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. Death and terrible poverty, sickness down here—great prosperity, wonderful health up there. Your average state of affairs here in the middle [points to bottom, top, and middle of line respectively]. 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. It’s a pessimistic story. His father has just died.
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. 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.
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 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
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. Du rôle de la valeur dans la communauté intellectuelle. Lectures : Barthes, Roland : « Jeunes chercheurs », Le bruissement de la langue. Mardi 22 novembre : Discipline, interdisciplinarité, spécialisation Lectures : Mardi 24 janvier : Innovation et tradition. 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. 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?
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. 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 A 13 year old girl taken by her mother to the Institute José Frota, in Fortaleza (1), after being assaulted by a customer/exploiter: the girl made of BR-116 (2) the point of her own exploitation, in the selling of her immature body. The documentary Cinderelas, Lobos e um Príncipe Encantado, meaning “Cinderellas, Wolves and a Charming Prince”, filmmaker Joel Zito Araújo, comes to us remind that it is with eyes of estrangement that these images need to be observed: that without judgment.
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 ?
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). 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. 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.
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