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Monday, June 30, 2014

In Culture News: Youth Theatre Northwest to Move, Dude Takes Over Feminist Nerd Blog, and Mark Driscoll's Publishing Failure

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Youth Theatre Northwest Has to Move Out of Its Mercer Island Space: For 30 years, YTN—a theater program that has served tens of thousands of students—has been run out of a spacious, 14,000 square foot former middle school. But the Mercer Island School District needs the space back due to overcrowding. YTN's website says the organization "is happy for the many school children who have been housed in portables" up to this point, and that it will relocate to the site of a former recycling center, which will be converted into the Mercer Island Center for the Arts in three to six years. (In the meantime, YTN will house itself in Emmanuel Episcopal Church.) YTN alumni include Rob Witmer, Joel McHale, Erin Brindley, and Devin Bannon, and directors such as Andrea Allen, Tina LaPlant, and George Mount have worked there over the years.

Portrait of the Author as an Ostracized Failure: It looks like Mars Hill Pastor Mark Driscoll's publishing fortunes have hit the skids.

Finally! A Reason to Watch CNBC: Yesterday, CNBC ran a special report titled "Amazon Rising." It'll air again tonight at 7 pm, and will presumably repeat for a while before, presumably, finally landing online. Also of interest: This CNBC interview with Bob Kohn, the cofounder of Emusic, about what he perceives as Amazon's war against copyright.

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These Shelves Can Talk: Over the weekend, a visit to Greenwood/Phinney revealed the following two truths: 1. The Santa Maria tri-tip sandwich at Martino's has got to be one of the best sandwiches in the city, and 2. The new Phinney Books across the street from Martino's is a beautiful, intelligently stocked neighborhood bookstore. The best feature might be the "shelf talker" station, in which customers are urged to write their own recommendation cards for their favorite books. Plenty of bookstores have staff recommendation cards on their shelves, but a bookstore inviting their customers to rave about books is a pretty neat idea. Lots of cards are up on the shelves already, proving that the only thing better than loving a book is getting to share a book you love with absolutely everyone in the world.

Staff Uprising at the Village Voice: "Staffers at New York City weekly The Village Voice are currently staging a walk-out at their Lower Manhattan offices over wage and benefits cuts [and] alleged anti-union intimidation," reports Gawker.

"I'm a straight white dude. I AM THE ENEMY." Feminist geek blog The Mary Sue has been bought by a total douche, according to Lindy West's Tumblr.

Headline of the Day: "Metal Band To Play In A Box Until They Run Out Of Oxygen."


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Fred Casely 1
Driscoll is one of the founders of Mars Hill Church, a Seattle-based megachurch that boasts 12,000 in average Sunday attendance at 15 locations in five states in the Pacific Northwest.
I thought the PNW encompassed just two states, but apparently it reaches into Southern California, Arizona and New Mexico?
Posted by Fred Casely on June 30, 2014 at 7:11 PM · Report this
On my Kindle shelf...

The universe is fine-tuned for life, which makes perfect sense as life creates the universe, not the other way around.

--Biocentrism: How Life and Consciousness are the Keys to Understanding the True Nature of the Universe…
Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://_ on June 30, 2014 at 7:54 PM · Report this
venomlash 3
@2: Maybe that's why you think hydrogen is a fuel supply. @_@
Posted by venomlash on June 30, 2014 at 9:32 PM · Report this
fletc3her 4
@1 Yes, that irked me as well. We are sometimes grouped with Idaho, Montana, and Alaska, but those are not states with the infestation.

The thing that really gets me about his buying his way onto the NYT bestseller list is that surely it's the case for many books on that list that they were placed there using similar tactics.
Posted by fletc3her on June 30, 2014 at 11:19 PM · Report this


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