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Enter the Reader’s 2013 Short-Fiction Contest: “Great Beginnings” PDF Print E-mail
Feature Stories
Written by Administrator   
Wednesday, 24 July 2013 21:25

Admittedly, some of our previous short-fiction contests have been a bit cruel.

So we’re making it easy for our 2013 contest, which runs through August 20. (Our favorite entries will be published in the September 5 issue of the River Cities’ Reader.)

All you need to do is start with one of the beginnings below and finish your story in an additional 250 words. And we’ve been extremely generous, giving you 50 options!

I should probably wait to tell you that the previously mentioned beginnings come from the Bible, Moby-Dick, Infinite Jest, A Tale of Two Cities, The Color Purple, Harry Potter & the Sorcerer’s Stone ... . And one – offered here in its entirety – might be the shortest story ever written.

 
The War on Whistleblowers PDF Print E-mail
Feature Stories
Written by Kathleen McCarthy   
Thursday, 13 June 2013 05:41

Without whistleblowers – employees within government and big business, at all levels, who risk their livelihoods and sometimes lives – the American public (and world) would have no knowledge about many of the most outrageous, dangerous, and covert activities perpetrated upon society. This includes everything from fabricating false pretenses for going to war to war crimes (including torture) against prisoners and innocent civilians to lethal environmental abuses to fraudulent financial schemes that have devastated millions of families’ life savings. In the past, the exposure of these egregious acts has often (but not always) brought reform, exposed criminality resulting in prosecutions, and perhaps most importantly saved countless lives. Sadly, in today’s political environment, it is the whistleblowers who are being penalized for telling Americans the truth.

But for the threat of whistleblowers, ill-intended politicians and bureaucrats and their crony-capitalist private-sector brethren would operate in an oversight vacuum – free to abuse their power and engage in criminal activity at will. The contributions that whistleblowers make to an open and free society cannot be overstated.

How many more thousands of lives would have been lost if it were not for Daniel Ellsberg’s infamous Pentagon Papers that exposed the Department of Defense’s lies and manipulation that propped up the Vietnam War (MostDangerousMan.org)? How much more abuse would citizens suffer at the hands of corrupt police departments if it were not for Frank Serpico testifying about the rampant corruption inside the New York police department? These are, or should be, just two of the household names in the whistleblower pantheon.

 
Enter the Reader’s 2013 Photo Contest! Deadline Extended to May 21 PDF Print E-mail
Feature Stories
Written by Administrator   
Thursday, 09 May 2013 08:11

The three categories for the River Cities’ Reader’s 2013 photography contest are “illumination,” “future,” and “brazen.” The deadline for entries is May 21, and the rules are below. We plan to publish the winners in our May 30 issue.

 
Vaudeville-in': Comedian Josh Kahn Hosts "Bottoms Up Burlesque: Komic Kahn," May 17 through 25 at the Circa '21 Speakeasy PDF Print E-mail
Comedy
Written by Mike Schulz   
Monday, 29 April 2013 06:00

Josh KahnAs emcee for the Bottoms Up Burlesque troupe and a former emcee for Burlesque Le’ Moustache, Josh Kahn’s formal responsibilities shouldn’t include disrobing in public. But if you ask Kahn about his favorite experiences from years of hosting and providing comedic filler between striptease acts, don’t be surprised if the first one he mentions involves the night he himself stripped on stage. Or rather, as Kahn refers to it, “the first night I stripped on stage.

 
Glass (Ballet) Slippers: Ballet Quad Cities' "Cinderella" at the Adler Theatre PDF Print E-mail
Dance
Written by Thom White   
Monday, 22 April 2013 06:00

Ballet Quad Cities' CinderellaThere were two particular elements that made Ballet Quad Cities’ Cinderella (which ran for two Adler Theatre performances on April 20) especially watchable beyond Courtney Lyon’s exquisite choreography: clear storytelling, and humor. Not at one moment during Saturday evening’s performance did I find it hard to figure out which part of the fairytale was being depicted in dance, even down to the details of what specific characters were doing and feeling at all times.

 
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