Archive - October 25, 2010

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Peace Corps Director Delivers Keynote Address At American University School of Public Affairs Tonight
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Where To Go To Find A Title For Your Novel?

Peace Corps Director Delivers Keynote Address At American University School of Public Affairs Tonight

American University’s School of Public Affairs annually grants the Roger W. Jones Award for Executive Leadership. The Award recognizes two public servants in the federal government whose careers are marked by extraordinary effectiveness in organizational development and a strong commitment to training and education managers and executives. This year’s awardees are: Kenneth E. Baker, Principal Assistant Deputy Administrator, Office of Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation, National Nuclear Security Administration Margaret A. Focarino, Deputy Commissioner for Patents, Patent and Trademark Office, U.S. Department of Commerce Aaron S. Williams, Director of the Peace Corps, will deliver the keynote address. In 2011, the Peace Corps will celebrate the 50th anniversary of its founding.

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Where To Go To Find A Title For Your Novel?

In his introduction to his novel Tough Guys Don’t Dance (1984) Mailer thanked Roger Donoghue [a former boxer who trained Marlon Brando for the movie, “On the Waterfront”] for telling him a story that resulted in a title for Mailer’s novel. It came from a story that Donoghue told Mailer: Frank Costello, the Murder Inc. kingpin, and his beautiful girlfriend greet three champion boxers in the Stork Club. Costello demands that each, in turn, dance with the woman, and each nervously complies. The last Willy Pep, suggests that Mr. Costello dance. The title is the punch line is the title of Mailer’s novel. “Tough Guys Don’t Dance,” answered Costello. So, the next time you’re in the Stork Club…

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