The US Represented Weekly Update


Hello USR members and guests,

It was a great week for us, and we hope it was for you as well. In “The Pyramids of the Americas Are Being Destroyed,” Catherine Swendsen discusses the destruction of ancient sites throughout Central and South America. To solve this problem, she suggests a “world recognized council for the protection and preservation of the pyramids [consisting] of dedicated archaeologists, anthropologists, sociologists, museum curators, and, on the strong-arm side, a military unit to physically thwart any threats of harm to the sacred sites.” Talon Carver’sThe Sydney Mardi Gras: A Riot of Beautiful Energy and Diversity” overviews one of the largest LGBT events in the world. Many readers and writers consider James Joyce’s Ulysses to be the standard by which all novels must be judged. In “James Joyce, Ulysses, and the Spirited Mind,” US Represented shares Molly Bloom’s reminiscences. Tessie Walters‘ “Jamaica Destabilized: Regrowing Food Freedom” examines the difficulties Jamaicans face in trying to maintain food security, and she points out that small farms and food gardens are currently the best solution. In “The Grace of the Irish,” Cheryl Ray describes how a nightmare scenario with a rental car transforms into a realization of how charming, helpful, and decent the Irish can be when you’re in a bind. In this Friday’s installment of Emily Badovinac’s novel, Deep Red, Chapter VIII, we see the struggle of mind versus heart. As Zoe, the volemic doctor, examines Marlo for signs of anomaly, the two clash in a verbal exchange. Gina McBroom’sFilial Piety: An Endangered Tradition in 21st Century China?” points out that a “transformative time in Chinese history is reshaping the traditional culture’s concept of filial piety, to the point where the Chinese government is altering the concept to fit the demands of a new society.” Brook Bhagat’s lush and evocative poem “I want to climb behind your eyes” speaks to an intimate yearning that transcends physical limitation. Finally, in Eric Stephenson’sThe Presence of Another,” Natalie doesn’t know what to make of a series of encounters with a familiar stranger.

As always, thanks for spending time with us at USR. Take care, and keep being who you are.

The USR Staff