When, in 1967, I came to the US, I carried with me a relatively small number of books, but among them was Michel Foucault’s Les Mots et les Choses, published the previous year by Gallimard. I had been reading at it since it came out & it is certainly one of the books that marked me the most. The disappearance of Man — with what to replace it, I … Read more Foucault: the Words, the Things, the End of Man.
Press Release by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research 31/01/2019 Extreme rainfall events in one city or region are connected to the same kind of events thousands of kilometers away, an international team of experts finds in a study now published in one of the world’s leading scientific journals, Nature. They discovered a global connection pattern of extreme rainfall – this could eventually improve weather forecasts and hence … Read more Rainfall extremes are connected across continents: Nature study
Press Release by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research 31/01/2019The living lab experiment “Climate-Neutral Living in Berlin” takes stock: Everyone can contribute to climate stabilization, but without politics it won’t succeed “Climate-Neutral Living in Berlin” – for one year, more than 100 Berlin households have tried to shift to a more climate-friendly everyday life, from families with children, partners, flatmates to singles. In the living lab experiment headed … Read more The living lab experiment “Climate-Neutral Living in Berlin” takes stock
An excerpt from Microliths They are, Little Stones (the Collected Posthumous Prose) by Paul Celan, translated by Pierre Joris [This is one of Celan’s rare forays into prose/fiction & dates most likely from the early fifties.] 121 An hour, lapped up by wolves — in these parts one knows all too well what that means. Grey, wolf-grey it creeps up, unnoticed it sneaks up on you, crouches behind a last, halting … Read more Paul Celan: “An hour, lapped up by wolves”
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
Her corpse was found only 4 months after her assassination, in the Landwehrkanal in Berlin where her murderers had thrown her on January 15 1919. The place is memorialized by a sculpture (you’ll see at the end of the video below). She was shot together with Karl Liebknecht (whose body was delivered anonymously to a morgue) — the two being socialists (& the founders of the Spartacus League) during the … Read more Rosa Luxemburg & Karl Liebknecht: Murdered 100 Years Ago Today — & Paul Celan’s Poem “You Lie.”
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