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Blog entries on '04 October 2005'

Tuesday 04 October 2005

Guide to Literary Theory

Lots of entries from the Johns Hopkins Guide to Literary Theory are online. I've been genning on Maurice Blanchot and New Criticism, Roland Barthes and Structuralism.

And thinking about Blanchot (jeez! when am I not thinking about Blanchot?) ... Kevin Hart's The Gospel of L'Arrêt de mort (this essay is an excerpt from Hart's The Dark Gaze: Maurice Blanchot & the Sacred) is online (via Long Sunday).

Posted by Mark Thwaite

Tuesday 04 October 2005

Tom's cartoon

Artist Tom Gauld of Cabanon press, who drew RSB's lovely Robot, will have Matt Abbiss's animated adaptation of his comic Invasion shown on Channel 4 this Thursday at 7.55pm. It can also be viewed online at the MESH website.

Posted by Mark Thwaite

Tuesday 04 October 2005

Around the 'sphere

  • 3:AM's interview with Andrew Crumey (author of Mobius Dick)
  • Orange Prize best of the best announced (winner is Andrea Levy's Small Island)
  • More Shakespeare conspiracies (from Book World)
  • "(O)ne loves reading for the reason one hates it. It's out there. It resists." Says Steve (who else?)
  • Latest Scarecrow

Posted by Mark Thwaite

Tuesday 04 October 2005

Yahoo library

According to the Washington Post, Yahoo is setting out to build a vast online library of copyrighted books that pleases publishers - something that rival Google hasn't yet been able to achieve.

Posted by Mark Thwaite

Tuesday 04 October 2005

Tariq Ali's latest

I'm always happy to see Herman Melville quoted:

Milton's Satan is morally very superior to his God, as whoever perseveres despite adversity and torture is superior to whoever, in cold Vengeance, takes the most horrible revenge on his enemies.

And so quotes Tariq Ali in his "instant-book" (actually, chunky pamphlet) Rough Music: Blair, Bombs, Baghdad, London, Terror (Verso) on the "murderous mayhem that Blair's war has sown". (Touchingly, the book is dedicated to Paul Foot: "greatly missed in these scoundrel times".)

Going back to Milton (kinda!), Moby Lives has been quiet for a while: a note on the blog says "We'll try again next Monday (19 September 2005)" but that date seems to have come and gone without any entries on the site. Hopefully, they'll be back soon.

The publishing arm connected to the site Melville House has published some wonderful novellas e.g. Guy de Maupassant's The Horla and Michael Kohlhaas's Heinrich Von Kleist and also Melville's Bartleby the Scrivener.

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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