Thursday, December 10, 2009
Words and images is now carrying the 6 books of Indiana photography published by John Bower. John and his wife travel the roads of the state, looking for the unique images that define places. Each book has a theme, beginning with his original work documenting the second story of many old buildings--the one that didn't get re-muddled over the years.
John is a member of the Indiana Artisan Project.
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
A Quest to Read a Book a Day for 365 Days
Tuesday, October 06, 2009
That list is here.
Monday, October 05, 2009
Friday, October 02, 2009
Monday, September 14, 2009
Monday, August 10, 2009
From the NYT story of August 8th...
The new chairman said he already has a new slogan for his agency: “Art Works.” It’s “something muscular that says, ‘We matter.’ ” The words are meant to highlight both art’s role as an economic driver and the fact that people who work in the arts are themselves a critical part of the economy.
“Someone who works in the arts is every bit as gainfully employed as someone who works in an auto plant or a steel mill,” Mr. Landesman said. “We’re going to make the point till people are tired of hearing it.”
However he is also indicating that the dispersion of funding throughout the nation will not be a guiding principle, but rather the support of perceived excellence. Which raises the question, how does the level of expertise improve without support?
Friday, July 17, 2009
Monday, July 06, 2009
I, of course, would offer up The Hobbit and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.
His editorial is here, with links to his blog--where readers have been offering up other suggestions.
Thursday, July 02, 2009
From: Ray E. Boomhower [firstname.lastname@example.org
Sent: Thursday, July 02, 2009
Subject: Indiana Author Award finalists announced
The inaugural Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award recipient has been named. Indiana native James Alexander Thom was chosen as the national recipient, and finalists in all categories were named this week by the Award Panel. The winning author in the regional and emerging author categories will each be named on September 26 among the finalists.
This new award seeks to recognize the contributions of Indiana authors to the literary landscape in Indiana and across the nation by the Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library Foundation, and is funded by the generosity of The Glick Fund, a fund of Central Indiana Community Foundation.
Nominations were submitted from across the state in early spring. Any published writer who was born in Indiana or has lived in Indiana for at least five years was eligible. A seven-member, statewide Award Panel selected the national winner and finalists in three categories from the pool of publicly nominated authors:
* National Author - $10,000 prize: a writer with Indiana ties, but whose work is known and read throughout the country. National authors were evaluated on their entire body of work. Winner: James Alexander Thom; Finalists: Scott Russell Sanders and Margaret McMullan
* Regional Author - $7,500 prize: A writer who is well-known and respected throughout the state of Indiana. Regional authors were evaluated on their entire body of work. Finalists: Jared Carter, James H. Madison and Susan Neville
* Emerging Author - $5,000 prize: A writer with only one published book. Emerging authors were evaluated on their single published work. Finalists: Kathleen Hughes, Christine Montross and Greg Schwipps
"This is a rare and heart-lifting pleasure," said James Alexander Thom. "I can only compare it with that first call I ever got from an editor, so long ago, saying, 'We love your story and we want to publish it.' I am grateful that Eugene and Marilyn Glick honored the storytelling art highly enough to applaud it in such a grand and generous way, and I look forward to applauding those whose work will be so acknowledged in the years to come."
Award finalists in all three categories will be honored on September 26, 2009 at the Central Library in downtown Indianapolis. The day's events will include free public programming such as author lectures, "how to get published" workshops for aspiring writers, and more. An award dinner/fund raiser benefiting the Library Foundation will follow that evening where the winner of the Regional Author and Emerging Author categories will each be named. Thom will serve as the dinner's keynote speaker. Ticket information for the award dinner is available by contacting the Library Foundation at (317) 275-4700 or by visiting www.indianaauthorsaward.org.
Monday, June 22, 2009
Friday, June 12, 2009
New York Time story here
Friday, May 22, 2009
Friday, May 15, 2009
Advertising Age article here
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
"As Warren and Stewart put it: "Your shopping dollars help create the community you want to live in. . . . The money you spend with locally-owned businesses continues to circulate as we pay employees, buy supplies and pay taxes that are used to provide basic services to residents."Amazon and other online booksellers have an unfair advantage because they still don't charge sales tax.."
And it is worth noting that not only do ecommerce sites not pay local sales taxes; they don't pay local real estate taxes, they don't employ local people, they don't buy groceries locally, they don't shop locally, in short, they don't support the local economy in any way.
Monday, April 06, 2009
We had a lovely couple in over the weekend, on their first trip to Metamora. When I asked how they happened upon us I was told that Metamora was included in a book of one day trips from Indy. Through the miracles of the web, I tracked down this publication.