“Sometimes when I sleep at night I think of (Dr. Seuss’s) ‘Hop on Pop,'”- President George W. Bush in a speech on childhood education, Washington D.C., April 2, 2002. How much should intelligence matter? I guess it depends on what you’re talking about: building a proton accelerator or kicking a ball or flipping a burger for a living.
As summer fades to fall, we see the changing leaves on the trees, but usually have other things on our minds. A ridiculous biology test, the girl you wish was your girlfriend, the boy you wish was no longer your boyfriend – all those distractions that prevent you from appreciating the intricacies of nature.
I’m generally lukewarm about public readings, and percentage-wise over the last few years I’ve seen more bad readings than good, but those that were good made up for those where I wished I was, if not dead, at least comatose for the rest of the night. Last Thursday evening with Sherman Alexie was one of the good readings.
Who is Lee Gutkind? Well, he was recently featured on the “Daily Show” promoting his book, “Almost Human: Making Robots Think,” and on Oct. 17, he’ll appear at Auntie’s Bookstore in downtown Spokane. Gutkind is editor and founder of the Pittsburgh-based magazine, Creative Nonfiction (probably the best-known magazine on the subject) and is generally given much of the credit for pushing this genre forward.
Imagine the United States as a person, always staring down at their feet instead of looking up. A little advice, U.S.: there’s a big pulsing world out there, and sometimes, those other countries get things right. I did some checking, trying to find a successful health care system somewhere in the world based primarily on privatization.