The US Represented Weekly Update

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Hello US Represented readers,

We had a tremendously successful week that we hope you enjoyed. In our weekly installment of Sandra Knauf’s novel Zera and the Green Man, “Zera’s new bubble, one of brief happiness, burst. Tiffany. . . . didn’t think The Toad should allow animals in his home. It was unclean, and inconvenient, and he didn’t need another responsibility. As usual, The Toad didn’t go against her advice.” In “Writing Myself,” Lindsay Deen says, “Writing is an act of creation, and to create, I have to be with and in the written word, to be with myself, to be with the rest of the human race. This can be difficult, but once started, it flows like spring water. Writing is an art. Like any art, I cannot be outside it and still participate in it. When making art, when crafting a piece, at the essence, the author must simply sit down and do it.”

We included some classic lines from Casablanca and posted William Faulkner’s Nobel Prize speech, one of the best ever. Eric Stephenson’s “Ten Reasons to Enjoy Shakespeare’s Works” has performed well, and Susan M. Peiffer’s “”For Katy – August, 2014” is a heartbreaking powerhouse of a poem that continues to be shared generously on multiple sites throughout the country. In “AP History, Part Two: Teaching a Real Historical Narrative,” the second of Jerome Parent’s three-part series on the Jefferson County School Board’s proposal to make college-credit U.S. history courses more patriotic and less negative, Jerome argues that good teachers, not ideologically driven textbooks, use multiple forms of narrative “to provide students with basic information while allowing them to think for themselves.” 

In our most recent installment of Emily Badovinac’s novel Deep Red, Zoe and Marlo find turbulent common ground but soon experience the unintended consequences of Marlo’s attempt to subvert Victoria. We also posted Percy Bysshe Shelley “Ozymandias,” and DeLyn Martineau’s “Altitude Sickness” takes a lighthearted look at Colorado Springs tourism. We added “Michelangelo on Art,” to include a picture of his most famous Pieta, and Jeff Cleek’s weekly edition of “Dick & Rosie” might be his funniest yet. In “Incarnate,” Gina struggles with depression and a prescription drug that does her more harm than good. Baudelaire’s “Correspondences” finished out our seven-day body of work.

Thanks for spending time with us, and keep being who you are!

Best,
The USR Staff