Karen and Denys grieve for Berkeley Cole.
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The wildly popular ALS Ice Bucket Challenge hasn’t just revolutionized fundraising campaigns, it’s practically reinvented them. As of Thursday, the ALS Foundation has about 41.8 million reasons to thank the slightly masochistic challenge. But California isn’t feeling the love. In fact, the ALS Ice Bucket challenge may be contributing to California’s drought, and some residents are less than pleased.
Of course, the challenge’s cause is a worthy one, and regardless of its faults, the Ice Bucket Challenge has helped the ALS Foundation raise 20 times more this yearthan it did last year. But it comes at a cost — our most precious natural resource, and one that some areas of the country (and many parts of the world) are in desperate need of.
Contributing to a great cause, but I believe the right thing to do with California’s circumstances is to just donate and skip the ice bucket challenge part all together.
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Julie Schumacher’s first novel, The Body Is Water, was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award. She’s a faculty member in the Creative Writing Program at the University of Minnesota, a job that presumably gave her some raw material for her new academic farce, Dear Committee Members. Book critic Maureen Corrigan has a review:
For all you teachers out there contemplating the August calendar with dismay, watching, powerless, as the days of summer vacation dwindle down to a precious few, I have some consolation to offer: a hilarious academic novel that’ll send you laughing (albeit ruefully) back into the trenches of the classroom. Julie Schumacher’s novel is called Dear Committee Members and one of the reasons why it’s such a mordant minor masterpiece is the fact that Schumacher had the brainstorm to structure it as an epistolary novel. This book of letters is composed of a year’s worth of recommendations that our anti-hero—a weary professor of creative writing and literature—is called upon to write for junior colleagues, lackluster students, and even former lovers. The gem of a law school recommendation letter our beleaguered professor writes for a cutthroat undergrad who he’s known for all of “eleven minutes,” is alone worth the price of Schumacher’s book.
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