O-mitted – Free Verse by Jay Parkhe



Free verse by jay

How happy are bland, obvious omissions!
Occasional, odd, obvious omissions.
Now pungent is just the thing,
To get me wondering if obvious omissions are tasteless.

I saw them wipe clean disappeared my generation; destroyed,
How I mourned the absent.
Does the absent make you shiver?
does it?

I cannot help but stop and look at the big, recently revised.
Never forget the biggish and full-grown recent devised.

Pay attention to the little left,
the little left is the most wooly piece of land of all.
Are you upset by how soft it is?
Does it tear you apart to see what’s little left, so flocculent?

Polite prefaces, however hard they try,
Will always be biases.
Do polite prefaces make you shiver?
do they?

A has-been, however hard it tries,
Will always be has-been.
Does the have-beens make you shiver?
does it?

Mankind: Jay’s FreeVerse Poetry


Free verse by jay

The partisanship that’s really thoroughgoing,
Above all others is the absolute anthropocentrism.
Ambitious, aggressive, absolute anthropocentrism.
Now pure is just the thing,
To get me wondering if the absolute anthropocentrism is thorough.

Ancient ancients, however hard they try,
Will always be ancient.
Down, down, down into the darkness of the ancient ancients,
Gently they go – the age-old, the old, the past.

Pay attention to the boundless blessedness,
the boundless blessedness is the most little happiness of all.
Does the boundless blessedness make you shiver?
does it?

I saw the big bodhisattva of my generation destroyed,
How I mourned the armed God
Now great is just the thing,
To get me wondering if the armed God is bountiful.

I cannot help but stop and look at the new Omkar.
An Omkar is unprecedented. an Omkar is unworn,
an Omkar is late, however.

All that is curst is not archaeological afterworld,
archaeological afterworld, by all account, is blessed.
Down, down, down into the darkness of the archaeological afterworld,
Gently they go – the cursed, the goddam, the infernal.

Did you know…

… that today is the birthday of the Quadruple Twist Lift? In 1977, the Soviet figure skating pair of Sergei Shakrai and Marine Tcherkasova became the first skaters to perform a quadruple twist lift during a competition in Helsinki, Finland. Trivia buffs: Shakhrai’s problems lifting his partner eventually resulted in them splitting up. By 1981, Cherkasova had grown so tall that Shakhrai could no longer effectively lift her!

Today’s Inspirational Quote:

“It’s easy to judge. It’s more difficult to understand. Understanding requires compassion, patience, and a willingness to believe that good hearts sometimes choose poor methods. Through judging, we separate. Through understanding, we grow.”

— Doe Zantamata

A very different Newsletter

Jane Friedman's Electric Speed newsletter
Welcome to the newest installment of Electric Speed, my personal newsletter where I share digital tools and resources for authors. I am not paid to recommend or advertise any tools or services; in rare cases when I do receive compensation, it is clearly disclosed. Have feedback? Send me an email.

A quick tool for converting Microsoft Word documents to ebook files

While there are many softwares—and software work arounds—for creating an ebook file, this is probably the most straightforward and fast tool I’ve seen for producing an EPUB file out of a Microsoft Word document. That’s because it doesn’t require you to create an account, give up your email address, or do anything else fussy. Thank you, PublishDrive. Here’s the tool.

Tired of seeing all those sponsored ads when you’re searching Amazon?

In the last year or so, Amazon has dramatically ramped up its advertising services, which has been helpful for publishers and indie authors who wish to advertise their books at the site. However, for consumers searching Amazon, those ads can both distract and confuse. You know things have gotten bad when someone decides to develop a browser extension to make the ads go away! If you’d like to make the advertising clutter disappear on Amazon, here’s your solution: Amazon Lite (for Chrome users only).

If you plan to apply to an MFA program in creative writing: a free 10-day course

From the folks at Literistic: a free online course that breaks down each element of your portfolio and tackles the anxieties of the application process. Lessons are emailed every day at 7 a.m. Sign up.

Turn writing into a habit with Write Together

If you’re seeking some external encouragement to stick to a writing habit in 2019, check out Write Together. It’s still in beta and quite small (both a plus and a minus); cost is $8/month after a 14-day free trial to see if it’s for you. While I don’t use it, I think it may appeal to those who love the community aspects and accountability of Nanowrimo.

Master class on book publishing in San Francisco on February 14 🧡😍

In partnership with the San Francisco Writers Conference: I’m teaching a 3-hour masterclass on key book publishing paths on the evening of Valentine’s Day. I’ll cover New York traditional publishing and what projects are well-suited to being represented by literary agents; the capabilities of mid-size publishers and independent publishers; how to evaluate small presses, micro-presses, and digital-only presses; what “hybrid” publishing is (or thinks it is) and how to evaluate such companies; and all forms of self-publishing and digital publishing practiced today. Learn more and register.

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World Economic Forum: Newsletter

The World Economic Forum’s Agenda Weekly
Much has happened in Switzerland’s eastern Alps this week, and it has been a privilege to be able to share some of it with you.

We now start the work of building on the ideas, projects and initiatives that have come out of the many and diverse conversations.

For your weekend viewing, catch up on all the content on the World Economic Forum’s website.

Highlights from Friday: 

What just happened? Our picks of a packed week 

Abe, ArdernAttenborough… and that’s just the As. Your quick catch up on a packed meeting.

Global data governance, global e-trade collaboration, peace progress for the Western Balkans and Syria… and dozens of practical public-private partnerships were launched, inspired or brought to life by meetings in Davos.

Throughout the week, the Forum has been publishing in-depth insights into complex challenges. Here are our top reports and white papers: 

Our headlines of the week

The World Economic Forum Annual Meeting is probably the biggest global platform for impact. Here are just a few headlines from the 140,000 media stories generated this week.

Redefining globalisation on the slippery slopes of Davos (FT)

Two cheers for Davos’s carnival of capitalism (Times of London)

World Leaders at Davos Call for Global Rules on Tech (New York Times)

Merkel zeigt in Davos, warum die Welt die Kanzlerin noch braucht (Handelsblatt)

Prince William at Davos: Brits suppress emotions at risk of their mental health (USA Today)

Millennials are taking control of Davos  (Bloomberg)

Die Weltverbesserer 4.0 (NZZ)

Höchstes Niveau, peinlichster Kommerz (Blick)

In Trump’s Absence, Brazil’s New President Steals Spotlight at Davos (Fortune)

Abe calls on world to prepare for bytes without borders (Nikkei Asian Review)

Satya Nadella Says Ensuring Equitable Economic Growth Biggest Challenge (Bloomberg Quint)

China on track for more growth, Vice-President Wang Qishan tells worried world elite in Davos as he rebukes US ‘bullying’ (South China Morning Post)

Response to climate change is the true test for global leaders: New Zealand’s prime minister (CNBC)

Sir David Attenborough warns of limitless environmental harm (The National)

World Economic Forum warns of AI’s potential to worsen global inequality (TechCrunch)

How dining in the dark can open your eyes (BBC)

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ROK Movement – Random Acts of Kindness

  1. Gift someone something they complimented you for
  2. Apologise to someone you may have hurt
  3. Have lunch with a homeless person
  4. Share today’s food with your neighbour!
  5. Feeling brave? Give blood
  6. Visit a friend who’s sick
  7. Put your phone down and have a conversation with a friend
  8. Make someone’s day – tell a friend why you appreciate them
  9. Lend a friend a book you think they’d like
  10. Help someone improve, give them constructive feedback

YOur Story – Startpreneurs’ Newsletter


It is not everyday that one gets to interview the Prime Minister of India. In an exclusive interview with YourStory’s Shradha Sharma, the Prime Minister opens up like never before on the last four-and-a-half years of his tenure and answers questions not put to him earlier.

No matter which side of the political fence you’re on, you’d agree that this first-of-a-kind opportunity to a homegrown Indian media firm that thrives on telling inspirational stories about entrepreneurs and changemakers, says a lot about how far the Indian startup ecosystem has come.

Shradha writes, “As we entered the gates of 7 Lok Kalyan Marg, I reflected on the fact that my presence in these hallowed grounds indicated a massive shift in the attitude towards entrepreneurs and startups, and I sent up a silent thank you to everyone who has been a part of my journey over the past decade.”

In the hour-long interview, the Prime Minister talked about new India, the Indian startup ecosystem, MSMEs, women entrepreneurs, and more. The Prime Minister was also pleasantly honest when asked whether he ever imagined he would hold the topmost position in the country. He replied matter-of-factly, “No. In fact, at the time, even if I had got a small-time job, my mother would have distributed ‘gur’ (jaggery) to everyone in my village.”

This set the tone for the interview that followed. Shradha writes, “The Prime Minister was direct, candid, and answered my questions with patience and a wry sense of humour that I hadn’t expected.”

Read the full interview here.

We, at YourStory, would like to thank all of you who have been part of our journey so far. We are here because of you.

HAPPY REPUBLIC DAY – India! ROK Movement Random Acts of Kindness.

  1. Know someone going through something you’ve been through? Give them advice
  2. Apologise to someone you may have hurt
  3. Make your voice count – sign a petition for a good cause
  4. Save water – turn the tap off when brushing your teeth!
  5. Old laptop or mobile lying around? Donate it
  6. Oooh wait! There’s somebody behind you; hold the door open!
  7. Reconnect with your grandparents or an elderly person you know – give them a call!
  8. Make a conscious effort to recycle
  9. Help someone carry their pushchairup/down the stairs
  10. Visit a friend who’s sick

Emmy Awards’ Birthday

Did you know…

… that today is the Emmy Awards’ Birthday?The first Emmy Awards were given out in 1949 at the Hollywood Athletic Club. Pantomime Quiz Time was selected as the year’s top television show while Shirley Dinsdale and her puppet, Judy Splinters, won for best personality. The Necklace on NBC took the Best Film Made for Television Award. The envelope please… 😉

Beneath this mask there is an idea | The Daily Star

via Beneath this mask there is an idea | The Daily Star


Beneath this mask there is an idea

How history inspired the iconic V for Vendetta


Photo: Derril Audri Roy

During the road safety protests last year, a photo of a schoolboy standing in a desolate road with V’s mask on became viral. It was seen as an expression of anarchy, a form of protest against an allegedly totalitarian rule. It was accompanied by the poem now made famous by Alan Moore and David Lloyd, and the image seemed to really speak to young millennials, who were perhaps tired of rulers failing at their jobs.

The road safety movement of 2018 somewhat reflected the origins of that mask—origins that many of us have forgotten. The mask is considered an iconic part of modern pop culture, thanks to the graphic novel (and subsequent movie) V for Vendetta. Many take pop culture at face value, thinking that it merely stems from cheap entertainment. But our lives are shaped by pop culture, and oftentimes, pop culture is shaped by history.

Alan Moore’s character was inspired by a man who plotted to kill the king. Guy Fawkes, a convert to Roman Catholicism, had served in the Spanish army before getting involved with a group of rebels who conspired for the Gunpowder Plot. Their leader Robert Catesby came up with a plan to blow up the House of Lords during the State Opening of Parliament, and Fawkes was the man in charge of igniting the gunpowder.

It did not go according to plan. Upon receiving an anonymous letter about the plot, the King’s men found Fawkes guarding 36 barrels of gunpowder in a cellar on the ground floor of the Parliament. Thus, on November 5, 1605, the legend of Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder Treason was born.

He’d given the name John Johnson when arrested, but within three days of brutal torture he gave up his own name, and the details about their conspiracy. A year from the plot, the Parliament passed the Thanksgiving Act of 1606, mandating churches to deliver sermons on November 5, thanking God for the plot’s failure. Fawkes and his fellow conspirators were executed.

Ironically enough, modern Brits know the date as “Guy Fawkes Day,” almost making it seem like a celebration of the man who tried to blow up Parliament, instead of a celebration of his failure. The day has become an integral part of British culture, celebrated with bonfires, fireworks, and little effigies called “guys.” In King James VI’s story, Fawkes is a villain. But in postmodern anarchism, Fawkes is a hero, celebrated for his brave stance against the regime.

Anarchism, as a political ideology, wants to remove the state’s supreme power and establish a world where all humans hold equal power. Alan Moore’s V, one of the most famous anarchists in literature, dawned a Guy Fawkes mask and did everything the real Fawkes couldn’t. This mask, a heavily stylised depiction of Fawkes’ face, was made famous worldwide by V for Vendetta.

That is how Guy Fawkes’ legacy, which Moore used as an inspiration for his protagonist, became a pop culture phenomenon. The irony here is that while anarchy denounces capitalism, Time Warner holds the rights to distribute all merchandise related to V for Vendetta, and many times people pay money to this corporation for the mask, then wear the mask to protest the actions of other big corporations. Fortunately, a lot of activists have caught on to this by now, and they print their own masks.

In an alternate timeline, Fawkes might have succeeded in blowing up Parliament. I imagine it would be exactly like how Cersei Lannister blew up the Sept of Baelor in Game of Thrones. I often wonder if he would be celebrated or vilified if he had succeeded, and I think it would be the latter. Even if the Gunpowder Plot had succeeded in killing the king, the conspirators would likely still get captured and tried. History would probably mourn the death of the king, and paint Fawkes as a villain.

There’s a sort of romanticism in glorifying the man who tried to overthrow the monarchy but failed. People who succeed in overthrowing totalitarian regimes hardly get to be the subject of cult-classic graphic novels that inspire generations of readers. History is a difficult subject, and somehow pop culture has become the perfect vessel for it. That kid who wore the mask during road safety protests probably didn’t know all the details about Fawkes, but he knew that the mask sends out a message. He knew that people shouldn’t be afraid of their government, governments should be afraid of their people.

The next time you remember the fifth of November and think of V, know that this character actually has a 400-year old history. Sure, beneath that mask there is an idea, but there’s also the story of a Catholic man, a Protestant King, and 36 barrels of gunpowder, treason, and plot.