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Blog entries on '07 October 2005'

Friday 07 October 2005


So, what is my new favourite record? Midaircondo's lovely Serenade (Type), that's what!

Posted by Mark Thwaite

Friday 07 October 2005

Spinning Fear

Jodi says:

You can't, we can't, live in fear. That's not a life. When they make us think that it is, they've won. When they make us think that military is the best answer, that quarantines are ways of life, that we should be ever vigiliant, then our lives are not our own. We're simply food, fodder, part of the anxiety machine that generates wealth and privilege.

Posted by Mark Thwaite

Friday 07 October 2005

Great Works

Andy, of Moleskine Modality, brings my attention to Great Works.

Great Works is a site for innovative writing: modernist, postmodernist, archaic. It proclaims the need to let a thousand flowers bloom, and rejects any single definition of what writing is. It welcomes alternative poetries and other writing.

Tin House magazine looks pretty decent too.

Posted by Mark Thwaite

Friday 07 October 2005

Oliver Ready wins Rossica Prize

Oliver Ready has won the first Rossica Prize, to be awarded every two years, worth £2,000 (of which £500 goes to the publisher), for his translation of The Prussian Bride (Dedalus) by Yuri Buida, a collection of short stories based in the author's home region of Kaliningrad (via Languor Management).

Posted by Mark Thwaite

Friday 07 October 2005

Cheltenham Literature Festival

Cheltenham Literature Festival starts today and runs until 16th October. Alan Bennett, Brett Easton Ellis, Maggie Gee, AC Grayling, Alan Hollinghurst, Andrea Levy and Adam Phillips all seem to be attending. I am not.

Posted by Mark Thwaite

Friday 07 October 2005

Final chapter for the TLS?

John Sutherland, writing in the Guardian says the TLS, "may not, one fears, be around much longer", because of the recent sale of its stablemates the TES and the THES to the private equity group Exponent for £235m. Personally, I'd be gutted if it went. As Sutherland notes, the LRB, its only real rival, is, in fact, a quite different beast and the two complement one another. The supplements in the weekend papers are no substitute - especially as the Guardian's Review seems to have been relegated to a mere section of the newspaper, instead of a stand-alone magazine, since the paper's recent redesign.

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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October's Books of the Month

The New Spirit of Capitalism The New Spirit of Capitalism
Luc Boltanski; Eve Chiapello
Horizons Touched: The Music of ECM Horizons Touched: The Music of ECM
Steve Lake, Paul Griffiths

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