I was in love again. I was in trouble
Theology’s Invisible Hand Commonweal
Something strange happens to fans when they watch football. Even more so when watching the national team. For many, as their team progresses through a tournament, superstition takes over. They have to wear the same shirt (unwashed) as last time, or be in the same place to watch the game. The weather’s the same – an omen surely? Is the match on the BBC or ITV? In the 1998 World Cup, England even had their own faith healer. But Eileen Drewery couldn’t stop them losing to Argentina on penalties in the second round and was among the reasons Glenn Hoddle got sacked as manager the following year.
Writer Marie Moïse describes her search for her roots and traces her family’s history of cross-Atlantic displacement.
In The Kathmandu Post Srizu Bajracharya has a Q & A with Nepali poet Sulochana Manandhar Dhital, in ‘The only way to be a writer is to write and write’.
Best sci-fi of the past decade ?
They've published the results of the NPR Books Summer Poll 2021, in We Asked, You Answered: Your 50 Favorite Sci-Fi And Fantasy Books Of The Past Decade.
Crowd-sourced and hence pretty predictable, but not a bad starting-list .
'Reproductive labour in Scandinavian poetry'
At Eurozine they have an English translation of Elisabeth Friis's piece, originally published in Passage, on 'Reproductive labour in Scandinavian poetry', in the nicely titled ‘I see a similarity between myself and potatoes’.
In the UK, there's the Women's Prize for Fiction, in Australia they have the Stella Prize, "celebrating Australian women's writing" (fiction and non), and now in Germany they have the BücherFrauen-Literaturpreis, a €10,000 prize being awarded for the first time this year and honoring works by women authors which 'contribute to the equality of the sexes and the strengthening of women and girls' -- and they've now announced the shortlist for this year's prize.
Two of the five titles are translations -- both from the English.
Rosa Liksom Q & A
hlo continue their 'The State of Things'-interview series, now with Rosa Liksom: Humanity May Still Choose Another Path.
Among her responses:
Literature has removed itself from nature, and humanity itself has lost its emotions and sensuality. Stepping into their place are bare intellect and economics. The language of economics has been infused into art, and has become art's language, as well as that of literature.