Tag Archives: State Department

Blog of the Week: Slavosaurus Rex

Photo of Jenny Durina playing chess with statue.

One of the USA’s little-recognized assets in a world where soft power can be crucial is the State Department’s witty corps of unofficial bloggers.  The Department is often ambivalent about these PR practitioners without portfolio, but they’ve sprung up like … Read more »

Interview with a First Novelist: Patricia McArdle

Photo of Patricia McArdle and her daughter Sabrina.

How do you feel when someone you know publishes a novel? For aspirational fiction writers like me, this moment can generate a complex churning of emotion. On the one hand, you think, Wow, if she can do it, I can … Read more »

Ras: The Professional

Ras: Two Cheers for the Democracy Video Challenge