Posts Tagged: charity

The Storming Bohemian Punks the Muse #22: Poverty Is Never “Genteel”

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Poverty may have been beloved of St. Francis, but not so much by the rest of us. Nobody likes to look at advanced poverty, toothless and drooling, clutching the hands of children who have running sores on their filthy legs. Poverty is a crackhead who pisses on the pavement, and sleeps with fleas and stray […]

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The Giving Word

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miser: “A wretch covetous to extremity,” according to Samuel Johnson, “who in wealth makes himself miserable by the fear of poverty.” ninjo: 人情 Japanese for human compassion, as compared with social obligations (see giri). noblesse oblige: literally, “noble rank entails responsibility.” Earliest use in English, 1837. Honoré de Balzac referred to it in 1836 as […]

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Shock Us Like This: Miley Cyrus Founds Charity to Help Homeless & LGBT Youth

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We’re all used to Miley Cyrus making the news, but the latest is nothing short of impressive: She’s been working towards founding a charity to “fight injustice facing homeless youth, LGBT youth, and other vulnerable populations,” according to the Happy Hippie Foundation site. To promote the charity’s work, Cyrus launched a “Backyard Sessions” performance series […]

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Authors Deface Own Books for Charity

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Literary organization English PEN has chosen an interesting way to raise funds: ask authors to annotate first editions of their books, and then auction them off. J. K. Rowling is the prize catch in terms of predicted auction money, but 49 other writers are participating, from Philip Pullman to Jeanette Winterson. …Nobel laureate Seamus Heaney, looking […]

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