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Blog entries on '19 December 2005'

Monday 19 December 2005

More Pinter

Harold Pinter's astonishing 46 minute Nobel lecture Art, Truth & Politics can be downloaded, and watched as a video, from the Nobel Prize website. Pinter's essential Various Voices: Prose, Poetry, Politics 1948-2005 is out now and a celebratory collection of four of his plays (The Birthday Party, No Man's Land, Mountain Language and Celebration) is being published by Faber, as a limited edition boxed set, later this month. In Carcanet's wonderful The Tenth Muse: An Anthology Antonia Fraser, Pinter's wife, picks a handful of her favourite of her husband's poems.

Posted by Mark Thwaite

Monday 19 December 2005

Tom McCarthy

I've been privileged to run some excellent interviews here on RSB these past couple of weeks (with Robert Gibson, Ken Worpole, Andrew Merrifield and Raymond Federman, amongst many others). I think my most recent interview, with Tom McCarthy, whose novel Remainder is being so highly vaunted at the moment, is one of the very best I've published here. Please do take the time to read it.

Tom (along with Stewart Home, RSB contributor Lee Rourke and 3:AM's Richard Marshall) will be reading at 3:AM Magazine's Xmas Bash (organised in conjunction with Scarecrow) which will take place at the Aquarium Gallery (10 Woburn Walk, London WC1) on 29 December from 7.30pm onwards.

Posted by Mark Thwaite

Monday 19 December 2005

Reading around the 'sphere

Some blogospherical joy:

  • Congratulations Shannon and Grainne
  • Literary groundhog day
  • Where's A Bookmark When U Need One? - what prominent Indians have been reading in '05 (via the literary saloon)
  • The Independent's Books of the Year list - widely linked to this, but its a nice list
  • Ellis on forgotten poet Christopher Smart
  • - a fine rant indeed!

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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