VAGUE.



Miles Davis: Berlin 1973 from Jamie Wightman on Vimeo.




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Take Part > What You Can Do to Help in Haiti [amerikanische Links]




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Mit Sprache unterwegs. Literarische Reportagen nach Joseph Roth.

Zehn österreichische Autorinnen und Autoren sind im Rahmen des aktuellen Projekts mitSprache unterwegs beauftragt, sich schreibend und reisend mit der literarischen Gattung der Reportage auseinanderzusetzen. Als ideeller Bezugspunkt dieses Projekts dient Joseph Roth mit seinen wechselnden Schreiborten (z. B. Galizien, Berlin, Wien, Paris) und Themen (z.B. Migration, Leben in Vorstädten, Minderheiten, technischer Fortschritt und Industrialisierung).



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2009

Harper's Magazine: Yearly Review

Sea levels continued to rise, and a 40-yard-wide asteroid just missed the earth. The Mediterranean Sea was plagued by blobs. Pope Benedict XVI visited Africa; in Angola he warned against witchcraft, corruption, and condoms. Papal archaeologists in Rome authenticated the bones of Saint Paul the Apostle, and Jesus Christ was dismissed from jury duty in Alabama. Toxic-mining wastes in Idaho were killing tundra swans; a man in Munich received a two-year suspended sentence for beating another man with a swan. Highly aggressive supersquirrels were menacing gray squirrels in England, where the Law Lords were replaced with a new Supreme Court whose justices wear no wigs, and where cosmetic nipple surgery was increasingly popular. A London taxi driver tied one end of a rope around a post and the other around his neck and drove away, launching his head from the car. Anglican hymns were sung at Darwin’s tomb. Two Yellowstone National Park workers were fired for peeing into Old Faithful. Sarah Palin published a book, and Sylvia Plath’s son hanged himself in Alaska.



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APP
"Must we b sbjct to yt another abrv? Why does the English language have to fit on a two-inch screen? I hate the sound of it. I think I'll listen to a symph on the rad." -- Edward R. Bolt, Grand Rapids, Mich.
Lake Superior State University 2010 List of Banished Words




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Audioarchiv kritischer Theorie & Praxis. Emanzipatorische Inhalte zum Hören.




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Über das Wort Kantinenbonvivant in Jens Malte Fischers Mahler-Biografie freue ich mich nach fünf Tagen noch immer.




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Daniele Tamagni > Gentlemen of Bacongo




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TERENCE KOH, AFTER DARK (2007)

After Dark maps obscure public spaces downtown that are known to be havens for sexual and promiscuous gestures. The artist Terence Koh claims to have personally tested each of these sites in researching this map.
Get Lost: Terence Koh




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A social democracy of fear is something to fight for.
Langer, interessanter, guter Text darüber, warum Sozialdemokratie wohl so beängstigend für Menschen in den USA ist. Und wie sie argumentieren könnte, um es nicht mehr zu sein. [ & dass das ein Text nicht nur über eine mentale Ausgangslage in den USA ist, merkt man beim Lesen schon selbst ]: NYRB > Tony Judt: What Is Living and What Is Dead in Social Democracy?




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Im Hörspiel Pool von Bayern 2 lässt sich gerade als Podcast Playtextplay I von Raymond Federman downloaden, der am 6. Oktober verstorben ist [Hier der Nachruf seiner Tochter Simone in Federmans Weblog und ein wenig davor Federman, über seinen Nachruf nachdenkend.]




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Greil Marcus, Werner Sollors: A New Literary History of America. Hier sind einige Leseproben (Pick a card, any card), unter anderem Marcus über Moby Dick, Camille Paglia über Tennessee Williams, Jonathan Lethem über Thomas Edison, Marcus und Sollors über Hurricane Katrina. Hier das Inhaltsverzeichnis in Form einer Timeline.




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Korrekturen.

Meir Javedanfar, writing days later in The Guardian, asserted that Persian Jews referred to their shawls by the Hebrew word tzitzit; that Sabourjian was not a Jewish surname; that Ahmadinejad’s father was an observant Shia Muslim who once worked as a teacher of Koran; and that his mother was a Seyyede, one of a priestly caste descended directly from the Prophet Muhammad. Apparently, the family only changed their name to advance their class: Who wants to be “Mr. Weaver-and-dyer-of-carpets”—“painted thread” being the more accurate translation of sabour—when you could be called the scion of Ahmad, one of the many names of the polyonymous Prophet (also, Ahmad was the name of Ahmadinejad’s father).
All of which is a terrible shame...
n+1, Joshua Cohen, Famous Infamous Jews, kleines großes Stück über eine Infamie des Daily Telegraph




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Ownership of the writer.

This Sunday, 160 years almost to the day since his sorry passing, Poe will finally be given the send off that his multitude of fans passionately believe he deserved. At 11.30am, a life-size recreation of his body will be carried in a horse-drawn carriage from his Baltimore home in Amity Street, to the Westminster Burying Ground where not one, but two full-length ceremonies will be held in front of up to 700 admirers, some of whom will have travelled from as far away as Vietnam.

Sehr seltsame Geschichte im Guardian: An diesem Sonntag wird in Baltimore Edgar Allan Poe begraben.




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INTERVIEWER
When did you know you wanted to write?

DIDION
I wrote stories from the time I was a little girl, but I didn’t want to be a writer. I wanted to be an actress. I didn’t realize then that it’s the same impulse. It’s make-believe. It’s performance. The only difference being that a writer can do it all alone. I was struck a few years ago when a friend of ours—an actress—was having dinner here with us and a couple of other writers. It suddenly occurred to me that she was the only person in the room who couldn’t plan what she was going to do. She had to wait for someone to ask her, which is a strange way to live.

the paris review > joan didion: the art of fiction (interview 1978) [pdf]

[the paris review > interview archive]




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the reptilian, id-driven region

Somehow these interludes do not strike me as at all plausible.
n+1 > Justin E. H. Smith, Sea Slugs. Schleimhäute, Transgression, Kannibalismus, germanisches Erbe, warum Muschi kein gutes Wort ist, Welt gegen Süddeutsche:Sehr lustiger Text über Charlotte Roches Feuchtgebiete




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