Kelly Walker

The art of Kelley Walker is rooted in the idea of social, physical and historical disaster and distress. The artist often appropriates iconic images from the media, including photos of ’60s race riots, plane and car wrecks and modern advertising and magazine covers. All of the images are disrupted by the artist’s use of violently splattered and abstracted patterns, usually scanned and printed from commercial items such as toothpaste and chocolate. These gestures, on top of such weighted images, offer a contrast that infuses adversity with pop culture and consumerism. Walker has had a brief, but significant, career that started in 2003 with his first solo exhibition with Paula Cooper Gallery in New York City. That continued to the exhibition “USA Today” in fall of 2006 that featured new American Art from The Saatchi Gallery and The Royal Academy of the Arts in London. In 2005, Walker exhibited “Crash/Cars” with the Museo de Arte Contemporanea (MARCO) in Vigo, Spain, and “Pictures Are the Problem” at Pelham Art Center in Pelham, New York. The artist has been featured in ArtForum (2004) and was reviewed by The New York Times.

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On 06/18/2015, Hillary Clinton warned us that Donald Trump’s vitriol would inspire violence:

Hillary Clinton:
The people who do this kind of dastardly horrible act are very small percentage, but unfortunately the public discourse is sometimes hotter and more negative than it should be, which can, in my opinion, trigger people who are less than stable to do something like what we’ve seen.

Jon Ralston:
You can’t stop that though can you Secretary Clinton?  I mean how do you stop it.  I mean the age of the internet and then people posting on social media.

Hillary Clinton:
Well, I think decent people need to stand up against it.  We should not accept it Joe.

Jon Ralston:
But how do you stop it?

Hillary Clinton:
Well, I think we have to speak out against it, like for example a recent entry into the republican presidential campaign said some very inflammatory things about Mexicans.  

Everybody should stand up and say that’s not acceptable.

Recently, Donald Trump’s comments inspired two supporters to humiliate and dehumanize a Hispanic man:

Two brothers from South Boston were arrested and charged with beating the 58-year-old man, who is homeless, with a metal pole, breaking his nose and battering his chest and arms, The Boston Globe reported.

One of the bigot attackers said, “Donald Trump was right, all these illegals need to be deported.”

Trump’s response?

“It would be a shame. I will say that people who are following me are very passionate. They love this country and they want this country to be great again. They are passionate.”

I understand most of us don’t have secret service protection. But I admire Hillary Clinton’s guts to take on Donald Trump regardless. She doesn’t fear him or his intimidation tactics.

Donald Trump’s lawyer:

“You’re talking about the front-runner for the GOP, presidential candidate, as well as private individual who never raped anybody. And, of course, understand that by the very definition, you can’t rape your spouse.”

Donald Trump’s lawyer:

“You write a story that has Mr. Trump’s name in it, with the word ‘rape,’ and I’m going to mess your life up…for as long as you’re on this frickin’ planet…you’re going to have judgments against you, so much money, you’ll never know how to get out from underneath it. Tread very fucking lightly, because what I’m going to do to you is going to be fucking disgusting.”

Donald Trump on Bernie Sanders and #BlackLivesMatter:

“That showed such weakness — the way he [Bernie Sanders] was taken away by two young women.

I would never give up my microphone. I thought that was disgusting. I felt badly for him, but it showed that he’s weak.

That will never happen with me. I don’t know if I’ll do the fighting myself, or if other people will, but that was a disgrace.”

Hillary Clinton practicing what she preaches: 

Everybody should stand up and say that’s not acceptable.

“There’s nothing funny about the hate he is spewing at immigrants and their families.” –Hillary Rodham Clinton

“It’s shameful and no one should stand for it. Basta! Enough!” –Hillary Rodham Clinton

“What Donald Trump said about Megyn Kelly is outrageous.
I think the guy went way overboard –offensive, outrageous– pick your adjective.” –Hillary Rodham Clinton

HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON 2016

grown ups

And it’s like juice
a juice box
more childlike now
than as a child
with a side ponytail
and lack of direction
you’re only discovering
as everyone else
discovers
or settles
or slides
or subsides
never meant to be
the honor roll kid
the worldly success
the success understood
unprecedented is different
than impossible
you forget sometimes,
but not as often
as everyone else
and that’s something, right?
well, isn’t it?  

Profile: Kelly Walker

Joan Tupponce profiled Kelly Walker (of Chocolates by Kelly) for richmond.com yesterday:

Chocolatier Kelly Walker is carrying on her family’s century-old tradition of making chocolates and confections.

She learned the art of making chocolate 20 years ago from her grandmother, who was taught the craft by her mother. Walker’s great-grandmother made chocolates and confections in the grand lobby of the legendary Wanamaker’s department store, now Macy’s, in Philadelphia.

PHOTO via Chocolates by Kelly

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Cover Reveal: One - A Collection of Short Stories by 18 Authors

Cover Reveal: One – A Collection of Short Stories by 18 Authors

One – A Collection of Short Stories

Emma Hart, Heidi McLaughlin, LP Dover, JM Darhower, Melissa Collins, Jillian Dodd, Alivia Anders, Anna Cruise, AO Peart, Cameo Renae, Jennifer Foor, Julia Crane, Lizzy Ford, Savannah Rylan, Morgan Black, SE Anderson, Steph Nuss and Kelly Walker

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Donald Trump is a proud bully.
Hillary Rodham Clinton hates bullies.

In this rare clip, Hillary declares she has hated bullies ever since she was a little girl – “I do not like bullies.”

Recently, Hillary cited her Mother Dorothy as forming the core of why she continues to fight for those who are invisible, despite being knocked down and attacked daily since the early 1990s.

Many have mocked Hillary’s video “Dorothy.” But what I see is someone who is authentic – the hardships her Mother faced as a child led Hillary to the Children’s Defense Fund. Hillary helped to create and pass the Children’s Health Insurance Program, giving 8+ million children health insurance.

Hillary refuses to quit and won’t back down to anyone – including proud bully Donald J. Trump:

“I think the guy went way overboard – offensive, outrageous – pick your adjective.”
–Hillary Rodham Clinton

Review: "No One's Angel" by Kelly Walker

Sì, lo so, avevo detto che non avrei postato tanto questa settimana, quindi SORPRESA, ho scritto una recensione! ;)
Tornando seri, questo libro mi ha attratta sin da subito per la copertina, ma devo dire che ho deciso di leggerlo solo dopo aver letto la trama. Si tratta di un'uscita recente e purtroppo (per noi italiani) è disponibile solo in inglese.
Ho ricevuto questo libro grazie a Netgalley e alla All Night Reads in cambio di un'onesta opinione.

Yes, I know, I said that I would not have posted much this week, so SURPRISE, I wrote a review! ;)
Turning serious, this book attracted me right from the start for the cover, but I must say that I decided to read it only after reading the plot. It is an new release and unfortunately (for Italians) is only available in English.
I received this book thanks to NetGalley and All Night Reads in exchange for an honest opinion.


Tess used to spend more hours than she’d care to admit playing her favorite computer game, using the nickname Angel. She could pretend her life was different, and she could pretend Arion was just a friend. But a girl needs more to keep her warm at night than pixels, and she traded her virtual heaven for a real-life hell. Now she’s on the run from a past she won’t talk about, and the only place she has to go is the doorstep of the friend she’s never actually met.

When Angel disappeared from their nightly games, it nearly destroyed Arion. He threw himself into work and women, but he can’t help knowing the one-night stands will never compare to the angel who haunts his dreams. At first, when she shows up soaking wet and scared-shitless on his doorstep, he thinks his prayers have been answered.

But the more Arion tries to keep Angel close, the more her fear drives her away. If they are ever going to have a chance for a future, they’ll first have to deal with the past that hasn’t forgotten her any more than she’s forgotten it–and Arion will have to learn how to let her go.

In italiano

Tess era solita passare più ore di quanto volesse ammettere giocando al suo preferito gioco online ed usando il nickname Angel. Poteva fingere che la sua vita fosse diversa, e che Arion fosse solo un amico. Ma una ragazza ha bisogno di qualcosa di più che la tenga al caldo la notte rispetto a dei pixels, e scambia il suo paradiso virtuale con una vita d'inferno. Ora deve scappare dal suo passato di cui non vuole parlare, e l'unico posto dove deve andare è la porta di casa di un amico che non ha mai davvero incontrato.

Quando Angel scompare dai loro serali, Arion ne è quasi distrutto. Si butta sul lavoro e le donne, ma sa che le avventure di una notte sono niente in confronto all'angelo che tormenta i suoi sogni. All'inizio, quando lei si presenta bagnata fradicia e spaventata da morire sulla sua porta, pensa che le sue preghiere siano state esaudite.

Ma più Arion cerca di tenere Angel vicina, più le paure di lei la portano lontana. Se avranno una chance per il futuro, dovranno prima fare i conti con il passato che non ha dimenticato lei più di quanto lei non l'abbia fatto - e Arion dovrà imparare a lasciarla andare.

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Review
Angel is running away from her past and finds herself, dripping wet, on the doorsteps of Axel, but she knows him only as Arion. They met almost in another life, when they were just two players in an online game. The missions, the time together and maybe a good dose of reciprocal “attraction”(clearly not physical) have ensured that the friendship between them pass to the next level. But can there be anything more if they don’t know and they live so far away? That’s what was wondered Angel when she decides to date someone who is not Arion and decides to keep it a secret to the boy. And now, a year after she left the game without any explanation and with a relationship, which weighs heavily on her shoulders, she finds herselfs there, where perhaps she should have been from the beginning.

Before I even read the novel, I had made my own personal idea of what it was about the plot, I thought that it was almost a simple love story, maybe a little troubled, born online. In fact, this novel tells much more: the past of Angel is something that is not easy to leave behind. And although her ​​life has become a hell, because of the man that was supposed to simply love her, she had the strength to say no and to escape to Arion, maybe the only one able to get her out of the abyss in which has fallen. I found both interesting characters though sometimes their uncertainty and reactions were a bit too forced for my taste. Angel is a wounded girl, very young, which is desperately looking for a way to fix up her life while Arion has just managed to put it back on track, after suffering the lack of Angel. The secondary characters, although very present, almost pass in the second floor in front of these two characters and their story.

The story is told from the point of view of Angel and from that of Arion and I appreciated both points of view without distinction. Perhaps I was disappointed that has not seen much more of the early stages of their friendship, as it grew up, but the necessary flashback went to fill in the more important narrative gasps.

There is no doubt that it is well written and also very addictive, but mostly this book ends with a worthy finale, then cliffhanger free. You wonder if the two eventually succeed to be together, despite the many adventures and their pasts?

Then you’ll have to read the book! ;)

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Recensione in italiano

Angel è ormai in fuga dal suo passato e si ritrova, gocciolante, nel pianerottolo di casa di Axel, ma lei lo conosce solo come Arion. Si sono conosciuti quasi in un'altra vita, quando erano due semplici players in un gioco online. Le missioni, il tempo insieme e forse una buona dose di “attrazione” (chiaramente non fisica) reciproca hanno fatto in modo che tra loro l'amicizia passasse ad un livello successivo. Ma può mai esserci qualcosa di più se non ci si conosce e si vive tanto lontani? E’ questo che si è chiesta Angel quando decide di frequentare qualcuno che non è Arion e decide di tenerlo nascosto al ragazzo. Ed ora un anno dopo aver abbandonato il gioco senza spiegazione alcuna e con una relazione, che pesa come un macigno sulle spalle, si ritrova lì, dove forse avrebbe dovuto essere fin dall'inizio.

Prima ancora di leggere il romanzo mi ero fatta una mia personale idea su quale fosse la trama, pensavo quasi che si trattasse di una semplice storia d'amore, forse un po’ tribolata, nata online. In realtà questo romanzo racconta molto di più: il passato di Angel è qualcosa che non è facile lasciarsi alle spalle. E sebbene la sua vita sia diventata un'inferno a causa dell'uomo che doveva semplicemente amarla, lei ha avuto la forza di dire no e di scappare, da Arion, forse l'unico in grado di portarla fuori da quell'abisso in cui è caduta. Ho trovato entrambi dei personaggi interessanti anche se a volte l'incertezza e le loro reazioni erano un po’ troppo forzate per i miei gusti. Angel è una ragazza ferita, molto giovane, che sta cercando disperatamente un modo per rimettere in sesto la sua vita, mentre Arion è da poco riuscito a rimetterla in sesto, dopo aver sofferto della mancanza di Angel. I personaggi secondari, seppur molto presenti, passano quasi in secondo piano di fronte questi due protagonisti e la loro storia.

La storia è raccontata sia dal punto di vista di Angel che da quello di Arion ed ho apprezzato entrambi i punti di vista indistintamente. Forse mi è dispiaciuto di più che non si sia visto molto delle fasi iniziali della loro amicizia, di come è nata e cresciuta, ma con i dovuti flashback si sono andati a riempire i vuoti narrativi più importanti.

Non c'è dubbio che sia ben scritto e anche molto coinvolgente, ma soprattutto questo libro finisce con un degno finale, quindi cliffhanger free. Vi chiedete se i due alla fine riusciranno a stare insieme, nonostante le mille peripezie (e le loro esperienze passate)?

Allora dovrete leggere il libro! ;)


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Hillary Clinton Stands Up to a Bully – Donald J. Trump

They say fascism will come to American wrapped in a flag and be carrying a cross. Well, it might have just started with Donald J. Trump. He recently cited the Bible as the greatest book ever, and his slogan “Make America Great Again” [key word: “AGAIN”] is reminiscent of nationalistic propaganda based on nostalgia. Trump is fanning the flames of extremism in the United States and is inciting hate to gain power. Anyone that stands up to him is simply being “politically correct” and deserves to be “Trumped” according to his supporters. 

What Trump means when he says “Make America Great Again” is this: bring us back to a culture that says a husband can rape his wife.

The more Trump dehumanizes others, the more his appeal grows. Why? Has American culture grown so grotesque that a billionaire bully now has a chance to win the Presidency? 

Trump and his supporters are growing in numbers and becoming more vile by the day. Fox News has spent years brainwashing and creating a culture of hate Trump is now thriving in. At first, Fox News thought Trump was ruining the Republican brand. But when Megyn Kelly started receiving death threats from Trump supporters, Fox News quickly learned – Trump *IS* their brand. Fox News quickly caved to Trump and allowed him and his supporters to continue dehumanizing Megyn Kelly at no consequence:

Trump supporters love that he is unafraid to use any means, no matter how unethical or damaging, to "win.” They jerk off to his misogyny and wish they could be him in real-life. These people get off on disparaging and dehumanizing those they consider “lesser” than them.

Unlike most other political candidates, Hillary Clinton is unafraid to stand up to Donald Trump and the grotesque culture he is currently cultivating in his quest for power. 

The United States has allowed one man to obtain an unnecessary amount of wealth, giving him the platform and power to treat other humans with no dignity or respect. And his supporters have been brainwashed to view any criticism of his behavior as “weakness” and “political correctness.”  The more vile Trump is, the more they get off on it. Our culture is currently being revealed to be more disgusting than you originally thought.

Trump is using intimidation tactics to scare off journalists from reporting the truth about him. He is using propaganda, nationalism, and hate to gain support among those that have been brainwashed by Fox News.

All of this is reminiscent of Trump’s racist crusade for Obama’s birth certificate. Trump is largely responsible for keeping the birth certificate propaganda campaign alive, and has now become a propaganda artist in the worst way humanly possible way.

THANK YOU HILLARY CLINTON FOR STANDING UP TO DONALD TRUMP:

Book Review: Souls of the Stones Omnibus by Kelly Walker

Rating: ★★★★1/2

Souls of the Stones follows Emariya Warren as she navigates the three divided lands of her world, as well as the three families striving for control. The series incorporates traditional fantasy elements such as prophecy and magic with a love story that transcends genre and time.

When Emariya Warren learns enemy forces have captured her father, she’ll do anything to save him. Anything. Even marry a mysterious prince she knows nothing about in order to rally the strength to arrange a rescue. During her journey to Torian’s foreign castle, Emariya comes face to face with her mother’s killers–and a deadly secret.

Not only does Emariya possess a powerful but unexpected magical gift. So does the prince she’s promised to marry, and an ominous prophecy has warned their gifts must never be combined.

If she breaks her promise to marry Torian, she won’t be able to save her father and if she keeps it, she may bring a curse upon everything she holds dear. Determining which choice is best won’t be easy, but when she meets the gorgeous prince who may desire more than just her heart, she realizes she will have to fight just to have a choice at all.

Her heart wants him desperately. Her head begs her to run. If she doesn’t want to share her mother’s fate, she’ll have to find a way to untangle the truth from the lies in time to save herself.

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Worthy Reads: Cornerstone by Kelly Walker

Worthy Reads: Cornerstone by Kelly Walker

Michelle, In Libris Veritas, recommends it because:

Cornerstone is one of the many kindle books I have squirreled away in the cloud due to my crazed addiction to one-clicking my way through Amazon. So when I found myself wanting to read something different that I knew very little about I randomly picked out Cornerstone and I’m so happy I did. This is truly one of those shining gems in the indie…

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