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Blog entries on '19 March 2007'

Monday 19 March 2007

New Scarecrow

After a good, long while of waiting, a new Scarecrow (no.45, Offbeat & Brutalism...) has hit the web. For all your post-Beat, cult-lit needs!

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Monday 19 March 2007

Being Arab

Last week, on the 14th March, Being Arab by Samir Kassir (described by his publisher as a "Lebanese journalist, historian and radical democracy activist") won the Index on Censorship T.R. Fyvel Book Award 2007. I'm told: "Controversially, Kassir documents what he regards as the stagnation of the Arab world and its descent into nationalism and Islamic fundamentalism as a response to modernity." The book has an introduction by Robert Fisk in which he examines why Kassir was assassinated by unknown forces with a car bomb in Beirut on June 2nd 2005.

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Serendipoetry

Memorial Tablet

Squire nagged and bullied till I went to fight,
(Under Lord Derby’s Scheme). I died in hell—
(They called it Passchendaele). My wound was slight,
And I was hobbling back; and then a shell
Burst slick upon the duck-boards: so I fell
Into the bottomless mud, and lost the light.

At sermon-time, while Squire is in his pew,
He gives my gilded name a thoughtful stare:
For, though low down upon the list, I’m there;
‘In proud and glorious memory’... that’s my due.
Two bleeding years I fought in France, for Squire:
I suffered anguish that he’s never guessed.
Once I came home on leave: and then went west...
What greater glory could a man desire?

-- Siegfried Sassoon
Collected Poems (Faber and Faber)

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The New Spirit of Capitalism The New Spirit of Capitalism
Luc Boltanski; Eve Chiapello
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Steve Lake, Paul Griffiths

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