Thursday, March 23, 2017

Appreciation …

… About Last Night | Jamming with Byron Janis.

Little to learn here …

… Deaths of the Poets review: A superficial take on ‘self-destructive’ poets. (Hat tip, Rus Bowden.)

Preview …

… Introducing The Gray Area | Reluctant Habits.

Remembering …

 Derek Walcott: the “colonial upstart” who remade the world.



… Derek Walcott and the Poetry of Liberalism.



… Remembering Writer Derek Walcott.



Rains.



(Hat tip, Rus Bowden,)

Conversation…

… Q&A with Bill Flanagan | The Official Bob Dylan Site. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

Take a look at these …

… Lowell's Grotto of Our Lady #01 Photo by Rus Bowden — National Geographic Your Shot.



This gives me an opportunity t once again sing the praises of Franz Werfel's novel, The Song of Bernadette, which really is great.

Sad news …

… Informal Inquiries: Blogging Note: responding to God's summons.

Textual analysis …

… Some Fake News About Me from Bloomberg | Scott Adams' Blog. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)




FYI …

… Call for Submissions: Global Dystopias | Boston Review. (Hat tip, Dan Bloom.)



A simple description of contemporary society ought to do.

Too much truth for power …

… check out the review of Isaac Babel's Odessa StoriesWe Reviewed March's Best Books, Music, and Movies - Vice. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

Babel wrote his Odessa stories during the 1920s, and the tales set after the Russian Revolution depict with ironic skepticism the new government's efforts to impose a communist system on gangsters and religious Jews. … Although Babel welcomed the revolution, he saw the Soviets as violently opposed to the code of honor that existed among the Odessa gangsters and recklessly indifferent to Jewish history. 

Mark thy calendar …

… Lineup for 25 March 2017.



Paul Robeson Center for the Arts

102 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542
p: (609) 924-8777

Something to think on …

'Emergencies' have always been the pretext on which the safeguards of individual liberty have been eroded.
— Friedrich von Hayek, who died on this date in 1992

Merriam-Webster...

....Into the "word factory" we go

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Travel plans postponed …

… Informal Inquiries: Crime-detective-mystery fiction is now on the menu.

RIP …

… Hey, it was the Seventies…Chuck Barris, ‘Gong Show’ creator (and, maybe, CIA assassin) dies at 87 – 5 Feet of Fury. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

Once again …

… I must be about others' business. My blogging will resume later in the day.

Mix and match …

… Beyond Ideology: Poetry and the Conservative Mind — The James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

No matter its stripe, ideology subdues the imagination, the artistic spirit, and the intellect, which give life to culture itself. Besides, true conservatism is not ideological; it will be wildly distorted in the long run if its intellectual sustenance comes only from the dogmatists in its midst.
This is certainly true, which is why literature in general and poetry in particular ought to be read disinterestedly, for their own sake, and not for any ideological reason.

Something to think on …

Nothing is worth more than this day.
— Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, who died on this date in 1832

Recommended reading …

Dystopian fiction is big now. But here’s a book for people worried about fake news. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)
Ranked by the Modern Library as one of the 100 best novels of the 20th century and by Robert McCrum of the Guardian as the 60th best novel written in English, “Scoop” is, as Christopher Hitchens put it, “Waugh at the mid-season point of his perfect pitch; youthful and limber and light as a feather.” Waugh biographer David Wykes says it “radiates enjoyment and happiness” — tonally, then, it is quite different from the despairing visions that dominate today’s reading lists. But the novel’s depiction of an insular, gullible and sometime dishonest press will strike a chord with many readers in the Age of Trump — or in the Age of the Anti-Trump Media.

Take a look …

… About Last Night | Just because: Mark Twain on film.

Remembering …

… Paul Davis On Crime: On This Day In History Western Novelist Louis L'Amour Was Born.

Pushback …

… Paul Davis On Crime: ‘Untalented’ Crime Writers Respond To Their No 1 Critic: 13 Thriller Writers Take William O’Rourke To Task For Dismissing Them And Their Readers.

And for 30 years, he got it...

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Hmm …

 Instapundit —  Blog Archive — K-12 IMPLOSION UPDATE: How Do Unschoolers Turn Out? Peter Gray has studied how learning happens .

Good news …

… Harvard Professors Sign Statement Endorsing ‘Freedom of Expression’ | News | The Harvard Crimson.

In case you wondered ...

Look and listen …

… YOU'RE WATCHING WHY FORMALIST POETRY SPEAKS TO US AND WHY WE PRACTICE IT.

Introducing himself …

… The Millions : The Man Behind the Masks: On Nabokov's Forewords - The Millions. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

Mark thy calendar …


Sat., April 1, 2017
 @ 5-7PM in Lambertville, NJ
CHROMA: An Ekphrastic ProjectArt by Ravenna Taylor 

with poets
Ellen Foos
Lois Marie Harrod
Kasey Jueds
Vasiliki Katsarou
Fred Lowe
MaryAnn L. Miller
Hayden Saunier
Lynne Shapiro
John Richard Smith
John Timpane
Ravenna Taylor Studio
233 N. Union St.
Lambertville, NJ 08530
Free
Contact: (908) 238-1570

Open studio, reading, and reception.
Public invited.

On-street parking possible and lot parking available behind Thai Tida restaurant.
Chroma: An Ekphrastic Project


Time out …

… Informal Inquiries: Speaking of challenges -- "temporarily out of service".

Hmm …

… Informal Inquiries: Emily Dickinson and the challenge of existence.

Something to look forward to …

 BBC - James Wood (Writer) Q&A - Decline And Fall - Media Centre. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

Exploring your inner Paterson …

… The Poetics of Everyday Life: Poetry Books for Fans of PATERSON : The Booklist Reader. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)



The movie really is sweet. Nice, too, that Paterson himself is not tormented.

Just a reminder …

… Vast Public Indifference: "Future Corrected Edition in the Hands of a Higher Editor". (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

Listen in …

… Episode 210 – Tony Tulathimutte | Virtual Memories.

“There’s no way to write about millennials without adopting a comic tone.”

Blogging note …

I must be off to the dentist's and then to The Inquirer. My blogging effort will resume sometime later.

For the occasion …

… World Poetry Day: Listen to Philip Larkin read his melancholic poem Aubade. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

Something to think on …

God is an unutterable sigh, planted in the depths of the soul.
— Jean Paul, born on this date in 1763

Portrait

Felix Giordano's portrait of poet Linh Dinh.

FYI …

 Cli-Fi.Net -- (the world's largest online 'Cli-Fi' portal for Cli-Fi, a subgenre of sci-fi): In Kim Stanley Robinson's NEW YORK 2140, the character named Gen Octaviasdottir is an homage and show ot respect and shout out to SF pioneer writer Octavia Butler!