Author Archives: Matt Borondy

CORPORATE TAKEOVER: an interview with Jim Gollin

From a 2005 Tricycle magazine interview with the chairman of Rainforest Action Network:The Rainforest Action Network is highly confrontational. How does a Buddhist find himself comfortable using confrontation?There’s a story about a guy with a mule. He couldn’t get the mule to move. His friend says, “You’ve just got to whisper ‘Move’ in his ear […]

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"Retail with a Conscience"

From “Creating a Market for Fair Trade” by Evelyn Iritani, L.A. Times:“William Easterly, a former World Bank economist who teaches at New York University, called the fair-trade movement a ‘brilliant marketing ploy’ that had shown limited success in reducing poverty. He said a far better way to help poor African farmers would be to remove […]

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Behavior Modification, Circles So Definite

From a random spam(?) email:“Nobody reads novels, except women, said Soames.There are no circles so definite as that.He bent on her his bright, shrewd glance. The circle you move in isnot exactly the plaintiffs, perhaps? Well, I suppose one neednt be shocked by what onewouldnt do oneself.So he shook his head at her, and waved […]

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Paul Neilan

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“I’m too spiteful to take criticism constructively and I’m only comfortable being honest about people behind their backs, so workshops or group critiques were never what I was looking for.”

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Interview with a Winner: Erin Bealmear

Erin shares her winning strategies and talks about her lack of belief in karma, her extensive fortune cookie collection, and why online dating sites can’t nail down her personality.

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The Terror of Reflection

I’m reading Wickerby: An Urban Pastoral by Charles Siebert, which begins in that effortlessly melodious way that looks easy, but when you let your eye linger a bit you realize it is much more than that. Siebert opens with an epigraph from Thoreau, that great but ascetic mind: “We soon get through with Nature. She […]

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IDT Staff Reading: July

Christian Bauman: Just finished a biography of Edward III, he who (along with his French counterpart) began the 100 Years War. Now beginning the latest John Irving, the highly autobiographical one about the tattoo artist. I actually skipped his last one (The Fourth Hand, I believe) and resisted this one because the reviews were so […]

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The Department of Double Standards

From Adbusters:Stopping nuclear proliferation is a noble goal, one the international community should support. But the double standards applied to Iran only make it more difficult to contain those who wish to join the nuclear club. They can’t fail to notice that what distinguishes the white hats from the black ones is not the actions […]

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Bush Still Sucks

As you probably know, George W. Bush used his first veto to kill a bill that would allow for more stem cell research. Sucks to be you, cancer sufferers, people who need organ donations, and just about everyone else.Here’s a clip from the NIH website about stem cell research.Why are doctors and scientists so excited […]

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Florida’s Fear of History

From way to measure the fears of people in power is by the intensity of their quest for certainty and control over knowledge. By that standard, the members of the Florida Legislature marked themselves as the folks most terrified of history in the United States when last month they took bold action to become […]

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US applies Geneva Conventions to military detainees

From the wires:The Pentagon has acknowledged for the first time that all detainees held by the U.S. military are covered by an article of the Geneva Conventions that bars inhumane treatment, according to a memo made public on Tuesday.The memo signed by Gordon England, the No. 2 Pentagon official, followed a June 29 Supreme Court […]

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Four Books from the Wessex Collective

Thoughts on R.P. Burnham’s novel, Envious Shadows; Sandra Swayder Sanchez’s novel, Stillbird; Ita Willen’s memoir, The Gift; and Brian E. Backstrand’s collection of short stories, Little Bluestem. All books are published by The Wessex Collective which “[has] discovered that non-fiction makes people aware of the problems in our world but fiction is the best way […]

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Scott Snyder

Scott Snyder

“I don’t think that it’s necessarily important for all writers to put themselves in odd contexts. For me, it did a world of good for my writing.”

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File Under "Stupid Shit"

At least that’s what Birnbaum said when sending this piece: Did He Kiss Joe? By William F. Buckley Jr.…the narrative returns to the 50th anniversary dinner, at which Lieberman and I were seated at the same table. In the days that followed, the Democratic blogosphere gave Lieberman hell for showing up at my party, reading […]

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Venezuela Information Office

Those of you interested in Latin America must visit, a site designed to “educate the public about contemporary Venezuela.”As the world’s fifth-largest oil producer, Venezuela has long been a country of contrasts. Despite its great wealth, 80 percent of Venezuelans live in poverty. To address this injustice, the state-owned oil company has increased annual […]

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