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Oct 19, 2013

Now on FORA TV: What You Missed at Writing from California: Tales From Two Cities

All Writing from California Videos Now Available on is pleased to announce on demand viewing of Tale From Two Cities: Writing from California, an important literary conference presented by The Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West. Held at the San Francisco Pubic Library on October 4-5, the event was the first of two free conferences which examine the literary trends of northern and southern California—from immigration to innovation, from the desert to the coast. The second conference will be held in Los Angeles in February 2014.

Armistead Maupin, best-selling author of "Tales of the City," shared a hilarious story about convincing then San Francisco Examiner publisher Will Hearst to run a column involving the Smurfs and a sex joke, Byliner CEO John Tayman argued that publishers won't perish in the age of the e-reader, and David Talbot, founder of, called for the current generation of tech billionaires to become modern day Medici's and support the arts. 

If you didn’t get a chance to watch it live online, we hope you enjoy the following highlights. Visit Tale From Two Cities: Writing from California conference page to watch the full event—only on
Armistead Maupin: The Novelist and the Newspaper

Author Armistead Maupin discusses the daily negotiating required to publish his serialized "Tales of the City" stories in the conservative format of a daily newspaper.
California Sensibility: What Is California Literature?

David Ulin opens the Tales from Two Cities conference with an inquiry into what it means to write from the perspective of a Californian.
Californian Dystopia: Rich Material for Science Fiction

Author Ursula Heise mentions some notable science-fiction novels that use California as a backdrop for a dystopian vision of the future.
Robert Hass, former Poet Laureate of the United States, discusses his hometown of San Francisco, California during 1950's- era Beat Generation scene, and its subsequent impact on American poetry.
Paul Yamazaki talks about the founding of City Lights Bookstore by Lawrence Ferlinghetti and his desire to create a meeting place for writers and artists beyond just a store that sold books.
Dana Gioia, former chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, reads his poem "California Hills in August."
John Tayman, Founder and CEO of Byliner, discusses how his company works with and for the writers who produce its content.
Kevin Starr's Favorite Californians

Historian Kevin Starr points out some of his favorite Californians from history that he has learned about through a long career studying the golden state. founder David Talbot describes earlier artistic communities and movements in San Francisco and compares the city today to a cultural hub like Florence, but lacking the patrons to support artists and creators.
Authors Frances Dinkelspiel and Ellen Ullman discuss whether regionality actually exists in writing and what unique characteristics of northern California influence their work.

Must See on FORA TV October 16 -22, 2013: Al Gore vs. Climate Deniers | Sherlock Holmes on Wall Street | Will Publishers Perish?

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GATA | THE GATA DISPATCH OCTOBER 19, 2013: TF Metals Report: Bullion Banks Pillaging GLD For Metal.

TF Metals Report: Bullion banks pillaging GLD for metal

10:30a AEST Saturday, October 19, 2013

The TF Metal Report's Turd Ferguson today reports more evidence that the gold exchange-trade fund GLD is being pillaged by the major bullion banks to cover short positions in gold elsewhere:

CHRIS POWELL, Secretary/Treasurer
Gold Anti-Trust Action Committee Inc.

NYT | Today's Headlines October 19, 2013: States Are Focus of Effort to Foil Health Care Law.

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Today's Headlines

Saturday, October 19, 2013

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A hearing was held Tuesday on whether to expand Medicaid in Virginia.
States Are Focus of Effort to Foil Health Care Law


Conservative groups are increasingly taking the fight against President Obama's health care law to states like Virginia in an effort to block Medicaid expansion.
Gov. Jerry Brown this month signed legislation allowing illegal immigrants to apply for drivers' licenses.
California Sees Gridlock Ease in Governing


New election rules in California, once a symbol of government dysfunction, may be having their desired effect of leaching some of the partisanship out of politics.
Corruption in Peru Aids Cutting of Rain Forest


Bribery and reversals of prosecutors' efforts by other officials have hampered the efforts of environmental investigators.
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. Photographs  Slide Show: Illegal Logging Thrives in Peru, Environmentalists Say
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A Year Abroad vs. a Year Wasted
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The Houston-based law firm Baker Botts, celebrating the first anniversary of its Brussels office.
Lobbying Bonanza as Firms Try to Influence European Union


As the European Union has emerged as a regulatory superpower affecting 28 countries, lobbying in its seat of power has become ever more competitive.
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In Kenya Inquiry, Norway Looks at Somali Migrant


Investigators are questioning the family and friends of Hassan Abdi Dhuhulow, a Norwegian citizen born in Somalia, whose sister said he began taking "long vacations" there in 2009.
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King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia Rejects U.N. Security Council Seat in Protest Move


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Low-Cost B.A. Starting Slowly in Two States


The $10,000 degrees are available in Florida and Texas - but not for many students, not for many majors and not on the flagship campuses.
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Kentucky's Case of the Missing Bourbon


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The Bay Area Rapid Transit system carries 400,000 passengers each day.
San Francisco Area Transit Strike Stymies Commuters


The strike by employees of the Bay Area's main commuter railroad will force hundreds of thousands of people to scramble to find alternate transportation.
Bruce Labay, a businessman in El Campo, Texas, on Friday. Mr. Labay expressed his support for Senator Ted Cruz by attaching plastic foam cups to a fence.
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Senator Ted Cruz's defiance in Washington has only bolstered his standing in his home state, illustrating the growing political divide between Texas and the rest of the nation.
Democrats Aim to Restore Immigration to Agenda


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Members of the Army's First Infantry Division have been called on to conduct more than 100 missions in Africa over the next year.
U.S. Army Hones Antiterror Strategy for Africa, in Kansas


The first-of-its-kind program will draw on the Army's storied First Infantry Division, based in Kansas, to conduct more than 100 missions in Africa over the next year.
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Britain Looks to Fracking as North Sea Oil Dwindles


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The auction lanes at Manheim Riverside. Automakers pay close attention to the ebb and flow of used-car prices.
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Prices for used cars jumped during the recession, when supply could not meet demand. Now more cars are coming off their leases, and prices are expected to fall.
Stephen Harper, Canada's prime minister, left, and José Manuel Barroso, president of the European Union, on Friday in Brussels.
Canada and Europe Reach Tentative Trade Agreement


The deal, which still needs ratification by both sides, could increase bilateral trade by about 23 percent, or $35 billion, by lifting quotas and fine-tuning regulations.
For more business news, go to »
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N.S.A. Plan to Log Calls Is Renewed by Court


The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court released a new legal opinion on Friday that reauthorized the once-secret National Security Agency program that keeps records of every American's phone calls.
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The Cardinals' David Freese, who went 2 for 4 in Game 6, scored in the third inning when a throw from Yasiel Puig sailed past catcher A. J. Ellis.

Cardinals 9, Dodgers 0

Cardinals Win Pennant Once More, With Feeling


The Cardinals dominated the Dodgers in Game 6 of the N.L.C. S. and are headed back to the World Series for the fourth time in 10 seasons.
. Interactive Box Score
Eli Manning has 15 interceptions in six games, all losses.
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