Sunday, July 28, 2002
All the world might be a stage, but Hollywood actors should probably stay off it.
Hollywood's A-list has morphed into a political epidemic that cannot be contained. Once content to limit their extracurricular activities to fashion advertisements, adulterous sex and sunbathing, actors have recently taken an interest in how to run America - nay, the world.
Emma from Sydney
Friday, July 26, 2002
22 July 2022
Milan Kundera fans are wondering why his latest book, Ignorance, which has already been available in Spanish for two years, is still not available in Britain. According to Faber, the book will be published here "to coincide with publication in the States and it is just down to what the author wants". So why has Kundera decided to delay publication in England for so long? His last book, Identity, in 1998 was criticised by The Times for the "clumsy English translation", and the Evening Standard said it was "an impossible novel to review", but otherwise it was greeted with enthusiasm. Perhaps the answer lies with the Birmingham Post, which had the gall to suggest that a central character, Chantal, was prey to "a heightened selonsciousness [sic]". The czeech of it!
Thursday, July 25, 2002
Wednesday, July 24, 2002
Soviet dissident who spent 20 years in and out of labour camps, but who was none too pleased to be set free in America
One of the most significant Soviet dissidents, and for 20 years a thorn in the side of the authorities, Aleksandr Ginzburg was the founder of the samizdat poetry journal Syntaxis, the first independent magazine to appear in the Soviet Union.
Birth & Obituary of Dissident Samizdat
Monday, July 22, 2002
"What does exile mean to your writing?"
Sunday, July 21, 2002
“If you are coming to help me, you are wasting your time. But if you are coming because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.”
--Australian aboriginal woman first quoted on Victory Over Want Discussion Group
Connect - Contribute - Create
Saturday, July 20, 2002
In the last decade, the number of creative writing programs at colleges and universities has nearly doubled, according to figures published by Associated Writing Programs, a non-profit organization based at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va.
In 1992 there were 55 master's of fine arts graduate programs in creative writing in American colleges. Now there are 99. The number of universities offering creative writing degrees at the undergraduate and graduate level is 330, up from 175 a decade ago, reported David Fenza, Associated Writing Programs' executive vice president.
Moreover, the vast majority of the nation's 2,800 college English departments offer courses in writing fiction and poetry, he added.
Little wonder, then, that the dorms and quads are alive with the inspired clickclackclick of typing on computer keyboards--not to mention the gnashing of teeth, an inevitable byproduct of the search for the perfect adjective.
Searching For Words
Friday, July 19, 2002
While hoi polloi do not show much interest in high culture, it is not undemocratic to promote it at the public expense.
Think, wrote the cultural critic Eunice Lipton, "about Michelangelo, van Gogh, Rodin, Picasso, Pollock. Could these artists be lesbians, Asian Americans, Native Americans?" Her point was that if they had been any of these things, they would not have been recognised as "artist-geniuses" (her term); and this by implication shows that the notion of high culture in the western tradition embodies everything that is exclusive of other cultures and elitist within its own.
Wednesday, July 17, 2002
Sunday, July 14, 2002
SHOULD BE PROTECTED AS "ART"
Recognition of Pro-Formalist Movement Gets WorldCom, Andersen Off Hook
Washington, D.C. (SatireWire.com) — In a surprise decision that exonerates dozens of major companies, the U.S. Supreme Court today ruled that corporate earnings statements should be protected as works of art, as they "create something from nothing."
Installing the WorldCom exhibit at MOMA
"One plus one is two. That is math. That is science. But as we have seen, earnings and revenues are abstract and original concepts, ideas not bound by physical constraints or coarse realities, and must therefore be considered art," the Court wrote in its 7-2 decision.
The impact of the ruling was widespread. Investigations into hundreds of firms were cancelled, and collectors began snatching up original balance sheets, audits, and P&L statements from WorldCom, Enron, and Global Crossing. Meanwhile, auditing firms such as Arthur Andersen (now Art by Andersen) were reclassified as art critics, whose opinions are no longer liable.
"Before we had to go in and decide, 'Is it right, or is it wrong?'" said KPMG spokesman Dan Fischer. "Now we must only decide, 'Is it art?'"
In Congress, all further hearings into irregularities were abandoned in favor of an abstract accounting lecture given by Scott Sullivan, former Chief Financial Artist of WorldCom, which had been charged with fraud for improperly accounting for $3.85 billion.
Could you possibly concoct anything more one-sided? You should call the series "Right Angle"—and I don’t mean "correct."
At all hours they come, with a sweet tooth or a lonely soul. They want routine: Dark Mountain Roast coffee, two hazelnut creamers and three sugars. They want thirst relief: 52 ounces of lemonade to carry the construction worker till lunch. At night they want something more -- conversation, maybe a little excitement. Choose your diversion. The college students want a break from studying. The late-shift workers want a snack before bed. The "retired pimp" comes to pick up girls. (He strikes out.) The self-labeled hustler tries to sell electric toothbrushes. (Seven so far tonight, he swears.) The visiting Vegas dancer wants beer. (Try up the road, just over the Maryland line.) A rail-thin woman buys four packs of crackers, two Go-Go Taquitos and a breakfast sandwich, then waits 20 minutes for the 2 a.m. delivery of fresh doughnuts. She buys three.
7-Seven: Looking for something cold during the hot summer months?
Friday, July 12, 2002
You won't have a clue who Bessie was,
and there's no reason you should. Yet Bessie has
her own niche in the political history of the Iron
Curtain. She is the only dog to receive a Political Asylumn.
For the first time in history, electronic publishers can offer readers an opportunity to hear voices from the margins at a speed of light. In electronic publishing, the unexpected happens all the time, and my story is a good example.
We hear often of the sweeping developments that take place across the world. Cold Wars, Hot Wars, economic booms and busts, the rapacious scramble for resources: we hear the warnings of countries, the shouts of other countries in greedy triumph. We rarely see the ways in which these changes impact mere individuals.
My small personal voice dreamed and dreamed about telling a story. All dreamers are, however, aware of Gumperson law of corollary. Gumperson put my dreams to tell my story together in his now famous law which runs like this: "The probability of something happening is in inverse proportion to its desirability."
I am a Stranger Here
Thursday, July 11, 2002
Vote with Your Remote:
Phil Donahue for National TV Host
There’s a new election just around the corner -- and Phil Donahue is the candidate who deserves your vote. In fact, all of us who are interested in watching stimulating television and hearing independent voices and fresh points of view on corporate TV should tune into MSNBC on July 15 at 8pm and weeknights thereafter, to vote with our remotes.
Phil Donahue is perhaps the most honest man on television. Despite his strong feelings and opinions, he's incredibly open and empathic, willing to risk his own embarrassment to discover new insights
Tuesday, July 09, 2002
But to fulfill this vision, we must bring democracy to the people. We must make it accessible, practical, and engaging. Only when people are informed, involved, and empowered will democracy be something that we do as opposed to a staid, unmoving object. The following three proposals would invigorate democracy:
eMocracy our daily bread
Thursday, July 04, 2002
Summer promises us two of life’s great joys; escaping home and reading books — joys that are intimately connected, for not only do many of us read when we’re on the road, but literature and travel are also two of the most effective ways of expanding our horizons.
Books Travel the Best
Rabbi Shmuel Rabinovitch, the chief rabbi of the Western Wall - also known as the Wailing Wall - said today the water stain was discovered four days ago by worshippers who pray at the base of the wall.
Some Jewish mystics believe it is a sign the "wall is crying," signalling the coming of the Messiah, he said.
Rabbi Rabinovitch and the Israel Antiquities Authority are closely watching to see if the 10-by-40 centimetre stain - found on a stone about halfway up the wall - grows or disappears.
Moravian River of Music
Wednesday, July 03, 2002
Guerilla of every author's dreams . . .
Freelance writer Tess Crebbin caused a fuss in a Munich Sushi bar when she left behind her copy of Helen Fielding's "Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason." "I left the restaurant and all of a sudden there's this commotion and a Japanese waiter is chasing me down the street saying, 'You left your book!'" Crebbins says. "I told him, 'Take it back.' He looked at me like I was crazy." Actually, as Rob Brookman writes in this article from Book (via the Utne Reader), Crebbin is one of the "guerilla readers" participating in an effort organized by BookCrossing.com, which "encourages people to experience what it terms 'the karma of literature' by registering books at the site and then depositing them in public places, like coffee shops, airplane seat pockets, and park benches."
under bridges, on airplane seat pockets, in restaurants
Tuesday, July 02, 2002
Do You Know How to Listen?
According to a new study, young women speak more frequently and frankly about sex and sex-related subjects than men do. But this isn't true. Men speak about sex and relationships all the time. It's just in code...
Sport & the City
Escape & the River
Newspaper budget-cutting has triggered a sharp drop in the number of reporters assigned to cover the nation’s increasingly important statehouses.
"There are state offices, like the Department of Insurance, that haven't seen a reporter in years," one journalist told us.
(More at Cold Sad State )
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