We are proud to announce that the 2013 Cobalt Writing prize for fiction has been awarded to Chavisa Woods for her piece, “Things to Do When You’re Goth in the Country.” The short story will be published in Cobalt Vol. 2 in January 2014.
- Dec 12, Behind the Book Reading Series: An Evening with Beverly Gologorsky & Laura Hemphill
- Jan 15, Barry Gifford and Peter Maravelis discuss Gifford’s new story collection THE ROY STORIES at the Mechanics’ Institute in San Francisco
- Jan 30, “The Walrus and the Elephants: John Lennon’s Years of Revolution” Book Reading & Discussion
The Walrus and the Elephants: John Lennon’s Years of Revolution by journalist James Mitchell is on sale today. In this unique look at John Lennon’s early years in New York and his budding social activism, we can see another side of the legendary musician, one that embraced feminism, passionately spoke out against the Vietnam War, and cared deeply about the social causes of the day.
When John Lennon moved to New York City in late 1971 he left behind a life of luxury, pop superstardom, and a need to repress his anti-war sentiments and political opinions. As he and Yoko Ono settled into their new lives in Greenwich Village, they embraced the vibrant subculture, the hippie radicals, the street musicians, and the many political and social causes that were energizing the people of New York and America.
In The Walrus and the Elephants Mitchell takes us behind the scenes into the most fascinating and underreported era of Lennon’s life, offering a front-row seat to his transformation from apolitical pop icon to revolutionary social activist.
WHAT MORE IS THERE TO LEARN ABOUT NELSON MANDELA?
By Danny Schechter
Nelson Mandela is back in the news—happily, not because of his medical condition but thanks to the release of the new epic movie, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom starring Idris Elba and Naomi Harris. On Christmas day, it opens nationwide on 2000 screens with a majority of reviews very positive.
At the same time, no one movie can hope to tell the full story of a life that has spanned 95 years. Hollywood-style story-telling inevitably telescopes history, compresses characters, and seek to entertain more than inform
Some of the critics make this point, A few find it too rushed, others too long, or well on missing context, and insufficient history, as does Simon Abrams on Roger Ebert.com: ”The prison guard insists that Nelson and his wife should not talk about politics, and “Long Walk to Freedom’s creators honor that request.