"I grew up with the cautionary tales of Almsivi as a child, educated as I was at the Temple in Narsis. From Lord Vivec I learned the dangers of arrogance and foolishness, and carefully memorised the Homilies of Blessed Almalexia until I could recite them word-perfect.

"How could I have known, then, that my faith in the Tribunal was the greatest foolishness of all? That I myself was arrogant for believing myself safe under the protection of our patrons, unwilling to believe they would forsake us in our gravest time of need? I have felt no more painful a betrayal in all the long years of my life."

According to a major story by This American Life, news companies have outsourced local news production to Journatic, a company that hires underpaid workers in the Philippines, and uses fake bylines to create local news for communities in the United States.

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He was an extraordinary son, brother, journalist and person

The mother of American journalist James Foley, who was purportedly beheaded by Islamic militants, said on Tuesday her son gave his life to expose the suffering of the Syrian people and she asked his kidnappers to release their other captives.

"He was an extraordinary son, brother, journalist and person," Diane Foley said in a post on a Facebook page set up by the Foley family.

"We implore the kidnappers to spare the lives of the remaining hostages. Like Jim, they are innocents. They have no control over American government policy in Iraq, Syria or anywhere in the world," Diane Foley said in the statement.

Foley was a graduate of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.

"Journalists face threats in many forms as they try to report difficult stories that need to be told, but the attack on Jim was barbaric," Northwestern said in a statement. "It was, in a larger sense, an attack on freedoms necessary in a civilized society and across strained cultures. Jim endures for us as a beacon reminding us of the risks implicit in shedding light where inhumanity can take hold."

I received a call yesterday from my wonderful publishers and editors at Penguin and Perigee to inform me that all of you did something amazing. You, all of you, cared enough to make my little book a National Bestseller. Chasers of the Light debuted at #4 on the Chicago Tribune Bestsellers List, #4 on the Publishers Weekly list, #93 on the USA Today, and #9 on the Wall Street Journal Bestsellers list. I am humbled and flattered and in awe of all of you. Poetry is not dead and we are showing the entire world that. Thank you. With all my heart thank you.

Also, pretty sure this is the closest I will ever get to @Oprah in my life :)
#tylerknott #chasersofthelight #poetryisnotdead (at The Madison Concourse Hotel and Governor’s Club)