The US Represented Weekly Update

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Hello USR members and guests,

In last week’s installment of Sandra Knauf’s novel, Zera and the Green Man, Chapter 2, Zera “thought about how pleased her uncle’s girlfriend had been presenting her with the poofy-sleeved gift. ‘It’s from the 1980s, Zera! An Italian designer! This style is so in right now.’ Tiffany had looked so happy that Zera couldn’t say what she thought, I don’t want it. Tiffany Taylor divided her life into four passions: vintage couture shop owner at the Cyber-Mall, Faces of Success cosmetic distributor, desperate bachelorette determined to marry The Toad (she practically lived with them, even though she had her own place), and, in Tiffany’s mind, Zera’s much-needed female role model. Dark thoughts galloped through Zera’s mind, images of Tiffany wearing the famous designer dress and having no hair.” In Perspective for Hire, we republish an interview with Cheri Colburn and Sandra Knauf. As Colburn rightly notes, “Sandra Knauf’s Zera and the Green Man is a sci-fi fantasy for the YA market, but I and many other adults have reveled in it. It is ‘right on time’ with current events—plenty of GMO Franken-creatures—and it features the timeless themes of love for nature and family.” 

In “Ten Reasons Why We Should Pay Attention to Local Politics,” Lindsay Deen says, “If and when your local system is hijacked by those who are considerably richer than average citizens, your local government’s charter is written with safeguards to allow the People to change the laws, rules, and even the functions of government simply by exercising your right to petition, right to vote, and right to freedom of speech.” Janele Johnson’s “Passage to Massachusetts” captures the cadence of Emily Dickinson’s poetry while speaking to today’s New England from a Western American perspective. Exhibit A features the first of three installments on the Jefferson County school board’s attempt to control the pedagogy of AP history. In “AP History: Part I, Amateur Hour,” Jerome Parent notes, “the narrative the JeffCo3 operates under and their lack of understanding of narrative as a teaching tool” are woefully misguided. We also included Henry V’s speech prior to the Battle of Agincourt, from Shakespeare’s Henry V. In The Ethics of Ambiguity, Simone de Beauvoir states, “the fact remains that we are absolutely free today if we choose to will our existence in its finiteness, a finiteness which is open on the infinite.” n our weekly installment of Emily Badovinac’s novel Deep Red, after learning a new trick with Karina, Marlo faces some surprising and puzzling consequences. 

We’re very excited to now be running DeLyn Martineau’s Local Time for our Saturday weekly feature. DeLyn is a talented writer with a sunny disposition and sharp critical thinking skills who loves to engage in Colorado Springs community activities, so her column will often focus on local issues although it will sometimes (or often) cover topics beyond Colorado Springs that should please you. Her bio reads as follows:

“A fourth-generation Colorado Springs native, DeLyn enjoys Colorado’s beautiful scenery and the rich history of her home city. After 25 years in public education, she is now an adjunct writing instructor at a local community college. She loves to hike, play the flute, and drink good coffee.”

DeLyn’s first Local Time offering discusses the surprisingly robust and diverse menu of flute choir activities and options in the Colorado Springs area. As an experienced musician, she speaks to the subject with zeal and authority. Welcome, DeLyn, and thank you for joining the USR staff. We’re proud to have you.

“Darkness” by Lord Byron imagines the End Times in richly evocative terms, and in “The American Ascent,” Prakash and Shristi find themselves in their search for the American Dream. The Sunday edition of Jeff Cleek’s Dick & Rosie is good fun, and we also published the wise children’s poem “The Little Elf,” by John Kendrick Bangs.

Best!
The USR Staff