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Atheists and Theists

ATHEIST GROUPS PROMOTE A HOLIDAY MESSAGE: JOIN US by Laurie Goodstein–Just in time for the holiday season, Americans are about to be hit with a spate of advertisements promoting the joy and wisdom of atheism.

Four separate and competing national organizations representing various streams of atheists, humanists and freethinkers will soon be spreading their gospel through advertisements on billboards, buses and trains, and in newspapers and magazines. READ THE REST HERE: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/10/us/10atheist.html?ref=us

After covering the AMERICAN HUMANIST ASSOCIATION’S sparsely attended press conference/ad campaign roll-out,  I stumbled across a group of theists near the US Capitol probably praying about thishttp://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/11/world/middleeast/11iraq.html?_r=1&ref=world

This month in VISURA Magazine

Adriana Teresa, publisher of VISURA Magazine, invited me to contribute a series of portraits I produced at the start of the war in Afghanistan in 2001. The essay and pictures are here:

There’s also an interesting interview with Brenda Ann Kenneally, author of two important bodies of work Upstate Girls and Woman of Troy.

The issue also features the very moving work of  Elinor Carucci, Annabel Clark, Carrie Levy, Jeff Dojillo and  Jessica Hines.

Aline Smithson has a wonderful series of  portraits of her mother.

The Education of a President

 

Obama/Lincoln, Lincoln/Obama © Stephen Crowley 2009

 

Grab a second cup of coffee, pull out the New York Times Sunday magazine from the inserts (you are a subscriber?) and read Peter Baker’s insightful piece “The Education of a President” with nice photographs by Ashley Gilbertson. Baker writes:

“But it is possible to win the inside game and lose the outside game. In their darkest moments, White House aides wonder aloud whether it is even possible for a modern president to succeed, no matter how many bills he signs. Everything seems to conspire against the idea: an implacable opposition with little if any real interest in collaboration, a news media saturated with triviality and conflict, a culture that demands solutions yesterday, a societal cynicism that holds leadership in low regard. Some White House aides who were ready to carve a new spot on Mount Rushmore for their boss two years ago privately concede now that he cannot be another Abraham Lincoln after all. In this environment, they have increasingly concluded, it may be that every modern president is going to be, at best, average.” The rest is HERE:

Strange Day in Philadelphia

Waiting for President ObamaObama Ratchets Up Tone Against G.O.P.
By PETER BAKER
Published: October 10, 2010

PHILADELPHIA — With his party facing losses in next month’s election, President Obama  pressed his argument Sunday that the opposition is trying to steal the election with secret special-interest money, possibly including money from foreign companies. The rest of the story is here: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/11/us/politics/11obama.html?ref=politics

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Kodak Sees a ‘Very Real Resurgence for Film’ by Charlie Sorrel

Dusty Rhodes 1972                        © Stephen Crowley
Kodak Sees a ‘Very Real Resurgence for Film’ by Charlie Sorrel/WIRED Magazine
Thought film was dead? Far from it. In an interview with the British Journal of Photography, Kodak’s US marketing manager of pro film Scott DiSabato said that sales of color film are steady, and that black and white is “doing extremely well.” He sees it as a mini-revolution, adding that “it almost feels that there is a very real resurgence for film.”

We’re No. 1/1

© Stephen Crowley/The New York Times

By THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN
Published: September 11, 2010

I want to share a couple of articles I recently came across that, I believe, speak to the core of what ails America today but is too little discussed. The first was in Newsweek under the ironic headline “We’re No. 11!” The piece, by Michael Hirsh, went on to say: “Has the United States lost its oomph as a superpower? Even President Obama isn’t immune from the gloom. ‘Americans won’t settle for No. 2!’ Obama shouted at one political rally in early August. How about No. 11? That’s where the U.S.A. ranks in Newsweek’s list of the 100 best countries in the world, not even in the top 10.”

The rest  can be found  here.

HOWL

Allen Ginsberg reading his poem “Howl” outside the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington in October 1994.© Stephen Crowley

Nearly 80 photographs, many with handwritten inscriptions, are on view through Thursday in “Beat Memories: The Photographs of Allen Ginsberg,” at the National Gallery of Art in Washington. Terrific slide show here.

A poignant moment with Jack Kerouac here: