A “Carbon Law” offers pathway to halve emissions every decade

Press release by the Stockholm Resilience Centre, the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), and the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research On the eve of this year’s Earth hour (25 March), researchers propose a solution in the journal Science (24 March) for the global economy to rapidly reduce carbon emissions. The authors argue a carbon roadmap, driven by a simple rule of thumb or “carbon law” of … Read more A “Carbon Law” offers pathway to halve emissions every decade

Roy Fisher (1930-2017)

Startled & saddened last night, returning from  reading at Saint Mark’s Poetry project, to come across Jed Rasula’s FB-post: “I just heard that the great English poet Roy Fisher died today, not long after Tom Raworth passed. They were the two most important non-American poets for me in the early 70s. I corresponded with Raworth but never met him. I interviewed Fisher in 1973 with my friend Mike Erwin, who … Read more Roy Fisher (1930-2017)

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