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The George Orwell Prize

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Bas Heijne » Alsof het niet om macht zou gaan Sommige zinnen krijg je niet uit je hoofd. Afgelopen week, uit de verzamelde brieven van Saul Bellow: „We may not be strong enough to live in the present.” Bellow schreef dat in 1952, midden in een tirade tegen het geklaag van critici over de staat van de literatuur, maar het is een zin met verbazingwekkend veel resonans. Ook nu is het heden te dwingend, te dreigend: links en rechts wordt weggekeken en nostalgisch gedroomd; er wordt versimpeld, feiten worden ontkend of weggemoffeld. Sinds twee dagen heeft dat schurende zinnetje in mijn hoofd sterke concurrentie gekregen. „Het is in zekere zin wachten tot de kust weer veilig is.” Dat was de reactie van de nieuwe minister van Buitenlandse Zaken op de onthullingen in de duizenden uitgelekte ambtsberichten die vanuit de Amerikaanse ambassade naar Washington werden gestuurd. De uitgelekte stukken hebben de wereld van de hoge ambtenaren en diplomaten op zijn kop gezet. Dat is het ergerlijke: alles aan de politiek is sentimenteel geworden.

Kurt Vonnegut at the Blackboard Voices in Time I want to share with you something I’ve learned. I’ll draw it on the blackboard behind me so you can follow more easily [draws a vertical line on the blackboard]. This is the G-I axis: good fortune-ill fortune. This is the B-E axis. Now let me give you a marketing tip. Another is called “Boy Meets Girl,” but this needn’t be about a boy meeting a girl [begins drawing line B]. Now, I don’t mean to intimidate you, but after being a chemist as an undergraduate at Cornell, after the war I went to the University of Chicago and studied anthropology, and eventually I took a masters degree in that field. One of the most popular stories ever told starts down here [begins line C below B-E axis]. There’s to be a party at the palace. And when she shows up she’s the belle of the ball [draws line upward]. Now there’s a Franz Kafka story [begins line D toward bottom of G-I axis]. It’s a pessimistic story. His father has just died. Well, was this good news or bad news?

Blog livres Interview with Alan Moore It was no easy feat getting in touch with Alan Moore. For a man who’s not afraid to speak his mind, he doesn’t like publicity. But when you get him talking, he has much to say. Moore is one of the most influential living comic-book writers, and his work has defined modern superhero comics in ways that are so enfolded into the industry that it’s hard to parse them anymore. But Moore, at least by all indications, has put all that behind him, particularly his very public falling-out with DC Comics. —Peter Bebergal THE BELIEVER: How is Jerusalem coming along? ALAN MOORE: I just finished chapter 32, which is a noir crime narrative based upon the Northampton pastor James Hervey, whom I believe was the father of the entire Gothic movement. BLVR: It’s rumored that it’s going to be a long book. AM: It’s over half a million. BLVR: Given that you’re capable of that, how have you ever been able to distill that kind of energy into a comic book? AM: Well, it works the other way around, actually.

ZERO ANTHROPOLOGY | Turning and turning in the widening gyre | The falcon cannot hear the falconer | Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold | Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world | The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere | The ceremony of inno WikiLeaks | File-sharing networks may hold the key WASHINGTON: WikiLeaks, condemned by the US government for posting secret data leaked by insiders, may have used music- and photo-sharing networks to obtain and publish classified documents, according to a computer security firm. Tiversa Inc, based in Pennsylvania, has evidence that WikiLeaks, which has said it does not know who provides it with information, may seek out secret data itself, using ''peer-to-peer'' networks, its chief executive, Robert Boback, said. The company, which has done investigative searches on behalf of US agencies including the FBI, said it discovered computers in Sweden were trolling through hard drives accessed from popular peer-to-peer networks such as LimeWire and Kazaa. The information obtained in those searches had later appeared on WikiLeaks, Mr Boback said. WikiLeaks bases its most important servers in Sweden. Advertisement Tiversa's claim was ''completely false in every regard'', said Mark Stephens, WikiLeaks's London lawyer. Bloomberg

The Mystery of Charles Dickens by Joyce Carol Oates Charles Dickens: A Life by Claire Tomalin Penguin, 527 pp., $36.00 Charles Dickens: A Life (Waterstone’s Special Edition) by Claire Tomalin, with an appendix of selected letters by Dickens London: Viking, 542 pp., £30.00 The life of almost any man possessing great gifts, would be a sad book to himself. Is Dickens the greatest of English novelists? London. Fog everywhere. And equally characteristic of Dickens, a chapter opening in the lesser-regarded and uncompleted The Mystery of Edwin Drood, in which a natural observation acquires a portentous metaphoric significance: Irresistibly the reader is drawn into the voice—exquisitely lyric, yet with a profound melancholy beneath—of the child Philip Pirrip—“Pip”—of Great Expectations: Ours was the marsh country, down by the river, within, as the river wound, twenty miles of the sea. The narrative is present-tense; the mood is suspenseful. This is a very small episode in the life of Dickens, but it allows us to see him in action….

séminaire ehess Pour une épistémologie du littéraire II L’objectif du séminaire est d’examiner les conditions de possibilité d’une épistémologie qui prenne pour base la réflexion littéraire. Depuis la deuxième moitié du XXe siècle, l’épistémologie et la philosophie des sciences connurent un essor qui marqua aussi les sciences humaines et sociales ; un certain nombre de disciplines – comme la philosophie, l’anthropologie, la sociologie – développèrent alors une réflexion systématique sur les enjeux épistémologiques qui leur étaient spécifiques, y compris en interrogeant la notion même de discipline. En revanche, les théoriciens de la littérature se concentrèrent essentiellement sur les enjeux internes à leur champ d’études. Mardi 8 novembre : L'Initiation à la recherche. Barthes, Roland : « Jeunes chercheurs », Le bruissement de la langue. Mardi 22 novembre : Discipline, interdisciplinarité, spécialisation Lectures : Mardi 13 décembre : La discipline littéraire et les sciences humaines et sociales, entre histoire et convention. Kuhn, T.

Interview with Maurice Sendak Things still worth caring about, near the end of a life:Peace and quiet, helping young artists, The Odyssey, Marcel Proust, Henry James, George Eliot, Franz Schubert, Samuel Palmer, William Blake, the ancients, William Shakespeare, John Keats, all the people you love passionately, telling the truth, love affairs, noses I went to see Maurice Sendak last year at his home in Connecticut. The eighty-three-year-old was promoting his latest book, Bumble-Ardy, about an orphaned pig whose ninth-birthday festivities are gate-crashed by teenage swine. After his death, in May, much was written about Sendak’s legendary crossness, but it was really just impatience with artifice. He had been grieving since the death, in 2007, of Eugene Glynn, his partner of fifty years, and was not afraid of dying. —Emma Brockes THE BELIEVER: Do you miss the city, living out here? MAURICE SENDAK: I really don’t like the city anymore. BLVR: A yummy death? BLVR: You do some teaching out here? BLVR: More so than it was?

Neo-Griot April 8, 2014 Note from BW of Brazil: Today, we take on a topic that will undoubtedly be part of any conversation about the imagery of Brazil: sex tourism. Let’s face it, Brazil has long promoted itself as a country of sexual freedom, sensuality and beautiful women. But these images often portray Brazilian women as simply another commodity available for consumption in the global economy while ignoring the fact that these persons have lives, challenges and aspirations. Filmmaker Joel Zito Araújo took on this topic in one of his many important documentaries. by Angélica Feitosa and Amilton Pinheiro Documentary “Cinderelas, Lobos e um Príncipe Encantado” The social place of black women is one of the themes approached a documentary by filmmaker Joel Zito Araújo about the world of sex tourism in Brazil “My film is not only about sexual exploitation of children and adolescents in the northeast. Filmmaker Joel Zito Araújo As an interviewer, Joel Zito stands out. Notes 1. 2. 3. 4.

Shock therapy for the NHS | Russell Razzaque | Independent Eagle Eye Blogs It’s called “the shock doctrine” and it originated in the University of Chicago over fifty years ago. It was designed by a group of economists headed by right wing ideologue Milton Friedman. They possessed an almost religious belief in an unregulated, laissez faire, free market utopia and their idea was simple; the best way to introduce whole system privatization and an unfettered free market in any arena is through chaos. Just after the collapse of the Soviet Union, these same economists travelled to the former communist bloc and advised Yeltsin that the system needed “shock therapy”. Modern history is littered with further examples of the application of the shock doctrine. Working within the NHS today, I have witnessed first hand the sheer confusion and, in some quarters, borderline panic, that has ensued as a result of the governments recent announcements. That is because they are supposed to be. Subjecting hospitals to the instability of a retendering process could be disastrous.

Interview w DFW Context N°21 Shimon Ballas. Outcast. In Outcast Shimon Ballas introduces an old man, a Jew born in Iraq who converted to Islam in the 1930s, reviewing his divided existence. Violette Leduc. The lady of the title is a desirous Mrs. Julio Cortázar and Carol Dunlap. “Rest areas, monotonous? Christine Brooke-Rose. The Christine Brooke-Rose Omnibus, first issued in 1986, provides a crash course in this prolific author’s too long neglected fiction, offering four of her early novels: Out (1964), Such (1966), Between (1968), and Thru (1975). Zanele Muholi The Sunday Rumpus Interview: Margaret Atwood I kicked off the morning I was scheduled to interview Margaret Atwood with some Knob Creek bourbon, immediately following my morning coffee. My Facebook post that morning: So it’s okay to drink bourbon at 9:08 in the morning if you’re about to call Margaret Atwood, right? A surplus of 100 people quickly “liked” this, many leaving comments assuring me I was on the right—nay, mandatory—track, imbibing. Thankfully, I had the prescience of mind not to tweet my behavior since, among literary writers, Margaret Atwood is reigning queen of the Twittersphere, and her 370,000+ followers might not have appreciated that she was about to be interviewed by a starstruck fan who was drunk before breakfast. The thing is, I was having an out-of-body experience. I have flat-out worshipped Atwood’s work since I was nineteen years old. It is into this speculative category that Atwood’s most recent fiction, the serialized novel Positron, falls. Margaret Atwood: Let me see. Rumpus: Oh, yay! Rumpus: Excellent.

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