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"Or Are They Spooks?"The novel "The Human Stain," by Philip Roth, centers around an event. The main character, Coleman Silk, is a professor in a small town college who, when confronted with the consistent absence of two of his students, asks, Does anyone know these people? Do they exist or are they spooks? Despite his intent to use the literal meaning, a specter or a ghost, his phrase was considered racist and he was drummed out of his university and sent into a spiral of destruction, deceit and despair.
An interesting story, but what, you might be asking, is the relevance? On Oct. 25, this previous Thursday, Michelle Guobadia, assistant director for Fraternity and Sorority Life, sent an e-mail out to Masons fraternity and sorority presidents reminding them of the danger of inappropriate party themes/costumes. After talking about her support for First Amendment rights, Guobadia stated Any costume or theme that deals with race, religion, ethnicity or sex/gender issues sho
Avenue Q Comes to The NationalThese days David Benoit takes his home along with him. He plays Nicky, Trekkie and a Bad News Bear in the traveling cast of Avenue Q, which will be coming to The National in Washington D.C. from Nov. 27 to Dec. 9. The tour brings its stage with them, three old dilapidated brownstones, not that different from Fall River, Benoits Massachusetts hometown. Benoit has been playing the two major characters for over a year, spending time in both the Broadway and traveling cast.
The show really pays homage to the childrens television shows we grew up with, shows like Sesame Street. Benoit said. Shows that taught life lessons. But it is a very adult show, though it looks like its a kiddy show. But it is not at all, there are some adult situations, theres full puppet nudity and theres indeed puppet sex.
Many of the puppets may resemble characters from classic childrens shows, but Avenue Qs puppets are different.
Yom Kippur ShpielDuring this week, TV personality Steven Colbert has created a Repentance Hotline. In order to help out all of those who may have offended him the line, 1-888-OOPS-JEW, is open to all callers. When you reach the number you hear Shalom, and welcome to Stephen Colberts atonement hotline. At the tone, please be a mench, and unburden your soul by stating how youve wronged meStephen Colbert. Your call will not be returned but selected apologies will be played on the air. You should be so lucky. Amusing, and it makes for a great gag, but I think he may have missed the point.
Many Jews who have and will not attend another service all year will attend Yom Kippur, the most holy day on the Jewish calendar. Some people ask for blanket absolution, send out forgiveness requests through Facebook applications or email, or simply mouth the words while not knowing the meaning. As I stand in services, I cant help but wonder if we may all be missing the point as badly a
Faith, Freedom, a Jewish HomeFaith, Freedom, and a Jewish Homeland
Okay dear reader, full disclosure. Last year, previous to my employment at Broadside, I had the honor of attending Students for a Democratic Society and the Students for Justice in Palestines Apartheid Wall event. If you attended that event, you may recall the person handing out short articles titled Congratulations, You Are an Ignorant Git. Unsurprisingly, this years repeat of the event made me weep for certain George Mason University students ability to learn. Further disclosure, I am a lifelong liberal who is embarrassed to be grouped into the same side of the spectrum as those who created the Apartheid Wall event. The replacement of apathy with ignorance is not a pretty sight to see.
Perhaps the most memorable portion of my counter-protest was at the end of a debate with an SDS member. After being unable to counter a single factual point, he had pretty much given up. I asked him, Where do you get
It was the name that got me to pay attention first. Angielczyk. We had just pulled into a Burger King complex, right off the highway, somewhere between Rochester and Buffalo, New York. It had caught my eye because Im bad at thinking up names, and I always write down names that sound different so that I can use them later. When I passed through the entrance this particular name caught my eye, it would be perfect for a character I was working on. While my parents and sister got on the line to wait for burgers, I walked back out to the rest stops entrance, where the posters were hanging. I surreptitiously copied it down, feeling like something between a stalked and a freak, trying to make sure that no one saw what I was doing.
Later on, passing a soda vending machine, I saw her face on another poster, haloed by the blue glow of Pepsi, and noticed that she was attractive. The date also struck me this time; she had gone missing only two days ago. My mother noted her weight, 95 p
Banned WordsThere is a very important book Id like to introduce you to. In fact, this book is the most important book anyone who writes in English can read: William Strunk Jr. and E.B. Whites The Elements of Style is the book on English composition.
Despite being the textbook for English style and grammar, Elements of Style seems mostly unknown. Actually, its not that surprising when you look at the quality of most of the writing that gets out there. I mean it goes deep. Very deep. In fact, the most atrocious violators of the rules of good style are also some of the most famous writers today. Lets take on the big one, J.K. Rowling. The New York Times Book Review has never forgotten the truth: her first three books were written at about the level of a fifth grader. Now, I know what you are thinking; if a personage as well-known and (lets pick the important things) rich as Rowling can screw up that badly, does my short story really need to meet a hi
Facilitator SerasiaHomeworld: [Classified]
Affiliation: [2nd] Antarean Space Empire (ASE) - Ministry of Vox Dei; Facilitator, First Order
Born: 952 AE
Serasia [--------] was once a citizen of the Taurian Confederacy. She became involved with a number of dissident elements within the Taurian Confederacy and would likely have died when the Taurians cracked down on the rebel movement if she hadn't been pulled from the very brink of death by a MVD agent who was watching the rebels for potential recruits.
Even that early on she was beginning to see the inherent hypocrisy in the League, and even in the Taurian rebellion. When she discovered that her savior was an Antarean agent, she denounced the League, the rebels, and Tauria on the spot. Though it is doubtful that she believes in anything like the Imperial Divinity Myth she sees the Empire and it's system of rule as straightforward, efficient and true. Sick of the divisiveness on which the League seemed to be built, she passed every loyalty test the Ministry
Bio: Anabel von KreugerHomeworld: Xaris Prime
Affiliation: United League of Planets, Admiral, Black Designation; KSDT2 Division
Born: 952 AE
Anabel von Kreuger has become a women without a world. In the year she was born, many would have foreseen a happy future ahead of her. The Solesian war had ended, the League was at peace. Few could have expected the chaos that would overtake the League only a few years later, when the Crusaders went on the march. Kreuger's home, Xaris Prime, was a small world just outside the Treadway line. As the League found itself more and more stretched, ships and resources drifted away from the Xaris system, soon leaving the planet almost unguarded against what seemed, to young Kreuger, the galaxy-wide menace of religious zealotry.
Growing up on a planet in orbit around a brown star, Kreuger was hardened and molded into an amazing physical condition, one that she shared with many of her fellow Xarisians. It was only natural for her to enroll in the League's military acad
Senator Yirana PhoebeHomeworld: Antares
Affiliation: [2nd] Antarean Space Empire (ASE), Senate
Secondary Affiliation: The Quorum of Forty-Eight, Premiary
Born: 928 AE
Bio: Senator Phoebe was born into one of the old families of Antares. Had she been born during the time of the First Antarean Empire her birth would have been heralded by news-nets and her christening would have been attended by the Emperor. Instead, she was born during the later days of the New Antarean Federation. Her familial home had been taken by ULP forces and her family displaced into the 'commoners.' Many of the lower class remembered the Phoebes' haughty manner and total historical disrespect for any governmental initiatives that aided the regular man and acted out their League-granted freedoms onto what property remained to the Phoebes. Though the family had resources stashed away, they never quite recovered, nor were they ever to win the favor, or even respect, of the people whose company they'd been forced to share. So instead, Yi
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