Monthly Archives: November 2011

Rojak: Fandom.

Rojak is a regular collection of assorted links as well as a bulletin summarising the week (or thereabouts) on this blog.

Assorted

Second volume of Beckett’s letters reviewed. [via A Piece of Monologue]

Number one fan. [via The Millions]

German publishing websites in 2001. [via READUX]

Vladimir Sorokin finishes up at Stanford. [via MOBYLIVES]

Radiohead add tour dates. [via Consequence of Sound]

Review of the Sigur Rós live album Inni. [via Pitchfork]

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Omnivore: Getting better all the time.

Omnivore is a regular report on some of the things that I’ve been enjoying during the week (or thereabouts).

I had a rather bad bout of the stomach flu this week, so I’m afraid this edition will be rather thin. I can report, however, that I’m about halfway through Klausen by Andreas Maier as part of German Literature Month.

I’m getting better though.

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Trevor Nunn article.

Over at the Guardian, an article on Trevor Nunn. [via The Guardian]

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National Book Award winners.

The National Book Award winners have been announced. [via National Book Awards]

Fiction: Jesmyn Ward, Salvage the Bones, Bloomsbury USA
Non-fiction: Stephen Greenblatt, The Swerve: How the World Became Modern, W. W. Norton & Company
Poetry: Nikky Finney, Head Off & Split, TriQuarterly, an imprint of Northwestern University Press
Young People’s Literature: Thanhha Lai, Inside Out & Back Again, Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers

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Full take on Parallel Stories.

Scott Esposito’s full take on the very long and apparently sometimes impressive Parallel Stories.

An excerpt:

When Nádas maintains a balance between the action he is describing and the consciousnesses behind it, his characters become lifelike and the scenes meander along at a pleasing clip. But often the modus operandi for Parallel Stories is the opposite — to halt all motion by vastly expanding each and every tick of a heightened moment. Proust could do this with amazing facility, seemingly unable to find a single dull sentiment no matter how deeply he probed a moment, but Nádas’s results are mixed. Beneath this haze of adjectives and excessive details the reader will often enough strike upon genuinely insightful observations, but in the book’s denser stretches the search can become tiresome.

[via Barnes and Noble]

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Leonard Cohen speech.

Leonard Cohen delivers a fine speech upon the acceptance of his Prince of Asturias award. [via YouTube]

Transcribed excerpt from the first comment:

“Poetry comes from a place that no one commands, that no one conquers. So I feel somewhat like a charlatan to accept an award for an activity which I do not command. In other words, if I knew where the good songs came from I would go there more often.”

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Nota Bene: Sorrow.

“I know your sorrow and I know that for the likes of us there is no ease for the heart to be had from words or reason and that in the very assurance of sorrow’s fading there is more sorrow.  So I offer you only my deeply affectionate and compassionate thoughts and wish for you only that the strange thing may never fail you, whatever it is, that gives us the strength to live on and on with our wounds.”

Samuel Beckett
Letter to Alan Schneider on the death of the director’s father

[Source]

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Lucy Caldwell wins Dylan Thomas Prize.

Lucy Caldwell,author of The Meeting Point, wins the Dylan Thomas Prize, which appears to be Dylan Thomas’s head. [via the thought fox]

The prize is awarded by the University of Wales to writers in the English language under the age of 30.

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Björk’s favourite records.

Björk lists some of her favourite records. [via Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise]

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Rojak: A few good links.

Rojak is a regular collection of assorted links as well as a bulletin summarising the week (or thereabouts) on this blog.

Assorted

Short interview with David Lynch. [via The Guardian]

How Viktor Shklovsky writes. [via Context]

Girls perform “Vomit” in a church. [via Pitchfork]

Nice book cover designs. [via JACKET MECHANICAL]

Singaporean bookstores. [via The Wall Street Journal]

Review of Murakami’s 1Q84. [via The Guardian]

A really interesting web thing that turns the New York subway map into a musical instrument. [via Alexander Chen]

Abbey Road turns 80. [via The Telegraph]

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