Posts Tagged With: New York Times

Finally Done With The Packing! Now On To The Panic Attack!

By Kiki Keane

Holy Moly! Rachel and I leave for Cairo in about 30 hours! I am finally packed. Everything. My whole life now fits in a large duffle bag, a much smaller bag, a backpack and a purse. Actually, it is probably entirely to much, but I figure I can dump as I go. Or, if I am really, really, really, really, really lucky, I will soon have an actual paying job and will be able to afford a small apartment or room in which I will be able to store all this stuff. (And accumulate more, of course!)

Anyway, with all the packing and unpacking I’ve been doing, as well as worrying myself to distraction, I haven’t really done much else. I’ve only paid a little attention to the news (how about that 48 minute speech by Bill Clinton?!) and bought a few Kindle books. Here are the few news stories/analysis I’ve noticed in the last week:**

Syria/Arab Spring: Analysis by Richard Engel

Afghanistan: A Suicide bomber kills six at NATO HQ in Kabul. This story includes a video about Prince Harry’s new deployment to the country.

Russia: This is just giggle worthy! Putin is all dressed up to lead some rare birds in flight.

Lebanon: The new smoking ban in enclosed public places has many Lebanese upset.

Mali: Islamists Rebels Seize Control of Douentza

China: Here are a few photos of a an HIV-postive boy in China and his teacher. He was denied admittance into the local school because of the disease.

And some “fun” stuff:

What does your bookshelf say about you? — From the Guardian

Mexico City’s Aztec Past Reaches Out to Present — From the New York Times

What is the point of exclamation? (Yes, I am well aware that I abuse the exclamation point!!!!!! I like it, okay?) — From the New York Times

Oh! This made me cringe. Huffington Post published this bit about the books that make you look hot. I would rank most of these titles at the very bottom of the “Makes You Look Hot List.” Actually, I would put them on “Not Even If I Were Desperate” list or the “Not Even If You Were George Clooney And Naked In My Bed” list. I might make an exception if it’s the Chandler, Hemingway or Murakami…maybe.

**Most of the news stories come from NBC.

Categories: Adventure, Books, Journalism, Life, Media, Procrastination, Punctuation, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Goals, News and Pulitzers, Or A Really Long Post To Make Up For My Laziness…

By Kiki Keane

Okay, so Rachel and I have not been on the ball lately. It’s been a few days since we’ve blogged and we’re late on our weekly goals post (I’m sure you’ve lost sleep over it).  I guess we’ve been lazier than usual. So, this is going to be a combo post: goals and something…

Rachel hasn’t given me her goals or mentioned what goals she accomplished last week, so she’s going to have mention them on the next post she writes.

I am 1-5 this week, though it’s not for lack of trying. I applied for jobs, but to no avail. Apparently, I am too educated to flip burgers or run a cash register and too inexperienced to ________________ (fill in the blank). I tried to watch The Spy Who Loved Me, but the DVD was scratched, so I only got to the part where Jaws rips off pieces of the van with his bare hands (its not like I have seen it million times or anything…). I guess I could have found another movie to watch, but I was in a Bond mood and that was the only one I could find. Apparently, everyone in Las Cruces was in a Bond mood. I did not read a full book, but I think I read enough of several different books to say I read a full book… Still, I won’t count it. I did not work on the news/profile piece this week. I have no excuse for it. I did, however, work on my novel. Man is it bad! But it passes the time and what else am I going to do with all this time I have (don’t answer that!)?

I think it’s safe to say that I did not work on the collective goals either.

New Goals: 1) Finish at least one of the books I’ve started and read another one 2) Work on my book 3) Watch a movie 4) Not panic or have a panic attack about any of the following: my unemployment/bum status, lack of funds for my upcoming move to Egypt/N. Africa/Mid-East, the fact that I am a single (not actually something I’m upset about), unemployed, soon to be 28-year-old woman with a cat who lives with her grandparents (don’t judge!).

Collective Goals: 1) Learn Arabic 2) Blog

The Something: 

International News: I’ve still been riveted by the North Korea story. Here and here are the latest from Richard Engel. I believe he’s left Pyongyang.

Local News: People sometimes think I’m a bit weird because I’d rather not risk going out at night to walk, or at least not on my own. I know it’s crazy. I mean I want to report on one of the most volatile regions in the world, cover war, revolutions and disasters, but I don’t want to risk going for a walk at night in a small, fairly safe city because something, like rape, might happen. Well, as it turns out, according the New Mexico Department of Health, I live in the state that has the 5th highest prevalence of rape in the country. To break it down, 1-4 New Mexican women will be victims of rape and 1 in 20 men. They also say that the real numbers are probably much higher. And it’s not getting better. It’s getting worse. I know that we have more to fear from the people we know than from strangers, but still…

Books: So, the Pulitzer Prizes have been announced. The big news is that no award was given for fiction, which is the first time since 1977. I find I actually don’t care about that. I am really glad about the photographer who won for his photo of the little girl in the green outfit who is crying/screaming surrounded by people who were killed in a bombing in Afghanistan in December. It is a hard photo to look at, but I remember it very vividly. It so moved me that I splurged and bought the newspaper (it was The New York Times, which is very expensive for a Master’s student in Hawaii).

Also, I’m reading Carrie for the first time. I’m not a King fan. I love his ideas, but there’s something about his style that grates like nails on a chalkboard. However, Carrie seems to be fairly readable. I’ve only cringed twice.

Categories: Books, Goals, Job Hunting, Journalism, Life, Media, Nerd, Photography, Uncategorized, Work | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

GOAL!!!!!!!!

By: Kiki Keane

Goals 2 and 4 accomplished!

Nightwoods had an interesting plot and the main character, Luce, is one of the most interesting and likeable fictional personalities I’ve encountered in a long time. However, that is all the praise I will give it. I will not call it a bad book, but I would also not call it a good book. Let’s just say, I probably won’t remember having read it in a few years time.

So, the remaining goals are: To re-read Tinker, Tailer, Soldier, Spy and finish Bernard Lewis’s book Faith and Power: Religion and Politics in the Middle East. Also, all the mutual goals Rachel and I set for ourselves. I must confess that Tinker, Tailer will probably not get re-read this week, but Die A Little might.

That’s all I got today folks! Wish I had more, but that book left me wanting. Can’t seem to think of anything else to say about it.

Oh! Here is a link to a couple of Anthony Shadid’s reports, an account of his capture in Libya and an interview.

Categories: Books, Journalism | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

R.I.P. Anthony Shadid

By: Kiki Keane and Rachel Womek

Last night the world lost a talented and courageous journalist. Anthony Shadid, 43, a two-time Pulitzer Prize winning reporter and New York Times correspondent died of an asthma attack in Syria while reporting on the conflict.

According to the Associated Press, Times photographer Tyler Hicks, administered CPR for 30 minutes, but was unable to revive him. Hicks carried Shadid’s body across the border into Turkey.

Shadid’s body was taken to a forensic institute in Adana, in southern Turkey, where an autopsy was to be performed, the state –run Anatolia news agency reported.

Shadid authored three books. House of Stone: A Memoir of Home, Family, and a Lost Middle East will be published Feb. 28, according to USA Today.

On a personal level we would like extend our condolences to his family, friends and colleagues. We both admire his dedication to journalism and truth, not to mention his bravery.

You can find more info on his life and death here and here.

Categories: Journalism | Tags: , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

An “Old” Ladies Lament…

By Kiki Keane

One would think that a noon to 8:30 p.m. schedule would be doable. With it, one would still be able to workout, spend time with friends, keep up with the news and with one’s subscriptions and bedside table books. I mean look at all that time in the morning! Sadly, I have not been able to make that happen. I cannot, it seems, get out of bed before 10:15. I take this a sign of old age. I know, I know. Old people usually get up at the crack of dawn. Sleeping in is for the young! I know. But I have always been the opposite. I use to get up at 6 a.m. and go to bed at 10:30 p.m. Now, I can’t sleep before 1 a.m. and if I didn’t have to get up, I would sleep tell 2:00 p.m.

I write this by way of explanation for my lack of anything good to blog about at the moment. I promise, though, to rectify this. I am going to try REALLY hard to wake up early and do some reading at the very least. Well see how that works out.

But here are some things I have managed to read/watch/gather in last few days:

1) Richard Engel has a new series for iPad through the Rock Center app, called Hidden Planet. Engel is a reporter (a very, very good one) for NBC. This program, though, is focused on travel. My understanding is that the episodes focus on places and people that the average person doesn’t get to see or experience. This is the opening sequence. It was suppose to start tonight, but only the extras are up, it seems.

2) I am always, always going on about how the future will be a better place. By that, I mean better for me and people like me–introverts who like to be alone. According to an opinion piece I read in the New York Times, not only are more young people living alone, but more and more older people are choosing to live alone as well. Of course, this is mostly in developed and quickly developing countries–those where it is economically feasible for people to live on their own. I won’t bore you with the numbers. If you’re interested the piece can be found here.

Categories: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Create a free website or blog at WordPress.com. The Adventure Journal Theme.

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 213 other followers