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Blog entries on '20 March 2006'

Monday 20 March 2006

National Book Critics Circle Awards

I failed to mention that the (American) National Book Critics Circle Awards were recently announced. Two books reviewed here on RSB got the nod: EL Doctorow's The March and Svetlana Alexievich's Voices from Chernobyl.

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Monday 20 March 2006

Monday morning odds and sods

Monday morning odds and sods:


  • Excellent essay by Brian Phillips: The First-Person Don Quixote (caution: pdf)
  • LibriVox's "objective is to make all books in the public domain available, for free, in audio format on the internet" (via Out of the Woods Now)
  • New home for Golden Rule Jones
  • John Barlow on Fante (via John himself and Dan)
  • The inhuman work of Pierre Guyotat
  • I Cite continues to impress

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Monday 20 March 2006

Slought Foundation

The Slought Foundation looks fascinating (thanks Charlotte): "317 projects with 212 hours of recorded audio are accessible online." There are some great resources here, which include: interviews with Sun Ra and John Coltrane; a seminar with Hélène Cixous; readings from Allen Ginsberg, Robert Duncan, Basil Bunting, Charles Olson, Robert Creeley; discussions with Robert Creeley, Robert Duncan, Allen Ginsberg, Charles Olson, Margaret Avison, Denise Levertov. Lots and lots of goodies.


Slought Foundation (pronounced 'Sl-aw-t') is a Philadelphia-based non-profit organization that broadly encourages new futures for contemporary life through public programs with internationally renowned artists and theorists ... Through over 200 exhibitions, events, trade publications, and a significant internet presence, we have set new standards for critical practices that resist the market-driven orientation and drive to permanence of today's institutions ... we believe that the point of any cultural practice should not be simply to display objects, but to present a problem, not simply to make something coherent but to create something that is purposely critical or provocative. Devising alternatives to traditional forms of cultural display necessarily entails de-familiarizing the practice of 'art appreciation' for audiences, and evading practices associated with most cultural organizations.

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Omens, after Alexander Pushkin

I rode to meet you: dreams
like living beings swarmed around me
and the moon on my right side
followed me, burning.

I rode back: everything changed.
My soul in love was sad
and the moon on my left side
trailed me without hope.

To such endless impressions
we poets give ourselves absolutely,
making, in silence, omen of mere event,
until the world reflects the deepest needs of the soul.

-- Louise Gluck
Averno (Carcanet Press)

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