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When William Faulkner Set the World Record for Writing the Longest Sentence in Literature: Read the 1,288-Word Sentence from Absalom, Absalom!

Image by Carl Van Vechten, via Wikimedia Commons “How did Faulkner pull it off?” is a question many a fledgling writer has asked themselves while struggling through a period of apprenticeship like that novelist John Barth describes in his 1999 talk "My Faulkner." Barth “reorchestrated” his literary heroes, he says, “in search of my writerly self... downloading my innumerable predecessors as only an insatiable green apprentice can.” Surely a great many writers can relate when Barth says, “it was...
Tags: Google, Europe, Books, Maryland, Writing, College, Washington, Literature, Guinness Book of World Records, Lincoln, Sherman, Jonathan Coe, Jones, William Styron, Facebook Twitter, Beckett


When William Faulkner Set the World Record for Writing the Longest Sentence in Literature: 1,288 Words from Absalom, Absalom!

Image by Carl Van Vechten, via Wikimedia Commons “How did Faulkner pull it off?” is a question many a fledgling writer has asked themselves while struggling through a period of apprenticeship like that novelist John Barth describes in his 1999 talk "My Faulkner." Barth “reorchestrated” his literary heroes, he says, “in search of my writerly self... downloading my innumerable predecessors as only an insatiable green apprentice can.” Surely a great many writers can relate when Barth says, “it was...
Tags: Google, Europe, Books, Maryland, Writing, College, Washington, Literature, Guinness Book of World Records, Lincoln, Sherman, Jonathan Coe, Jones, William Styron, Facebook Twitter, Beckett


As the LAUSD strike dust settles, questions linger about truancy issues

The teachers strike that shook the Los Angeles Unified School District may be over, but some parents said they’re still confused about issues that emerged over student absences during a tumultuous nine days. As the walkout that began on Jan. 14 dragged on into the week, district attendance dwindled. Despite an army of substitute teachers and campuses being open for business, a vast school system with half a million students saw its attendance plummet to, at its lowest point, 84,160, as parents p...
Tags: Facebook, News, Education, Uncategorized, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Local News, Jones, Barbara Jones, Robak, UTLA, Southern California News Group, Top Stories LADN, Top Stories Breeze


8 questions parents have about today’s LAUSD teachers strike

How long will the strike last? That’s the question parents, among others, are asking as a Los Angeles Unified teachers strike gets underway Monday. At this point, it’s anybody’s guess. As classes were slated to begin Monday morning, LAUSD teachers were out picketing rather than in the classroom. In response, district officials have been planning how to keep instruction going. But there are certainly challenges: L.A. Unified is massive, comprising more than 60,000 employees and 1,000 schools acro...
Tags: News, Education, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Athletics, Lausd, Local News, Jones, Southern California, Board of Education, Wilmington, Los Angeles Police Department, Barbara Jones, Los Angeles Unified School District, Los Angeles Daily News


Answers to 7 questions parents may have about possible LAUSD teachers strike

Will they or won’t they? That’s the question parents, among others, have asked for the past week as a planned Los Angeles Unified teachers strike nears. The strike, currently planned for Thursday — though that could change — would mean the school district’s teachers would be out picketing rather than in the classroom. In response, district officials have been planning how to keep instruction going. But there are certainly challenges: L.A. Unified is massive, comprising more than 60,000 employees...
Tags: News, Education, Uncategorized, Sport, Soccer, Athletics, Lausd, Local News, Jones, Board of Education, Los Angeles Police Department, Barbara Jones, Los Angeles Unified, United Teachers Los Angeles, Alex Caputo Pearl, UTLA


​As LAUSD teachers strike nears, here are 7 things parents should know

Will they or won’t they? That’s the question parents, among others, have asked for the past week as a planned Los Angeles Unified teachers strike nears. The strike, currently planned for Thursday — though that could change — would mean the school district’s teachers would be out picketing rather than in the classroom. In response, district officials have been planning how to keep instruction going. But there are certainly challenges: L.A. Unified is massive, comprising more than 60,000 employees...
Tags: News, Education, Uncategorized, Sport, Soccer, Athletics, Lausd, Local News, Jones, Board of Education, Los Angeles Police Department, Barbara Jones, Los Angeles Unified, United Teachers Los Angeles, Alex Caputo Pearl, UTLA


Watch the First-Ever Kiss on Film Between Two Black Actors, Just Honored by the Library of Congress (1898)

In 1896, Thomas Edison produced The Kiss. One of the first films ever commercially screened, it adapts the then-popular musical The Widow Jones — or at least it adapts about twenty seconds of it, a kiss that happens in the very last scene. Two years later came the equally short but differently groundbreaking Something Good – Negro Kiss, a version of The Kiss starring black actors instead of white ones. Only now, thanks in part to the efforts of University of Southern California archivist Di...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Congress, Film, College, America, History, Chicago, Shanghai, Npr, Museum of Modern Art, Seoul, Jones, University Of Southern California, Field, Thomas Edison


Thousands of LAUSD teachers march in downtown LA for better pay, smaller class size

As a teachers’ strike looms over the nation’s second-largest school district, about 50,000 educators, parents and students marched through downtown Los Angeles Saturday morning demanding higher pay and smaller class sizes throughout the sprawling district. Streets and sidewalks from L.A. City Hall to the Broad Museum turned into a sea of red with teachers proudly wearing their union T-shirts. Others wore red in solidarity. As a teacher’s strike looms, LAUSD teachers from around the city stag...
Tags: News, Education, La, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Local News, Jones, Daily News, Chula Vista, Valley, Martinez, John McCoy, Sun Valley


How Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” Video Changed Pop Culture Forever: Revisit the 13-Minute Short Film Directed by John Landis

Michael Jackson's Thriller, the album, had spent the previous year at the top of the charts before the John Landis-directed video for the title track debuted in 1983. Two previous videos, for massive hits “Billie Jean” and “Beat It,” kept him on constant rotation on the fledgling MTV and other networks. It seemed that the “naïve, preternaturally gifted 25-year-old” couldn’t get any more internationally famous, but then, as Nancy Griffin writes at Vanity Fair, “it was the ‘Thriller’ video...
Tags: Google, Music, London, Television, College, Dance, Mtv, Jackson, Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Vanity Fair, Diana Ross, Griffin, Jones, Michael, Venice Film Festival


LAUSD chief Austin Beutner wants to bring local control, family involvement to schools

“Decision-making should be closer to the school site, to the teachers,” said LAUSD Superintendent Austin Beutner. “They have the strongest relationship with students and families.” (File photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG) By Esmeralda Fabián Romero | LA School Report Six months after taking over as the Los Angeles Unified School District’s superintendent and vowing to bring change, Austin Beutner is weeks away from unveiling his strategic plan for the nation’s second-largest sc...
Tags: News, Education, La, Angels, Sacramento, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Local News, Los Angeles Times, Jones, Fafsa, Ernst Young, Los Angeles Daily News, David Crane


“A Great Day in Harlem,” Art Kane’s Iconic Photo of 57 Jazz Legends, Celebrates Its 60th Anniversary

Image by Art Kane, via Wikimedia Commons Sixty years ago, Art Kane assembled one of the largest groups of jazz greats in history. No, it wasn’t an all-star big band, but a meeting of veteran legends and young upstarts for the iconic photograph known as “A Great Day in Harlem.” Fifty-seven musicians gathered outside a brownstone at 17 East 126th St.—accompanied by twelve neighborhood kids—from “big rollers,” notes Jazzwise magazine, like “Thelonious Monk, Charles Mingus, Count Basie, Sonny Rolli...
Tags: Google, Photography, New York, Hollywood, College, America, Netflix, Village Voice, Jazz, Vulture, William, Jones, Harlem, Quincy Jones, Kane, Charles Mingus


When Led Zeppelin Reunited and Crashed and Burned at Live Aid (1985)

I’ve tended to avoid reunion shows from my favorite bands of old, and I’ve missed some great performances because of it, I’m told, and also a few clunkers and forgettable nostalgia trips. But sometimes it really doesn’t matter how good or bad the band is ten or twenty years past their prime—or that one or more of their original members has left their mortal coil or shuffled off into retirement. It’s such a thrill for fans to see their heroes that they’ll overlook, or fail to notice, seri...
Tags: Google, Music, London, College, Philadelphia, Rolling Stone, Collins, Jones, David Byrne, Chic, Thompson, Page, Robert, Atlantic Records, Philly, Zeppelin


Hear Nico’s Pre-Velvets Recording, “I’m Not Sayin,” Backed by the Rolling Stones’ Brian Jones & Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page (1965)

For most of us, the Teutonic singer Nico has always been associated with the first Velvet Underground album and then a series of fascinating solo albums (often with Velvets connections) released during the ‘70s and ‘80s before her untimely death in 1988. The voice and the look are unmistakable, that far away stare, that detached, brooding and flat tone. It might also feel like she magically appeared from a cloud of smoke in 1967 New York City. But before she met Andy Warhol, the former t...
Tags: Google, Music, New York, College, New York City, Thames, Canary Wharf, Andy Warhol, Patti Smith, Jones, Oldham, La Dolce Vita, Page, Jimmy Page, Nico, Zeppelin


Hautelinks: How to Tell If You're Getting a Good Deal Online, a '90s Trend Quiz, Bloggers to Know, & More

Our favorite links of the week, all in one place. For a more peaceful mindset, try these 5 ways to practice mindfulness in your daily life.If you think piercings are the coolest accessories around (you're not alone), here's some inspo coming out of one of New York's trendiest studios.Fashionista asks a good question: Does fashion activism actually work?These quick beauty hacks are perfect for when you're getting ready in a rush.Felicity Jones will be playing Ruth Bader Ginsburg before she was t...
Tags: New York, News, College, Netflix, Kylie Jenner, Emma Watson, Donald Trump, Wimbledon, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Elle, Alexander Mcqueen, Joss Whedon, Jones, Queen Elizabeth, Christine, Kylie


We Don't Just Wear Clothes, We Wear Memories

Clothes can be more than a way to portray our sense of style, they can take on the history of our past experiences.Memory is a fickle thing. Example: I’ve never been able to remember lyrics to a song. Not one... single... song.For instance, every time I sing along to the radio in my car, my subconscious thinks it’s more fun to make up my own lyrics. On the other hand, my long-time boyfriend can remember every song that has ever graced the radio. Because of this, his favorite place to go is the p...
Tags: Travel, Texas, College, India, Mumbai, Jones, South, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Texas Tech, Deepak, College Life, Lubbock Texas Lubbock, Jodhpur Rajasthan The Blue City


Celebrity Street Style of the Week: Sarah Hyland, Dakota Fanning, & January Jones

How to wear athleisure like the stars this spring season. Every week, I scour the web to find inspiring outfits on your favorite celebs and help you recreate their looks! This week, I was inspired by Sarah Hyland, Dakota Fanning, and January Jones. Read on to see how you can get their looks for yourself. Celebrity Look #1: Sarah Hyland's Comfy Chic Sarah Hyland was spotted at LAX airport wearing an ensemble that was comfy yet put-together featuring a neutral color palette.Sarah wore black leg...
Tags: Celebs, College, Inspiration, Athleisure, Sarah, Jones, Lax, Celebrity Fashion, Dakota, Sarah Hyland, January Jones, Celebrity Street Style of the Week, Dakota Fanning, Sarah Hyland Dakota Fanning, Eagle Bag Topshop


Meet Nadia Boulanger, “The Most Influential Teacher Since Socrates,” Who Mentored Philip Glass, Leonard Bernstein, Aaron Copland, Quincy Jones & Other Legends

We recently featured a video of Brian Eno giving controversial advice to artists: “don’t get a job.” Easier said than done, of course, but he makes a compelling case. Along the way, he says something interesting about the fetish we make of genius—an obsessive focus on lone, and almost always male, artists as self-made, heroic embodiments of greatness. “Although great new ideas are usually articulated by individuals,” he says, “they’re nearly always generated by communities.” (He proposes...
Tags: Google, Europe, Music, College, Bbc, Harvard, Paris, Brian Eno, Jones, Philip Glass, Nadia, Eno, West Side, Facebook Twitter, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Electric Company


An Animated History of Goth

"Is your teen gothic?" Don’t laugh, it’s a serious question. If your teen is a goth, there are a few paths available to you, and not all of them good. Let’s consider some, shall we? You might, in the course of some research, come across a resource called the Parents Universal Resource Experts—or P.U.R.E.—which is not a parody Evangelical band invented by DEVO. You will learn things like “the predominant color of gothic clothing is black” and “the gothic attitude is one of sadness and dep...
Tags: Google, Music, Youtube, College, Bela Lugosi, Scott Walker, Oprah, Morrissey, Joy Division, Jones, Nico, Don, Cocteau Twins, Facebook Twitter, Jim, Walker


Watch Joan Baez Endearingly Imitate Bob Dylan (1972)

Joan Baez was already heralded as the “Queen of Folk” by the time Robert Zimmerman aka Bob Dylan arrived in New York City. Many things brought him to the burgeoning folk scene there, but Baez was the siren who called to a young Dylan through his television set long before he met her. He was smitten. He would write much later in Chronicles, Vol. 1, that she had “A voice that drove out bad spirits... she sang in a voice straight to God... Nothing she did didn’t work.” And for a couple of y...
Tags: Google, Music, Youtube, College, Woody Guthrie, Tom Waits, Bob Dylan, Lou Reed, Frank Sinatra, Leonard Cohen, Jones, Wilson, Wolf, Joan Baez, Slate, Carl Wilson


When the Sex Pistols Played at the Chelmsford Top Security Prison: Hear Vintage Tracks from the 1976 Gig

Serious fans of live recordings well know that such productions are usually doctored before they reach the masses, with effects added to sweeten the mix, recording errors corrected, instruments and crowd noise overdubbed, tracks rearranged, and performances from different nights combined. It’s a common practice and shouldn’t alarm anyone expecting absolute documentary fidelity. If you couldn’t make the show to experience the band firsthand, they’d at least like you to hear them at their ...
Tags: Google, Music, UK, England, Cook, College, Jones, Discogs, Facebook Twitter, Johnny Cash, Matlock, Chelmsford, Josh Jones, Goodman, Ned Raggett, Johnny Rotten


Tommy Rutherford, surging UC Irvine dismiss Cal State Northridge

Cal State Northridge’s Jason Pipkins is fouled as he drives to the hoop past UC Irvine’s John Edgar Jr., left, and Brad Greene during the first half of their Big West Conference game on Wednesday night at the Bren Center. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan/Orange County Register/SCNG) UC Irvine’s Tommy Rutherford dunks past Cal State Northridge’s Mahamadou Kaba-Camara during the first half of their Big West Conference men’s basketball game in Irvine on Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan/O...
Tags: College, Sports, Sport, Soccer, Hawaii, College sports, UC Davis, Turner, Jones, Northridge, UCI, Rutherford, UC Santa Barbara, Irvine, Greene, UC Irvine


George Orwell Reviews Salvador Dali’s Autobiography: “Dali is a Good Draughtsman and a Disgusting Human Being” (1944)

Images or Orwell and Dali via Wikimedia Commons Should we hold artists to the same standards of human decency that we expect of everyone else? Should talented people be exempt from ordinary morality? Should artists of questionable character have their work consigned to the trash along with their personal reputations? These questions, for all their timeliness in the present, seemed no less thorny and compelling 74 years ago when George Orwell confronted the strange case of Salvador Dali, an unde...
Tags: Google, Art, College, America, Spain, George Orwell, Franco, Gazprom, Salvador Dalí, Shakespeare, Orwell, Jones, Tolstoy, Noam Chomsky, Facebook Twitter, Dali


The David Bowie Book Club Gets Launched by His Son: Read One of Bowie’s 100 Favorite Books Every Month

Cast as the star of 1976's The Man Who Fell to Earth, David Bowie traveled to New Mexico for the shoot, meeting with director Nicolas Roeg soon upon arrival. "I took with me hundreds and hundreds of books," Bowie said to The Face magazine a few years later. "And I had these cabinets" — a modernized Jacobean traveling library — "and they were rather like the boxes that amplifiers get packed up in, and I was going through all these books and they were pouring out all over the floor — there were j...
Tags: Google, Books, London, College, Face, David, Britain, Brooklyn, David Bowie, New Mexico, Seoul, NICK, Jones, Joyce Carol Oates, Duncan Jones, Bowie


USC edges Stanford in Pac-12 championship game

SANTA CLARA — Before leaving with a 31-28 triumph that secured its first conference championship in nearly a decade, USC’s late-season resurgence looked as if it would ultimately wither on a cool December night. Stanford was humming toward the end zone late Friday as minutes ticked off the clock in the fourth quarter of the Pac-12 Conference title game. The Trojans, left to protect a narrow three-point lead, were gashed. Bryce Love ran up the middle to reach their 2-yard line. But while the chai...
Tags: College, Stanford, Sports, Sport, Soccer, College sports, Usc, Jones, Ronald Jones, Pete Carroll, Trojans, Vaughn, Clay Helton, PITTMAN, Ronald Jones II, Michael Pittman


How a Recording Studio Mishap Created the Famous Drum Sound That Defined 80s Music & Beyond

It’s not a subtle effect, by any means, which is precisely what makes it so effective. Gated reverb, the sound of an airbag deploying or weather balloon suddenly blowing out, an airy thud that pervades eighties pop, and the work of every musician thereafter who has referenced eighties pop, including CHVRCHES, Tegan and Sara, M83, Beyoncé, and Lorde, to name but a very few. Before them came the pummeling gated drums of Kate Bush, Bruce Springsteen, Prince, Depeche Mode, New Order, Cocteau...
Tags: Google, Music, Lorde, College, David Bowie, Grace Jones, Vox, Collins, Jones, Roxy Music, Facebook Twitter, Peter Gabriel, Phil Collins, Gabriel, Josh Jones, Tegan


Women of Jazz: Stream a Playlist of 91 Recordings by Great Female Jazz Musicians

Browse through an archive of jazz writing from the last, oh, hundred years, and you’ll get the distinct impression that jazz, like the NFL, has been a man’s-man’s-man’s-man’s world. “Of course,” writes Margaret Howze at NPR, “we have Billie, Ella, and Sarah,” and many other powerhouse female vocalists everyone knows and loves. These unforgettable vocalists seem to stand out as exceptions, and what’s more, “when we think of women in jazz, we automatically think of singers,” not instrument...
Tags: Google, Music, College, NFL, The Guardian, Npr, Scandinavia, Sarah, Jones, Oliver, Hutchinson, Coltrane, Facebook Twitter, Louis, Armstrong, Josh Jones


Stevie Nicks “Shows Us How to Kick Ass in High-Heeled Boots” in a 1983 Women’s Self Defense Manual

Yesterday, on Twitter, Priscilla Page reminded us of the time when “Stevie Nicks showed us how to kick ass in high-heeled boots in her bodyguard’s self-defense book,” calling our attention to the little-known 1983 book, Hands Off!: A Unique New System of Self Defence Against Assault for the Women of Today. The book itself was written by Bob Jones, an Australian martial arts instructor who doubled as a security guard for Fleetwood Mac, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, David Bowie, Joe Cocker an...
Tags: Google, Music, College, Fleetwood Mac, East Anglia, Stevie Nicks, Jones, Random, Facebook Twitter, Stevie, Facebook and Twitter, Bob Jones, Priscilla Page, Unique New System of Self Defence Against Assault, David Bowie Joe Cocker, Kung Fu Cinema


Word of the week: No-platform

  If you’ve followed college controversies over the last couple of years, you’ve heard about microagressions and safe spaces, both of which were on my 2015 Words of the Year list (and the lists of many other people). Both of those terms arose out of 1970s New Left movements in the U.S. Now comes no-platform, a British import that’s the latest vogue word among politically aware college students. The verb no-platform, according to the Oxford Dictionaries entry, means to p revent someone whose ...
Tags: Mark Zuckerberg, Politics, New York, Education, Joe Biden, Harvard, Atlantic, Hillary Clinton, Linguistics, Oxford Dictionaries, British, Speeches, Nus, Jones, Bernie Sanders, Wellesley


Underground Trends: Cyberpunk

"All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in the rain..." Photo Credit: Unsplash  I’d be lying if I said that- tragic as it may be - Harrison Ford didn’t partially inspire this post. What can I say? This weekend was filled with midterm prep and midterm procrastination. Hulu and Netflix have become close confidantes. Over on the Hulu frontier, the Indiana Jones movies cycle in and out of the “popular” tab, so if you’re drinking excess amounts of coffee and trolling for nostalgia (like...
Tags: Science Fiction, Technology, College, Inspiration, Netflix, Punk, Angelina Jolie, Harrison Ford, Hulu, Indiana Jones, Jones, Rick Owens, Leandra, Alexander Wang, Fashion Inspiration, Underground Trends


Building #withClassroom: stories of real schools using Classroom integrations

A few years ago, we launched the Classroom API to make it easier for developers to integrate their applications with Classroom, and for administrators to manage classes. Since then, hundreds of applications have integrated with Classroom to help teachers gamify their classes, improve students’ writing skills, build interactive presentations and more.Using the API, developers can build deep integrations that manage Classroom rosters, assignments and grades. Or they can simply embed the Classroom ...
Tags: Google, Education, New Jersey, Mike Jones, Jones, Google Classroom, Illinois State University, David Malone, Lindsay Rumer, Lab School, Edulastic Egg Harbor Township, Edulastic, Google Classroom Edulastic, Amplified Labs, SIS San Francisco Unified School District



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