Monday, May 15, 2017

DEVILS IN DAYLIGHT: The tragedy of James Comey

“What I am about to tell you is a secret. You are not to breathe a word of it to another soul! Later tonight, at around one o’clock, in a certain part of Tokyo, a crime…a homicide will be performed. I want to get ready now and go see it happen, and I want you to go as well. So what do you say? Will you join me?  ~ Sonomura, who learned of this planned crime through a series of cryptograms. Junichiro Tanizaki–DEVILS IN DAYLIGHT



       Ilustrado-author Miguel Syjuco -- currently a Visiting Assistant Professor of Practice, Literature, and Creative Writing at ... NYU Abu Dhabi -- contributed a piece explaining that Art and literature are vital to democracy -- here's why to the World Economic Forum on ASEAN 2017 -- and it's good to see that being part of the discussion. 

“The title of this novel, in Italian, is Lacci, which means shoelaces. We see them on the cover, thanks to an illustration the author chose himself. A person, presumably a man, wears a pair of shoes whose laces are tied together. It is a knot that will surely trip him up, that will get him nowhere. We don’t see the expression on the man’s face, in fact we see very little of his body. And yet we fear for him, feel a little sorry for him, perhaps laugh at him, given that he already seems to be in the act of falling on his face.”
From the Introduction by Jhumpa Lahiri, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author in her own right, and the translator of this novel.  - Domenico Starnone–TIES

Instead of spying on the entire population's web histories and undermining the encryption that, for example, allows us to bank online safely, Liberal Democrats would put money back into community policing and concentrate on intelligence-led, targeted surveillance

Lib Dems pledge to end 'Orwellian' snooping powers in manifesto

News from the Profession. Former Deloitte Employee Sentenced for Attempted Murder (Caleb Newquist, Going Concern). “Deloitte fired Fowler in 2015 after discovering that he used his company credit card to ‘pay for family vacations and buy thousands of dollars’ worth of gift cards.'”

“I never felt entirely like just one more member of the gang: I was and wasn’t, I did and didn’t, I was inside and out, like a witness or onlooker who participated in everything but most of all watched everyone [else] participate…Aside from Zarco and Tere…I barely spoke to anyone on my own, and I wasn’t close to any of them. For all of them I was…a meteorite, a disorientated kid, a posh brat lost among them…” –Gafitas, aka Ignacio Canas Peter Stefan aka Jan Watts
Colombian author Juan Gabriel Vasquez was WINNER of the most prestigious prize in the literary world in 2014, the IMPAC Dublin Award for The Sound of Things Falling.

“Life is the best caricaturist, turning us into caricatures of ourselves…We all have the obligation to make the best caricature possible, to camouflage what we don’t like and exalt what we like best…I’m not just talking about physical attributes, but of the mysterious moral landscape…that gets drawn on our face as life goes by, as we go along making mistakes or getting things right, as we wound others or strive not to, as we lie or deceive or persist…in the ever difficult task of telling the truth.”—Javier Mallarino, caricaturis 

Parsing The Comey Firing Michael Tracey, Medium

Rod Rosenstein, the Mystery Man Behind Comey FiringForeign Policy. From the heart of the blob…