word on journalism
February 17, 2009
I miss my hate mail:
an odd thing to admit, but in a perverse
sort of way, I actually miss the wretched
river, the rancid flow of puerile,
nasty, sickeningly homophobic email
I used to receive on a regular basis
from the ultra-right and the Christian
right and the Mormon right and the
Bush-impaired whenever I would post
a friendly, pointed column full of
tangy liberal attitude. . . . . Oh,
I miss all the lovely and positive
email too, which outpaced the nasty
stuff by a huge margin. But the hate
mail was very special indeed, great
fodder for live readings, for the
reaction of horrified disbelief of
anyone who saw it, for the charming
reminder of just how ugly and violent
and grammatically challenged the human
animal can be."
Morford, columnist, SFGate.com (2/13/09)
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to celebrate Burns' 250th birthday
January 12, 2009 |
Robert Burns wove a tapestry of words into beautiful
poetry — poetry that defined a nation and gave
millions an identity of who they are: Scots.
For the second year, residents of northern Utah can
celebrate the poet at a dinner at Utah State University
while observing the 250th anniversary of the great Scottish
The 2nd Annual Robert Burns Supper is hosted by the
Utah Scottish Association and Utah State University
Dining Services Saturday, Jan. 17, and celebrates the
life of Scotland's bard. Activities begin on the USU
campus at 6:30 p.m. in the International Lounge of the
Taggart Student Center (approximately 650 N. 800 East,
Logan). The International Lounge will be transformed
into a dining hall filled with the sights, smells and
sounds of Scotland.
The celebration of Robert Burns' life and works springs
from Burns' deathbed request to have his legacy commemorated
through poetry reading, song singing and a traditional
Scottish supper. Burns Suppers have been held across
the world on every continent in honor of the great story
teller. This year marks the 250th anniversary of Burns'
birth, making the supper a special occasion for all
"A cultural experience like the Burns Supper is
a great place to enjoy art and dine on delicious cuisine,"
said Alan Andersen, director of USU Dining Services.
"Our team of expert chefs is pulling out all the
stops to give Cache Valley the true flavors of Scotland."
Everyone is invited to the Burns Supper and tickets
can be ordered by calling University Catering at USU,
(435) 797-1707. Tickets for the evening's activities
are $25 for members of the general public and $22 for
members of the Utah Scottish Association. Youth under
age 13 can attend for $16.50. Ticket reservations are
requested by Thursday, Jan. 15, especially for large
The University Inn, USU's guest hotel, offers an accommodation
package for those attending the Burns Supper festivities.
Ticket packages and lodging rates are available by calling
the University Inn at 800-231-5634 and mentioning the
"Burns Supper Group."