Because David McCullough’s book on John Adams was the choice for the History Book Club discussion, I began to read this excellent biography one evening a few nights ago, and my sense of excitement grew with reading. Certain themes concerning leadership and John Adams jumped out at me, and I could see how to apply those lessons to contemporary leaders of revolutionary movements.
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Published on Saturday, January 29, 2011
We Gen-X’ers grew up with our lives punctuated by changes in technology. As toddlers, we listened to vinyl records and watched movies on reels, but really we grew up listening to cassette tapes and watching movies on VHS. (“Hey, did you hear the new Guns ‘n’ Roses tape?”) CDs were our first contact with the incredibly dense medium of digital music, which has remained our main source of music even today. DVDs were the video equivalent, being made commercially available in 1997.
Published on Sunday, January 23, 2011
While I was already going to write about this topic anyway, my bus ride to the Martin Luther King Library today really cemented my resolve. Sitting on the seat in front of me on the 70 bus was the discarded travel section of the January 23rd Sunday Washington Post. The bold headline Sweden Grabs the Mike was just shouting at me.
Published on Saturday, January 15, 2011
Acclaimed novelist and memoirist Marita Golden will offer a free eight-week workshop focusing on the personal essay and the memoir. If you have a story to tell about your personal experiences, about the life of someone else, or if you want to learn how to write effectively to express your opinion, this workshop will help you develop and hone the techniques of writing the personal essay.
In addition to learning the techniques of effective nonfiction writing through in and out of class assignments, participants will read the work of published nonfiction authors as well as meet local nonfiction writers who will visit the class and speak about their careers as writers.
Published on Tuesday, January 11, 2011
There has been much discussion of late about the correct policies of Congress and the administration over taxes. We have seen on CNN and MSNBC how both sides are agonizing over how much to tax the upper brackets and how to stimulate the economy with tax policy. Each side predicts that coming to the correct decision will advance them in the coming election cycle. But there are many indications from political scientists and commentators that effective policy has little to do with voter behavior. Voters actually tend to vote on party lines, perceived economic status and most importantly, sense of the direction of the country, positive or negative. Even when the application of certain policies is shown to create negative results, the same policies are still embraced because they are objects of faith.
Published on Saturday, January 8, 2011
I have just begun the fourth book in George R.R. Martin's epic fantasy series, A Song of Ice and Fire, and I can hardly contain myself from writing about it any longer.
Published on Wednesday, January 5, 2011
The library, in cooperation with Byte Back, is offering free PC Basics computer classes and Office Track classes at Capitol View Library, Anacostia Library, Northwest One Library and Watha T. Daniel Library starting January 3.
You must be a D.C. resident to enroll in this program. All students must present proof of residency on the first day of class to be admitted. To register, call Byte Back at 202-529-3395 Monday to Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Those who complete the course and who qualify (by income) will also get a free computer and free Cricket broadband card, good for one year's free Internet.
If you miss this round of classes, another set will be offered beginning in March.
Partners: DC Public Library, DC Office of the Chief Technology Office, ByteBack, First Time Computers, Cricket Communications.
Published on Thursday, December 30, 2010
Many books are made into movies, to varying degrees of commercial and artistic success. There are healthy debates on how faithful a movie should be to the book, which I think are fascinatingly pointless. A song about an historical person would never be expected to contain everything about that person. Even biographies that take decades to write can’t claim to be all inclusive. This is how art works. Likewise, a movie based on a book cannot be expected to contain the whole book. A director and a group of actors and film crew may assemble one version of the story, understanding that different movies could also be made from the same material. But going back to the source of my rant…
Published on Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Published on Saturday, December 18, 2010
Science fiction (SF) has always been a place for us to explore the unusual places where human ingenuity can take us. SF writers have dreamed of worlds beyond the stars, humans traveling faster than light, barriers of languages broken down and amazing devices that can accomplish things that we never would have thought possible. The reality is science and technology are actually leading us down roads that make the technological marvels seen in science fiction books and television a reality, not just sometime out in the far-flung future, but today.