Saturday, February 28, 2015
Friday, February 27, 2015
Thursday, February 26, 2015
Shakespeare and Company, Sylvia Beach
Plagued by the Nightingale, Kay Boyle
Amalgamemnon, Christine Brooke-Rose
The Shutter of Snow, Emily Holmes Coleman
Exile's Return, Malcolm Cowley
Young Eliot: A Biography, Robert Crawford
The Log of the S.S. The Mrs Unguentine, Stanley Crawford
Death of a River Guide, Richard Flanagan
Lincoln's Body: A Cultural History, Richard Wightman Fox
The Trick Is To Keep Breathing, Janice Galloway
Girl in a Band, Kim Gordon
Harlem Nocturne, Farah Jasmine Griffin
Blackout: Remembering the Things I Drank to Forget, Sarah Hepola
Eleanor Marx: A Life, Rachel Holmes
Everything You Need, A.L. Kennedy
Garden, Ashes, Danilo Kis
Hold Still, Sally Mann
Of Love and Other Demons, Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Schooling, Heather McGowan
Charmed Circle: Gertrude Stein and Company, James R. Mellow
Between You and Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen, Mary Norris
The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage, Sydney Padua
Wild Heart: Natalie Clifford Barney and the Decadence of Literary Paris, Suzanne Rodriguez
A List of Things That Didn't Kill Me, Jason Schmidt
I Left It on the Mountain: A Memoir, Kevin Sessum
Billie Holiday: The Musician and the Myth, John Szwed
Map: Collected and Last Poems, Wisława Szymborska
On Elegance While Sleeping, Emilio Lascano Tegui
City Sister Silver, Jáchym Topol
The Museum of Unconditional Surrender, Dubravka Ugresic
Birth of a Theorem: A Mathematical Adventure, Cédric Villani and Malcolm DeBevoise
Morvern Callar, Alan Warner
Khibert Khizeh, S. Yizhar
The Fellowship: The Literary Lives of the Inklings: J.R.R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, Owen Barfield, Charles Williams, Philip and Carol Zaleski
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
I am pretty sure at least twenty of those were all on the same day.
Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Monday, February 23, 2015
Saturday, February 21, 2015
Friday, February 20, 2015
//wonders again how much that stream-Criterion-on-Hulu deal is
$7.99 A MONTH???
//cancels Netflix DVD plan immediately, keeps streaming, signs up for ALL THE CRITERION FILMS //does nothing else with rest of life ever //regrets nothing
In December, CHS showed you inside the more than $30 million Starbucks Reserve Roastery facility for the first time. The Melrose 15,600 square-foot roasting facility, cafe, and Tom Douglas restaurant continues to pack in crowds of tourists and gawking locals.As part of the company’s enthusiasm for “premiumization,” Starbucks also announced it was starting a new subscription service for its Reserve brand beans roasted solely here on Capitol Hill — good news for the 100 or so employees including the dozen-member roasting team that works in the facility. Starbucks has said it plans to produce up to 1.4 million pounds of Starbucks Reserve-quality coffee beans in the facility’s first year. The company also plans to supply the Melrose beans to some 1,500 global Starbucks Reserve cafes by the end of fiscal year 2015.
...what the fucking fuck is happening to my city, my neighbourhood, my home
Tuesday, February 17, 2015
When the day comes and you’re down In a river of trouble and about to drown
Now once, I was downhearted Disappointment was my closest friend
I used to go out to parties And stand around
Love’ll make you wanna dance and sing Make you wanna dance
Long after tonight is all over Long after it’s all gone I’ll be yours Come anything that may
Whenever I lay me down to sleep I pray the Lord your soul to keep
But my life is incomplete and I’m so blue ‘Cause I can’t get next to you
I said Brother if you only knew you’d wish that you were in my shoes
(it’s the sexy-as-hell “ooh, AH! ooh, AH!” that makes this amazing) (and then, “Everybody help me do it!” and it’s like an aural orgy. What a man)
(This is one of the great performances of all time. Full stop. The end. This is indeed the love crowd.)
Monday, February 16, 2015
....it’s important that Uber’s worldview and business practices not be allowed to “disrupt” our economy or our social fabric. People who work hard deserve to make a decent living. Society at large deserves access to safe and affordable transportation. And government, as the collective expression of a democratic society, has a role to play in protecting its citizens.
Saturday, February 14, 2015
Friday, February 13, 2015
NYT newsroom gathers to remember David Carr. pic.twitter.com/BHlhymdnXf— Alastair Coote (@_alastair) February 13, 2015
The moving newsroom tribute to David Carr drew the largest crowd I have ever seen at the Times, filling two floors pic.twitter.com/7EWj0G7QaH— stuart emmrich (@StuartEmmrichNY) February 13, 2015
He always used to joke that he never made the front page. Heartbreaking. pic.twitter.com/FHuSeFf3MT— Sam Dolnick (@samdolnick) February 13, 2015
Thursday, February 12, 2015
#1 with a bullet on my 'Better than Prozac' music playlist.
....Then she said to us, the aforementioned bishop: "You say that you are my judge; take good heed of what you do, because, in truth, I am sent by God, and you put yourself in great peril," in French 'en grant dangier.' Asked if the voice sometimes varied in its counsel, she answered that she had never found it utter two contrary opinions. She said also that that night she had heard it tell her to answer boldly.
.....Asked whether, on the two last days that she heard the voices, she had seen a light, she answered that the light comes in the name of the voice.
- Jeanne's testimony http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/basis/joanofarc-trial.asp
We present here for the first time in digital form all the known manuscripts of Frankenstein, perhaps the most famous and widely reproduced work of British Romanticism. These manuscripts consist of the now disbound pages from five notebooks once the property of Mary Shelley, purchased by the Bodleian Library, Oxford, in 2004, from her descendant, Lord Abinger.
- Barbara Ehrenreich, Bright-Sided
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
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Anna Karenina: Disc 1
Prime Suspect 1: Disc 1
The Lathe of Heaven
The Mayor of Casterbridge: Disc 1
Love for Lydia: Disc 1
On the Beach
La Bataille du Rail
Wide Sargasso Sea
Frontline: Faith and Doubt at Ground Zero
Night Court: TV Favorites
Jeeves and Wooster: Season 1: Disc 1
Dead Man Walking: The Concert
Inherit the Wind
Dead Like Me: Season 1: Disc 1
It's My Party
Hope and Glory
Wide Sargasso Sea
Where Angels Fear to Tread
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Monday, February 9, 2015
Sunday, February 8, 2015
Few people can, the data suggest, leaving borrowers to either roll over their loans, heaping on more fees, or take out new ones altogether. The bureau found that during a 12-month period, borrowers took out a median of 10 loans. Borrowers paid median fees of $458. The median amount borrowed was $350. And more than 80 percent of loans were rolled over or renewed within two weeks.
That churn is central to many lenders’ business, according to data from the bureau. Borrowers who take out 11 or more loans each year account for roughly 75 percent of the fees generated.
“Much of the business model is based on repeat borrowers,” said Michael D. Calhoun, president of the Center for Responsible Lending.
Saturday, February 7, 2015
- Samuel R. Delany, The Motion of Light in Water, writing about a 1960 gathering
Thomas probably was influenced by Yeats, who gets a brief mention in the article because SOMEONE ELSE BRINGS HIM UP, and who did have a terribly odd, wavering reading style, but Dylan Thomas was THE wildly, internationally popular poet-reader, much moreso than Yeats (one of the reasons for that was he performed other peoples' poems and plays at his readings, as well as his own, which helped standardize the idea that this was How To Read Poetry). If you want to blame any fucking one for "poet voice," try the grand triumvirate of Yeats, Thomas and probably Robert Lowell; possibly Eliot. But Thomas was the one who set that style of reading. (And hell, IIRC, even the wilder poets of the sixties, like Ginsberg and Sexton, read that way.) Yes, it is indeed the voice of the Academy, of Caedmon (and let's not even consider how 1950s recording/editing technology affected the readings, because why bother knowing about the past?), the register of This Is Poetry You Are Listening To, the diction of the literary elite. And there's a reason for that, because it started with the canonized-in-stone white male upper-class poets of the 1950s. Not Louise Gluck.
(If you really want to get into it, Dylan Thomas was probably greatly influenced by the BBC's Third Programme, and IIRC his parents also paid for special elocution lessons to expunge his natural accent, BUT ANYWAY.)
Friday, February 6, 2015
There seems no reason for it.
Morning light sifts through the window,
there is birdsong,
you can’t get out of bed.
It’s something about the crumpled sheets
hanging over the edge like jungle
foliage, the terry slippers gaping
their dark pink mouths for your feet,
the unseen breakfast— some of it
in the refrigerator you do not dare
to open— you will not dare to eat.
What prevents you? The future. The future tense,
immense as outer space.
You could get lost there.
No. Nothing so simple. The past, its density
and drowned events pressing you down,
like sea water, like gelatin
filling your lungs instead of air.
Forget all that and let’s get up.
Try moving your arm.
Try moving your head.
Pretend the house in on fire
and you must run or burn.
No, that one’s useless.
It’s never worked before.
Where is it coming from, this echo,
this huge No that surrounds you,
silent as the folds of the yellow
curtains, mute as the cheerful
Mexican bowl with its cargo
of mummified flowers?
(You chose the colours of the sun,
not the dried neutrals of shadow.
God knows you’ve tried.)
Now here’s a good one:
you’re lying on your deathbed.
You have one hour to live.
Who is it, exactly, you have needed
all these years to forgive?
Wednesday, February 4, 2015
....she saw her friend and neighbor....He was kneeling beside her, watching, his kind eyes life preservers thrown to a drowning woman. She held them.
(Louise Penny, A Trick of the Light)
Uncharacteristically, I kept on reading, because I'm getting the flu and want some brain candy, and actually the book picked up quite a bit and got fairly good. (Except she tends to write in sentences. Like this. To increase the tension. I think. Except. It makes me want to punch something.) BUT, SWEET BABY JESUS. SHE HELD HIS KIND LIFE PRESERVER EYES.
Tuesday, February 3, 2015
In the Unlikely Event, Judy Blume
House of Ghosts, Brendan Duffy
Bright-Sided: How Positive Thinking is Undermining America, Barbara Ehrenreich
Our Endless Numbered Days, Claire Fuller
From the Fifteenth District: Stories, Mavis Gallant
The Buried Giant, Kazuo Ishiguro
Wanted: A Spiritual Pursuit Through Jail, Among Outlaws, and Across Borders, Chris Hoke
The Language of Food, Dan Jurafsky
A Case of Curiosities, Allen Kurzweil
Ghettoside, Jill Leovy
A Reunion of Ghosts, Judith Claire Mitchell
Storm on the Horizon: Khafji--The Battle That Changed the Course of the Gulf War, David Morris
God Help the Child, Toni Morrison
Night Witches: The Amazing Story of Russia's Women Pilots in WWII, Bruce Myles
The Life and Death of Sophie Stark, Anna North
The Children's Crusade, Ann Packer
The Dead Lands, Benjamin Percy
Early Warning, Jane Smiley
A Spool of Blue Thread, Anne Tyler
Life Studies, Susan Vreeland
Rodin's Lover, Heather Webb
A Little Life, Hanya Yanagihara
Instead, social media companies make you do all that work; they trust you to provide an endless chain of interesting links and promotional copy for free. Your “likes” are calculated reward mechanisms, the little bits of validation that create a compulsion to “share” (that is, do unpaid writing, marketing and editorial work) and thereby keep the site relevant and engaging. Meanwhile, the relative “importance” of all this content is not determined by expert judgment, or even by humans: It’s compiled algorithmically, via Trending Topics and the like. The story with the most links is the story that the site officially promotes. So Facebook is, effectively, the single most widely read newspaper in the world — and it has no editors, no fact-checkers, no staff writers, no reporting budget, no political stance and no obligation to pay or provide benefits to any of the millions of people who work there.
- Sady Doyle
Altho the NYT has been doing that for years and years now, with "most e-mailed" and "most blogged" and a lot of other sites now have buttons showing how many times a piece has been shared, liked, blogged, etc. etc. But I do think more people now get their 'news' from Facebook than from anywhere else, which is deeply scary. Even Twitter links are better than that. Maybe.
I didn't go to MAPH for writing, I wanted to be a writer, but thought maybe I would become a performance theorist (didn't happen)
I think, as Carson McCullers writes, Writing a novel is a lonely life. It's like a marathon where you're asthmatic and depressed.
Have faith in yourself- don't show writing to others unless they give you energy, don't think abt the market, pick away slowly...
and I think, your style becomes what you're capable of. Keep notebooks of that singular obsession. Something will emerge.
the truth is writing a novel takes a lot longer than media stories suggest. if you're not impatient for time it will happen.
and write out of reading - a lot of people think a book has to be totally new, nothing's new, it is new by being yours
if you dont' think writing will turn into a career, you will write &get stuff out there. promise. if that is your singular desire
but worry about a)writing first and then b)getting stuff out there. The b) comes, with the work. Good luck!
if you want to write novels - don't get a Ph.D. That's just my two cents. Writing takes time. a Ph.D. will suck up all time.
*I think it was Isaac Asimov, it's the quote about how there's a machine you can pause at any point and run backwards and forwards and compare multiple points and it never wears out etc. etc. and it is DUN DUN DUNN A BOOK, I think that was quoted in a Carl Sagan book but now Google's basically trashed itself so I can't really search for it
- Nicholas Dames
Monday, February 2, 2015
Sunday, February 1, 2015
Tourmenté comme ton destin,
Quels pensers dans ton âme vide
Descendent? réponds, libertin.
De l'obscur et de l'incertain,
Je ne geindrai pas comme Ovide
Chassé du paradis latin.
En vous se mire mon orgueil;
Vos vastes nuages en deuil
Et vos lueurs sont le reflet
De l'Enfer où mon coeur se plaît.
12. Lies My Mother Never Told Me, Kaylie Jones (2009)
13. This Land is Their Land, Barbara Ehrenreich (2008)
14. A Trick of the Light, Louise Penny (2011)
15. Trigger Warnings, Neil Gaiman (2015) (skipped all his dreadful poetry, per usual)
16. The Long Way Home, Louise Penny (2014)
17. Bright-Sided: How Positive Thinking Is Undermining America, Barbara Ehrenreich (2009)
18. The Whites, Richard Price (2015) (good beginning, mediocre middle, picks up again in last fourth -- miles better than the awful Lush Life, tho) (he's still wildly overrated, and Kakutani comparing him to le Carre? AS FUCKING IF) (also, any book deliberately basing itself in Melville has to work that off with me, why aren't people fucking obsessed with Hawthorne instead? now he was such a good writer)
19. The Wilkomirski Affair: A Study in Biographical Truth, Stefan Maechler (2001)
20. Mistakes Were Made, Carol Tavris and Elliot Aronson (2007) (mentioned in a review of Maechler)
21. The Poet, Michael Connelly (1996)
22. Freedomland, Richard Price (1998) (damn fine)
23. A Life in Pieces: the Making and Unmaking of Binjamin Wilkormirski, Blake Eskin (2002)
24. Blue Windows: A Christian Science Childhood, Barbara Wilson (1997)
25. The Bell Jar, Sylvia Plath (1963) (reread)
26. The Family That Couldn't Sleep, D.T. Max (2006) (pop sci, but not bad)
all 2015 booklist posts