On Translating ‘A’ishah al-Ba’uniyyah, Perhaps Arabic’s Most Prolific Premodern Woman Writer

Saturday Summer Re-runs by MLYNXQUALEY on AUGUST 5, 2017 • ( 0 ) Th. Emil Homerin, editor-translator of the recently-published The Principles of Sufism, has long been interested in the work of ‘A’ishah al-Ba’uniyyah, who is perhaps the most prolific and prominent woman who wrote in Arabic prior to the modern period. Homerin, a professor of religion and former chair of the Department of Religion & Classics at the University … Read more On Translating ‘A’ishah al-Ba’uniyyah, Perhaps Arabic’s Most Prolific Premodern Woman Writer

Sam Shepard, Writer — Homage

My translation into French of Motel Chronicles (and Hawk Moon) came out in 1985 & reused the same cover photo than the US edition above, though I had the original photo, much wider, and wrote the introduction below (in French, originally, quickly translated it right now) based on that one, having asked the publisher, Christian Bourgeois to do a wrap around cover image — unhappily the French edition cropped the shot … Read more Sam Shepard, Writer — Homage

Multilingual Videodictionary of Sign Languages + Lacan-quote

Listening this morning to the great Barbara Cassin — author of a magnificent Dictionary of Untranslatables and more recently of Eloge de la Traduction: Compliquer l’universel — talking about translation on France Culture, I heard her mentioning a video about sign languages by Nurith Aviv & Emmanuelle Laborit,  called Signer en langues /Signing in Languages that was part of an exhibition on translation Cassin curated at the Marseilles Mucem-Musée des civilisations … Read more Multilingual Videodictionary of Sign Languages + Lacan-quote

Frantz Fanon, on/for his Birthday, 20 July 1925.

Frantz Fanon (Fort de France 1925-Washington 1961) ON NATIONAL CULTURE […] I am ready to concede that on the plane of factual being the past existence of an Aztec civilization does not change anything , very much in the diet of the Mexican peasant of today. I admit that all the proofs of a wonderful Songhai civilization will not change the fact that today the Songhais are underfed and … Read more Frantz Fanon, on/for his Birthday, 20 July 1925.

Samira Negrouche’s ‘Seven Little Jasmine Monologues’

Etel Adnan at Sfeir-Semler Gallery, Hamburg. From eteladnan.com. Thanks to Arabic Literature (in English) & via MLYNXQUALEY on JULY 11, 2017 , these works by my good friend Samia Negrouche: The poem “Seven Little Jasmine Monologues” first appeared in Pleaides magazine, in Marilyn Hacker’s translation, and is reprinted here with permission:  The poem posted below, according to Negrouche, “happened when a trip to Cairo had The poem posted below, according to Negrouche, “happened when a … Read more Samira Negrouche’s ‘Seven Little Jasmine Monologues’

  Uri Avnery: Eyeless in Gaza

July 8, 2017 I HAVE a unique confession to make: I like Gaza. Yes, I like this far-away corner of Palestine, the narrow strip on the way to Egypt, in which two million human beings are crowded, and which is closer to hell than to heaven. My heart goes out to them. I HAVE spent quite a lot of time in the Strip. Once or twice I stayed there … Read more   Uri Avnery: Eyeless in Gaza

From dry to wet: Rainfall might abruptly increase in Africa’s Sahel

Press release by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research 07/06/2017 Climate change could turn one of Africa’s driest regions into a very wet one by suddenly switching on a Monsoon circulation. For the first time, scientists find evidence in computer simulations for a possible abrupt change to heavy seasonal rainfall in the Sahel, a region that so far has been characterized by extreme dryness. They detect a self-amplifying … Read more From dry to wet: Rainfall might abruptly increase in Africa’s Sahel

On Black Mountain College: Pierre Joris interviewed by Charles Dantzig

For his France Culture radio programme Secret professionnel, today, 7/2 at 2p.m. EST on France Culture or podcast here: Quel est le secret professionnel du Black Mountain College, nous recevons pour en parler Pierre Joris, écrivain, poète, traducteur, essayiste.   Le premier bâtiment du Black Mountain College, utilisé de 1933 à 1941• Crédits : Howard Morland Il y a plusieurs modèles d’éducation. L’éducation à la française été encasernée par Napoléon … Read more On Black Mountain College: Pierre Joris interviewed by Charles Dantzig

Turning the Climate Tide by 2020

Press Release by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research 28/06/2017 The world needs high-speed climate action for an immediate bending-down of the global greenhouse-gas emissions curve, leading experts caution. Aggressive reduction of fossil-fuel usage is the key to averting devastating heat extremes and unmanageable sea level rise, the authors argue in a comment published in the renowned scientific journal Nature this week. In the run-up to the G20 … Read more Turning the Climate Tide by 2020