Sunday, May 08, 2022

Handwriting Has A Power That Computers Can Never Create

 "It takes immense arrogance to be a first sentence. An unbearable aplomb to  break the  silence  

It is not the work of a biographer to expose her subject’s least attractive private moments and  move on … 

The child of Jewish emigrants from Poland, Rachelle Zylberberg was born in Belgium on December 26, 1929. As a 23-year-old in 1953, the self-declared “the Queen of the Night“ revolutionised club dancing at the Whisky à Gogo, one of the first popular postwar clubs in Paris by installing a linoleum dance floor and replacing the jukebox with disc jockeys playing records on two turntables. Régine Zylberberg, often known mononymously as Régine, was a Belgian-born French singer and nightclub impresario. Clever operator who dubbed herself the "Queen of the Night".

Handwriting Has A Power That Computers Can Never Create

"When you’ve written something by hand, the only person who could have done it is you. It’s unmistakable you wrote this, touched it, laid hands and eyes upon it. Something written by hand is a piece of your personality on paper. Typed words are not a fair swap." - LitHub

In our house almost everything we collected around Australia and Europe has a story associated with it, our living-dining room is like a novel. The plot unfolds with an assortment of potteries…

Mysterious vibrations
. Can the musical note A really trigger cold sweats, fits of depression, and even sightings of dead people? Musical Mystery 

Hailing from Montreal, Leatherdale moved to San Francisco in the 1970s to study photography at the San Francisco Art Institute. He quickly gravitated toward portraiture, a practice he would master after moving New York in spring 1978. New in town, Leatherdale stayed at Robert Mapplethorpe’s loft while the photographer was in Amsterdam. 

Marcus Leatherdale, Who Photographed New York’s Downtown Art Marcus Leatherdale, Who Photographed New York’s Downtown Art Scene, Dies at 69 

       Arundhati Roy Q & A 

       Later this week, Arundhati Roy will be picking up this year's St. Louis Literary Award -- awarded to: "a living writer with a substantial body of work that has enriched our literary heritage by deepening our insight into the human condition and by expanding the scope of our compassion" -- and leading up to that Tobeya Ibitayo has A conversation with the 2022 St. Louis Literary Award recipient Arundhati Roy at St. Louis Magazine
       She admits to having never heard of the prize before they let her know that she had won it; I wonder how often that happens with literary prizes. 
       (This one has been around since 1967, and though not exactly high-profile it has a very solid list of winners, including many of the American standard-bearers (Philip Roth is a notable exception, perhaps having fallen short in the compassion-scope-expanding area ...) and several Nobel laureates (Saul Bellow, Seamus Heaney, Mario Vargas Llosa).)

Why Pessimism Is Useful

We are so quick to equate pessimism with passivity or fatalism or despair, and to reject it on that basis – for, of course, we do not want a philosophy that tells us to give up. But is that really what pessimism means? - Aeon

… for longevity and spread, no infectious disease has left its scars on a body of literature like tuberculosis (TB).