Is there something inherently chauvinistic about pointing out how bizarre, strange or singular the holiday celebrations of others seem? Probably.
Beside the fact that both earn their meals selling words, Sarah Mirk and Carl Adamshick could hardly be more different. He’s from a small town in the Midwest; she’s from small town in Southern California. He writes poems; she writes news and nonfiction. Most striking, while Mirk has wanted to be a journalist since she was a little child, Adamshick didn’t read a book until he was 21.
Quebecois identity is about more than being the only predominantly French-speaking population in North America. Quebecers have their own political party in the Parti Quebecois, which calls for sovereignty of the province. They have their own (often troubled) history as French settlers in an English-settled land. They have their own food tradition, which includes the now-very-trendy poutine. And they have their own music.
The Student Opera Association of PSU started about 15 years ago, when funding for the university’s music program was cut, according to singer Emily Skeen. Formed by students and faculty from the ashes of the university opera, it was called Portland State Opera Theater.
Per Henningsgaard’s resume is impressive. Originally from Minnesota, Henningsgaard graduated from Vassar College in upstate New York. He worked at Pearson imprint Longman in New York before going to Western Australia on a Fulbright grant to study print history and culture
Eliot Treichel is from small-town Wisconsin, and he’s not trying to hide it. His short stories and essays inhabit, nay, breathe a world of rushing rivers, fishing holes, desert highway expanses, and guns and pickup trucks. His characters are laconic, solitary and tough, even while the author tenderly and quietly exposes their vulnerability.
I don’t make it to too many “A list” awards dinners, and I now have a modicum of sympathy for those wealthy and powerful people whose schedules are crammed with them. Were I Gov. Ted Kulongoski or Jordan Schnitzer, I’d hope my tastes would be a little more refined than Jim Beam white label.
Newsweek recently ran a gallery titled “The 13 most useless majors from philosophy to journalism.” Predictably, the arts fared badly. That’s OK, though, because Narrative Science is a company that has devised an artificial intelligence algorithm for computers to write news articles. (The lack of a byline suggests that the Newsweek piece was itself written by a computer.)
What would Odin do? Seriously. What would the Norse god of war do if he ran into a tribe of early Christian evangelists, crucifix banners aflutter and a mound of nude women cringing nearby? It depends on how they treated him, really.