Dog's Odyssey: A Review of David Clerson’s Brothers
Poems from the Dirty Road: Jonathan Travelstead's Conflict Tours
Redemption of Existence
an introduction to politics of/as sorcery
Ambiguous Authorship: throwing in with chance
Writing Between Species: Yoko Tawada's Memoirs of a Polar Bear
Benjamin's method of literal reading is, to my mind, precisely what we should bring to Yoko Tawada’s playful and fascinating new novel Memoirs of a Polar Bear. This is not just because the Japanese-German author is deeply indebted to Kafka, it is also because Memoirs of a Polar Bear is constructed out of three intergenerational polar bear-narrated fictions.
Dominic O'Key Memoirs of a Polar Bear by Yoko Tawada, translated by Susan Bernofsky.
How to Be a Stoic
“Fate permitting” is a standard Stoic phrase meant to remind ourselves that planning things is up to us, but the ultimate outcomes are not under our control. It helps us to develop an attitude of equanimity toward the universe. We should very much try to change things for the better, that’s the whole point of the Stoic discipline of action, as I was saying earlier, and that discipline is connected to the virtue of justice. But we should also be rational about it, and understand that sometimes things go our way, and at other times they don’t.
Sky Cleary interviews Massimo Pigliucci about his book How To Be A Stoic.
Infinitely Naming the Femicide Machine and The Iguana 43
They beat her.
They tied her hands.
They raped her. ...
They tortured her.
They mutilated her while she was alive.
They burned her with cigarettes.
They killed her by strangling her until she asphyxiated.
And they threw her into a vacant lot like she was garbage.
Richard Marshall reviews Sergio González Rodríguez's The Iguala 43 and The Femicide Machine.
I want to split focus. I want to do something badly. I want to do something badly and well at the same time. I want to transcend spectrums of judgement by doing something blissfully awful, transcendentally bad. I want to associate and read the collage of truth in a coffee soaked newspaper. I don't want people to like it. I don't care if they like it. Maybe I do if I want them not to like it. It's not always about liking.
Starting a new interview series States of Anxiety here at 3:AM, Jana Astanov interviews Alex Romania.
In 1964, the Smethwick ward of Birmingham had been the site of a Conservative Party general election campaign associated with the slogan ‘If you want a nigger for a neighbour, vote Liberal or Labour’. The racially charged atmosphere prompted a visit to Smethwick the following year by civil rights activist and former Nation of Islam member, Malcolm X, just days before his assassination in New York. Before the decade’s close, in 1968, Enoch Powell delivered his ‘rivers of blood’ speech to the Birmingham Conservative Political Centre. In 1976, Eric Clapton had voiced his support for Powell’s anti-immigrant stance in a racist rant during a concert at the city’s Odeon theatre which catalysed the formation of the ‘Rock Against Racism’ movement.
Zaheer Kazmi on Sharon Duggal's
Jerk and Whoosh Time
Of course, Cockburn - unlike More or Alexander - was a woman, and it’s likely that sexism has played some part in the neglect of her work. She was writing at a time when men worried that reading made women ‘troublesome or ridiculous’, and debated whether women’s inferiority was due to their feeble bodies or their soggy brain fibres. (Less than eighty years ago, C. D. Broad concludes a book review by writing that its author, Susan Stebbing, must be enjoying something of the exhilaration of a ‘good housewife’ who has completed her spring-cleaning.
Continuing the End Times series, Richard Marshall interviews Emily Thomas.
I wandered over to inspect his merchandise. The coffins were made from a reddish wood. They looked slightly scratched. On a small table there was a laminated menu, like the menus you get in a Chinese restaurant, but with pictures of coffins.
By Alistair McCartney.
A Microreview of Nicole Walker's Micrograms
Microlove and micropain: microthoughts cordoned in a yogurt brain. Microguilt over microgoats, the blood that blooms from a microthroat. Micromoons emitting microlight on a dented hood from a microbike.
Brenna Womer reviews Micrograms by Nicole Walker.
Partisan Coffee House Exhibition
5 to 27 May 2017
Four Corners Gallery, 121 Roman Road, Bethnal Green, London E2 0QN
Free entrance: Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-6pm
The fascinating story of this New Left coffee house, founded by Raphael Samuel alongside Stuart Hall and others. The exhibition includes previously unseen photographs by renowned documentary photographer Roger Mayne, alongside archive material,