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The Portrait Machine Project

from Carlo Van de Roer

James Frey, 2010

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Posted on April 15, 2011 by Editor

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SMH: Jesus Is A Horny Drunk

from the Sydney Morning Herald

Jesus is a horny drunk? Welcome back, James Frey

Tim Elliott / April 16, 2011

He's not the Messiah ... Frey relishes the prospect of riling the Christin right with his moden-day Jesus. 

 Photo: Getty Images

The bad boy of American letters tells TIM ELLIOTT his new novel is ”entirely grounded in research”.

Meet Jesus Christ. Not the Sunday school Jesus Christ or the guy you saw in King of Kings, with the high cheekbones and cool beard.

No, meet author James Frey’s Jesus Christ, a horny drunk who gets about in piss-stained pants, a dumpster-diving free love enthusiast who sleeps on benches and has gay sex with Born Again preachers and who, when he isn’t turning water into wine or healing paraplegics, plays video games in his rent-assisted Bronx apartment.

[ click to continue reading at the Sydney Morning Herald ]

Posted on April 15, 2011 by Editor

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TIME: Is Hell Dead?

from TIME Magazine

Is Hell Dead?

By JON MEACHAM

As part of a series on peacemaking, in late 2007, Pastor Rob Bell’s Mars Hill Bible Church put on an art exhibit about the search for peace in a broken world. It was just the kind of avant-garde project that had helped power Mars Hill’s growth (the Michigan church attracts 7,000 people each Sunday) as a nontraditional congregation that emphasizes discussion rather than dogmatic teaching. An artist in the show had included a quotation from Mohandas Gandhi. Hardly a controversial touch, one would have thought. But one would have been wrong.

 

A visitor to the exhibit had stuck a note next to the Gandhi quotation: “Reality check: He’s in hell.” Bell was struck.

Really? he recalls thinking.

Gandhi’s in hell?

He is?

We have confirmation of this?

Somebody knows this?

Without a doubt?

And that somebody decided to take on the responsibility of letting the rest of us know?


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Posted on April 14, 2011 by Editor

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Blasphemy With James Frey & Mark Vernon – 13 April 2011 @ ICA in London

from The Institute of Contemporary Arts

Blasphemy with James Frey & Mark Vernon

13 April 2011

£12 / £11 concessions / £10 ICA Members

icaorg.jpgJames Frey became a best-selling author on the back of his Oprah-approved memoir A Million Little Pieces. This fame turned to infamy when it was revealed that the book was not entirely based on fact and was followed by a public apology on Oprah’s show. In his new (and fictional) book he presents a story of a man who may be the Messiah or may be the second coming of Christ, written in the manner of the Gospels and told by those around him. His publishers expect feathers to be ruffled, especially in the Christian world which may well see his version of Jesus as blasphemous.

Mark Vernon ex-vicar has the dubious honour of being one of the last people in Britain to be charged with blasphemy for content on his gay and lesbian Christian website. His March Radio 4 series In Doubt We Trust looks at the relationship between religion and doubt and how notions of truth and story telling are understood in this context.

This discussion promises to be a fascinating insight into the process of writing fiction, what fiction really is, what its relationship with truth is and what blasphemy might mean today.

[ click to read at ICA.org ]

Posted on April 13, 2011 by Editor

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Government Laboratory Declares Pot Smokers To Be Single Greatest Threat To The Environment And Human Civilization

from The San Francisco Business Times

Marijuana causes global warming, uses 1% of U.S. electricity

San Francisco Business Times – by Steven E.F. Brown

People growing marijuana indoors use 1 percent of the U.S. electricity supply, and they create 17 million metric tons of carbon dioxide every year (not counting the smoke exhaled) according to a report by Evan Mills, an energy analyst at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

After medical pot use was made legal in California in 1996, Mills says, per-person residential electricity use in Humboldt County jumped 50 percent compared to other parts of the state.

In order to produce some 17,000 metric tons of marijuana this year, Mills estimates authorized growers will use $5 billion worth of energy. That works out to the output of seven big electric power plants.

“From the perspective of individual consumers, a single Cannabis cigarette represents 2 pounds of (carbon dioxide) emissions,” Mills says.

For this report, which he published independently, Mills says he didn’t count the energy used in producing fertilizer, water, equipment and building materials also used in indoor pot farms.

[ click to read full article at the SF Business Times ]

Posted on April 12, 2011 by Editor

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James Frey @ The Grazia Book Club – Tuesday 12 April

from GraziaDaily.co.uk

Meet James Frey at the Grazia Book Club

Author James Frey is no stranger to controversy. When Oprah Winfrey publicly outed his 2004 best-selling memoir A Million Little Pieces as a fabricated version of his alcohol and drug addiction, he became the literary world’s most hated figure. Publishers dropped him, the media besieged him and readers launched law-suits against him. Now, after two high-selling but under-the-radar novels, he’s at it again releasing the third book of the Bible – where a booze-fuelled, sex-crazed Messiah lives in contemporary Manhattan. ‘The book is an attempt to tell the story of what it might be like if the Messiah was actually alive today living in a world with nuclear weapons, advanced physics, the internet, genetic testing, one where we know homosexuality is not a decision,’ Frey explains. The result is The Final Testament of the Holy Bible, where the protagonist Ben Zion is a man who calls the bible ‘antiquated’ and believes in curing people through sex, since an orgasm is the closest anyone on earth can get to heaven. Intrigued? Well now you’ve got the chance to meet James Frey in person to hear him talk about The Final Testament of the Holy Bible and his other work, alongside a rather civilised glass of champagne and cupcake. Book quick though because tickets are limited!

Hear James Frey discuss The Final Testament of the Holy Bible on Tuesday 12 April at 7pm in Waterstone’s, 193 Kensington High Street, London, W8 6SH. To book tickets, which cost £3, call 020 7937 8432 or email events@kensington.waterstones.com

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Posted on April 12, 2011 by Editor

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9-eyes.com (Random Images Captured By Google Streetview Cameras)

from 9-Eyes by Jon Rafman

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Posted on April 11, 2011 by Editor

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GQ: James Frey Fights Back Again

from GQ UK

James Frey fights back again 

By Stuart McGurk

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“It’s always been my ambıtion to wrıte the most influential, most widely read, most controversial books of all time…”

As the above statement to GQ illustrates, James Frey is, by any measure, America’s most controversial writer. “I’ve always said it,” he adds, “and I’ll always say it.”

Even if you didn’t know of his notoriety, entering his office, you soon work it out. To the left of his desk hangs a picture with capital letters: “PUBLIC STONING”. In front of the desk hangs a 1982 cover of Sports Illustrated, featuring middleweight champion Marvin Hagler. The coverline reads “The Best And The Baddest”. The message is not subtle. James Frey is controversial. And he wants you to know it.

“When I was a little boy, Marvin Hagler was my idol,” he explains of the cover. “He got no respect for most of his career. His fighting style was straight ahead. He took every shot thrown at him, and he kept punching back ’til he won. I honestly feel that’s how I am. I take big shots from people. But I keep going.”

And he’s had to keep going. Rather than shy away from controversy, Frey has embraced it, built on it, made it his brand.

Take his new book, The Final Testament Of The Holy Bible. Frey wrote it, he says, because writing another chapter of the Bible was the “most audacious thing I could think of doing”. It sees Christ returning in Manhattan, teaching free love and disowning all religions. In America, Frey’s only releasing it in limited slip-cased leather Bibles at Easter. It’s not so much a book launch as an invitation to rumble.

Full Fathom Five, a project he began in 2009, works much like an artists’ studio: Frey comes up with the ideas (all young-adult, all precision-tooled for Hollywood), leaving others to do the actual writing. The money is generous if the book is a success (up to a 49 per cent share in all revenue), but brutal if not (the standard rate for simply finishing a book is £62). So far, four book series have been sold, all under pseudonyms. One has been made into a film – theSpielberg-Bay alien drama, I Am Number Four – with others to come.

The criticism has been swift and widespread, and for each accusation Frey has a swift parry: he’s nicking ideas (“Of the 50 projects on the go, two are outside ideas. Every book we’ve sold, my idea”); he’s exploiting students (“Laughable. The average age of writers who work with us is 31”); he’s ruining the creative process (“It’s because it’s me. If other writers were doing it, it’d be, ‘What a great thing, he’s mentoring young writers!'”); the contracts are unfair (“Nobody has to sign. I don’t lock them in the closet”); he’s exploiting people financially (“The four writers so far have earned an average of $225,000 – if that’s me f***ing people over, everybody should hope to be f***ed over”).

Indeed, some criticism has proved positive. A New York Magazine article by a disgruntled Full Fathom Five writer (“she told friends the whole point of the piece was to get revenge”) ended up being good for business: the next week, over 100 writers got in touch.

[ click to read full article at GQ UK ]

Posted on April 10, 2011 by Editor

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The Holy Grail Of Book Publishing

from The Guardian

The phrase every publisher craves: word-of-mouth success

JK Rowling, Dan Brown and Lynne Truss have all sold millions with word-of-mouth successes, but what is their secret?

Malcolm Gladwell

Malcolm Gladwell’s success was aided by his talent as a public speaker. Photograph: Sarah Lee for the Guardian

Word of mouth, a phrase that first crops up in Twelfth Night, is the holy grail of book publishing. Good reviews and literary festivals are all very well. But with the wind of many voices in its sails, a book can reach millions. Word of mouth made Dan Brown and JK Rowling. As the world’s publishers fly into London for the book fair tomorrow, word of mouth will be what they crave for their titles.

Some of them will go to any lengths to stimulate the phenomenon. One leftwing 1930s publisher, Victor Gollancz, used to bribe his staff to read his books on the Underground. No one could miss their lurid yellow covers. Perhaps a casual commuter conversation would inspire sales mania.

With the advent of social networking, word of mouth begins to enter the realm of science, at least in theory. Actually, despite Twitter, Facebook and the rest, publishers are finding it as difficult as ever to mobilise that elusive thing, the viral conversation about a new book that translates into worldwide sales.

That doesn’t stop them from trying. John Murray is about to publish James Frey’s The Final Testament of the Holy Bible, a transgressive version of the Gospels. Frey, a seasoned contrarian, is good at attracting attention, not necessarily of the right kind. Ever since he was exposed for passing off his fiction A Million Little Pieces as a misery memoir, he has been the object of controversy.

Murray has cleverly decided to exploit this with a YouTube video of vox pop interviews about The Final Testament. Murray’s MD, Roland Phillips, says: “We are getting into a new arena. We hope to inspire word of mouth. It’s the best way to sell books, especially today. People don’t like to be told what to read, but to make their own discoveries.”

What, exactly, is this mysterious phenomenon? A comforting short -hand to explain the inexplicable? Dava Sobels’s Longitude got no more, or better, reviews than several other books in 1995, but sold like hot cakes. Tony Parsons’s Man and Boy got a mixed press, but went straight to the top of the bestseller list. Is it just readers on trains and buses, or at dinner tables, telling their neighbour, “You must read this” that does it?

[ click to continue reading at The Guardian ]

Posted on April 10, 2011 by Editor

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An American Demon

from Quimby’s

Monstrous Achievement : Jack Grisham Reads From His New Memoir An American Demon 5/14

 is ’s story of depravity and redemption, terror and spiritual deliverance. While Grisham is best known as the raucous and provocative front man of the pioneer hardcore punk band  (True Sounds of Liberty), his writing and true life experiences are physically and psychologically more complex and unsettling than those of Bret Easton Ellis and Chuck Palahniuk.

Eloquently disregarding the prefabricated formulas of the drunk–to–sober, bad–to–good tale, this is an entirely new kind of life lesson: summoned through both God and demons, while settling within eighties hardcore punk culture and its radical–to–the–core (and most assuredly non–evangelical) parables, Grisham leads us, cleverly, gorgeously, between temporal violence and bigger-picture spirituality toward something better.An American Demon flourishes on both extremes, as a scary hardcore punk memoir and as a valuable message to souls navigating through an overly materialistic and woefully self–absorbed “me first” modern society.

“If you’ve ever found yourself unable to turn away from witnessing an accident, crash or natural disaster, you’ll read An American Demon straight through, like I did.  Jack Grisham’s memoir is as original as it is horrifying.  I couldn’t put it down.”    — James Frey, bestselling author of A Million Little Pieces

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Posted on April 9, 2011 by Editor

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Sidney Lumet Gone

from Cleveland.com

Sidney Lumet, film director, dead at 86: A second opinion

By Tony Brown, The Plain Dealer 

When Howard Beale signs off, he says: “I want you to go to the window, open it, stick your head out and yell: ‘I’m as mad as hell, and I’m not going to take this anymore.’ ”

Filmmaker Sidney Lumet, who died Saturday after a half-century of era-defining movies full of American urban grit, didn’t say those words. They were spoken by actor Peter Finch as a self-made-for-TV prophet in 1976’s “Network.”

Nor did Lumet write them. They came from the pen of Paddy Chayefsky, whose masterpiece screenplay better than any work of art before or since portrays the corporate venality that still fuels television’s dumbing-down of America.

But director Lumet made those and other famous movie lines live forever in films stretching from 1957’s “Twelve Angry Men,” through “The Pawnbroker,” “Serpico,” “Dog Day Afternoon” and “The Verdict,” all the way up his last critically acclaimed effort, 2007’s “Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead.”

Those 50 years worth of cinematic moments cum cultural icons live on. But the man who created them is gone, dead of lymphoma, in his beloved Manhattan, the down-and-dirty setting for so many of his greatest works.

[ click to continue reading at Cleveland.com ]

Posted on April 9, 2011 by Editor

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Mark Lawson hails James Frey’s new Messiah

from The Guardian

The Final Testament of the Holy Bible by James Frey – review

Mark Lawson hails James Frey’s new Messiah

Christian worshippers recite the Nicene Creed, which includes the promise that Jesus Christ will “come again”. This article of faith provides the epigraph to a novel in which James Frey imagines the Anglican and Roman Catholic faithful of modern New York being confronted with the apparent answer to their prayer.

The fate that would await a contemporary messiah has long been a standard essay topic in religious education classes and is also regularly attempted in fiction. These comeback narratives divide between stories in which the status of the saviour figure remains ambiguous, such as John Irving’s A Prayer for Owen Meany, and fiction in which someone directly claims to be Christ for present times. Frey’s book extends the second genre – his hero has the beard of conventional iconography and a gaze said to resemble “being stared down by a statue” – although it surely represents a first in the dust-jacket’s startling affirmation of an overlap between protagonist and author.

[ click to continue reading review at The Guardian ]

Posted on April 9, 2011 by Editor

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Pay To Cum

from ROIR

Posted on April 8, 2011 by Editor

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Brand X

from The New York Times

Unearthing a Celluloid Artifact of the ’60s

Camilla McGrath

By RACHEL WOLFF

In the 1960s, the Pop artist Wynn Chamberlain often toyed with making a movie and spent time visiting various avant-garde filmmakers on their sets. In 1963 he bought 10 rolls of 16-millimeter film, only to come across Andy Warhol using them, on a visit to Mr. Chamberlain’s country house, to shoot the poet John Giorno sleeping for the early “anti-film” “Sleep.”

When Mr. Chamberlain finally did make a film, “Brand X,” in 1969, it did not turn out to be the sort of hard-to-penetrate work that friends like Mr. Warhol had been creating.

“We thought we were making an art film,” Mr. Chamberlain, now 83 and based in Morocco, said in an interview recently. But eventually “we realized that it was a populist film.” A satirical take on television, with fake programs and commercials, “Brand X” anticipated TV and movie comedies of the next decade like “Saturday Night Live,” “SCTV” and “The Kentucky Fried Movie,” though in a more absurdist vein and with a more political view.

The film, which featured Abbie Hoffman, Sam Shepard, Sally Kirkland and the Warhol superstars Ultra Violet, Candy Darling and Taylor Mead, was released in 1970 in New York, Washington and Los Angeles. Vincent Canby endorsed it in The New York Times as “a tacky, vulgar, dirty, sometimes dull, often hilarious movie” with the tone of “a liberated college humor magazine.”

[ click to continue reading at NYTimes.com ]

Posted on April 8, 2011 by Editor

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James Frey Reading @ Lutyens & Rubinstein, Sunday 10th April 6:00pm

from Lutyens & Rubinstein

Sunday 10th April  6.00 for 6.30pm (please note unusual time)

THE FINAL TESTAMENT OF THE HOLY BIBLE

JAMES FREY in conversation with KATE MUIR

James Frey is not like other writers.

This book is not  like other books.

This event will not be like other events.

Frey’s new book, The Final Testament of the Holy Bible, is the story of Ben Zion Avrohom, also known as the Messiah. Told by his friends and family, in the manner of the gospels, the book asks: How would a man like Jesus be perceived if he appeared today? What would he preach and believe? And how would society react? The book, which is embargoed until April 12th, is already being denounced as blasphemous and obscene. Come and meet James Frey, author of A Million Little Pieces, talking about his highly controversial new book for the first time anywhere in the world.

Kate Muir is arts critic for The Times and the author of LEFT BANK and WEST COAST.

Posted on April 7, 2011 by Editor

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Rogue Cop Pepper Sprays Deranged Baby Squirrel

Posted on April 6, 2011 by Editor

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“I feel that Gauguin is evil. He has nudity and is bad for the children. I am from the American CIA and I have a radio in my head. I am going to kill you.”

from FORBES

Woman charged in attack on ‘evil’ Gauguin painting

By BEN NUCKOLS 

WASHINGTON — A woman accused of pounding on a painting by Paul Gauguin and trying to rip it from a wall at the National Gallery of Art told police the post-Impressionist artist was evil and the painting should be burned, court documents show.

Susan Burns, 53, of Arlington, Va., has been charged with attempted second-degree theft and destruction of property following the attack Friday. She was being held without bail pending a mental health hearing Tuesday.

The Gauguin painting, “Two Tahitian Women,” valued at an estimated $80 million, was not damaged and will go back on view Tuesday, the National Gallery said in a statement. The picture is on loan from the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York for an exhibit titled “Gauguin: Maker of Myth.”

The painting depicts two women standing next to each other, one with both breasts exposed and the other with one breast showing.

According to charging documents, an investigator told Burns her rights and asked why she had tried to remove the painting.

“I feel that Gauguin is evil. He has nudity and is bad for the children. He has two women in the painting and it’s very homosexual. I was trying to remove it. I think it should be burned,” according to the documents.

Burns also said: “I am from the American CIA and I have a radio in my head. I am going to kill you.”

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Posted on April 4, 2011 by Editor

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Don’t Panic

from Dazed Digital

JAMES FREY: THE FINAL TESTAMENT OF THE HOLY BIBLE

The controversial new book by the American author takes on religion in all forms and questions how people base their opinions and beliefs

As seen in this film by Don’t Panic, James Frey’s new book ‘The Final Testament of the Holy Bible’ strives to scrutinize how people have formed opinions and beliefs without having read anything that provides the basis for those judgments.

Questioning what people exiting a mosque think of ‘The Satanic Verses’, what Christians think of ‘The Origin of the Species’ and comparing the responses to politicians or journalists regarding the budget cuts, the film was made with John Murray to promote the launch of the new book by controversial author, currently best known for his spat with Oprah Winfrey over another of his books, ‘A Million Little Pieces’.

[ click to read at DazedDigital.com ]

Posted on April 4, 2011 by Editor

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First Ever Headshot Of Jesus Christ Found

from The Daily Mail

Is this the first ever portrait of Jesus? The incredible story of 70 ancient books hidden in a cave for nearly 2,000 years

By NICK PRYER

The image is eerily familiar: a bearded young man with flowing curly hair. After lying for nearly 2,000 years hidden in a cave in the Holy Land, the fine detail is difficult to determine. But in a certain light it is not difficult to interpret the marks around the figure’s brow as a crown of thorns.

The extraordinary picture of one of the recently discovered hoard of up to 70 lead codices – booklets – found in a cave in the hills overlooking the Sea of Galilee is one reason Bible historians are clamouring to get their hands on the ancient artefacts.

If genuine, this could be the first-ever portrait of Jesus Christ, possibly even created in the lifetime of those who knew him.

[ click to continue reading at The Daily Mail ]

Posted on April 4, 2011 by Editor

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JT: Sojourner Of The Mystical Realm

from The Japan Times

Sojourner of the mystical realm

By STEVE FINBOW

THE PASSING SUMMERS, The Japanese Mystique: Charm and Consequence, by Ivy C. Machida. Printed Matter Press, 2010, 280 pp., $20 (paper)

The 21st century has seen a proliferation of memoirs entering the book market — from James Frey’s memoir-fiction “A Million Little Pieces” to the slew of ghosted celebrity autobiographies that take up valuable space on bookshelves and in Kindle and iPad memories.

The personal histories of expatriates are commonplace, not only in the literary world but also on the blogosphere. So, how does a new edition to the genre add to our view of Japan?

After studying law at the University of Singapore, Ivy C. Machida moved to the United States to take postgraduate courses at Southern Methodist University in Dallas and then at Yale. Entranced by Japanese culture and history after a fleeting visit to Tokyo and Kyoto, she became obsessed with the “mystical realm” of Nippon.

Interested in international law and human rights during the Vietnam War and Mao Zedong’s Cultural Revolution during the late 1960s, Ivy was offered a position at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. While in Washington, she met her husband-to-be Jay, and her infatuation with all things Japanese intensified.

[ click to continue reading at The Japan Times ]

Posted on April 3, 2011 by Editor

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God loves non-native species, too, you Haters

from The New York Times

Mother Nature’s Melting Pot

Souther Salazar

By HUGH RAFFLES

THE anti-immigrant sentiment sweeping the country, from draconian laws in Arizona to armed militias along the Mexican border, has taken many Americans by surprise. It shouldn’t — nativism runs deep in the United States. Just ask our non-native animals and plants: they too are commonly labeled as aliens, even though they also provide significant benefits to their new home.

While the vanguard of the anti-immigrant crusade is found among the likes of the Minutemen and the Tea Party, the native species movement is led by environmentalists, conservationists and gardeners. Despite cultural and political differences, both are motivated — in Margaret Thatcher’s infamous phrase — by the fear of being swamped by aliens.

But just as America is a nation built by waves of immigrants, our natural landscape is a shifting mosaic of plant and animal life. Like humans, plants and animals travel, often in ways beyond our knowledge and control. They arrive unannounced, encounter unfamiliar conditions and proceed to remake each other and their surroundings.

Designating some as native and others as alien denies this ecological and genetic dynamism. It draws an arbitrary historical line based as much on aesthetics, morality and politics as on science, a line that creates a mythic time of purity before places were polluted by interlopers.

[ click to continue reading at NYTimes.com ]

Posted on April 2, 2011 by Editor

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ROCKET MAN, the novel of the New American Dream

from News By Company

It Had to Happen: The Shortsale Novel

Posted for Sterling and Ross by vijay on April 1st 2011 and filled under Media & entertainment

Rocket Man Novel brings to light the plight of the underwater homeowner and an American Dream in Reverse.

New York, NY, April 01, 2011 — Novelist James Frey called Rocket Man the novel of the New American Dream. And certainly our times have brought to light that the American Dream might well be undergoing a retrofit. Sterling and Ross is publishing a novel that depicts one mans fight to find happiness in a world gone mad. Dale Hammer is looking for some sign of sanity with a house that is worth less than he owes, an unstable job, a dismal marriage, and a son who is looking to his father to be the Rocket Man for his Scout Troop. The American Dream in Dales world is under attack from every side.

We can relate. There is no bailout for the American Middleclass and with foreclosures increasing every month, Rocket Man is paticularly resonant as a morality play of what the American Dream has become. Dale’s quest to find happiness in this suburban landscape is a comedy with many hilarious moments. This is the novel about the people that Jonathan Franzen left out of FREEDOM. This is about the middleclass under seige with diminishing expectations, diminishing economic power, and still having to deal with kids and deferreed dreams with only a shortsale as salvation.

“I didnt set out to write a novel about the recession, but my character’s main problems are economically based,” novelist Wiliam Hazelgrove said from his office in the Hemingway House. “The American Dream had become the big car, the big house, the vacations, the whole ball of wax and then it all just crashed and left everyone wondering what the hell happened.”

[ click to continue reading at NewsByCompany.com ]

Posted on April 2, 2011 by Editor

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The $600,000 Gurgling Toad

from U.S. News & World Report

Pentagon Art: $600,000 Gurgling Toad Sculpture

By PAUL BEDARD

A $600,000 frog sculpture that lights up, gurgles “sounds of nature” and carries a 10-foot fairy girl on its back could soon be greeting Defense Department employees who plan to start working at the $700 million Mark Center in Alexandria, Va. this fall. That is unless a new controversy over the price tag of the public art doesn’t torpedo the idea.

[See a gallery of monuments and art around Washington, D.C.]

Decried as wasteful spending that will be seen by just a couple thousand of daily workers who arrive on bus shuttles, foes have tried to delay the decision, expected tomorrow, April 1. But in an E-mail, an Army Corps of Engineers official said that the decision can’t be held up because it would impact completion of the huge project.

[David]  says he’s not opposed to art, just high-priced works that won’t be seen by many. He estimates that only 2,500 will see the artwork every day as they use the bus transfer station at the Mark Center. “Who the heck is going to see it,” he asked. “To spend six hundred grand to amuse the same people every day is nuts.”

[ click to read full article at U.S. News ]

Posted on April 1, 2011 by Editor

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