Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Take The Voto Latino, (free) iTunes 2010 Census Pledge

Via Guanabee:

Take a stand and pledge your participation in the 2010 Census at the  Voto Latino site today. You’ll receive 25 free songs from major artists like Pitbull, Aventura, Morrissey, Mos Def, Jaguares and Los Tigres del Norte via a partnership with iTunes that makes this exclusive soundtrack be available for FREE to anyone who visits Voto Latino’s home page and simply takes a pledge to participate in the Census.

Racial Differences in US Wages

One of the authors I work with, Lisa Johnson Mandell (Career Comeback: Repackage Yourself to Get the Job You Want), writes at Aol. Dimecrunch and recently posted this:



The latest findings show that median earnings for white men working at full-time jobs came in at $850 in the fourth quarter, while their African American counterparts made $653 per week, or 76.8 percent of what whites are bringing home. But it's the Hispanics who really feel the pain: They take home the lowest weekly average; $547. That's $581 for males, and $503 for females.

But at least everyone, blacks, whites, Asians, Hispanics, males and females earned more in the fourth quarter of 2009 than they did in the fourth quarter of 2008. Median weekly earnings are up 2.7 percent across the board.

Interestingly enough, racial differences in median weekly salaries are less among women than they are among men. Median earnings for black women ($610) were 89.8 percent of those for white women ($679). And it's still Asian women who average the highest earnings, at $786, and Latinas who average the lowest, at $512.

On gender differences:




And even if poverty and race & ethnicity aren't of interest to you, this might be: Last year around 271,000 Mexican immigrants in the United States “entered a state of poverty...

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Douglas Rushkoff's Digital Nation: Life on the Virtual Frontier

Tonight: on PBS Frontline at 9 PM ET
Douglas Rushkoff's Digital Nation: Life on the Virtual Frontier premiers tomorrow night on PBS Frontline at 9 PM ET. The new program "explores the use of technology at home, school, work, and in the military, examining the pros and cons of multitasking, immersion in virtual worlds and even remote warfare."

As part of its examination of whether or not multitasking may actually be diminishing students' mental abilities, It includes a visit to a middle school in The Bronx, one where a new principal provided all students with laptops.

The school, which was suffering from frequent fights, gang activity, and only 9 percent of students meeting state standards in math, now boasts 90% attendance, a 30% improvement in reading scores, and an almost 40% improvement in math scores.
Via www.nyconvergence.com

Carlos Ruiz Zafón's Newest Book: THE PRINCE OF MIST

Fans of Carlos Ruiz Zafón are now getting a new opportunity to share his work once again with younger readers with his upcoming release, The Prince of Mist, coming in May.



For more information and latest news, check out: www.princeofmist.com and join Facebook.com/princeofmist

Monday, February 01, 2010

The Road Ahead

New Patricia Engel Story on Amazon Kindle

Patricia Engel’s “The Bridge” and Paul Theroux’s “Siamese Nights” are the latest stories published as part of the partnership between The Atlantic and Amazon.

Patricia Engel is the author of Vida, forthcoming from Grove/Atlantic in 2010. Her stories have received awards including the Boston Review Fiction Prize, a Florida Artist Fellowship in Literature, and distinctions from Narrative Magazine and Kore Press; her work has recently appeared in Guernica, Harpur Palate, Slice Magazine, Nimrod, Quarterly West, Fourteen Hills, and Sycamore Review, among other publications.

Patricia Engel is the author of Vida, forthcoming from Grove/Atlantic in 2010. Engel’s “The Bridge” is the story of Carlito and Reina, a brother and sister from Miami. When he was a boy, Carlito was thrown from a bridge by his distraught father. Saved by a fisherman, Carlito was treated with special care throughout his life: no one bothered him about school, about his manners, about beating up his sister.

Years later, when he found out his girlfriend was unfaithful, Carlito threw her baby off a bridge. Murder is Carlito’s inheritance, people say, and he is paying the price, languishing on death row at Florida’s South Glades Penitentiary. Only his sister, Reina, refuses to abandon him, visiting him every weekend to preserve his humanity, and to drive away her own terrible secret.

“The Bridge” combines the lyricism of a Gabriel García Márquez with the stripped-down realism of a Raymond Carver to produce a story that will sadden readers’ hearts while expanding their souls.

Two new Amazon Fiction on Kindle stories will appear at the beginning of each month. Readers can find these stories in the Kindle store as well as through the Kindle for iPhone and Kindle for PC apps, and planned Kindle platform expansions for Mac and Blackberry.
 
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