Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Library Tragedy

As I'm preparing a likely return to Philly after a year away, I'm surprised to hear of this properous city closing eleven branch libraries. What!? Many of them are in the poorer districts of the city, which most need their enlightenment. (I'm fond of libraries-- they're where I found my education.)

Even the downtrodden city of Detroit, in so much worse financial condition, has not stooped to such remedy.

Meanwhile I assume the planned expansion of the Main center, like a temple to affluence, continues apace.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Local Contest

I've been requested to post this info:

City Paper Fiction Contest 2008
WHO: You, the short story writer who lives in the Philly area.WHAT: A short story written by you, previously unpublished, around 3,000 words or less.WHAT ELSE: Winner gets printed in CP and a $500 gift certificate to Joseph Fox Bookshop! Also there will probably be a public reading, details TK.WHEN: Your entry must be delivered to City Paper by Fri., Dec. 19, at 5 p.m. Do this. You can do this.WHERE: Stories should be e-mailed to gimmefiction@citypaper.net or mailed the old-fashioned way to City Paper Writing Contest, 123 Chestnut St., Third Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19106.HOW: How about you send us your best story right now?Helpful links:http://www.citypaper.net/blogs/clog/2008/11/25/cp-writing-contest-important-prize-update/http://www.citypaper.net/articles/2008/11/20/give-us-fictionhttp://www.foxbookshop.com/--