A cringeworthy slice of American pie

Here is some video from last Saturday’s gay pride festival, which I was planning to attend – if you want to know why I didn’t, read the previous post. Why cringeworthy?  Because the scene speaks to something in everyone, no matter where you stand on gay pride – the preachers isolate themselves from the larger group, who harass and hate them.  The preachers inflict on themselves a bit of responsibility for the festival participants’ souls.  It becomes symbolic of a city squarely in the bible belt governed by a gay mayor.  Ultimately, it is about American freedom – freedom to believe, to speak, to dance and declaim in the streets. If that isn’t American pie, what is? Advertisements

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Right man in the wrong place

The last few days have gotten away from me a little bit, but I wanted to make sure I note what happened last Saturday, when I was supposed to be meeting a source at the gay pride festival.  He is one of the street preachers I am interested in interviewing, and he demonstrates, so to speak, at events like gay […]

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Month and a half

It’s roughly a month and a half now till I start the MFA program at Goucher.  The program formally starts with the on-campus residency.  I think I’m ready, although I still have a fair amount of reading to do before I feel like my brain will be full of enough literary journalism, memoir, biography, autobiography, crime writing, and general “true […]

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Science, medicine, CNF

I read this on the Narrative Nonfiction blog today.  The link goes to the To Think, To Write, To Publish program, which is a two-day conference intended to “…discuss the value and advantages of communicating science and innovation policy (SIP) to general audiences with creative nonfiction writing that uses narrative, scene and storytelling to engage and inform readers.”  I see an […]

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