stories for an idea of what we are looking for."
Stop by Ballyhoo for more info: http://www.ballyhoostories.com/
The literary anthology, North Atlantic Review, is open to submissions on war and its effect on the environment or the environment and its effects on war. We invite you to write an essay, short story, poem, song, or journal based on personal experience or philosophy. Please keep submissions under 5,000 words. This is a new section of the journal and will be included in future issues.
For more information: North Atlantic Review Submissions
By Nicolaus Mills
Dissent Magazine, Spring 2007
A review and commentary on the photography of Robert Polidori:
"Robert Polidori's photographs of New Orleans challenge our sense of how the world is supposed to look. Cars stand upside down. Uprooted trees rest on houses. In contrast to the familiar photos of bombed-out Hiroshima, where everything but the walls of a few buildings lies flattened on the ground, Polidori's post-flood New Orleans is a collage of random disorder. Nothing is where it should be."
Read the review/commentary and view the photos at Dissent Magazine.
Appalachia welcomes nonfiction submissions on the following topics: hiking; trekking; rock climbing; canoeing and kayaking; nature; mountain history and lore; and conservation. We recommend reading a sample issue before submitting materials.
Writers should submit unsolicited material by December 1 for the June issue, and by June 1 for the December issue.
Original poems about the above topics are also welcome. Shorter poems are preferred. Only eight poems are published per issue, which makes this the most competitive section of the journal; on average, one in 50 submissions is accepted."
For more information, visit Appalachia online.
June 05, 2007
"Human Rights in China (HRIC) congratulates imprisoned Chinese journalist Shi Tao and his family on his receiving the 2007 Golden Pen of Freedom on June 4 at the opening ceremony of the World Newspaper Congress (WNC) and World Editors Forum (WEF).
The Golden Pen of Freedom, established in 1961 and awarded by the Paris-based World Association of Newspapers, is an annual award recognizing individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the defense and promotion of press freedom.
Shi Tao's mother, Gao Qinsheng, accepted the award on her son's behalf, thanking everyone for not forgetting Shi Tao, and stating that her son had 'only done what a courageous journalist should do.'"
Read the full article at HRIC.
The editors update the website every day or two with the best work received.
See the website at http://www.newversenews.com for guidelines and for examples of the kinds of poems THE NEW VERSE NEWS publishes.
Nano Fiction: A Journal of Short Fiction from the University of Houston, "NANO Fiction is a non-profit literary journal run entirely by undergraduate students at the University of Houston. We plan to publish twice a year, with issues appearing each spring and fall. Our purpose is to share undergraduate work with others in a form that can be easily digested in a short amount of time."
Poetry in Movies: A Partial List
Created/Edited by Stacey Harwood
Michigan Quarterly Review is featuring this list "of the appearance of recognizable, often canonical, poems, or excerpts from poems, in mainly American and British sound films. The catalog is necessarily incomplete; readers are invited to submit new entries to the journal at or to Stacey Harwood at . The filmography will be revised and updated regularly."
Lost Horse Press proudly presents the Dog Days Poetry & Prose Writing Workshops featuring Melissa Kwasny (poetry) and EWU Professor Emeritus, John Keeble (fiction & non) on 10 - 12 August 2007 at Lost Horse Press, 105 Lost Horse Lane, Sandpoint, Idaho. Workshop fee is $150. Classes are limited to 12 studentsd; register early. For additional information or to register, please contact Lost Horse Press at 208.255.4410, email: .
Creative Writing in Brazil
Participate in a week-long poetry workshop with Edward Hirsch and a translation class on Brazilian poets Carlos Drummond de Andrade and Joao Cabral de Melo Neto. Discussions on Elizabeth Bishop in Brazil and tours of important cultural sites and literary landmarks. Also, casual get togethers with leading contemporary Brazilian poets, editors, writers, translators, and publishers. Workshop is from July 9 to July 16, 2007.