This Is the Koan

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n case you’ve never heard of one- a koan is a device used to push past linear thought during meditation, forcing non-verbal, visceral enlightenment. It’s a technique used by Buddhist monks to reach a clean place of truth- without words, without reason. The question “what is the sound of one hand clapping?” falls into the [...]

Marcy Winograd Guest Hosting “Connect the Dots” Monday

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On Monday morning, 7-8 am, on KPFK (90.7 FM – Los Angeles), listen to Marcy Winograd guest-host Connect the Dots, first with a commentary on why we must Occupy the English language.

Surviving Poverty, Torture, and Civil War

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An event you shouldn’t miss. The book, “The Blessing Next to the Wound”, was selected by the Amnesty International group in Pasadena as their November reading selection. No wonder. It is the story of Hector Aristizábal surviving poverty, torture by the US-trained military, cocaine cartels, and civil war in Colombia, as well as facing the challenges of exile. Co-written by Diane Lefer. Hector and Diane will be at Vroman’s Books in Pasadena TONIGHT, Friday Nov 12th at 7:00pm

“La Razón Blindada”–Theatre of Confinement and Liberation

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Diane Lefer: For those unfamiliar with contemporary experimental theatre from Latin America, Vargas’ work is a fine introduction with its stylized performances, heightened language, philosophical concerns, and its exploration of the dynamics of power.

The Ballad of Emmett Till: Till We Meet Again

Rico E. Anderson, Adenrele Ojo, Bernard Addison, Lorenz Arnell, and Karen Malina White

Ed Rampell: But in a country still troubled by racism, where hate crimes are on the rise — from nooses and KKK hoods at the University of California San Diego to death threats against the first African American president — any month is appropriate for this engaging interpretation of the life and death of Emmett Till, the martyr who launched the Civil Rights movement. Three months after Till’s murder, Rosa Parks stood up by sitting down in a segregated Southern bus.

Just Old Men Talking

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I don’t remember exactly when I began to think this way, but looking back, it must have been at some point during my early elementary school years that I began to believe the “American History” I was learning in school was either incomplete or misleading. I understood and accepted that I needed to master this [...]

Remembering Nobel Laureate Harold Pinter–Is Our Conscience Dead?

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by Ann Wright – On the news today of the death of Harold Pinter, the winner of the 2005 Nobel Prize for Literature, I remembered hearing his Nobel Laureate lecture/acceptable speech. I was in London in December 2005 speaking at the annual “Stop the War” conference when Pinter delivered his speech—not in Oslo, as Pinter [...]

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