Fifty Days at Fifty Years: the Spring of Social Media

The snow is melting off my winter garden this morning and the small Japanese fern emerging quite green in the corner says new growth is not far off now and may have already silently started.

Today marks fifty days of my experiment with social media and this was also the year I passed fifty years. To celebrate 2011 it seemed right to change from resolutions on what not to do,  to experiments on what to do. If I’ve made it half a century, I think the rest is really extra time to play. I’ve been an experimentalist for a long time, much to the aggravation of my family members old and young, but this new one with social media is one they don’t mind, not so far at least. Continue reading “Fifty Days at Fifty Years: the Spring of Social Media”

Reflections on James Baldwin Now

Two contrasting films of the inspiring author James Baldwin were screened at the Brecht forum in the West Village, NYC last night with curator Matt Peterson of Red Channels. One, a South Florida TV interview of Baldwin by a TV personality and history professor with a small live audience, was focused on his political views. The second film recorded his passionate address to a larger, West Indian audience in London. Both focused on solidarity of oppressed people and the need for broader freedoms, for a deeper understanding of our damaged selves and our damaged society. He spoke of revolution on a global scale, he spoke with hope. Continue reading “Reflections on James Baldwin Now”