Thursday, April 17, 2014
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Futurology is alive and well, though futurologists are almost always wrong. Still we listen, yearning for salvation from our human condition. From predicting AI within 20 years to mass-starvation in the 1970s, those who foretell the future often come close to doomsday preachers Glass must be Half Full...
दिवंगत आत्मा को शांति
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
PS: Sydney, once home to the Rum Corps, is now apparently home to the Penfold Grange Corps, writes Tony Wright in a sketch piece surrounding today's events.
The Pulitzer Prizes Just Demolished The Idea That Edward Snowden Is A Traitor to-the-snowden-story-system-a-pulitzer-might-have-gone
Ezra Klein on Vox’s Launch, Media Condescension, and Competing With Wikipediaezra-klein-interview-vox-launch
Monday, April 14, 2014
To paraphrase Freud, sometimes a border crisis is just a border crisis.
Chapter one of Cass Sunstein’s On Rumours
Instructions for Lovers: teaching them, how to demean themselves towards their Sweet-hearts How to sweet talk your lady circa 1656 ; How to compliment lady circa 1663
Winner -take all
(Inscription in the sands.)
Water is the strongest.
How many have waded into water before you?
Ask the days, when you return.
Follow the flight of heaven’s birds and the heavenly
bodies, the counter-currents, the shine and the
dulled fury of the surface that hungers.
Share your food with water, with the fishy smell and
Don’t disturb them while feeding.
You step barefoot into water and you carry your life in
The cormorants’ shriek is more intelligible to water
than human words.
The shrilling of the kingfishers, whose nest the
fishermen knocked over, will forever be repeated by
the reeds as their most cryptic song.
Murmur accompanies every movement, but there are
more silent surfaces too.
Water journeys onwards.
Traverses the bodies of pilgrims.
Splashes over them.
Have you praised that language?
Have you heard that tongue?
Where were you, if you were not by water?
Carry water in vessels, whenever the opportunity
Give water to flowers and the slender arboreal kinds.
Water is the strongest.
Speech that is uttered by water will remain in the land,
and above the surface it shall be borne afar. The riverbank, fortified by the alders’ roots, is
a rendezvous of the land’s defensive powers.
The secret of the soil’s fertility is guarded by the trees,
to which the rivers tune their flow.
The sough of the willow leaves is an echo of the mother
Whether you have a brother or none, along the
waterline you are blood brother of the savage who understands all important things, even though he understands no others.
Sunday, April 13, 2014
The first reviews -- a batch of forty-five -- were posted at the complete review fifteen years ago today, on 5 April 1999.
Which is pretty much all I have to say -- I don't really know how to mark these (non-)occasions.
They've announced the shortlists for the (Australian) NSW Premier's Literary Awards.
Among the categories: there's a: 'Community Relations Commission Award for a Multicultural NSW'. The winners will be announced 19 May Three days after few hangovers ...
The fiction category winner was Skutečná událost, by Of Kids & Parents-author Emil Hakl; see also the (Czech) Argopublicity page.
The translation category winner was Robert Svoboda's translation of Esterházy Péter's Celestial Harmonies (get your copy of the English translation at Amazon.com orAmazon.co.uk).
I couldn't read anything but what is considered lowbrow sci fi literature which I really loveBut how great to hear that he went on to write his own (and publish it under a pseudonym) -- and that, as Jan Velinger reports at Radio Praha, Prague rabbi pens literary hit of season, as the first volume of his planned tetralogy, Altschulova metoda (see the (Czech) Torst publicity page), has become a big hit
Sounds pretty wild -- I'd love to hear more about this.
"Eventually it comes to you: the thing that makes you exceptional, if you are at all, is inevitably that which must also make you lonely."
~ Lorraine Hansberry, journal entry, (16 May 1958)
NYC Before & After
:U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor talks about her memoir at Seton Hall": The Record of Hackensack - There were so many people I wanted to touch and I couldn’t
Once upon a time, gazing at ruins was considered one of life’s most exquisite pleasures. Ruins can evoke a pleasurable melancholy as well a nightmarish dread. They are about decay, oblivion, but also hope. Maybe that's why we can’t get enough...Mittleurope
Saturday, April 12, 2014
~All will be lost
“Computers had brought the blues to the white collar workplace. The green characters of the visual display terminal . . . suggest some kind of menace.”
Office life is weird, inefficient and dysfunctional. We turn up first thing in the morning at gigantic glass and steel boxes, where we pass the day being nice to people we don’t necessarily like. We speak an opaque language full of “going forwards” and “key deliverables”; we spend hours around conference tables in meeting rooms and at our desks composing emails that may never get read. And then, having failed to get much done in the glass box, we go home and continue to work on our laptops and smartphones at home.Weird Office Lives
That book lived for about two years before hitting multiple bestseller lists, due in part to her tireless promotion. Now,Ketchup is a Vegetable and Other Lies Moms Tell Themselves, is re-released, and Mrs. O'Bryant has a two-book deal with St. Martin's Press.
Friday, April 11, 2014
I told my girls, I told them, if somebody interesting talks to you, you say a few things too. You might as well breathe at the same time & let the words out in the air. Don’t just ask questions, I told them. Give things away. Give yourself away.”
"In spite of the fact that TLS readers know at least three lines from this poem (some knowing without knowing they know) – “To err is human, to forgive divine”, “A little learning is a dang’rous thing” and “Fools rush in where angels fear to tread” – the poem sold poorly. " Donald W. Nichol • TLS
"Perhaps I’ll disavow the word “confession.” Perhaps the true word would be “admission.”" Lucie Brock Broido • Guernica
And financial trading is not the only ecosystem that is highly complex and aggressive. “I would ask the question, ‘On the savannah, are the hyenas and the vultures the bad guys?’ ” says one of Katsuyama’s more dispassionate colleagues. “We have a boom in carcasses on the savannah. So what? It’s not their fault. The opportunity is there.” Flash Boys of high-frequency computerised trading
- Chair Ron Wyden
- Ranking Member Orin Hatch
- John Koskinen (Commissioner, IRS)
- James McTigue (Director, Tax Issues, Government Accountability Office)
- Nina Olson (National Taxpayer Advocate, IRS)
- Dan Alban (Attorney, Institute for Justice)
- John Barrick (Associate Professor, BYU)
- William Cobb (President & CEO, H&R Block)
- Janis Salisbury (Chair, Oregon Board of Tax Practitioners)
- Chi Chi Wu (Staff Attorney, National Consumer Law Center, Boston