Published on Saturday, November 21 of 2015 by Sonico
By David Merlin
Michael Hoffman posted an interesting blog on All Saints Day regarding the sentencing of Irish artist Dermot Mulqueen. Mr. Mulqueen was sentenced to five months in jail for giving a lunchtime public performance on January 23rd 2015 where he put an axe through a TV at the Daniel O’Connell monument in Ennis town center.
No one was hurt or threatened by Mr. Mulqueen’s performance but Judge Patrick Durcan found that Mulqueen, “behaved in the most offensive way, not merely towards a particular section of society but towards society generally”.
Presumably, the offense was not believing in the impossible …
Published on Tuesday, November 17 of 2015 by Sonico
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The essay that won first place in FIRE’s 2014–2015 Academia Essay Contest was quite uplifting. You awarded it to Arianna Samet, a junior at Ma’ayanot Yeshiva High School in Teaneck, New Jersey, for her essay, “America is The Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave. But…Are its Universities?”
At the same time, her references to her grandparents and their experiences in the Holocaust struck me as ironic in their …
Published on Sunday, November 15 of 2015 by Sonico
Friends and Supporters:
I have begun to insert a small ad as an Online text link in student newspapers at campuses around the country. It is the smallest and least expensive ad that can be run. The entire text of the ad consists of the title of my book, A Personal History of Moral Decay, a collection of autobiographical stories set in Korea, Mexico, Hollywood, Vietnam and Hollywood again. Currently the text link is running in The Daily Iowan and The Vermont Cynic.
The surprise here is that when the link is clicked on it does not take the …