The scramble for Timbuktu & the Oldest Library South of the Sahara

From this week’s edition of signandsight, the opening paragraphs of an essay/reportage by Charlotte Wiedemann. The full piece is here : Scenes from the race for influence over Africa’s ancient written culture. The evening light throws pink feathers across the sky. A herd of goats sends dust spiralling into the air and as it settles, a sand-coloured twilight descends on the sand-coloured city. In front of the mud construction … Read more The scramble for Timbuktu & the Oldest Library South of the Sahara

Most happy to be able to report that last night Rae Armantrout was awarded the National Book Critics Circle Award for her book Versed from Wesleyan University Press. As Ron Silliman has said about Rae’s work: “Trying to read a book by Rae Armantrout in a single sitting is like trying to drink a bowl of diamonds. What’s inside is all so shiny & clear & even tiny that … Read more

Private Library's Introduction to Arab Literature

Just came across this series of blog entries by L.D. Mitchell on his Private Library blog, and this sequence on Arabic Literature — start here with # 1 — is a fine introduction with many links (though mainly to wikipedia entries) for further reading. Some lovely images of books and ms. too. Worth checking out, even if the organization of the sequence is not easy to navigate.

From Amtrack to the Feuilletons

Just returned via the Lake Shore Limited (Amtrack can be & often is excellent) from Chicago to New York.  So here, my way of checking some of the Kulchur news each week, namely the roundup as proposed by signandsight for the past week: From the Feuilletons Henryk Broder explains why being dubbed a “hate preacher” can feel like a compliment. Andrzej Stasiuk visits the bare patch of earth that … Read more From Amtrack to the Feuilletons

New e-book: The Tang Extending from the Blade

Canto Diurno #4: The Tang Extending From The Blade by Pierre Joris Author: Format: Pub Date: Publisher: ISBN: Price: Joris, Pierre Ebook 19 January 2010 Ahadada Books N/A Free Canto Diurno #4: The Tang Extending From The Blade by Pierre Joris (1.3 MB) Ahadada Books is pleased to present Canto Diurno #4: The Tang Extending From The Blade by Pierre Joris. The Tang Extending From The Blade is the … Read more New e-book: The Tang Extending from the Blade

Boxing Day 09 Favorite Books List

& the winner (aka my favorite favorite book of the year) is: Kenneth Irby THE INTENT ON Collected Poems, 1962- 2006 672 pages; hardcover; gorgeous Thorpe Feidt painting on cover; designed by Jonathan Greene; $40. North Atlantic Books Poetry Douglas Rothschild, Theogony. subpress. Dave Brinks, The Caveat Onus, meditations. Black Widow Press. kari edwards, Bharat jiva. Belladodonna/Litmus. Jerome Rothenberg, Gematria Complete. Marick Press. Stacy Szymaszek, Hyperglossia, Litmus Press. Robert Kelly, … Read more Boxing Day 09 Favorite Books List

An interesting Poetics Booklist for Late Shoppers…

…via Amazon —  Happy hols, i.e. good reading… Essential Guides to Contemporary Poetics A Listmania! list by Katerina Varga (Montreal, Canada) Share with Friends 1.  The Material of Poetry: Sketches for a Philosophical Poetics (Georgia Southern University Jack N. and Addie D. Averitt Lecture Series) by Gerald L. Bruns $26.95   Used & New from: $16.91 Create your own Listmania! with this product 2.  Disjunctive Poetics: From Gertrude Stein and Louis Zukofsky to … Read more An interesting Poetics Booklist for Late Shoppers…

It's Heidegger déjà vu all over again

Not sure if it is just a very succesful publisher’s stunt, but a few weeks before the publication of the English translation of Emmanuel Faye’s book on Heidegger as the ur-Nazi, “Heidegger: The Introduction of Nazism Into Philosophy,” the intellectually sophisticated media (from the The Chronicle of Higher Education to slate.com) have been wallowing in re-treaded Heidegger discussions. It truly is déjà-vu all over again, as the whole thing … Read more It's Heidegger déjà vu all over again

That Old New British Poetry Scene

Came across an interesting piece by Kent Johnson on the new British Poetry scene on the digital emunction site — with the discussion that follows as interesting as what started it. At the same time it gave me a certain sense of déjà-vu, as if the US (& other places too) always-already-again had to (re)discover only to immediately forget the fact that excellent, experimental, avant, post-avant — or whatever … Read more That Old New British Poetry Scene