Gerrit Lansing (February 25, 1928-February 11, 2018)

Gerrit Lansing, poet, scholar, friend, passed away peacefully this past night. A man of wider & deeper knowledge than almost anyone I have known, Gerrit was as familiar with, and brought as much care to contemporary poetry & poetics than to older literatures, to the traditionary sciences than to modern science, to the making of music than to the preparing of food. A conversationalist sans pareil, he moved with grace, … Read more Gerrit Lansing (February 25, 1928-February 11, 2018)

‘The Peacemaker:’ A Documentary by James Demo

Last night much enjoyed watching James Demo’s documentary THE PEACEMAKER — & would like to recommend it heartily to the readers of this blog. If in NY don’t miss it — it will run for another 4 days. If elsewhere check here if/when it comes to your hood.   The film follows international peacemaker Padraig O’Malley (present at the New York showing and an engaging man to question after the … Read more ‘The Peacemaker:’ A Documentary by James Demo

PIK: Reports of coal’s terminal decline are premature

Joint Press release by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) and the Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change (MCC)07/02/2018 While less new coal-fired power plants are now being built in China and India, the planned expansion in the use of coal in fast-growing emerging economies, such as Turkey, Indonesia and Vietnam, will in part cancel out the reduction. Only if the countries of the … Read more PIK: Reports of coal’s terminal decline are premature

Yto Barrada review: Seismic shifts in Morocco are felt powerfully at the Barbican

Here, the opening of the first review for Yto Barrada’s Agadir installation (see previous post for details): Matthew Collins writes in the Go London section of the Evening Standard: Conceptual art’s present day fall-out discipline, installationism, can often seem like avant-garde stunts plus geography lessons. As with anything that has become a routine there can be trouble propping the eyelids up. But Yto Barrada, the celebrated 46-year-old Moroccan artist … Read more Yto Barrada review: Seismic shifts in Morocco are felt powerfully at the Barbican

AGADIR: Installation by Yto Barrada & texts by Mohammed Khaïr-Eddine

Today is the opening of Moroccan artist Yto Barrada’s installation AGADIR at the Curve Gallery of the Barbican Center in London. Below, the official announcement & a few of the pages from Mohammed Khaïr-Eddine’s book “Agadir,” which I translated for the occasion: For her first major London commission, artist Yto Barrada weaves together personal narratives and political ideals to create a complex portrait of a city and its people … Read more AGADIR: Installation by Yto Barrada & texts by Mohammed Khaïr-Eddine

Teaching with Arabic Literature in Translation:

Seminars in Poetry and the Free Verse Movement via ArabLit (in English) & BY MLYNXQUALEY on FEBRUARY 5, 2018 • ( 0 ) ArabLit’s ongoing series on Teaching with Arabic Literature in Translation continues with a conversation between ArabLit’s editor and Prof. Huda J. Fakhreddine, Assistant Professor of Arabic literature in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at the University of Pennsylvania. Her work focuses on modernist movements or … Read more Teaching with Arabic Literature in Translation:

Uri Avnery on the Polish Question

February 3, 2018  “Not Enough!” MANY YEARS ago, right after the fall of communism in Eastern Europe, I was asked to write a book about the events. Rachel took the photos, I wrote the text. The book, which appeared only in Hebrew, was called “Lenin Does Not Live Here Anymore”. When we visited Warsaw, we were astonished by the many places in the city with metal plates announcing “(Name) … Read more Uri Avnery on the Polish Question

Coal phase-out: Announcing CO2-pricing triggers divestment

Press release by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research 29/01/2018 (embargo expired) Putting the Paris climate agreement into practice will trigger opposed reactions by investors on the one hand and fossil fuel owners on the other hand. It has been feared that the anticipation of strong CO2 reduction policies might – a ‘green paradox’ – drive up these emissions: before the regulations kick in, fossil fuel owners might … Read more Coal phase-out: Announcing CO2-pricing triggers divestment

Teaching with Arabic Literature in Translation: The Public Lecture Series ‘Tarjamat – ترجمات’

BY MLYNXQUALEY on JANUARY 29, 2018 • ( 0 ) As part of ArabLit’s ongoing series on Teaching with Arabic Literature in Translation, we spoke with Prof. Rana Issa, at the American University in Beirut, the founder of “Tarjamat Series: ترجمات.” The “Tarjamat Series: ترجمات” is a series of public lectures on topics on and around translation, held at the AUB. The series launched in early 2017, headed up by … Read more Teaching with Arabic Literature in Translation: The Public Lecture Series ‘Tarjamat – ترجمات’

Uri Avnery: The Jumping Parliament

YEARS AGO, when I was a member of the Knesset, I decided to stage a demonstration in the plenum hall. I put on a T-shirt with the slogan “Peace is greater than Greater Eretz Israel”. In the middle of the debate I took my jacket off, displaying the slogan. After a few minutes, an usher approached me and said politely: “The Speaker would like to see you in his … Read more Uri Avnery: The Jumping Parliament