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    Is Trump manipulating fears to mobilise the masses?

    May 2, 2016 / Huck 55 – The Freaked Out Issue

    Image: © Anthony Gerace

    Fear and loathing in the United States

    With violence erupting at Trump rallies across the United States, writer Joe Donnelly considers what may be at the root of people’s hatred, the fears that Donald Trump is tapping into to create tension, disunity and malcontent.

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  • Burdens by Water

An Unintended Memoir
By Alan Rifkin

Published 2016-02-23
Brown Paper Press
214 Pages

    Burdens and Privileges

    March 9, 2016 / Los Angeles Review of Books

    Burdens by Water: An Unintended Memoir, by Alan Rifkin, Published 2016-02-23, Brown Paper Press, 214 Pages

    ALAN RIFKIN has been something of a talismanic figure in my life. I’m sure this is news to him because despite his generous thanks to me in the back of Burdens by Water: An Unintended Memoir for not butchering a couple of his pieces when I was an editor at the LA Weekly (it would take a particularly venal editor to manage that trick), we barely know each other. Long before I had the good fortune of working with his prose, though, I had heard of Rifkin by way of an editor who had sponsored both of us many disruptions ago. This editor was known as a writers’ editor, and also, perhaps, for having a weakness for “cute-boy” writers, some of whom she praised as “Capital W” writers.

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    It’s Always Darkest Before the Dawn

    Originally published in Huckmagazine

    Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson may well be climbing’s first household names. But not everyone knows the demons they stared down when they completed the world’s toughest free climb.

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    Nott’s Landing

    From Winter/Spring, 2015 Montecito Journal 

    In the highly unlikely circumstance you found yourself awake and tromping about the extremely isolated desert surrounding Roswell, New Mexico in the early morning of October 24, and you happened to hear a sonic boom and looked up to the heavens and saw something possibly man-shaped piercing the atmosphere faster than the speed of light, rest assured, it wasn’t Iron Man, or distant relatives coming to claim the mythological Roswell Alien.

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    What One Wolf’s Extraordinary Journey Means for the Future of Wildlife in America

    Published by TakePart

    The three-year, 3,000-mile trek of OR7 has altered scientific debates and state policy. But would he find a mate?

    On Feb. 5, 2014, the world’s most famous wolf woke up somewhere along the Oregon-California border, very likely in the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument, a landscape of Alpine forests and grassland valleys. For the better part of a year he had been making his home in this place where the Cascade, Klamath, and Siskiyou mountains converge.

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JOE DONNELLY is an award-winning journalist, writer and editor. Most recently, he was the executive editor of Mission and State (missionandstate.org), an exercise in elegant, dynamic, in-depth digital journalism. Donnelly was hired in January 2013 to start up this nonprofit, Santa Barbara-based project, funded through national grants and local matching funds. When he left in March of 2014, Mission and State had earned a national reputation and had attracted a deeply engaged and dedicated readership. Read More

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Scott Mitchell: The Pull of Space and Light

Published by Treats! Magazine

Image © Steve Shaw

If you’ve ever driven up the Pacific Coast Highway looking for a piece of sandy respite away from the maddening crowds, or maybe you’re lucky and this stretch is your way home, you’ve probably noticed Nobu restaurant, a sleek slice of contemporary modernism on the beach side of the road just south of 70s kitsch that marks the Malibu Pier.

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“Bonus Baby” Selected for 2016 O. Henry Prize Collection

ANNOUNCING THE 2016 O. HENRY PRIZE STORIES THE BEST SHORT FICTION OF THE YEAR

May 19, 2016 By Literary Hub

We are very happy to announce the O. Henry Prize Stories for 2016, edited by Laura Furman, which will appear in an eponymous anthology this September, from Anchor. Read selected stories here:

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Is Trump manipulating fears to mobilise the masses?

May 2, 2016 / Huck 55 – The Freaked Out Issue

Image: © Anthony Gerace

Fear and loathing in the United States

With violence erupting at Trump rallies across the United States, writer Joe Donnelly considers what may be at the root of people’s hatred, the fears that Donald Trump is tapping into to create tension, disunity and malcontent.

Read more on Is Trump manipulating fears to mobilise the masses?…

OR4, the alpha male of the Inmaha pack of wolves that lived in Eastern Oregon, before he was shot to death Thursday. (Photo: Courtesy Center for Biological Diversity)

Oregon’s Legendary Wolf Killed

April 2, 2016 / takepart.com

Image: OR4, the alpha male of the Inmaha pack of wolves that lived in Eastern Oregon, before he was shot to death Thursday. (Photo: Courtesy Center for Biological Diversity)

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