She who blogs is a damned fool.

“In tribute to the memory of George Floyd, who died at the hands of the Minneapolis police, and in support of the worldwide outcry over his death, PW’s comics editors have compiled a list of graphic titles about African American life and history. The titles listed here are primarily nonfiction graphic works that address topics including the Civil Rights Movement, hip-hop, gentrification, white supremacy, the criminal justice system, police brutality, and the lives of black women. In addition the list also offers several works of fiction that offer insights into similar topics via their settings and skillful characterizations. We welcome suggestions for other titles to add to our list.”
An Anti-Racist Graphic Novel Reading List, by PW Staff, 11 June 2020

“Representing illustrators and children’s books, the new Kovan Agency in Turkey kicks off with a trilogy of picture books themed on the coronavirus pandemic.”
In Istanbul: A New Illustration Agency Focused on Timely ‘Book Projects’, by Porter Anderson, Publishing Perspectives, 10 June 2020

“Facebook last week began slapping ‘state controlled’ labels on media outlets that it’s determined are under the thumb of a government. With the labels, Facebook is enacting a policy it announced in October. That’s when the platform introduced new election security measures, including a promise to increase transparency by showing the confirmed owner of a Page and by labeling state-controlled media on their Page and in the platform’s Ad Library. This is just one of many efforts it’s taken in the run-up to the 2020 US presidential election, as it tries to stem a renewed onslaught of the foreign tinkering that was seen in 2016. Not that the meddling has gone anywhere, mind you. Within days of the October announcement, Facebook said that it had pulled fake news networks linked to Russia and Iran.”
Facebook labels ‘state-controlled’ Russian, Chinese, Iranian media, by Lisa Vaas, Sophos, 9 June 2020

“This kind of thinking has discredited ideals like selflessness and generosity as hypocritical or self-deceived, or in any case as inefficiencies that impede the natural economy of self-interest—somehow persisting through all the millennia that might have been expected to winnow out inefficiencies, if the pervasiveness of this one motive is granted. I consider the American university to be among the highest achievements of Western civilization. And I know at the same time that varieties of nonsense that would not last ten minutes if history or experience were consulted can flourish there, and propagate, since our entire professional class, notably teachers, go to university. There has always been learned nonsense, of course. But when angels danced on the heads of pins, at least the aesthetic imagination was brought into play.”
What Kind of Country Do We Want?, by Marilynne Robinson, NY Review of Books, 11 June 2020

“Ignoring the pleas of women on the bus, a couple of the women in the front (see Maggie’s story below) noticed an officer pull out her phone and allegedly use Snapchat to record their cries. The other officers laughed.”
The Horrific Accounts of Women and Gender Non-conforming People after they were Arrested during L.A.’s Protest, by Mariah Castañeda, LA Taco, 12 June 2020

Does the LAPD ever get better? I wonder. I’m thinking LA City Council should follow the Minneapolis City Council unanimously votes to ABOLISH its police department and replace it with a community-led public safety system. I’m strongly leaning this way now, very strongly leaning, very supporting it, even. Thank you, LA Taco.

“Many governors across the United States have been eager to begin the multiphase reopening of businesses, but bookstore owners are acting cautiously. In remarks gathered from more than 25 independent bookstores, PW found that owners are reopening to in-store traffic more slowly than state guidelines allow, guided by their own sense of what it will take to ensure the safety of their employees.”
Bookstores Go It Alone in Reopening, by Alex Green, PW, 12 June 2020

“When Angelenos gathered downtown to protest the murder of George Floyd, they started at City Hall and eventually made their way toward the 101. Pastor Stephen ‘Cue’ Jn-Marie from the Row Church led the first group of protesters onto the freeway, which they occupied for roughly 30 minutes. Ever since the murder of Trayvon Martin in 2012, uprisings protesting police brutality and racism have blocked freeways throughout America. The freeway and highway systems in the U.S. are part of ‘a long, long, long history of looting our communities, looting our lives,’ Pastor Cue explains. Nowhere is this truer than in Los Angeles, where several generations of Angelenos, mainly people of color, have been displaced or trapped by the construction of freeways in the name of progress and ease of movement for white residents, many of whom moved outward to the suburbs of L.A. and Orange counties as the postwar era dawned.”
Why L.A.’s Freeways Are Symbolic Sites of Protest. The freeway system displaced generations of people of color, by Hadley Meares, Curbed, 11 June 2020

“Operating outside its usual regal setting in Ovieda, Spain’s Princess of Asturias Award honors the Guadalajara International Book Fair and Hay Festival in digital messaging this year.”
Hay Festival and Guadalajara Book Fair Named Princess Asturias 2020 Laureates, by Porter Anderson, Publishing Perspectives, 12 June 2020

“‘”Are our leaders capable of solving this problem?” I think is a really valid question at this point.'”
L.A.’s Homeless Population Grew 13 Percent Since Last Year’s Count — and Is Likely Already Worse, by Jenna Chandler, Curbed, 12 June 2020

“Facebook paid a cybersecurity firm six figures to develop a zero-day in a Tor-reliant operating system in order to unmask a man who spent years sextorting hundreds of young girls, threatening to shoot or blow up their schools if they didn’t comply, Motherboard’s Vice has learned. We already knew from court documents that the FBI tricked the man into opening a booby-trapped video – purportedly of child sexual abuse, though it held no such thing – that exposed his IP address. What we didn’t know until now is that the exploit was custom-crafted at Facebook’s behest and at its expense. Facebook had skin in this game. The predator, a Californian by the name of B___ H___, (do NOT want this name here, read the article to know, thx, GM) used the platform and its messaging apps as his hunting grounds for years before he was caught.”
Facebook paid for a 0-day to help FBI unmask child predator, by Lisa Vaas, Sophos, 12 June 2020

For the record, I don’t have a problem with what FB did. In fact, I salute them. As a non-parent, I really don’t know how parents can instill a healthy sense of caution that doesn’t tip over into paranoia in their children. I was a reckless child, teen, YA, and into my 30s, however, the world seemed like a safer place then. Full disclosure: I’ve done almost everything that gets girls killed on CSI. Furthermore, I was lucky and the world seems like it WAS safer. Young people of the world: invesitgate/interrogate/examine everything/one, get as much data before you act, and then move with Zen master Shaolin monk level awareness in whatever you do. Good luck; this geezerine is rootin’ for you.

“6. The domination of print-on-demand
“The pandemic has made it inevitable POD will be an industry game changer. With fewer bookstores, it makes sense now for publishers to print their books at or near the source of fulfillment (via Lightning Source). I envision the day when print-on-demand machines are installed in metropolitan areas to offer on-the-spot, same-day manufacturing and delivery of any one of the six million books currently in publishers’ databases.”
“7. A proliferation of author publishers
“All these new realities mean that a lot of smart, creative people who are spending more time at home will be producing more books. Is this a good thing? Not entirely, as it crowds the marketplace and may again create an unfortunate line between ‘real’ and ‘hobby’ publishing. But it does create a new industry of book reviewers, booktubers, and bookstagrammers monetizing their critical acumen and list curation.”
Independent Publishing in a Post-Covid World. A past IBPA chair speculates about how the pandemic will change publishing, by Peter Goodman, PW, 12 June 2020

Ah, Mr. Goodman, adapt or die in the savage marketplace, blah blah blah, etc. I’m sure you mean well, in a sort of arrogantly insular fashion or something. As, I believe, Schoenberg said, “Sometimes an audience is necessary for acoustical purposes.” Always a creative work needs to exist, and sometimes that’s all that matters.

“The protests that have swept the country and the world these last few weeks have largely happened in the streets. But last Friday, a group of demonstrators in Santa Monica decided to do things differently, heading into the ocean to memorialize the life of George Floyd and other victims of police brutality. It was a ‘paddle out’ organized, in part, by Black Girls Surf — a group that promotes surfing among girls and women of color. The founder is activist and surfer Rhonda Harper, who is based in Senegal.”
PHOTOS: Black Girls Surf Organizes Protest From Their Boards, by Darby Maloney, LAist, 12 June 2020

Reading:

White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism, by Robin DiAngelo

California Humanities, Humanities for All Quick grant guidelines

Quotes:

Good is positive. Evil is merely privative, not absolute: it is like cold, which is the privation of heat. All evil is so much death or nonentity. Benevolence is absolute and real. So much benevolence as a man hath, so much life hath he.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Good men must not obey the laws too well.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Great geniuses have the shortest biographies.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Great hearts steadily send forth the secret forces that incessantly draw great events.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Great men are they who see that spiritual is stronger than any material force – that thoughts rule the world.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

He who hesitates is a damned fool.
Mae West

Great men or men of great gifts you shall easily find, but symmetrical men never.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Half of the harm that is done in this world is due to people who want to feel important. They don’t mean to do harm. But the harm does not interest them.
T.S. Eliot

Happy is the hearing man; unhappy the speaking man.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

He who despairs of the human condition is a coward, but he who has hope for it is a fool.
Albert Camus

“Black theology cannot accept a view of God which does not represent God as being for oppressed blacks and thus against white oppressors. Living in a world of white oppressors, blacks have no time for a neutral God. The brutalities are too great and the pain too severe, and this means we must know where God is and what God is doing in the revolution. There is no use for a God who loves white oppressors the same as oppressed blacks. We have had too much of white love, the love that tells blacks to turn the other cheek and go the second mile. What we need is the divine love as expressed in black power, which is the power of blacks to destroy their oppressors, here and now, by any means at their disposal. Unless God is participating in this holy activity, we must reject God’s love.

“The interpretation of God’s love without righteousness also suggests that white ‘success’ is a sign of God’s favor, of God’s love. Kaufmann’s view is open to the ungodly assumption that all is well with the way whites live in the world, because God loves them, and their material success is the evidence. But according to black theology, it is blasphemy to say that God loves white oppressors unless that love is interpreted as God’s wrathful activity against them and everything that whiteness stands for in American society. If the wrath of God is God’s almighty no to the yes of human beings, then blacks want to know where the no of God is today in white America. We believe that the black community’s no as expressed in the black revolution is God’s no, showing God’s rejection of oppressors and acceptance of the oppressed.”
Reverend James H. Cone, A Black Theology of Liberation, Chapter 4, p 70, 1986 edition, 1st ed. 1970

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