Monthly Archives: May 2013

Brian Eno talks about visual art.

Brian Eno talks about his work in visual art in this short film. [via YouTube]

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Edition Additions: Variations and sad children.

pictures and variations

These arrived yesterday.

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Franca Rame, 1928-2013.

The theatre artist Franca Rame has died. [via The Guardian] She was, as many readers will know, one half of the great Rame and Fo duo.

Here she performs the monologue Lo stupro (The Rape):

[via YouTube]

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Free music.

Hey look, David Byrne and St. Vincent have released some music as a free download. They’ve called it the Brass Tactics EP. Follow the link for your download. [via Love This Giant]

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Freewheelin’ at 50.

The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan is fifty (fifty!) years old, and Consequence of Sound has a feature on it right here. [via Consequence of Sound]

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Monday translation.

Do we as readers subconsciously make these “corrections”? How far can they go? One of the things that always surprises me when talking about Woolf’s Mrs Dalloway is how little attention is given to the fact that this novel presents the suicide of one of its characters as a gift of individual to collective, on a par with, or at least comparable to, the party that Mrs. Dalloway throws for her well-to-do friends, or indeed the writing of the book itself. These are not fashionable or “safe” thoughts. At the crucial moment, when Septimus Warren Smith, feeling threatened by another doctor’s visit, throws himself from the window onto the railings below, he yells “I’ll give it to you!” The Italian translation offers, “Lo volete voi,” which in English literally is “It’s you who want it!” or, more idiomatically, “You asked for it!” Was the translator aware she had altered the text?

Tim Parks talks a little bit about translation. [via NYRB]

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Rojak: This happens to me a lot.

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

Assorted

The latest edition of Five Dials discusses, among other topics, Kate Bush, Will Self, and Sonic Youth. [via Five Dials]

The curse of reading and forgetting. [via The Book Bench]

How the original edition of Holloway by Robert Macfarlane, Stanley Donwood, and Dan Richards was made. [via The Thought Fox]

Lydia Davis on writing on Twitter. [via The Guardian]

Arrested Development x academia. [via The Millions]

John Freeman leaves Granta. [via Conversational Reading]

Watch Sigur Rós perform on Leno. [via Consequence of Sound]

Bulletin

This week:

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Omnivore: Just one.

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

I’ve sort of been on holiday this week, and so I haven’t really done much. I did finish Wittgenstein’s Mistress, however.

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Gordimer vs. Coetzee

She took the microphone and said she was “surprised, shocked and distressed” that, having come to speak out about the treatment of Rushdie, she now needed to defend Cosaw. “I think that it is very surprising to me that my friend and colleague John Coetzee, without really discussing it with me or anyone in Cosaw, has sprung this public attack upon us. But that is a democratic right and that is what we are here to defend.”

Remembering the confrontation between Nadine Gordimer and J.M. Coetzee over the Salman Rushdie incident in South Africa. [via The Guardian]

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Till tomorrow?

till tomorrow

The Next Day arrived in my mail today. Hello, Mr Bowie!

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