The COVID-19 pandemic has permanently changed the world. Epidemiology, once the purview of epidemiologists, crisis planners, and medical specialists is now the daily lived reality for all of us.
Through her journalism, regular public and media appearances, and her poetry, Dr. Seema Yasmin has been at the forefront of popularizing a scientifically rigorous approach to public health in general, and to epidemics in particular.
In this book, Yasmin explores the roles of journalists, aid workers and doctors during an infectious crisis, while reimagining the role of viruses in the role of human evolution. She also raises important ethical questions about the role of the poet and the journalist in documenting crises.
Haymarket Books is working with the author and the Pulitzer Center (which has supported Dr. Yasmin 's journalistic work) to generate supplemental curricular materials to accompany the book, allowing it to reach middle and high school students and people who are incarcerated
The Damon Runyon Theatre Hour. Damon Runyon is acknowledged as one of the great writers to come out of twentieth century America. Runyon's short stories are almost always told in the first person by a narrator who is never named, and whose role is unclear; he knows many gangsters and has no job that can be gleaned from his musings, nor does he admit to any criminal involvement; He’s a bystander, an observer, an average street-corner Joe. Runyon described himself as "being known to one and all as a guy who is just around". That line seems to say a lot about Runyon and his life. It was like you were with him on some street corner hustle or some shady dive and he was filling you in on all the angles, all the gossip, all of life. He was who so many people wanted to be with……or so many people wanted to be. Of course, the cliché about newspapermen and writers is that they are heavy drinkers, chain-smokers, gamblers and obsessively chase women with a sideline in the gathering of stories and facts and actually getting something written just before the deadline hits. That seems like Damon Runyon and his life summed up in one sentence. His stories became legendary ways of looking that bit differently at America, of soaking up the atmosphere of a glamorous and rip-roaring age and distilling it into a black and white type or, in our case, The Damon Runyon Theatre Hour.
Veteran journalist Joseph Alsop thrived in his role as the right-hand man for Washington’s political elite, influencing both policy and public opinion with his inflammatory columns. But as the political certainties of the post-war era began to chip away in the late 1960s, so did Alsop’s authority, both on the page and in his own life.An L.A. Theatre Works full-cast production featuring: Tara Lynne Barr, Wilson Bethel, John Getz, David Krumholtz, John Vickery, JoBeth Williams. Includes a panel discussion with Geoffrey Cowan, a professor at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School of Journalism, playwright David Auburn, and the New York Times’ national political correspondent, Adam Nagourney.Recorded by L.A. Theatre Works before a live audience.
The award-winning poet and author of A Place to Stand crafts provocative portraits of addiction and the Mexican American experience. Jimmy Santiago Baca’s brilliantly received memoir, A Place to Stand, earned him the prestigious International Prize and offered a keyhole view into the brutal personal history that shaped—and continues to inform—his raw, incisive voice. A heart-stopping series of episodes about addiction, C-Train features Dream Boy, a young man who finds himself seduced, and later enslaved, by the siren song of cocaine. Part paean to the delicious power of intoxication, part lament for those helplessly under its power, C-Train is a ride its hero, and the reader, struggle to get off. In Thirteen Mexicans, Baca writes of the Chicano community and the gulf between the American dream and American reality. In searing, elegiac vignettes he portrays the raw beauty of life in the barrio and the surreal, stomach-turning moment when people of color must confront how they are reflected in the distorted mirror of white society. Giving voice to the dispossessed and the disenfranchised, Baca confirms his place as one of the nation’s leading poets, whose words “heal, inspire, and elicit the earthly response of love” (Garrett Hongo). “[Baca] writes with . . . an intense lyricism and that transformative vision which perceives the mythic and archetypal significance of life-events.” —Denise Levertov “[Baca] travels outward and inward as a Chicano in America, with all the complications that the identity entails. . . . [He is] a poet in control of his craft . . . whose voice, brutal yet tender, is unique in America.” —The Nation
A Family-drama in three acts. Like many of Ibsen's better-known plays, Ghosts is a scathing commentary on 19th century morality. (Summary by Kristingj)
Cast:Mrs. Helen Alving, widow of Captain Alving: Rhonda FedermanOswald Alving, her son, a painter: Chris MarcellusPastor Manders: Algy PugJacob Engstrand, a carpenter: John TrevithickRegine Engstrand, Mrs. Alving's maid: KristingjNarrator: Amanda Friday
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