There is no time for introductions. This 2009, it's already throwing stuff all over the place:
*** With a thank you to Ann Diamond for reminding me about this one, I'm reminding you about this one -- the 4th Annual ACCENTI Writing Contest. Accenti bills itself as "The Canadian Magazine with an Italian Accent," and every year they hold a surprisingly well-endowed writing competition (a thousand Canadian dollars may not be what they used to be, but they will still buy you a goodly amount of maple syrup...). You don't have to be Italian (or Canadian for that matter) to be eligible, but your piece should (ahem) "in some way reflect or make reference to Canada and Italy, or the Italian Canadian experience." 1000 - 2500 words, and a fee of $20.00 per entry. Postmark deadline is January 20, 2009. More information, rules and such are at Accenti Online (note that there is also a "Capture an Italian Moment" Photo Competition).
*** From the mysteriously well-written (if occasionally apocryphal) EternallyCool.net ("Rome’s hip hub" for "all that's happening in the world’s oldest and coolest city") -- there's a goodly selection of writing on all things Roman (and then some). The page is an archive for the blog's category "Text & the City," and bills itself as a "Gift Guide for the Rome-antic Book Lover" -- but it's also one in a bunch of good reference points on what to read for the Fiumicino stop on your next Grand Tour. Enjoy.
*** And with a thankyou to Lynda and to beauteous-youtube, a cute-and-catchy presentation ditty that you could pretty much describe as a Cliff's Notes version of Friedman's The World is Flat. Note that if you thought Friedman's book was old news ("ai scoperto l'acqua calda...") -- then don't worry about watching. If you didn't (or if you weren't aware of such things as "Chindia", Zeitgeist, McLuhan and the global village, Richard Saul Werman and information anxiety), or if you never read it, or if you were wondering what Friedman, McLuhan and/or Werman might sound like when set to techno -- well then, have yourself an overview!
[Via Marco Aurelio, Roma]
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