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Blog entries on '23 January 2006'

Monday 23 January 2006

Excellent Ellis

Irving Layton (the "firebrand Canadian poet and lecturer [who] taught Leonard Cohen"), whose death was first brought to my attention by Ellis Sharp's blog, the excellent The Sharp Side, gets an obituary in the Guardian.

Fine work, as ever, today from Ellis, with his take on the Osama bin Laden / William Blum story and, yesterday, on John Banville's risible play Todtnauberg.

Posted by Mark Thwaite

Monday 23 January 2006

Pamuk off

As you'll have no doubt gathered from elsewhere, the Turkish government has dropped its case against the writer Orhan Pamuk who had been accused of "insulting Turkishness" because he had spoken about the genocide of Armenians in 1915.

However, more than sixty writers and publishers still face similar charges. The law which made it possible to try Pamuk (article 301 of the new penal code - thanks Moorishgirl) is still, apparently, in effect. Such prosecutions are likely to continue to happen, we'll probably just not hear about them.

Posted by Mark Thwaite

Monday 23 January 2006

Forum for European Philosophy

The Forum for European Philosophy is:

... an educational charity which organises and runs a full and varied programme of philosophy and inter disciplinary events in the UK. Over the past eight years, the Forum for European Philosophy has gained widespread recognition for its work in this area, developing a distinctive programme of thought-provoking events open to the general public. Our events range from conferences, discussion and reading groups to seminars and book forums, all of which are open to the public and most of which are free.

The next event is tonight at 6-7.30pm when Claire Colebrook will speak on The Work of Art that Stands Alone at Manchester Metropolitan University. For more information contact Catherine Lowe.

Posted by Mark Thwaite

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