General:

In the self-promotion department, Jason Sanford gives a great review of Dark Faith for SF Signal.

Racialicious:

SENATOR JIM WEBB ARUGES AGAINST AFFIRMATIVE ACTION, SAYS IT DOES NOT BENEFIT BLACKS – “In Jim Webb’s latest op-ed for the Wall Street Journal (titled “Diversity and the Myth of White Privilege“), he turns the traditional narrative for ending affirmative action on its head. “

MYSPACE AND FACEBOOK: HOW RACIST LANGUAGE FRAMES SOCIAL MEDIA (AND WHY YOU SHOULD CARE) – I’m still not convinced that I should care, but the intersection of social media, race, and class interests me.

Spiritual:

Top church blogs by minority leaders.

Anne Rice has quit Christianity, however, Anne Rice Hasn’t Betrayed You.

Imagine a World 3 – “Imagine a world where the worst of offenders or the least conforming or the most offensive — in other words, sinners — are restored to the table of fellowship.”
Evangelicalism’s Radical Diversity 4 – “Do you think inerrancy is an important term? … Inerrancy believes the Bible is without error. The term has always defined fundamentalism … Yet, Wilkens and Thorsen contend there are three meanings: 1. Absolute inerrancy (Chicago Statement, Carl Henry, JI Packer); 2. Limited inerrancy — where the Bible is true when it comes to matters of faith and practice and salvation (Daniel Fuller). 3. Inerrancy of purpose — where God’s intent with Scripture is what is inerrant. God’s intent is true (Clark Pinnock, Jack Rogers).”

Writing:

The Con Game – J.C. Hay’s blog post on some of the struggles of doing conventions.  Surely no one can relate to this line:  ”To be honest, I don’t do the conference thing well. Like a lot of writers, I suffer from terrible Imposter Syndrome when I meet other people who practice my craft. “

Authors Guild Statement on the Wylie Agency’s New Epublishing Venture – “One of last week’s major publishing news items was super-agent Andrew Wylie‘s announcement that he is establishing a brand-new digital publishing venture, Odyssey Editions, to publish his clients’ backlists.” So far, three major publishers have expressed their displeasure with Wylie.

Local:

Please join The Latino/a Youth Collective (LYC) and FIRME on Saturday, July 31, 2010 from 2 – 4 p.m. to celebrate the culmination of Campecine Youth Academy (CYA).  Youth will share their summer experience through film, testimonios and music.  Audience participants will view youth produced Issue-Mations and Varriomentaries on social issues including gender roles, teen pregnancy, domestic violence, sexual identity and more!  Light refreshments will be served.   CYA is a program that trains youth in action research utilizing new media technology.  The program employed 38 youth for 20 hours a week and engaged students in a process called Youth Participatory Action Research, a process that engages young people in (1) identifying a community issue of concern to them, and (2) investigating its causes and potential solutions through the use of advanced media technology and inquiry methods. Youth then use the results for education and community action.   This is a free event open to the public.

Matt Forbeck lets us know a few highlights for GenCon – “The fine folks at Reactor 88 Studios have lined up an afterparty following their big event at Gen Con: Reactor 88 Studios: Behind the Scenes. With luck, we should have a rough-cut of the InSpectres proof-of-concept to show there. In that, you’ll see me in all my gory-zombie goodness.”

The 48 Hour Film Project – The 48 Hour Film Project is a wild and sleepless weekend in which you and a team make a movie — write, shoot, edit and score it — in just 48 hours. On Friday night, you get a character, a prop, a line of dialogue and a genre, all to include in your movie. 48 hours later, the movie must be complete. Then it will show at a local theater, usually in the next week.  The Indianapolis location of the 48 Hour Film Project, produced by Big Car for the second year, returns July 30-Aug. 1. And online registration is now open. Just visit the Indianapolis 48HFP website – http://www.48hourfilm.com/indianapolis – for more information and to reserve your spot in this year’s competition.

Book Club artist reception – already looking ahead to next month’s First Friday.   The Harrison Center and Herron Art Library of the IUPUI University Library are pleased to present Book Club, our third annual book arts exhibit. This year’s exhibit will feature work by Hector del Campo, Bruce Campbell, Gatis Cirulis, Tehniyet Hussain, David Johnson, Ashley Judd, Brooke Merry, Elizabeth Nelson, Katya Reka, Lori Scott, Kevin Steele and Sarah Strong as well as a sampling from the Herron Art Library’s permanent collection. Returning this year to present are Bill and Vicki Stewart of Vamp & Tramp Booksellers, LLC.