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Blog entries on '17 January 2006'

Tuesday 17 January 2006

Pinter's speech becomes a book

Harold Pinter's impassioned - and quite brilliant - nobel lecture Art, Truth and Politics (freely available online) has been turned into a book by Route ("a cultural organisation and a home for contemporary story telling and ideas"):

Pinter speaks about the nature of truth; he gives some insight into his work and his creative process and makes the distinction between political theatre and political satire. The majority of his speech however is reserved for his position as a citizen. He talks of political language as not being interested in the truth but of power, and that language is employed to keep truth at bay.

Posted by Mark Thwaite

Tuesday 17 January 2006

The Midnight Bell

The London News Review Books Diary has a new home: The Midnight Bell (thanks to Andrew at 3:AM for the nod). Sean says, "You’ll find most of its old articles in the archive. Some of them are funny. Some of them are clever. Some of them are sad. Why not browse?" The name comes, of course, "... from the Patrick Hamilton novel. It’s collected in 20,000 Streets Under the Sky. Read it if you haven’t already." Good to have you back Sean.

Posted by Mark Thwaite

Tuesday 17 January 2006

Scarecrow 39

The latest issues of Scarecrow is now online (with "cover star" RSB interviewee Tom McCarthy). This issue includes stories by Stewart Home (Cheap Night Out) and Ellis Sharp (Ridiculous).

Posted by Mark Thwaite

Tuesday 17 January 2006

Pierre Joris

Accomplished Paul Celan translator (Paul Celan: Selections, Threadsuns, Lightduress and Breathturn), Pierre Joris, has a new website ( and a new blog (

Pierre's Celan/Heidegger: Translation at the Mountain of Death is a must read. Hopefully, I'll be interviewing Pierre here on RSB very soon.

Posted by Mark Thwaite

Tuesday 17 January 2006


Exciting: Stockhausen's Stimmung is live tonight (preceded by Amour de Loin's Troubador songs!) at the Bridgewater Hall here in sunny Manchester. This will make up for my missing most of the Shostakovich events. No French class for me this evening then! (Also see The Stockhausen Society and Karlheinz Stockhausen.)

Posted by Mark Thwaite

Tuesday 17 January 2006

Duffy wins Eliot prize

Carol Ann Duffy, whose collection Rapture is one of the top-selling poetry collections in the UK, last night won the £10,000 TS Eliot poetry prize (via the Guardian). Can't say she was my choice.

Posted by Mark Thwaite

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