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Friday, May 05, 2006

Dutch Parliamentarian Ayaan Hirsi Ali wrote the screenplay for Theo van Gogh’s film, Submission, about the abuse of Muslim women. Van Gogh was murdered by extremists who objected to the film and Hirsi Ali has lived under the threat of death since. In her new book, The Caged Virgin: An Emancipation Proclamation for Women and Islam, she calls for an Islamic Enlightenment. Also: Poets gather to craft a "New New York City Epic."

Not Submitting

Ayaan Hirsi Ali, member of Parliament in the Netherlands and author, The Caged Virgin: An Emancipation Proclamation for Women and Islam (Free Press, 2006)
- calls for change in Islam

» Ayaan Hirsi Ali's weblog English language version

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Last Exit

George Packer, writer for the New Yorker and author, The Assassins' Gate: America in Iraq (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2005)
- ponders an exit strategy for the US in Iraq

» George Packer's articles in the New Yorker

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Song of My City

Steve Zeitlin, founding director of CityLore and one of the founding organizers of the Peoples Poetry Gathering
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Bob Holman, poet, curator for the biennial People’s Poetry Gathering, owner of the Bowery Poetry Club, and co-author, Chuck Close: A Couple of Ways of Doing Something (Aperture, forthcoming)

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Statue of Poetry

On Saturday, The People's Poetry Gathering features The New New York City Epic Poem and Poems of our Fair (and sometimes Unfair) City. This mornig, we put out a call for poems for the epic at 10:00AM and got 70 entries before the show was over. Here are some we picked to have read on the air:

I am loose electricity.
I am the barren, yet over-run land of East New York
I am Belvedere Castle, weather station,
I am the East River.
I am the corner of East 10th Street where the Second Avenue Deli used to be

Here's one the author couldn't read because his cell phone wouldn't work on the air:
I am the turnstile

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Required Reading: May 5, 2006

In which: Zarkawi's videos backfire, WTC memorial costs escalate, Rumsfeld gets heckled by ex-CIA analyst, Tony Blair gives key cabinet members the ax, one of four rebel groups signs Darfur peace agreement

U.S. Uses Iraq Insurgent's Own Video to Mock Him (NY Times)

Memorial Cost at Ground Zero ...

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