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Blog entries on '05 May 2006'

Friday 05 May 2006

Friday science round-up

This week's Friday science round-up:

  • The excellent RealClimate blog reviews three recently published books on climate change
  • GP, professor of gerontology, poet and playwright - Andrew Brown interviews polymath Raymond Tallis, who has a dig at mechanist theories of mind and the oversimplifications of evolutionary psychology
  • Science writer Carl Zimmer, writes about how a knowledge of evolutionary history can inform the development of medicine

Posted by Stuart Watkins

Friday 05 May 2006

Nine libraries closing in Lancashire

Oh, I'm not happy about this: nine more libraries are closing in Lancashire (via Booksurfer):

... and Lancashire is not the only county with plans to close libraries. Politicians come up with all sorts of phrases about "access", "social inclusion" and make great play about the new digital resources provided through public libraries - but the bottom line is that there are less books in public libraries now than there were a few years ago, and a lot fewer libraries.

Posted by Mark Thwaite

Friday 05 May 2006

Nagel on Williams

Nice piece by Professor Thomas Nagel on Bernard Williams, over at the London Review of Books, reviewing three recent collections of Williams' essays from Princeton University Press: The Sense of the Past: Essays in the History of Philosophy; In the Beginning Was the Deed: Realism and Moralism in Political Argument and Philosophy as a Humanistic Discipline. (Also noted by the all-seeing-eye which is 3 Quarks.)

Posted by Mark Thwaite

Friday 05 May 2006

April's Poetry

Always a pleasure when an issue of Poetry magazine lands on the mat. The April issue has just arrived here (as you'd expect, it takes a wee while to get over here to sunny Manchester!) and is a special Translation issue in celebration of America's National Poetry Month. New translations of Stéphane Mallarmé, Bertolt Brecht, Wislawa Szymborska, Jorge Luis Borges, Rainer Maria Rilke, and others by Seamus Heaney, Richard Wilbur, Michael Hofmann, Aleksandar Hemon, W.S. Merwin, Dana Gioia, A.E. Stallings, Richard Pevear & Larissa Volokhonsky, Marilyn Hacker and Carolyne Wright. Each translated poem is accompanied by a small (couple of hundred words) article by the translator explaining how and why they've made the decisions they've made when re-wording and re-working the original work. It's really fascinating stutt and there is some wonderful poems collected here. Reminded me of the very fine issue of Agenda (Translation as Metamorphosis; Vol.40 No.4) that came out back in 2004.

Posted by Mark Thwaite

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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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The New Spirit of Capitalism The New Spirit of Capitalism
Luc Boltanski; Eve Chiapello
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Steve Lake, Paul Griffiths

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