The sweeping federal farm bill that allocates billions of dollars to subsidy and other agricultural programs is up for reauthorization later this year and Colorado Republican Congressman Cory Gardner is gathering input from farmers and ranchers across his Fourth Congressional District this week.
Patrick deWitt is the author of The Sisters Brothers.
"Doesn't the act of noticing matter as much as what's noticed?" So asks the narrator of Harry Mathews' masterpiece of minutia, The Journalist.
On the mend from a nervous breakdown (though it's mentioned only in passing — "the steering wheel came off in my hands," he says), he's been encouraged by his doctor to keep a journal. A seemingly benign idea, and he throws himself into the task with gusto — far too much gusto, it turns out, as the journal soon eclipses his entire life.
When Hollywood imagines the future, from Logan's Run to Avatar, it tends to picture living spaces as sterile and characterless, without any cultural clues to the person who lives there. No record library, no DVDs, no Hemingway on bookshelves ... often no bookshelves.
State lawmakers are expected to take up a package of election reforms this week proposed by Secretary of State Scott Gessler. It’s just one of more than a dozen pieces of legislation Gessler is hoping to get approved during the session.