The US Represented Weekly Update

Hello USR members and visitors,bishop-castle

We hope your week has gone well. As is usually the case, we’ve been busy. We have added a Visual Arts section to the site, which includes separate galleries for photography, electronic arts, paintings, drawings, and 3-dimensional works. Needless to say, we’re pleased with this addition and look forward to building it into something dynamic and beautiful. Do you have interesting visual artwork you would like to exhibit? If so, please email our editor Eric Stephenson at with any pieces you would like us to consider for posting. We’re looking for thematic unity, but strong individual works also interest us. Our first Visual Arts entry is Lone Terrace Farmer, a splendid photo Lindsay Deen captured during a trip to China several years ago. Our next competition will probably be a visual arts contest, too. We’ll keep you in the loop.

We published some quality writings over the past week. For instance, Chico Gonzalez revisits an inescapable theme in elegant rhyme royal, iambic heptameter verse in “And When I Die.” Eric Stephenson’sJim Bishop’s Dream” explores the phenomenon of Bishop Castle, “the largest one-man construction project in the country, quite possibly the world.” The essay has already received well over 3,000 views. Clearly, people find the Jim Bishop phenomenon interesting for a host of reasons. Judith Beatty’s delightful short story “Ray” explores what can happen in the world of hidden lives. Kasey Coldiron’s “It’s about More than Just the Coffee” shows in a number of ways how “[c]offee creates moments.” Keeping with the same theme, we published Amie Sharp’s lucid and lively “Coffee,” which describes how “the grinder travels / its savory circuit.” Finally, Robert Horton contributed a fine piece of investigative journalism with his article “Getting the Shaft at Fukushima,” which describes, among other things, “nuclear gypsies” being abused at the hands of the yakuza.

Thank you for sharing time with us. Our community continues to grow in size and diversity because of your desire to support debate, free speech, and creative expression. We couldn’t ask for better company.

The US Represented Staff