Tuesday, October 10, 2017

"Lit Crawl" literature fair visits Los Angeles, other cities


I got a press release concerning a “Lit Crawl LosAngeles” to be held in North Hollywood.  

The event will include many LGBTQ books according to what I am told.

The group sets up book and literature fairs in various cities.  The word “crawl” comes from the idea of a “pub crawl” (like in the UK movie “World’s End”).  I wonder if the event has occurred in Minneapolis (in the Uptown area near the Lagoon Theater is the obvious place). 

The press release from PlatformMedia Group(site requires Adobe flash) reads:

We’re are aware how busy the book season is around this time of year so we’d hope to get this on your radar ASAP.  

“We’re pleased to announce this year's Lit Crawl® L.A. on Wednesday, October 25, 2017. For the FIFTH consecutive year, thousands of literary arts lovers from throughout Southern California are expected to converge in the North Hollywood Arts District for one night of “literary mayhem.” 

“As you might recall, Lit Crawl is a choose-your-own literary adventure experience featuring dozens of restaurants, theaters, galleries, bars, and other unique venues hosting literary events over the course of three rounds. From readings to performances, the 5th annual Lit Crawl L.A. will be an unforgettable—and entirely walkable— experience. 

“I can’t guarantee this but I think that besides the Festival of Books, the Lit Crawl is one of the four or five biggest annual literary events in LA.

“We hope you have an opportunity to feature it and we’ve attached our press release and the full schedule for your reference. 

“We’d also be happy to coordinate any interviews with the founders or participants. If you need anything else, please don’t hesitate to contact me.”


I was last in LA in 2012 (including West Hollywood, including the Abbey).

Saturday, October 07, 2017

Noam Chomsky's "Global Discontents"


Noam Chomsky has a new book, “Global Discontents: Global Conservations on the Rising Threats to Democracy”, which he explains in an interview for “The Nation” with David Barsamian and also an arlier conversation with  Tom Dispatch (link ).

  
Trump’s “buffoonery” is said to exaggerate the tribal politics of resentment that builds on earlier problems with right-wing based capitalism: that many people never get the skills to “compete” and wind up subservient to those with more economic power.

  

The problem with “personal responsibility” ideology is that the world has become meaningless to a lot of people left behind. 

Friday, October 06, 2017

Recalling Temple's "The Sirius Mystery" about supposed alien visitations pre-Egypt






Yesterday, I reviewed a “short film” on whether a companion star to ("Dog Star") Sirius (the brightest in the night sky) could ever become a supernova and fry us;  that reminded me of a book I read in the late 1980s, “The Sirius Mystery: New Evidence of Alien Contact 5000 Years Ago”, by Robert K. G. Temple (UK).  The book was reissued in paper in 1998.  I think I have the hardcover somewhere;  maybe it will turn up as I move soon.
The book presented supposed evidence from ancient Egypt, as well as the Dogon in Mali in Africa. The Dogon have interesting beliefs about human sexuality developed.


But Sirius is a much larger star than the Sun, and may not have been stable as long as the Sun, long enough for a civilization on a planet to develop.  The presence of a white dwarf perturbing orbits of any planets could complicate things.

Wikipedia attribution link by SenaniP CCSA 3.0 of Circumcision Cave in Mali.