Just out from spuytenduyvil! Arabia (not so) Deserta Essays on Maghrebi & Mashreqi Writing & Culture Pierre Joris ISBN 978-1-949966-05-3 200 pages $18.00 Anne Waldman: This is a treasure, a caravanserai of a book, erudite, personal, enlightening. Pierre Joris poet, translator, editor, anthologist scholar, flâneur par excellence—is an incomparable and friendly guide to these realms, his lifelong passion and esprit manifest and up for the rigor of this … Read more Just Out: “Arabia (not so) Deserta”
Thinking on these images from Mozambique, Zimbabwe & elsewhere I suddenly realize that what I had only dimly perceived or hadn’t wanted to believe was most likely true: the climate change deniers in power (or even those out of power or refusing to think on this for personal convenience) don’t do this simply out of a combination of obtuseness, stupidity, religiously motivated anti-science idiocy, and personal greed leading them … Read more The Endgame: Climate Change as Weapon
via ArabLit, a welcome homage to one of my favorite writers: Multilingual Lebanese poet, painter, and prose-artist Etel Adnan was born on February 24, 1925, in Beirut. This is her ninety-fourth birthday: As philosopher, poet, and painter, Adnan’s experimental and surrealist work has a wide range of influences, from Rimbaud to Jalal Toufic. She has been most prolific as a poet, and has published more than a dozen collections of … Read more 5 Books by Etel Adnan, Born on This Day
You can tear up your lecture notes now, erase every phone number under my name and go shopping in someone else’s suitcase. I’ve changed my address again. –Kathleen Fraser Change of Address, Kayak Books, 1966 Poets House is saddened by the loss of poet Kathleen Fraser, who passed away this week. Poets House had a long relationship with Kathleen, who was once a student of Stanley Kunitz, our co-founder, … Read more Poets House on Kathleen Fraser (1935 – 2019)
via ArabLit /Arabic Literature and Translation: Which Algerian books have been translated to English, which haven’t, and which should be? By Nadia Ghanem As Algeria approaches another momentous step in its political history with a presidential election that, like Brexit, could happen or not but probably yes rather than not, what better time than to plunge into the fiction of Algerian novelists who have played, like their counterparts everywhere, … Read more A Look at 99 Books: Algerian Literature in English Translation
Happy New Year! Let me start this year’s bloggin’ with a musical snippet: Matthew Shipp & Michael Bisio playing at The Owl Music Parlor in Brooklyn on 1.3.19. The 7:31 seconds of last night’s gig were chosen by the objective chance method of my iPhone & I doing what we do.
The UN climate summit COP24 in Katowice, Poland, closed; below PIK’s statement which I think is somewhat overoptimistic, remembering that the Paris agreement does not entail any compulsion toward change. COP24 President Michal Kurtyka’s celebration (cf. pix above) at the end of COP24 seems wildly out of proportion with what was actually achieved. On this issue, Johan Rockström, resilience scientist who as Director Designate is leading the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research together … Read more PIK on Climate Summit COP24 in Katowice
Press Release by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research Climate Change drives Rainfall Extremes More and more rainfall extremes are observed in regions around the globe – triggering both wet and dry records, a new study shows. Yet there are big differences between regions: The central and Eastern US, northern Europe and northern Asia have experienced heavy rainfall events that have led to severe floods in recent past. In … Read more Record-wet and record-dry months increased in regions worldwide:
via ArabLit, 12.12.18. Yesterday, PEN America announced the longlists for its 2019 literary awards. Ninety titles are in the running for prizes that honor fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and translation: On the ten-book longlist celebrating poetry in translation are two titles by Arab authors: The Shutters, Ahmed Bouanani (New Directions)Translated from the French by Emma Ramadan Revolution Goes Through Walls, Safaa Fathy (SplitLevel Texts)Translated from the Arabic by Safaa Fathy and Pierre Joris Safaa Fathy is … Read more Two Arabic Translations Longlisted for 2019 PEN Awards
Here it is, read by 30 international writers, artists and students for the berlin international literature festival.