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. For over thirty years he has put out a continuous stream of comics, from superheroes to Jack the Ripper to erotica. Moore’s reimagining of Swamp Thing in the early 1980s made horror comics their own industry just when publishers had all but given up on a comic subgenre that had once been the cause of the now much-belied Comics Code. 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? BLVR: It’s rumored that it’s going to be a long book. AM: It’s over half a million. AM: No, that’s it.
25 Great Thinkers Every College Student Should Read By Donna Scott College is for expanding one’s intellectual horizons. Unfortunately, drinking and having fun, can distract from learning about history’s great thinkers. From Mark Twain to Confucius, an educated individual should posses some knowledge of certain philosophers, artists and thinkers. Here are 25 great thinkers every college student should read, even if professors don’t assign them. Western Philosophers Western universities understandably tend to focus on Western philosophers and thinkers. Ralph Waldo Emerson: Born in Boston, Massachusetts, Emerson was an influential figure in the first recognized American school of philosophical thought. Eastern Thinkers Eastern philosophies have proven influential on figures throughout history from Marco Polo to the Beatles. Statesman Polls show few people trust politicians. Winston Churchill: In his nation’s darkest hour, Winston Churchill served as a beacon of inspiration and support. Writers and Artists
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. He came to the door with his dog, Herman (after Melville), and for the next two hours was everything one might expect him to be: furious, caustic, darkly hilarious, and, above all, warm about life and love and what matters most. After his death, in May, much was written about Sendak’s legendary crossness, but it was really just impatience with artifice. —Emma Brockes THE BELIEVER: Do you miss the city, living out here? BLVR: A yummy death? BLVR: Why?
L'invisible omniprésence de l'analyse de données Quelle relation y a-t-il entre la prévision de la qualité d'un millésime viticole, le diagnostic médical, l'écriture de scénarios de films à succès, la fidélisation des clients d'une compagnie aérienne, et la lutte contre les discriminations raciales ? Ce sont, d'après ce livre, quelques uns des nombreux domaines qui ont été ou sont en train d'être transformés radicalement par les méthodes modernes d'analyse statistique et de traitement des données. L'auteur, Ian Ayres, est un représentant éminent d'une catégorie peu connue en France : c'est un juriste-statisticien. Plus récemment, il s'est spécialisé dans l'utilisation de l'analyse de données pour mettre en évidence des phénomènes du même type, analysant par exemple des millions de ventes de voitures pour montrer que les crédits proposés aux acheteurs noirs étaient généralement plus coûteux. Les causes d'une révolution Le test en double aveugle est plus récent. Des leçons intéressantes Quelles conséquences en tirer ?
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. It is into this speculative category that Atwood’s most recent fiction, the serialized novel Positron, falls. To say it was an honor to interview Atwood would be a great understatement. Margaret Atwood: Let me see. Rumpus: Oh, yay! Atwood: Yes.
Guest Blog: A Year of Non-Fiction? by Emily « Nadia Lee :: Romance Writer - Blog I have been utterly and completely turned off reading fiction. I'm not sure why, but I just don't wanna. I've been to the library a couple of times since I got back home -- and god, I love the public libraries here in Singapore! Do you know what amount of monstrous effort that would normally require of me? I'm someone who usually reads upwards of 200 novels each year. Now I can't remember the last time I read a novel. It's depressing, is what it is. I watch some TV. I listen to a lot of podcasts from the BBC and the Economist -- I save a lot of time by not reading newspapers any more and using that time for stitching. So I'm thinking. An enforced year of reading only non-fiction. It might kill me. Do you think you could do it? Emily spent the past three years in the cold and wet, and is now basking in the tropical sun.
Nietzsche Is Dead Count Harry Kessler received the news in the officers’ mess of his army regiment from a fellow officer going through dispatches. On October 25, 1900, Friedrich Nietzsche, who had famously announced the death of God, had himself died. During the previous decade, Nietzsche’s writings had taken German culture by storm. One of Kessler’s friends joked that “six educated Germans cannot come together for a half hour without Nietzsche’s name being mentioned.” Nietzsche had become a hero—and cult figure—to those who wanted to reimagine Germany; and a villain to those who remained attached to Germany’s Protestant roots and traditional order. The philosopher’s tragic decline only added to his mystique. As Nietzsche’s ideas were being adapted to various and contrary ends by avant-garde artists, psychoanalysts, and racial ideologues, his death provoked a battle over his legacy. The count was a man of voracious intellect and endless charm, as well as a deeply committed diarist.
I Love You Christopher Hitchens, You Irritating Bastard Christopher Hitchens, along with Robert Hughes and Spy magazine's Michèle Bennett, first started me imagining that I would like someday to be a journalist and critic. These jaundiced observers of the follies of the late 1980s and early 1990s had in common an elegant style of attack, and a positive relish in the peppering, roasting, carving and dishing up of sacred cows. Hughes, by far the most scholarly of the three, went on to produce magnificent books and documentaries (and to survive the terrible injuries he sustained in a super-hairy car crash in 1999); Bennett's true identity has never been revealed, but I hope he or she is thriving, and writing still. In the Feb. 1995 issue of Vanity Fair, a memorable Hitchens piece described the aftermath of the Channel 4 broadcast of Hell's Angel, a blistering half-hour takedown of Mother Teresa of Calcutta. In this VF piece Hitchens recounted with unmistakable delight the media rumpus occasioned by Hell's Angel. Really!
Harper's Magazine: Tense Present. A Dictionary of Modern American Usage, by Bryan A. Garner. Oxford University Press, 1998. 723 pages. $35. A Dictionary of Modern English Usage, by H. The Language Instinct: How the Mind Creates Language, by Steven Pinker. Webster's Dictionary of English Usage, E. Usage and Abusage: A Guide to Good English, by Eric Partridge. Webster's Third New International Dictionary of the English Language, Philip Gore, ed. Dilige et quod vis fac. "Save up to 50% — (and More)!" Did you know that probing the seamy underbelly of U.S. lexicography reveals ideological strife and controversy and intrigue and nastiness and fervor on a nearly hanging-chad scale? The occasion for this article is Oxford University Press's semi-recent release of Bryan A. From one perspective, a certain irony attends the publication of any good new book on American usage. I submit that we SNOOTs are just about the last remaining kind of truly elitist nerd. Issues of tradition vs. egalitarianism in U.S.
The World’s Top 20 Public Intellectuals Rankings are an inherently dangerous business. Whether offering a hierarchy of countries, cities, or colleges, any such list -- at least any such list worth compiling -- is likely to generate a fair amount of debate. In the last issue, when we asked readers to vote for their picks of the world’s top public intellectuals, we imagined many people would want to make their opinions known. But no one expected the avalanche of voters who came forward. During nearly four weeks of voting, more than 500,000 people came to ForeignPolicy.com to cast ballots. Such an outpouring reveals something unique about the power of the men and women we chose to rank. No one spread the word as effectively as the man who tops the list. 1. An Islamic scholar with a global network of millions of followers, Gülen is both revered and reviled in his native Turkey. 2. More than 30 years ago, Yunus loaned several dozen poor entrepreneurs in his native Bangladesh a total of $27. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13.
Interview w DFW Context N°21 Shimon Ballas. Outcast. Trans. Ammiel Alcalay and Oz Shelach. 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). THE DAVID FOSTER WALLACE AUDIO PROJECT | Audio archive of interviews with, profiles of, readings by, and eulogies to David Foster Wallace. The Simple Art of Murder R Chandler Fiction in any form has always intended to be realistic. Old-fashioned novels which now seem stilted and artificial to the point of burlesque did not appear that way to the people who first read them. Writers like Fielding and Smollett could seem realistic in the modern sense because they dealt largely with uninhibited characters, many of whom were about two jumps ahead of the police, but Jane Austen’s chronicles of highly inhibited people against a background of rural gentility seem real enough psychologically. The detective story for a variety of reasons can seldom be promoted. The detective story (perhaps I had better call it that, since the English formula still dominates the trade) has to find its public by a slow process of distillation. Yet the detective story, even in its most conventional form, is difficult to write well. To tell you the truth, I do not like it very much myself. I have, however, a less sordid interest in the matter. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.
Raymond Carver Raymond Clevie Carver, Jr. (May 25, 1938 – August 2, 1988) was an American short story writer and poet. Carver was a major writer of the late 20th century and a major force in the revitalization of the American short story in literature in the 1980s. Early life Carver was born in Clatskanie, Oregon, a mill town on the Columbia River, and grew up in Yakima, Washington. His father, a skilled sawmill worker from Arkansas, was a fisherman and a heavy drinker. Writing career Carver continued his studies first at Chico State University and then at Humboldt State College in Arcata, California, where he studied with Richard Cortez Day and received his B.A. in 1963. In the mid-1960s Carver and his family lived in Sacramento, California, where he briefly worked at a bookstore before taking a position as a night custodian at Mercy Hospital. His first short story collection, Will You Please Be Quiet, Please? Personal life and death Decline of first marriage