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Six Pack on the Dashboard

By on May 27, 2012 in News | 0 comments

Recommended reading for the week ahead. Short Fiction: Jennifer Egan serialized her upcoming short story for The New Yorker through a series of tweets. In this blog post, she explains the attraction of developing a character and writing “poetry” for Twitter. Also, manager of editorial programming for Twitterm Andrew Fitzgerald (@magicandrew) accurately spotlights the effort as a continued evolution of Twitter as a creative platform. Mountain People: Anita Thompson waxes poetic at the Owl Farm blog about the attraction for writers to live in the mountains and relatively off-the-grid. She includes an insightful excerpt from a piece Hunter wrote about Hemingway’s Idaho in 1964, in which he says the writer’s greatest frustration is trying to make sense of a world that won’t stand still long enough to make sense. Anita then throws some insight of her own into the post, talking about why Hunter loved Woody Creek: “From such a vantage point, a person tends to feel that it is not so difficult, after all, to see the world clear and as a whole.” Story: Ken Burns explains what makes a great story in this short video. Two Americas: David Simon encouraged Georgetown graduates to fix the world in a way his generation, despite great optimism, never could. His entire speech is posted on his blog here.¬†An excerpt: “There cannot be two American experiments, one for the fortunate and another for the rest.” Ghostown+: Brands may hang a shingle in Google+ but few of them are actually investing in it, according to this very informative article from Advertising Age. Seth Says: True stories are never true. Digital parking meters are a failure of engineers who seek to recreate instead of advance. Four tipsfor completing a task. All from the wicked smart brain of Seth Godin....

Six Pack on the Dashboard

By on Oct 8, 2010 in News, Politics | 0 comments

Above the Fold Ale: The Mormons are getting hit from the right and the left. As covered by every legitimate news outlet in the city today, thousands of protestors marched around Temple Square Thursday night to protest the speech made during last weekend’s LDS General Conference by President Boyd K. [Korn] Packer. Here’s the Trib’s coverage. The story isn’t ending, however. Associated Press’ Jennifer Dobner reports that national leaders from the Human Rights Campaign will hand-deliver 100,000 letters to the LDS Church that demand that Packer’s statements be retracted. And … the LDS Church has actually retracted some of those statements. According to the Trib’s Peggy Fletcher Stack, the text of Packer’s speech has been amended to remove the reference to God not making a “mistake” like creating gay people. From the other side, the Mormons are getting hit by conservative Christians. This week, the pastor for the church where Sharron Angle goes to church in Reno called Mormons a “cult” and basically a religion of freaks and nut jobs. He did so using many well-worn anecdotes, from their magic underwear to secretive ceremonies. He also did so as a direct attack on Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Mormon. What amazes me is that if this race were in Utah, Angle would still win — maybe because she her hate of Muslims balances things out. Finally, a reminder that the Open Container’s civility policy prohibits me from mentioning any of the stories reported by the Mormon Media Empire. Thus, I will not link to the absurdly, blatantly, nakedly and offensively unbalanced story printed in their print product. I will, however, give this advice: If you’re not one of their unquestioning flock, stop reading, watching or listening to anything owned by the LDS Church. If you do, don’t start squawking about journalistic integrity or the such, because the Mormon Media operation is not a legitimate journalistic endeavor. It’s like complaining about the ethics of the PR folks writing your company newsletter. Political Pocket Rockets: A rally is scheduled for Saturday afternoon to garner support for Morgan Philpot. Salt Lake County politics is getting fun again, with the county donkeys filing a suit with the Utah Supreme Court about campaign finance laws. Speaking of gay issues, Orlando Weekly has an interesting piece about the Log Cabin Republicans that asks the eternal question: why? Finally, former Gov. Jon Huntsman buys a home in Washington, D.C. for $3.6 million. That’s a chunk of change, considering his last home in Utah is currently on the market for less than a $100,000. Utah Beer: West High is celebrating homecoming. Go, Panthers, Go! (That’s for my wife, by the way). More drilling coming to Eastern Utah. Salt Lake City Council is struggling to figure out what to do with the Parley’s Nature Park. Leisure Time Lager: It’s Friday, so here’s a little piece about quitting your job. Follow that with one of the best cover letters ever, written by Hunter S. Thompson. Josh’s Java: Researchers are still looking for explanations for the colony collapse disorder. Meanwhile, batters are trying to figure out Tim Lincecum. I would love to see a Game 7 NLCS match-up between Roy Halladay and Lincecum. Weekly Weizen: Tonight there a live reading of HOWL. Scott Renshaw reviews It’s Kind of a Funny Story. Tomorrow at Liberty Park is the Cooler World Music Festival. Dan Nailen highlights two local bands having CD releases this weekend. Finally, watch the Salt Blog tomorrow for my weekly “Hop N’ Bop” post. The Six Pack on the Dashboard update is published every weekday. To subscribe to an e-mail version, send a message to For an RSS feed of the Open Container and all of the other City Weekly blog posts, visit the Salt Blog at...