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Blog entries on '30 September 2005'

Friday 30 September 2005

Paul Dunmall Trio

Tomorrow, the Paul Dunmall Trio (Paul Dunmall: saxophones; Paul Rogers: double bass; Tony Bianco: drums) play at Sound 323 (Jacksons Lane, 269a Archway Road, London N6 5AA) - at 8.30pm (£8/£6).

Julian Cowley, in The Wire described: "Bianco’s supercharged and yet crisp metrical variations. Dunmall matches his partner’s improbable stamina and inventive phrasing [...] Rogers thickens and enriches the unceasing stream."

Posted by Mark Thwaite

Friday 30 September 2005

More Federman

Raymond Federman, who I mentioned yesterday has a blog: raymondfederman.blogspot. From his pages, I found a link to Samuel, which I'd not come across for ages, and noticed their links to the Journal of Beckett Studies. There is also a link here to a certain Mr Mitchelmore's Samuel Beckett: Beyond Biography. Steve might well be interested in Alfred Hornung's essay Fantasies of the Autobiographical Self: Thomas Bernhard, Raymond Federman, Samuel Beckett, also linked to from Federman's pages.

Posted by Mark Thwaite

Friday 30 September 2005

Pinkerton's Sister

Sandra is reading Peter Rushforth's Pinkerton's Sister. Ian Sansom's review in the Guardian was glowing, "Rushforth has taken his time and produced a book almost entirely lacking in the usual qualities of the contemporary English novel." The Independent called it a "sprawling tour de force." Sadly, and unexpectedly, Peter died last Sunday.

Posted by Mark Thwaite

Friday 30 September 2005

Library Thing

I haven't played with this yet, but its only a matter of time, surely! Library Thing "uses a simple interface: type in some identifying details about your book e.g. an ISBN, author’s name, or part of the title [and] the LOC or Amazon catalogs fill in the rest. Click on the appropriate link, and you now have an entry in your very own library catalog." Ace! (via The Valve).

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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Steve Lake, Paul Griffiths

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