CO2 & Covid-19

Press Release from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) 10/14/2020 Biggest CO2 drop: Real-time data show Covid-19’s massive impact on global emissions While the ongoing Corona pandemic continues to threaten millions of lives around the world, the first half of 2020 saw an unprecedented decline in CO2 emissions – larger than during the financial crisis of 2008, the oil crisis of the 1979, or even World War … Read more CO2 & Covid-19

Mohammed Dib: Celebrating 100 Years

Via the always excellent ArabLit Today: The great Algerian author Mohammed Dib was born 100 years ago today: At least four French publications are celebrating the Dib centenary: There has been a reissue of Dib’s collection Formulaires, a co-edition of his book of photographs and memoirs of Tlemcen (Tlemcen or Places of Writing), a special section in the magazine Europe, and a special edition of Fassl that focuses on writing about Dib. Young Mohammed Dib. The novelist, … Read more Mohammed Dib: Celebrating 100 Years

Safaa Fathy: Souffler un autre esprit / Breathe another spirit

Egyptian/French poet, filmmaker & philosopher Safaa Fathy gives a reading/talk in the context of  “Philosopher en temps d’épidémie” with English subtitles.     also check out:  

Commentaries on 6 Paul Celan Poems

Re: Tenebrae, White and Light, Speech-Grille, Snowbed, Matière de Bretagne & Rubble Scow   These are reduced translated versions, with some additional materials, of Barbara Wiedemann’s superb KOMMENTAR in her Paul Celan: Neue kommentierte Gesamtausgabe. Die Gedichte (Suhrkamp 2018) All poems taken from Sprachgitter | Speechgrille: All poems in this 1959 volume were written between 3. 6. 1955 and 11. 3. 1958. Speechgrille is the smallest of Celan’s collections; the period in question — … Read more Commentaries on 6 Paul Celan Poems

Mahmood Darwish: Opening Pages of “Memory of Forgetfulness”

Getting up on the first morning after we started shelter-in-place here in New York, I went as always straight to the kitchen to start the ritual of making coffee — & immediately thought that the book I wanted/needed to reread at that/this moment was Mahmood Darwish’s Memory of Forgetfulness, which I have done on other occasions over the years since it was published by the University of California Press … Read more Mahmood Darwish: Opening Pages of “Memory of Forgetfulness”

Meanwhile, & despite the Virus, Global Warming Needs Action Too!

Press Release by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research 23/03/2020 Coal exit benefits outweigh its costs Coal combustion is not only the single most important source of CO2, accounting for more than a third of global emissions, but also a major contributor to detrimental effects on public health and biodiversity. Yet, globally phasing out coal remains one of the hardest political nuts to crack. New computer simulations by … Read more Meanwhile, & despite the Virus, Global Warming Needs Action Too!

Michel Deguy: “Coronation”

CORONATION “The coronavirus”… already a hemistich! The epigram can cadence !   Contamination comes down the Contamines Your confines my confines confine themselves But our confines overwhelm confinement Wewe contaminates itself I hear the economy shrink in the purse-exchanges   Ten million Chinese will have lost face    Masks and videos glare & face off    Fat Trump has tweeted “No virus in the States” Putin has put God … Read more Michel Deguy: “Coronation”

Robert Kelly Events @ Louisville

  This weekend (February 20 to 22) as part of the48th Louisville Conference on Literature & Culture, there will be three panels on the poetry of Robert Kelly, as a celebration of Kelly’s work & the simultaneous publication of volume 2 of the RK books I edited: A City Full of Voice: Essays on the Work of Robert Kelly, which will available at the conference. For the full conference … Read more Robert Kelly Events @ Louisville

Ancient Antarctic ice melt increased sea levels by 3+ metres – and it could happen again. 

Via    Newsroom   & Potsdam-Institut:  12 FEB 2020 SHERRY LANDOW Rising ocean temperatures drove the melting of Antarctic ice sheets and caused extreme sea level rise more than 100,000 years ago, a new international study led by UNSW Sydney shows. Fine layers of ancient volcanic ash in the ice helped the team pinpoint when the mass melting took place. Image: AntarcticScience.com Mass melting of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet … Read more Ancient Antarctic ice melt increased sea levels by 3+ metres – and it could happen again.