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The Sky Peeled Back . . .   4 comments

Sunset (1 of 1)-10_blog“The Sky Peeled Back” (Santa Catalina Mountains) — Image by kenne

The sky peeled back for a moment,
and a weak ray of sunset 
spilled over the scene 
like the diseased eye 
of some forgetful god — 
the light bearing with it 
cold in place of heat.

― Luis Alberto Urrea, from Into the Beautiful North

The Tucson Festival of Books (Click here to learn more) is this weekend, March 14th & 15th. There are a lot of reasons to attend this event, high on the my list is to attend a tribute to Chuck Bowden, a southwest literary legend. Bowden died last August at age 69 here in Tucson. One of the panel members will be author and friend, Luis Alberto Urrea.

Tony Davis writes in today’s Arizona Daily star:

“In 1993, just after Luis Alberto Urrea’s first book Across the Wire: Life and Hard Times on the Mexican Border hit the shelves, Urrea got a 6 a.m. call at his San Diego home from a gruff, gravelly voice.” 

“The caller said, ‘This is Chuck Bowden. I stayed up all night reading your book. You own me money.’

I asked why. He said, ‘Because I ordered 40 copies for my friends,’ Urrea recalled.”

I first learned of Urrea when he appeared on Bill Moyers’ Moyers and Company in 2012, during which he read from his epic poem, Ghost Sickness, about the death of his father. 

I continue working at becoming a better student of these two great writers.


Moyers Interview with James Galbraith   Leave a comment


“…it’s clear that world has lost its confidence in the responsible role of the United States. Iraq is viewed by the world as reckless and self-serving rather than being a necessary step to protect the mutual security.

In the financial sector, the world viewed us as a safe haven because they believed we had effective systems for legality, transparency and security. That’s taken a hard knock. But we are rescued for the moment by the fact that other people’s systems turn out to be even worse. I believe that you can turn a page and that you can rebuild the position of the country in the world community if you do so in a way which is fully credible. New people, new philosophies, new policies.”  — James Galbraith

Read more, or watch the Bill Moyers interview of James K. Galbraith. (“The acorn doesn’t fall far from the tree!”)


“Practical men, who believe themselves to be quite exempt from any intellectual influence, are usually the slave of some defunct economist.” — JOHN MAYNARD KEYNES If he were alive today, what would Keynes have done?


Posted November 30, 2008 by kenneturner in Commentary, Information

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