"It is sad," says Patricia, a migrant from Irapuato, "because I didn't come to steal from this country, but to work, to get ahead. ... You endure a lot to reach this country."
Too bad Patricia couldn't "endure" what it takes to come here legally: getting an education and skills that an employer could sponsor her for and then applying for a visa to come. And it really doesn't matter whether Patricia INTENDED to steal from this country--fact is, she IS stealing from this country and its people.
"However, there are lots of people who become enflamed over the topic, exploding like hand grenades at the thought of anyone from Mexico placing even one unsanctioned toe on American soil."
Let's see. We have upwards of 20 MILLION people putting their "unsanctioned" BODIES on American soil--and remaining here, demanding amnesty and meanwhile depriving Americans of jobs and using social services and welfare without paying taxes anywhere near what they cost us. So yes, we become "enflamed"--particularly since wonderful Mexico is also these days sending us the "gift" of drug- and people-smuggling related violence, as well as garden variety criminals.
I enjoyed this article very much. Have you read any of her short stories? I find them particularly haunting- a list can be found at the end of the article in the Review of Contemporary Fiction, Summer 2003, by Brian Evenson and Joanna Howard. I am writing my PhD on Ann Quin- do have a look at my fledgling website on her at annquin.com.
"The book calls for a higher minimum wage, protection of rights to unionize, and enforcement of existing labor and safety laws."
If you want these issues to happen, you need to start enforcing immigration laws and punishing companies that hire illegals.
I cannot agree with this commentator more. Ian Record's book is exemplary--incredible scholarship and deeply moving. As someone who lives near San Carlos Reservation and has known many of the individuals of whom Record speaks, I must say he does a great job of accurately portraying them and the enduring legacy they represent.
Thanks, Jarret and TW. The book is actually half that silly cover price at
First, as the author of Am I Boring My Dog, I'm really grateful for this thoughtful review. Of course, Tim Vanderpool is a great defender of animals -- his investigative work on the greyhound track is especially outstanding -- so it's no surprise that he really "got" my book.
I just wanted to emphasize that the methods that Millan uses are not only dangerous, but are often ineffective in the long run. And they are definitely not conducive to fostering good relationships -- based on communication, not force -- between dog and owner. For example, Kane, the Great Dane that's "cured" of his linoleum phobia in the example cited above. The technique Millan uses is called "flooding" by animal behaviorists; it's similar to putting arachnophobes into a room full of spiders. Professional trainers who look at the film of the episode note that, rather than being calmed, Kane has shut down, the canine equivalent of catatonia. There are other methods that are far less harmful (desensitizing, for example) to cure dogs of their phobias. Millan shouldn't get credit for using outdated methods -- based, incidentally, on outdated wolf pack studies -- to get results that look good on TV but are actually traumatic.
This is a wonderful article for this writing event and it is definitely something worth trying if you are one who says they want to be a writer/author. I've been participating for two years now and it is a wonderful experience. Although I am the above mentioned "pantser" type of wrimo, I've found that without the burdens of having to make everything believable and getting stuck on revision, your characters will susprise you with the way they handle situations and move the story on their own in fast paced writing. It is truly a neat experience and I plan to do it for years to come.
There is also a Script Frenzy associated with the Office of Letters and Light, the kind souls who lead us fearlessly into the fray. Gotta go now... I'm only at 21911 words on Day 21.
Gypsy Scholar, Mercenary Writer and Good Citizen
Thanks for a great article! This is my third year as a Wrimo, and I love this program. In 2007 I didn't hear about till mid-month, so I finished my novel in two weeks. I don't remember when I finished last year, but this year I finished in about two-and-a-half weeks. I use NaNoWriMo to pace myself, making sure other work is caught up and I've got a plot pretty well outlined by November. My husband cooks Thanksgiving dinner, and eating is my reward for writing 50,000+ words, and maybe even getting started on the editing process. (March is NaNoEdMo, by the way.)
Wiccan priestess and author
In order to complete my post above, John is an amazing person and thinker who has been truly affected by the end of this project which was the outcome of 30 years of thinking and previous projects to study biomes across the world. He has seen received an extraordinary external pressure and it was impossible to deal with the project and this pressure. These people have killed his dream.
When I was speaking of a Bio2 failure, of course I did not mean a failure from John Allen but a failure to impose this project to a corporate and scientific establishment that was totally against it. Nobody else than John would have been better skilled to succeed but the external pressure was too high. John is a true person with strong beliefs and he couldn't have corrupted its initial ideas to please these people.
John has been ahead of this time (and even today external forces would fight such a project, at least in the US) and I really wish that the opinion on John and Biosphere 2 will change and that this project will deserve all the glory it always deserved and trigger a new interest in biospherics all over the planet.
CONGRATULATIONS, MARY ELLEN, FOR HAVING YOUR LAST NOVEL IN THE TEN BEST COLUMN.
WHAT AN HONOR, AND A WELL DESERVED ONE.
DR. AND MRS. LOREN FRESHWATER
Eve Wood has a misandrist agenda. When she talks about "gender differences", she's really talking about "gender superiority". She uses her show on Hay House Radio as a soapbox for angry women to just tear down men. And when books like this are published and people shrug their shoulders, but if a man wrote such opposite gender bashing opinions as she has made that they would be labeled "chauvinist" and their career put in danger, shows me that this PC society needs a serious enema.
Thanks Evan, for a terrific article about Lynne. You skillfully described her life as a writer and reminded all of us about how much we lost!
ok so first things first, i just have to know... why would you take such a compelling story about someone who was a close personal friend of mine and sully it with your inability to write. i mean, do you, just, love, to use, commas?
Wonderful article celebrating what's best in life: friendship, loving, giving. Thanks Evan!
Beautifully done! Pellegrino captures the breadth and the sad early ending of Lynne's writing life as well as her friends' loving determination to fulfill her destiny.
Once you become acquainted with Ms. Gunn's protagonists and assorted side characters you'll come back again and again. Liz cut her writing teeth with Jake Hines, but hits full stride with Sarah Burke. If you're a Tucsonan, you'll enjoy how it's treated.
Once you've read one of Gunn's books, you'll want to return again and again. She cut her writing teeth with her Jake Hines' character, but has hit full stride with Sarah Burke. Enjoy meeting both protagonists, and the slew of minor characters Ms. Gunn dreams up.
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