Régis Debray “Chez Lui”

Régis Debray — as those who know me will be well aware — has been a writer, thinker & activist I have greatly admired & have kept reading & rereading for 40+ years. Gathering work for a book of essays, I came across my review of a book of journalistic articles by Debray called L’espérance au Purgatoire, or Hope in Purgatory — published back in 1980 by The New Statesman in London. … Read more Régis Debray “Chez Lui”

Vicious circle of drought and forest loss in the Amazon

Press release by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research 03/13/2017 Logging that happens today and potential future rainfall reductions in the Amazon could push the region into a vicious dieback circle. If dry seasons intensify with human-caused climate change, the risk for self-amplified forest loss would increase even more, an international team of scientists finds. If however there is a great variety of tree species in a forest … Read more Vicious circle of drought and forest loss in the Amazon

Uri Avnery: Perhaps the Messiah will Come

March 11, 2017 IF SOMEONE had told me 50 years ago that the rulers of Israel, Jordan and Egypt had met in secret to make peace, I would have thought that I was dreaming. If I had been told that the leaders of Egypt and Jordan had offered Israel complete peace in return for leaving the occupied territories, with some exchanges of territory and a token return of refugees, … Read more Uri Avnery: Perhaps the Messiah will Come

Shakuhachi Master Akikazu Nakamura in Concert: “Transformation,” “Crane’s Nesting” & “Jinbo Sanya.”

I was pleased to have been present for the first musical event in a new series organized by ACF Philadelphia at the MAAS Center on February 21st. It featured shakuhachi master and composer Akikazu Nakamura. As the program put it:  “Akikazu Nakamura is an ideal first guest for the series, in that his musical universe encompasses a range of styles that may seem very unusual. He is a highly regarded master of the … Read more Shakuhachi Master Akikazu Nakamura in Concert: “Transformation,” “Crane’s Nesting” & “Jinbo Sanya.”

Aufgabe, 2001–2014 (ed. E. Tracy Grinnell et al.)

Happy to announce that E. Tracy Grinnell et al.’s great Magazine Aufgabe is now available online. Here’s how it was announced on Jacket2: The task of recounting the work of Aufgabe is formidable. Founding editor E. Tracy Grinnell initiated the magazine in the Bay Area in 1999. Over the next fifteen years, Aufgabe has featured seventy editors, roughly 700 writers, nearly 150 translators, and twenty artists from twenty-three countries. The magazine was uniformly … Read more Aufgabe, 2001–2014 (ed. E. Tracy Grinnell et al.)

Reading the NYTBR on Bishop & Lowell

[FB’d this in dismay this morning; but seems worthwhile to keep track of on my blog. It concerns a review of Elizabeth Bishop, A Miracle for Breakfast by Megan Marshall, but mainly Patricia Bosworth’s review of ROBERT LOWELL, SETTING THE RIVER ON FIRE A Study of Genius, Mania, and Character By Kay Redfield Jamison.] So, trying to relax on a windy & cold Sunday morning, I turn to the just-delivered paper New York Times, … Read more Reading the NYTBR on Bishop & Lowell

Peter Handke’s “Landing Approaches”

Sometime last year, in May, if I remember correctly, I took the following notes toward a post, which I never got to finalize. I’ll post them today — Handke’s writing & thinking about writing somehow keeps coming to my mind: This saturday morning’s newspaper reading led me, via the ever so useful GermanPerlentaucher cultural news gatherer, to Die Welt,  a paper I normally don’t read. Today in its cultural pages the paper … Read more Peter Handke’s “Landing Approaches”

Today: New York City Premiere of “As You Are”!

Miles Joris-Peyrafitte’s award-winning feature As You Are premieres  tonight at 7 p.m. in New York at the Village East Cinema. Further showtimes & tickets here. Reviews: “As You Are Is an Indie Dream that Smells Like Teen Spirit”: Vanity Fair. “As You Are Summons the Confused Intensity of Teen Friendships on the Verge of Becoming More:” Village Voice. “INTERVIEW: Director Miles Joris-Peyrafitte puts new spin on coming-of-age story” Hollywood Soapbox. “The Trailer for … Read more Today: New York City Premiere of “As You Are”!

“For Orpheus”

A choral piece by composer William Brooks, commissioned by The Crossing as a part of “Jeff Quartets”, a concert in memory of Jeff Dinsmore. Original poem by Pierre Joris, also commissioned by The Crossing. Here is the poem: Jeff Dinsmore Acrostic Elegy Like Orpheus, for you, Jeff, we finger the strings of life to play in sorrow and dEep choral dismay a plaint of life and death our co-Founders two … Read more “For Orpheus”