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Strict Standards: Declaration of Walker_Page::end_lvl() should be compatible with Walker::end_lvl(&$output) in /home/dixcom/blogs.dixcdn.com/leftofcybercenter/wp-includes/classes.php on line 1199

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Strict Standards: Declaration of Walker_Page::end_el() should be compatible with Walker::end_el(&$output) in /home/dixcom/blogs.dixcdn.com/leftofcybercenter/wp-includes/classes.php on line 1199

Strict Standards: Declaration of Walker_PageDropdown::start_el() should be compatible with Walker::start_el(&$output) in /home/dixcom/blogs.dixcdn.com/leftofcybercenter/wp-includes/classes.php on line 1244

Strict Standards: Declaration of Walker_Category::start_lvl() should be compatible with Walker::start_lvl(&$output) in /home/dixcom/blogs.dixcdn.com/leftofcybercenter/wp-includes/classes.php on line 1391

Strict Standards: Declaration of Walker_Category::end_lvl() should be compatible with Walker::end_lvl(&$output) in /home/dixcom/blogs.dixcdn.com/leftofcybercenter/wp-includes/classes.php on line 1391

Strict Standards: Declaration of Walker_Category::start_el() should be compatible with Walker::start_el(&$output) in /home/dixcom/blogs.dixcdn.com/leftofcybercenter/wp-includes/classes.php on line 1391

Strict Standards: Declaration of Walker_Category::end_el() should be compatible with Walker::end_el(&$output) in /home/dixcom/blogs.dixcdn.com/leftofcybercenter/wp-includes/classes.php on line 1391

Strict Standards: Declaration of Walker_CategoryDropdown::start_el() should be compatible with Walker::start_el(&$output) in /home/dixcom/blogs.dixcdn.com/leftofcybercenter/wp-includes/classes.php on line 1442

Strict Standards: Redefining already defined constructor for class wpdb in /home/dixcom/blogs.dixcdn.com/leftofcybercenter/wp-includes/wp-db.php on line 306

Deprecated: Assigning the return value of new by reference is deprecated in /home/dixcom/blogs.dixcdn.com/leftofcybercenter/wp-includes/cache.php on line 103

Strict Standards: Redefining already defined constructor for class WP_Object_Cache in /home/dixcom/blogs.dixcdn.com/leftofcybercenter/wp-includes/cache.php on line 431

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Strict Standards: Declaration of Walker_Comment::start_lvl() should be compatible with Walker::start_lvl(&$output) in /home/dixcom/blogs.dixcdn.com/leftofcybercenter/wp-includes/comment-template.php on line 1266

Strict Standards: Declaration of Walker_Comment::end_lvl() should be compatible with Walker::end_lvl(&$output) in /home/dixcom/blogs.dixcdn.com/leftofcybercenter/wp-includes/comment-template.php on line 1266

Strict Standards: Declaration of Walker_Comment::start_el() should be compatible with Walker::start_el(&$output) in /home/dixcom/blogs.dixcdn.com/leftofcybercenter/wp-includes/comment-template.php on line 1266

Strict Standards: Declaration of Walker_Comment::end_el() should be compatible with Walker::end_el(&$output) in /home/dixcom/blogs.dixcdn.com/leftofcybercenter/wp-includes/comment-template.php on line 1266

Strict Standards: Redefining already defined constructor for class WP_Dependencies in /home/dixcom/blogs.dixcdn.com/leftofcybercenter/wp-includes/class.wp-dependencies.php on line 31

Strict Standards: Redefining already defined constructor for class WP_Http in /home/dixcom/blogs.dixcdn.com/leftofcybercenter/wp-includes/http.php on line 61

Warning: session_start(): Cannot send session cookie - headers already sent by (output started at /home/dixcom/blogs.dixcdn.com/leftofcybercenter/wp-settings.php:512) in /home/dixcom/blogs.dixcdn.com/leftofcybercenter/wp-content/plugins/wordpress-automatic-upgrade/wordpress-automatic-upgrade.php on line 119

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Strict Standards: Redefining already defined constructor for class ftp_base in /home/dixcom/blogs.dixcdn.com/leftofcybercenter/wp-content/plugins/wordpress-automatic-upgrade/lib/ftp_class.php on line 56

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Monthly ArchiveJanuary 2015



Books & Comic books 31 Jan 2015 01:29 am

An American original

Depending on whom you ask, America is the birthplace of only a small number of original art forms, anywhere from one to five.

Jazz is often at the forefront of a list that also includes the banjo, the mystery novel — and the lowly comic book. Regular readers of this column know I often wear my heart on my sleeve when it comes to comics. I credit them with nurturing my love of reading and with keeping my imagination alive during my formative years.

I can say with all earnestness that if not for the Incredible Hulk, Batman, the Fantastic Four, Donald Duck, and dozens of others, I would not have majored in English or become a teacher. Moreover, if not for artists and writers such as Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, Stan Lee, Carl Barks and Frank Miller, I would not have been inspired to put my own thoughts on paper.

Like any art form, comics have grown and changed. Some of the earliest comic books were merely collections of newspaper comic strips. Later, when the concept had proven its profitability, companies began to commission original material. Decades later, publishers began to collect individual comic books into more permanent form — paperbacks and hardbacks. From this innovation came the modern graphic novel, a mixture of words and pictures designed to tell a longer story.

A few years ago, I had the opportunity to interview Harvey Pekar, whose autobiographical work with various artists stretched the boundaries of what comics could do. Pekar recognized that many Americans still viewed comics as essentially kids’ stuff, a judgment that was somewhat justified by the industry’s fixation with superheroes.

“Comics are as good an art form as any other,” Pekar told me. “You can use any word in the dictionary … you’ve got the same choices as Shakespeare.”

Perhaps a similar sentiment ran through Tom Batiuk’s head as he decided to steer his “Funky Winkerbean” comic strip in a more serious direction in 1999. By giving one of the characters cancer, he was announcing that comic strips, like comic books, need not be restricted to gag-a-day formats and juvenile subjects. This was even more apparent when the same character’s cancer returned with a vengeance in 2007.

That story line has been collected in “Lisa’s Story: The Other Shoe,” this year’s One Book One Community collection in Alliance. As my teaching colleagues Ron Hill and Jim Christine noted in a presentation at Rodman Public Library last week as part of the OBOC programming, “Lisa’s Story” is not technically a graphic novel, as it was not originally created to be published between two covers. Still, as a collection of strips that work together thematically to tell one long story, it fits the important part of the definition.

As a member of the OBOC committee, I have long hoped that we would one day select a graphic novel or compilation for the community to enjoy. I’m hard-pressed to think of a better representation of the power of words and pictures, each contributing to a story in a medium that is related to, but different from, movies and novels, than “Lisa’s Story.”

The main character’s journey — her reactions to her diagnosis, her relationship with her husband, her battles with insurance companies and her advocacy on behalf of additional research — is as poignant, and as appropriate, in comics format as it would be anywhere else.

Just as jazz, mystery novels, and even the twangy banjo evolved from their earliest conceptions, so too have comics. I hope readers will keep an open mind as they consider diving into this year’s OBOC selection and not dismiss it out of hand because it uses pictures to help carry its narrative weight.

Pekar was right: Comics creators have all the same choices as the Bard or any other literary luminary. The proof can be found in “Lisa’s Story.”

chris.schillig@yahoo.com

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Originally published on Jan. 29, 2014, in The Alliance Review.

Commentary & Family life 23 Jan 2015 10:31 am

Parenthood: No walk in the park

How young is too young to walk to the park?

It’s a question many parents likely are asking now that the “free-range” parenting of a Maryland couple has been called into question. Danielle and Alexander Meitiv were investigated by the Montgomery County Child Protective Services after police picked up their two children, ages 10 and 6, walking home from the park on Dec. 20. The family home is approximately one mile away.

Appearing Monday on the “Today” show, Danielle Meitiv was critical of CPS and denied any wrongdoing. Her point is that, statistically, children are in more danger when riding in cars than they are when walking down the street.

I imagine many parents are pondering the freedoms they grant and deny their children in light of the story. Juxtaposed with this is the frightening news of 9-year-old Jermaine Carver, who was stabbed repeatedly in the neck, shoulder and head on his way to school in Staten Island on Jan. 9. Carver survived with minimal injuries, but the incident, captured on surveillance camera, makes a compelling counterpoint to the Meitiv situation.

Or does it? One could argue that part of what made the Carver stabbing so horrifying is its very randomness. After all, the vast majority of kids who walk to and from school each day do so safely. The fact that one child did not underscores Danielle Meitiv’s argument to a Washington Post reporter that “parenting is an exercise in risk management.”

Ten seems like a perfectly reasonable age to walk one mile to the park, provided that the child knows the way, has been taught how to do so responsibly, and lives in an area where such pedestrian sojourns are safe.

Abductions, despite the kid-on-the-milk-carton society in which we live, don’t happen very often. When they do, they often involve a non-custodial parent. This doesn’t make such situations any less harrowing, of course, but it does point out that on any given day, most children aren’t being targeted by nefarious strangers.

Most “free-range” parents define themselves as an alternative to so-called “helicopter” parents. The latter are notorious for smothering their children with attention and micromanaging every stage of their lives from sandbox play dates through college finals.

The helicoptering extremists give “free-range” a negative connotation, as well, when this newer movement is really nothing more than allowing children to slowly gain the independence they need in a conscientious way. It’s how most of the people reading this were raised, before cellphones became ubiquitous and we became accustomed to staying in touch with loved ones 24/7.

As a kid, I was the subject of an experiment in free-range parenting at about the same age as the Meitiv kids. I walked out of a store one day to find my dad’s truck — and my dad — gone. Such things weren’t uncommon with my dad, who was an alcoholic and often displayed erratic behavior. I shrugged my shoulders and walked two miles home. When I got there, my dad congratulated me for having enough common sense to find my way. It was a stupid idea on his part — the difference between allowing a kid to walk home and sneaking away to see if they can do so is patently obvious — but I survived with no emotional scarring.

Yet this is hardly the kind of activity the Meitivs engaged in. One could argue that they didn’t know their children’s precise location at any given moment during the trip to the park, but is that bad parenting? In the era before GPS tracking, weren’t there many times when kids went outside to play in the morning and weren’t seen except at lunchtime and dinnertime? Has the world changed so much that this is no longer acceptable?

Total control is a falsehood, a will o’ the wisp, and potentially more dangerous than any hypothetical stranger lurking in the bushes. The Meitivs recognize this and appear to be methodically preparing their children to be self-reliant.

Nevertheless, they have been forced to sign a paper that says they will no longer allow their children to walk the neighborhood unescorted, and they are subject to future evaluations by CPS workers to determine if they have mended their ways.

The real “stranger danger” here is an overzealous bureaucracy that should have better things to do than harass responsible parents.

chris.schillig@yahoo.com

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Originally published in The Alliance Review on Jan. 22, 2015.

Commentary 17 Jan 2015 02:15 pm

Mockery encouraged

The killing of 12 people inside the offices of Charlie Hebdo, the French satirical newspaper, has ignited a passionate international conversation about the rights of free speech.

Unfortunately, many of them are bassackwards, apologetic defenses that boil down to this: Satire is a protected form of self-expression, but not all satire is created equal; nobody should die for the beliefs they express, but not all beliefs should necessarily be expressed.

I disagree.

The line in the sand in this particular case is that Charlie Hebdo regularly publishes cartoons that mock Islam, and that Muslims in recent years have proven to be exceedingly thin-skinned about such portrayals. In the Muslim world, most images of the prophet Muhammad are considered sacrilegious. Therefore, images that mock the prophet (or the Prophet) are automatically beyond the pale.

Politico magazine recently published a piece by Remy M. Maisel that illustrates the thought process of many “defenders” of free speech. After an obligatory opening that says nobody should die for satirical depictions of any political or religious situation, Maisel differentiates between “true” and “pseudo” satire.

True satire, the writer notes, makes a particular point with a goal of improving the civic conversation, while pseudo-satire is “simple mockery.” Examples of true satire, Maisel says, are “The Colbert Report” and “The Daily Show,” while pseudo-satire is the realm of “Family Guy” and “South Park.” Apparently, programs like the last two negatively color the public’s view of so-called legitimate satire. Maisel doesn’t go so far as to connect the dots between fear of pseudo-satire and the violence visited on the offices of Charlie Hebdo last week, but the insinuation is there.

Charlie Hebdo lands squarely in the pseudo-satire category, based on Maisel’s definitions. Perhaps if the newspaper included a Web link to a Christian website with each cartoon, it could be seen as offering a valid alternative and could move into the light along with other “legitimate” forms of satire.

A certain elitism permeates the Politico argument. Apparently, mock news programs that poke fun at current events are somehow superior to animated programs that do the same, especially since “Family Guy” and “South Park” are designed primarily as entertainment. (And “The Colbert Report” wasn’t?)

I’m not a regular viewer of either of Maisel’s examples of pseudo-satire. “South Park,” particularly, with its dark, dingy, nihilistic view of the world, is not in my wheelhouse. Yet I don’t doubt that each program is doing its part, satirically, to poke fun at the established culture and encourage free thinking beyond the parameters of accepted authority. If they’re providing a few laughs and selling some advertising along the way, what of it? The last time I checked, neither Stephen Colbert nor Jon Stewart had taken vows of poverty.

In the old days, print journalism’s goal was to “comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable.” Newsroom cuts and cowtowing to the remaining slices of advertising and readership pie have effectively ended that, leaving satirists as one of the few remaining levelers of an unequal society.

Organized religions, be they Muslim or Christian, occupy places of power on the world stage. One need not provide a viable alternative or option to either. Mockery is sufficient.

Ultimately, it doesn’t matter if the editors and cartoonists of Charlie Hebdo are producing award-winning satire or are raking cartoon muck from the bottom of the inkwell. It doesn’t matter if they are catering to elitists, the rank-and-file, or the great unwashed masses. It doesn’t even matter if what they publish is racist or hurtful. They have a right to publish it. Readers have a right to read it, agree or disagree with it, and either keep buying or decide it’s not for them. They can also take up pens and draw and write their own responses. Distinctions between satire and pseudo-satire, like distinctions between “high” and “low” art, say more about those making the judgments than it does the work itself.

I’m not sure how Maisel reaches the conclusion that pseudo-satire “fosters cynicism, apathy, and intolerance.” But if it does, what of it? I can’t defend apathy, but if Charlie Hebdo makes the world more cynical and intolerant of organized religions’ claims on the minds and hearts of their adherents … well, that’s more than enough reason to justify its existence and mourn the loss of its practitioners.

chris.schillig@yahoo.com

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Originally published Jan. 15, 2015, in The Alliance Review.

Commentary & education 09 Jan 2015 07:35 pm

Leelah’s world

I intended to write a column about Leelah Alcorn and avoid all pronoun references.

The Cincinnati-based teen, who killed herself by jumping in front of a tractor-trailer on Dec. 28, was struggling with social and psychological issues of transgender anxiety. A suicide note set to post automatically on Tumblr read, in part, “I feel like a girl trapped in a boy’s body, and I’ve felt that way ever since I was 4.”

Biologically, Alcorn was male. Psychologically, however, she was female. My avoidance of singular pronouns would have been a linguistic threading of the needle — the physical reality made “she” and “her” wrong, but Alcorn’s stated preference made “he” and “him” ring hollow, as well. (Some transgendered people prefer the third person “their” in all instances.)

I quickly realized that it was impossible, or at least cumbersome, to write without reference to a person’s sex, providing the very smallest of windows into Leelah’s world, a reality where most of the people she met would not acknowledge her right to self-identify and to live in a way that felt natural to her.

The best way to honor her in death, I’ve discovered, is to embrace the identity she preferred. That means referring to her not as Josh, the name on her birth certificate, but as Leelah, the name she signed on her suicide note. That means referring to her as a woman, despite the accident of her biology.

When she came out to her parents, who are Christian, her mother took her to Christian therapists, all of whom, she says, tried to shame her back into her male persona.

“… I never actually got the therapy I needed to cure me of my depression,” Leelah wrote. “I only got more Christians telling me that I was selfish and wrong and that I should look to God for help.”

The old adage, of course, is that God doesn’t make mistakes, and I wonder how often Leelah had to endure that line before she decided the pain was no longer worth it. Most of us can’t begin to imagine what it must feel like to be trapped in our own bodies, with thoughts and feelings that don’t match society’s accepted gender expectations.

Leelah’s parents had her heartrending Tumblr message deleted, but not before it went viral and inspired high-profile demonstrations for the rights of transgendered people and pleas for acceptance from a world that may not be quite ready for the challenges that individuals like Leelah present.

Her message, unfortunately, has also inspired threats of violence against her parents. Carla Alcorn, interviewed by CNN recently, expresses the anguish of a parent caught in the crosshairs of a very public debate at a time when she and her family need privacy to mourn their loss.

She said the first time she heard her child referred to as Leelah was in the suicide note.

As a parent, I don’t know what I would have done if my daughter had come to me and said she wanted to live her life as a man, although in some ways in our cockeyed society it’s easier to accept female-to-male transgender than vice versa. With the benefit of hindsight, I like to think I would have done what Carla Alcorn claims she did, which is to express unconditional love.

But would I have tried to change my daughter’s mind in ways both obvious and subtle? Probably, at least initially.

Leelah’s story reminds me that, as a teacher, looking out over a sea of faces in my classroom each day, I have only the slightest inkling of the challenges my students face. Educators, parents, clergy and coaches must allow empathy to be our guide, a tool that takes the place of the dictates of personal and public beliefs. Judgment is not an option.

Something as seemingly small and insignificant as a pronoun change hides the weight of society’s expectations and norms behind it. If the world were more accepting, Leelah might still be with us.

Instead, she leaves a legacy to the realities of transgendered youths that is real and palpable. Her death has opened a conduit for difficult conversations. If her suicide spares others the pain she went through, she will not have died in vain, although it is tragic that she chose to die at all.

chris.schillig@yahoo.com

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Originally published Jan. 8, 2015, in The Alliance Review.

Commentary & Family life & Food 01 Jan 2015 03:53 pm

Earth-Lipid

Get ready for an avalanche of advertising on a single subject.

No, it’s not another election — at least not yet. Americans weathered that storm in 2014 and get a small reprieve before the next onslaught.

No, the subject I’m referring to is weight loss, a perennial favorite every Jan. 1, when drunk and weepy partygoers slobber over one another and resolve that this is really, truly the year when they’ll be nicer to their spouses, find that new job, and of course, finally drop that extra 20, 40, 100, or whatever pounds.

This year, I’m among them. Oh, not the drunken, slobbery stuff — I’m goofy enough sober, thank you very much. But a few extra pounds have snuck their way onto my waist over the last year, enough so that each time I zip and buckle my pants, they scream for more mercy than the class nerd being snapped by wet gym towels in the locker room.

Which leads me to an important question: When one loses weight, where does it go?

One of the few things I remember from science class when I wasn’t secretly reading an issue of Mad magazine or drawing pictures in the margins of my notebook is that energy cannot be created or destroyed, but it can change form.

The energy that creates obesity is easy to determine. It’s the potato chips, King Dons, and Red Robin mushroom burgers with bottomless fries and freckled lemonade that we (I) eat with abandon. Through the magic of mastication and digestion, this junk turns into the energy that powers our body and grows the muffin tops that spill over the spandex exercise pants we wear when sitting on our couches, watching other people exercise on TV.

I always assumed that energy exited through the rear, so to speak, but I was wrong. According to research published in the British Medical Journal and reported on by National Public Radio, we actually exhale lost fat. Two guys with a lot of letters after their names, Ruben Meerman and Andrew Brown, conjured up a scientific formula to prove it. The more carbon dioxide we exhale, the more weight we will lose.

This is slightly less romantic than the fantasy I had created: an alternate Earth — call it Earth Lipid — that serves as whipping boy for all our sins, a planet filled with big, ungainly blobs of fat that are transported there whenever we lose it here on Earth Prime.

(Something like Earth Lipid must also be a belief of many a climate-change denier among Washington’s elite, who perhaps postulate an alternate earth where pollutants from society’s reliance on fossil fuels end up, given politicians’ tendency to continue listening to big-oil concerns over environmentalists.)

The long and short of it is that the more we breathe, the more weight we should hypothetically lose.

This brings me to my newest weight-loss scheme: Hyperventilate Yourself to Good Health. For just four easy installments of $19.99 plus shipping and handling, I’ll mail you … well, probably a sheet of paper that says, “Breathe in, breathe out, really, really fast” and a year’s supply of brown paper lunch bags to stop the process when you’d like to breathe normally again.

Actually, hyperventilation is a serious condition and you wouldn’t want to try to make yourself do it, and even if you did, WebMD says not to use a paper bag to stop the process, which is how all my great money-making ideas get shot down in flames before they even begin.

However, I could safely and in good conscience (since I don’t have one) sell you a secret formula that would send all your excess fat to Earth Lipid. The directions would have a lot of extra gobbledygook to justify the price, but the bottom line would be, “Eat less and exercise more. Repeat daily for the rest of your life. Your fat will be magically transported by ancient elven magic to a fantasy land where it will be used as insulation in fairy princess castles.”

Magical thinking, that’s the ticket for 2015. This new year, may all your exhalations be productive ones.

chris.schillig@yahoo.com

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Originally published Dec. 31, 2014 , in The Alliance Review.