Reading List 2016

I was asked to write this piece in late December for the January issue of the Harriet blog The Reading List, a feature of Poetry magazine’s Editors’ Blog, as I had Celan prose translations in the January issue: No matter what else has gone wrong with this year (and much did, obviously, & I won’t dwell on it!), it is going out with a bang: the mailman just handed me today, Tuesday, … Read more Reading List 2016

Potsdam Institute for Climate on Trump

On Friday 20 January, Donald Trump was inaugurated as 45th President of the United States. On this issue Ottmar Edenhofer, chief economist of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) and director of the Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change (MCC), Professor at Technische Universität Berlin: „As the new president of the United States, Donald Trump could be quite successful in the short term, namely because … Read more Potsdam Institute for Climate on Trump

How the darkness and the cold killed the dinosaurs

Press release by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research 13/01/2017 66 million years ago, the sudden extinction of the dinosaurs started the ascent of the mammals, ultimately resulting in humankind’s reign on Earth. Climate scientists now reconstructed how tiny droplets of sulfuric acid formed high up in the air after the well-known impact of a large asteroid and blocking the sunlight for several years, had a profound influence … Read more How the darkness and the cold killed the dinosaurs

Saravah, Pierre Barouh!

Are all the good ones going to split before 2017? What is it they know about the year to come? This morning brings the news that Pierre Barouh, the French singer, composer, lyricist & founder of Saravah Records (Saravah is an African word that means salvation, benediction) passed yesterday at 82 from a massive heart attack. In early November, in Paris, we sat at dinner with him & the whole gang … Read more Saravah, Pierre Barouh!

Charles Bernstein: Outside of Tune, Inside of Time

Charles Bernstein’s response / closing talk at the Outside-in / Inside-out conference in Glasgow this past October. Inspired by the recently published fifth volume of Poems for the Millennium, Barbaric Vast & Wild: A Gathering of Outside & Subterranean Poetry from Origins to Present, edited by Jerome Rothenberg & John Bloomberg-Rissman, this festival and symposium opened up views to poetry past, present, and potentially future with the question: Is … Read more Charles Bernstein: Outside of Tune, Inside of Time

Jerome Rothenberg’s “Outside-in / Inside-out” Poetry Reading

Jerome Rothenberg’s closing poetry reading at the Outside-in / Inside-out conference in Glasgow this past October. Inspired by the recently published fifth volume of Poems for the Millennium, Barbaric Vast & Wild: A Gathering of Outside & Subterranean Poetry from Origins to Present, edited by Jerome Rothenberg & John Bloomberg-Rissman, this festival and symposium opened up views to poetry past, present, and potentially future with the question: Is there … Read more Jerome Rothenberg’s “Outside-in / Inside-out” Poetry Reading

Uri Avnery on David Friedman: “Don’t Send Him!”

December 24, 2016 DONALD TRUMP has spat in my face. Not only in my own face, but in the faces of at least half the Israeli population. He has appointed a bankruptcy lawyer named David Friedman to the job of US ambassador in Israel. This sounds like a bad joke. But it is brutal reality. It sets a precedent unknown in the annals of international diplomacy. FIRST OF all, … Read more Uri Avnery on David Friedman: “Don’t Send Him!”

James Koller reads “The Bone Show”

Bertie Koller, son of poet James Koller (1936-2014), sent the following letter to family & friends a few days back to announce the beginning of a project involving publishing online his recordings of his father’s collected works. Here below, his letter & a link to the first installment, the recordings of Jim’s The Bone Show: Dear family & friends, at some point leading up to the winter of 2009/2010 my father, James … Read more James Koller reads “The Bone Show”