Sunday, November 22, 2009

Potpourri (Nov. 23, '09)

The photo is of Tamara Dobson in Cleopatra Jones.

'Only the Nobel Prize eludes [Philip Roth]. “I try not to think about it,” he says.'

'Anyone wishing to sketch a picture of Dutch literature of the past fifty years must look at five major writers: Willem Frederik Hermans, Gerard Reve (both now deceased), Harry Mulisch, Cees Nooteboom, and Hella S. Haasse.'

A 1945 letter by Kurt Vonnegut, POW

Terry Eagleton on Walter Benjamin
A review of The Wall in My Head: Words and Images from the Fall of the Iron Curtain

Imre Kertész stirs controversy in Hungary: 'He reckons that in today's Hungary, it is extremists and antisemites who have their voices heard, and the tendency of lying and suppressing the truth is stronger than ever.'

Eric Hoffer 'was a crank, in the best sense, in an age of poseurs.'

A Guardian interview with Mavis Gallant

Aussie radio interview of Michael Gazzaniga on split brains, etc.

Aussie radio on Seneca and Aristotle

Annabel Lyon interviewed about her Aristotle novel: 'I would come home from going on a date which was kind of miserable, and I’d feel gross and wasn’t ready for bed right away, and I would start reading Aristotle. No wonder I didn’t get more dates.'

Aussie TV documentary on BIID (in which someone with a healthy arm or leg wants it amputated)

Sartre's mescaline visions

Selection bias in the Stanford Prison Experiment?

Frank Wilson on 'Philip K. Dick's deconstruction of madness'

Retrospace lists the best 150 New Wave tunes

WSJ article on cafes (inc. a bit about Vienna cafes) (ht Books, Inq.)

One impact of The Impact Agenda: 'Forty-eight academics, including ten Nobel laureates and 26 fellows of the Royal Society, write an open letter to Research Councils UK calling for the withdrawal of the "ill-advised" policy.'

National Film Board (Canada) posts a 72-minute documentary about Troy Hurtubise's quest for a grizzle-bear-proof suit

The Five Stairsteps:

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