Archive for July 2nd, 2008


The Next Commentator

July 2, 2008

All kinds of things are happening this year–it’s not easy to keep up. I listen to three radio programs on the morning drive: NPR, Mike & Mike on ESPN, and the Tom Joyner Morning Show. (Ironically, it was from ESPN that I first got the news about 9/11: “I know this is supposed to be a sports show, but there’s something happening in New York…”)

Anyway, TJMS is going through an important transition right now. Tavis Smiley, an influential if controversial media figure who grew up in Indiana and graduated from I.U., has just left his position as political and social analyst. So they are looking for his successor and apparently using an American Idol-type format to find the next commentator on the state of Black America. The first “contestant” this week was Eddie S. Glaude, Jr., a named-chair professor of religion and African American studies at Princeton University and a protege of Cornel West.

This process strikes me as an unusual opportunity to catch an intriguing and multifaceted glimpse into African American thought during a milestone year.

This entry was posted by: Nancy

¿Cuando volverás de la luna?

July 2, 2008

One of the blogs I’m subscribed to is the Spanish Club blog from Ball State. No particular reason other than that they post in Spanish and I occassionally need to read something in Spanish for fear of losing a skill I quit my previous job in order to obtain.

Yep, language is Serious Business for this here lonely blogger.

At any rate, I have no idea why they’re doing this but a couple of days back they started writing “letters from the moon” and I’ve read every one. Rather than try to articulate what it is that I like about this as a language or a creative writing exercise, I will try to explain what it has done to the blog reading I do every day.

Imagine this. You’re going through your mail: bill bill bill bill coupons advertisement bill letter. Oooh! A Letter!. So you open it. You with me so far? I think we’ve all had that moment, that billbillbillLETTER moment. How exciting! You open it up and start reading.

I’m writing you from the moon…” it begins.

I was nonplussed.

I have to say, the incongruity of reading the Indianpolis Star, the Indian Law Blog, the Historic Preservation blog and then a letter from the moon, it made my day.

If you can read Spanish, you might want to head over there for a bit of a distraction. But you have to imagine the Byronic hero that’s writing to you from the moon, try to imagine who’s more distant and strange the author or the glowing rock they are writing from. It makes the exercise more fun.

And Spanish Club folks, if you can measure your subscribers, I am one of them. Y ahora lo saben.