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Wendell Berry Wins the 2013 Richard C. Holbrooke Distinguished Achievement Award

The Dayton Literary Peace Prize Foundation has named Wendell Berry as the winner of the 2013 Richard C. Holbrooke Distinguished Achievement Award. The award comes with a $10,000 honorarium.

Berry will be honored at a gala ceremony scheduled to take place on November 3rd. Tim O’Brienlast year’s winner, will present the award to him. Berry’s essays, books, and extensive body of work has influenced many writers including Bill McKibbenMichael Pollan and Barbara Kingsolver.

He gave this statement in the release: “In a time that spends so many words and dollars upon conflict, it is encouraging to be noticed for having said a few words in favor of peace.”

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The Political History of ‘Shuck and Jive’

Author and former Alaskan governor Sarah Palin earned angry responses this week for using the Facebook headline: “Obama’s Shuck and Jive Ends With Benghazi Lies.”

The phrase “shuck and jive” has an unfortunate history over the last few political seasons. Then New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo caused controversy in 2008 by using the phrase and White House press secretary Jay Carney drew criticism for employing the phrase in 2011.

In 2010, Stanford University Press published What Can You Say?: America’s National Conversation on Race, a scholarly look at our contemporary political conversation by anthropology professor John Hartigan Jr.. The book examined various definitions of “shuck and jive” that were cited during the Cuomo controversy. You can read an excerpt below, complete with links:

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