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Mitchell Kaplan: A Man for All Seasons

Posted by on Nov 3, 2018 in Home-Slider, Literary Arts, Videos, Videos: 2016, Visual Arts | Comments Off on Mitchell Kaplan: A Man for All Seasons

Mitchell Kaplan:  A Man for All Seasons

    Introduction to Mitchell Kaplan.  1:46 min.  Music:  Carmen Cicero. Photo & design: Raymond Elman.   Everybody who reads books in the Miami area knows that Mitchell Kaplan is the highly successful founder of the independent bookstore group, Books & Books, and co-founder of the Miami Book Fair, the largest book fair in the United States.  A while back, Inspicio published a written interview with Kaplan, focused on Books & Books and the Miami Book Fair, both of which are over 30 years old. What is less well-known is that...

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Poet Marie Howe: Always Worth Waiting For

Posted by on Oct 5, 2018 in Home-Slider, Literary Arts, Videos, Videos: 2016 | Comments Off on Poet Marie Howe: Always Worth Waiting For

Poet Marie Howe:  Always Worth Waiting For

    Introduction to Marie Howe.  1:06 min.  Photo & Design:  Raymond Elman.   Marie Howe (b.1950) is an American poet born in Rochester, New York. Howe is the author of four volumes of poetry: Magdalene: Poems (W.W. Norton, 2017); The Kingdom of Ordinary Time (W.W. Norton, 2009); What the Living Do (1997); and The Good Thief (1988). She is also the co-editor of a book of essays, In the Company of My Solitude: American Writing from the AIDS Pandemic (1994). Her poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Poetry, Agni,...

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Daniel Okrent’s 2004 New York Times Column Even More Relevant Today

Posted by on Sep 18, 2018 in Articles: 2016, Literary Arts | Comments Off on Daniel Okrent’s 2004 New York Times Column Even More Relevant Today

Daniel Okrent’s 2004 New York Times Column Even More Relevant Today

  Editor’s Note:  In October 2003, Daniel Okrent was named the first public editor for the New York Times (NYT) following the Jayson Blair scandal.  Okrent served in that position until May 2005.  In June 2004, he wrote the piece below about the overuse and misuse of ANONYMOUS SOURCES.  Given the current howling about anonymous sources, the constant declarations about “fake news,” and calling the press the “enemy of the people” during the Trump era, I thought it would be worthwhile to reconsider Okrent’s 2004 column and a follow-up comment he...

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IOUs from Baghdad

Posted by on Sep 6, 2018 in Articles: 2016, Literary Arts | Comments Off on IOUs from Baghdad

IOUs from Baghdad

      The day Sergeant Cartwright’s Humvee rolled over an improvised explosive device (IED) and detonated on notorious Route Irish, we returned to the outpost to learn that Stinky, our goat, was inside bleeding, and screaming. The outpost was an abandoned school in the center of Bagdad. A large, concrete structure with echoing halls, two guard towers and a barbed wire perimeter. We lived in what was once the gym, our cots lined up like dominos; ammo, rifles, body armor and pads crowding the slim walkways between beds. I was in the yard,...

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A Conversation with Author Debra Dean

Posted by on Jul 20, 2018 in Literary Arts, Videos, Videos: 2016 | Comments Off on A Conversation with Author Debra Dean

A Conversation with Author Debra Dean

    Introduction to Debra Dean.  0:46 sec. Photo & Design: Raymond Elman.  Music: Soul and Mind by E’s Jammy Jams   Debra Dean is the bestselling author of four critically acclaimed books that have been published in twenty-one languages. Her debut, The Madonnas of Leningrad, was a New York Times Editors’ Choice novel, a #1 Booksense Pick, a Booklist Top Ten Novel, and an American Library Association Notable Book of the Year. It was long listed for the IMPAC International Dublin Literary Award. Confessions of a Falling Woman, a...

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A Video Conversation with
Poet Campbell McGrath

Posted by on Jun 5, 2018 in Literary Arts, Videos, Videos: 2016 | Comments Off on A Video Conversation with
Poet Campbell McGrath

A Video Conversation withPoet Campbell McGrath

    Introduction to Campbell McGrath.  1:39 min.  Video montage:  Jade Cheek.   Campbell McGrath grew up in Washington, D.C. where he attended Sidwell Friends School. He received his B.A. from the University of Chicago in 1984 and his MFA from Columbia University’s creative writing program in 1988. He currently lives in Miami Beach, Florida, and teaches creative writing at Florida International University. McGrath has been recognized by some of the most prestigious American poetry awards, including the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award (for...

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Killing Griffin
By Anne Bernays

Posted by on Apr 29, 2018 in Articles: 2016, Literary Arts | Comments Off on Killing Griffin
By Anne Bernays

Killing GriffinBy Anne Bernays

      Excerpt from Killing Griffin, chapter one.   “The best way to find out if you can trust somebody is to trust them.” — Ernest Hemingway   Union Square is to Somerville what Harvard Square is to Cambridge, that is, its very heart. There all similarities end. But that’s not quite accurate: there’s no store that sells underwear in either place. For an idea of the international character of  Somerville,  all you have to do is look at the range of places where you can sample the international cuisine — such as it is — of Portugal,...

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A Video Chat with Pulitzer Prize-Recipient Jane Smiley

Posted by on Apr 28, 2018 in Literary Arts, Videos, Videos: 2016 | Comments Off on A Video Chat with Pulitzer Prize-Recipient Jane Smiley

A Video Chat with Pulitzer Prize-Recipient Jane Smiley

    Introduction to Jane Smiley.  3:00 min.  Photo & Design:  Raymond Elman.  Video Montage:  Jade Cheek.  Music:  Hard Times Come Again No More · Stephen Collins Foster · Alisa Jones Wildwood Flower.   Jane Smiley (b.1949) was born in Los Angeles, California, and grew up in Webster Groves, Missouri, a suburb of St. Louis.  She obtained a BA in literature at Vassar College, then earned an MA, MFA, and PhD from the University of Iowa. While working toward her doctorate, she also spent a year studying in Iceland as a Fulbright Scholar....

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Celebrating National Poetry Month 2018

Posted by on Apr 8, 2018 in Literary Arts, Videos, Videos: 2015 | Comments Off on Celebrating National Poetry Month 2018

Celebrating National Poetry Month 2018

  To celebrate National Poetry Month 2018 and O, Miami 2018, Inspicio has mashed together video recorded readings by notable poets Campbell McGrath, Marie Howe, Richard Blanco, Denise Duhamel, and Mark Doty. For more information about O, Miami and National Poetry Month activities, check out the following websites: O, Miami Poetry Festival The Betsy Hotel The videos below are organized by poet and run between 44 seconds and 4 minutes. Tap on any video. You must be connected to the Internet to view the videos.   CAMPBELL MCGRATH: 4:08 min. From...

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Morton Dean: A Noble Career in Broadcast Journalism

Posted by on Mar 22, 2018 in Literary Arts | Comments Off on Morton Dean: A Noble Career in Broadcast Journalism

Morton Dean:  A Noble Career in Broadcast Journalism

    Introduction to Morton Dean.  2:23 min.  Painting:  Raymond Elman.  Pictured Above Is At Least One Person Who Loves the Boston Red Sox and  Edward Hopper’s House.  60 x 40 inches.  Oil & digital collage on canvas.   Morton Dean (b.1935) is an award-winning American television and radio news anchor, broadcast news correspondent, documentary film director, and author. Dean is a former weekend news anchor for CBS Evening News, as well as ABC’s Good Morning America. While a correspondent for CBS News for 20 years and ABC News for...

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