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Blog entries on '09 December 2005'

Friday 09 December 2005


The University of California have many eScholarship Editions of their books online (the collection includes "almost 2000 books from academic presses on a range of topics, including art, science, history, music, religion, and fiction"). Happily, many of them are freely, publically accessible (via languagehat).

Posted by Mark Thwaite

Friday 09 December 2005

Pinter - not on the news

As pointed out in a letter to the Guardian, "[o]n the day a British writer is awarded the Nobel prize for literature ... BBC1's 10 O'clock News and BBC2's Newsnight do not consider it merits a mention. The BBC's extensive coverage of the parochial Booker prize is in stark contrast to its indifference to the globally significant Nobel."

Posted by Mark Thwaite

Friday 09 December 2005


Because of my technical imbecility, I won't be doing my slot on MobyLives Radio today. Hopefully, I'll do something for Dennis on Monday. (Apologies, again, to Dennis for the mix-up.)

Whilst emailing yesterday, Dennis asked me the derivation of the word scouser (me being a Liverpudlian having come up in a conversation about John Lennon). Well, what I've found out is this: natives of Liverpool are known as scousers as they were fond of a stew called scouse, which is short for lobscouse which, as my mum makes it, is basically Irish stew. Scouse meaning "a native of Liverpool" dates in writing from only 1945. Scouser followed later.

Posted by Mark Thwaite

Friday 09 December 2005


I have just come across UbuWeb ("a completely independent resource dedicated to all strains of the avant-garde, ethnopoetics, and outsider arts") and I can't believe I've not visited before: their Artist Index is astonishing.

I was thrilled to find recordings by Gertrude Stein made during the years of 1934-1935 including The Making of Americans: Parts 1 & 2, Matisse, A Valentine to Sherwood Anderson, If I Told Him: A Completed Portrait of Picasso, Portrait of Christian Bérard, Madame Recamier: An Opera, How She Bowed To Her Brother and Interview (1934).

The site also includes UbuWeb Films featuring works by Samuel Beckett, Joseph Beuys, Luis Buñuel, John Cage, Henri Chopin, Rene Clair, Guy Debord, Marcel Duchamp, John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Man Ray, Walter, Situationist International, Edgard Varêse and Le Corbusier, Dziga Vertov, Rene Vienet and many more.

Also worth checking out is /ubu ("slash ubu") Editions (book-length downloads from the likes of Barbara Cole, Robert Kelly, Peter Manson, Ron Silliman and loads more).

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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