'Loss is difficult at any time of life. It can be particularly difficult for teenagers, who are still navigating their way, sometimes clumsily, toward adulthood. They know they need help, but are sometimes reluctant to ask for it. And often, because of their youth, their loss may be the first death they have ever known.'
For a year, a reporter from the Cincinnati Enquirer sat in on meetings of a grief group at Archbishop Moeller high school, for boys who had lost a parent... and learned The Rules of Grieving
Between 2004 and 2005, "Rocky Mountain News reporter Jim Sheeler and photographer Todd Heisler spent a year with the Marines stationed at Aurora's Buckley Air Force Base who have found themselves called upon to notify families of the deaths of their sons in Iraq. In each case in this story, the families agreed to let Sheeler and Heisler chronicle their loss and grief. They wanted people to know their sons, the men and women who brought them home, and the bond of traditions more than 200 years old that unite them. Though readers are led through the story by the white-gloved hand of Maj. Steve Beck, he remains a reluctant hero. He is, he insists, only a small part of the massive mosaic that is the Marine Corps." The full story
ran on Veteran's Day, 2005 and won two Pulitzer Prizes: one for Feature Photography
, another for feature writing
in 2006. A nice single-page version of one section: Katherine Cathey and 2nd Lt. James J. Cathey
.) The Rocky Mountain News closed in 2009. [more inside]
The fierce urgency of now and then.
On May 24, 1963, concerned about the potential for race-related riots
nationwide after Birmingham, Attorney General Robert Kennedy
met with group of prominent black intellectuals and artists, such as Kenneth Clark
, Clarence B. Jones
, and Harry Belafonte
, in a meeting organized by James Baldwin
(YouTube 7:07... and also 6:27
, if you're interested.) The tone of this emotionally wrenching meeting, however, would be greatly influenced by the presence of fifteen-year-old Jerome Smith
, a nonviolent CORE
volunteer who was being treated in New York for jaw and head injuries sustained after a brutal beating by segregationists in Mississippi. [more inside]
Gore Vidal Speaks Seriously Ill of the Dead
Annoyed with the rose-tinted view of William F. Buckley displayed by some of his obituarists
, Vidal slams Buckley, Newsweek, and the media in general. (MeFi Buckley obit thread here
RIP William F. Buckley, Jr.
Like him or hate him, agree or disagree, there's no doubt that he was articulate, entertaining, and influential.
Chomsky v. Buckley, 1969
(videofilter). The primary subject is Vietnam, but other topics abound.
William F. Buckley:
"If you had a European prime minister who experienced what we've experienced it would be expected that he would retire or resign."
Snobs & the uber-snobs who snub them
by William F. Buckley, Jr. "...Snobs should read this book. Also, anti-snobs. Also those who wonder... deep down whether they are more like... Aristophanes, Shakespeare, Dante, and Christ"
Buckley (Heart) Elvis?
No, it's not a liberal v. conservative thing. Writing an Elvis
book just does not fit the William F. Buckley image. Ontime spy novelist. Erudite PBS show host. Shows up in places like House Beautiful, waxing witty about homes and home decor, with references to the Metropolitan Opera and such. I too love the Big E, but this
is baffling and hilarious. He apparently discusses his E fixation in the upcoming (and usually outstanding) Southern Music Issue of the Oxford American
. Thoughts? Is the new American literary dream to retire and write an Elvis book, as opposed to the Great American Novel?