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Deborah Emin is the founder of the publishing company, Sullivan Street Press (www.sullivanstreetpress.com). She is also the impressario of the Itinerant Book Show as well as the program director of the REZ Reading Series in Kew Gardens, NY. Her novel, Scags at 7, is back in print as well as available as an e-book from Sullivan Street Press. In addition to writing for OEN, Deborah has a blog on the Sullivan Street Press website where she writes about her experiences on the road, i.e., writing about anything that has to do with the Itinerant Book Show. She is currently at work on Scags at 18, due out fall 2010. And she travels back and forth to Cedar Rapids, Iowa where she is writing a book about the aftermath of the 2008 flood there. To keep up to date with all she is involved in, please go to her website www.deborahemin.com
Alia Akkam and The Q Note
The Q Note is an online community newspaper that reports on the cultural happenings in Queens, NY. But the service Alia Akkam performs is far greater than alerting the vast borough of Queens as to what to go see--she is bringing together a large number of people who now value more and do more because they are better informed. This is the best new means of communication for us to all support.
Thursday, January 21, 2010
Why Greed Matters
A defense of greed when it is used for a communal need and not a personal one. Taking back the industries that matter to us as greedy workers who work for the common good rather than corporate profits and political power.
Reflections on a Rally
In College Point a gay man was beaten almost to death. At the rally in support of him and against hate crimes directed at the LGBT community, a number of things about how hate, prejudice and aggression grow seem clearer. And perhaps ways to help counter those feelings as well.
Friday, October 23, 2009(2 comments)
Interview with Yasmine Hecker, CEO
In this bad economy, here is a woman with an outstanding business plan who is not just making money, hiring from the community but offering a service no one else in New York City has. With an epidemic of bed bugs hitting the city hard, Yasmine Hecker is doing good work and helping people out as well.
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Jon Cooper is thinking about running for the Senate
An interview with Jon Cooper who is thinking about running for US Senate from New York State. The Democratic leadership is not in favor of a primary fight and he knows it. This is what he is considering right now.
Sunday, July 19, 2009(2 comments)
Itinerant Book Show--A new form of Book Distribution
A first report on a new form of book distribution. Taking books directly to people and bypassing the bookstores that will not carry them anyway is a good way to help us all be better citizens of a democracy.
The Story of Cedar Rapids, Iowa in March 2009
An overview of the many issues that Cedar Rapids, Iowa faces after the flood in June 2008. And how their issues relate to the national need for restoration at all levels. A worthy case study of recovery that the national media has ignored.
Write What You Know
A review of a novel by Stephanie Dickinson on the coming of age of a young woman from Iowa. It has all the drama that leads to a strong political and social awareness of the difference between the haves and the have nots. A good book for these lean times.
Hope is more than an Abstract Noun
For the first time in about 8 years, I feel hopeful. The change in administration will mean a change in how we relate to each other within our boundaries and outside of them as well. It is a chance to restore to ourselves the dignity and humanity that have been subsumed by the Bush nightmare.
Danny Schechter, the News Dissector's Plunder
A review of Danny Schechter's book, Plunder. A thorough guide, history and indictment of what happened and who is to blame for the current financial collapse we are in. Plus a guide as to how to watch out and help spot the next ones.
Tuesday, October 7, 2008(2 comments)
How to Overcome the Fear of Alzheimer's
A book review of a wonderful book on Alzheimer's. Let's have a more rational discussion of this illness based on Lauren Kessler's reports from the front lines of care giving for those who live with this condition.
The Challenge We Face in This Election
Let's change the tone of discourse by letting voters speak their minds. If we listen to the voice of the people, then we can talk about having a democracy rather than letting the media dictate the terms.
A Question for the General: Who is the Enemy?
What would happen if the general were asked the really important questions about our involvement in Iraq? For example, who is the enemy we are supposed to be fighting and how will we know when we have won the fight?