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Blog entries on '29 March 2006'

Wednesday 29 March 2006

New links

The eagle-eyed amongst you will have noticed two new links on the navigation at the top of each RSB page: "minisites" and "offers". I've launched a Samuel Beckett and a Maurice Blanchot "minisite" (minisites are just special areas of RSB dedicated to particular writers, their life and work) and they'll be more to come (the next should be for Christine Brooke-Rose). The minisites are still being worked on, so do please forgive any daft mistakes. The only "offer" so far is the PN Review offer I mentioned yesterday, but there are plenty more to come.

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Wednesday 29 March 2006

Reading Middlemarch

Ooh look: a Reading Middlemarch blog! I remember reading George Eliot's wonderful work when I was marooned in an hotel in Munich about six years ago. Polished it off in about three days. And loved every minute of reading it. (More on Eliot at Victorian Web and via Professor Mitsuharu Matsuoka's website. Or read "George Eliot" by Virginia Woolf - this article by Virginia Woolf being first published in the Times Literary Supplement on the 20th November 1919.)

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Wednesday 29 March 2006

And now Cathy Tyson!

Happily, Condoleezza Rice's forthcoming trip to Liverpool seems to be turning into something of a farce. And now, Cathy Tyson has backed out! More at A Logical Voice (via manchizzle) and Condiwatch.

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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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