Posts Tagged ‘ U. S. ’

Interchange – The Unknown Knowns of Cultural Diplomacy – WFHB

Richard Wright (left) and fellow delegates at the First Congress of Black Writers and Artists, Paris, 1956.

For today’s episode producer Bella Bravo spoke with poet Juliana Spahr about her book, Du Bois’s Telegram: Literary Resistance and State Containment. This close study of how state interests have shaped contemporary U.S. literature was published by Harvard University Press in 2018.

In Du Bois’s Telegram, Spahr investigates the relationship between politics and art. Her research focuses on the institutional forces at work during three moments in U.S. literature that sought to defy political orthodoxies through challenging linguistic conventions: first, the avant-garde modernism of the early twentieth century; second, the resistance-movement writing of the 1960s and 1970s; and, finally, in the twenty-first century, the abundance of English-language works integrating languages other than English.

 

Source: Interchange – The Unknown Knowns of Cultural Diplomacy – WFHB

User Clip: Ralph Nader Tells it Like it Is | C-SPAN.org

He has another book. His cause has not changed.Here is the opening few minutes & he’s just getting warmed up.

Source: User Clip: Ralph Nader Tells it Like it Is | C-SPAN.org

Cyanide bombs: US says it’s OK to kill wild animals with deadly poison – BBC News

M-44 devices, in use since the sixties, have been reauthorised for use despite opposition.

Source: Cyanide bombs: US says it’s OK to kill wild animals with deadly poison – BBC News

Noam Chomsky: To Make the US a Democracy, the Constitution Itself Must Change

While progressive in many ways by the standards of the day, the U.S. was founded on two brutal racist principles: the most hideous system of slavery in human history, the source of much of its wealth (and England’s too), and the need to rid the national territory of Native Americans, whom the Declaration of Independence explicitly describes as “the merciless Indian savages,” and whom the framers saw as barring the expansion of the “superior” race.

Immigrants … were supposed to be white immigrants — in fact, basically “Anglo-Saxon,” in accord with weird racist myths of the founding fathers that persisted through the 19th century.

Source: Noam Chomsky: To Make the US a Democracy, the Constitution Itself Must Change

Climate Scientists leave US for France (reposted from the Guardian; not their headline) – Zeitgeist Spam

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Camille Parmesan: ‘We are now sure of what we only suspected years ago. Policy needs to catch up with science.’ Photograph: Lloyd Russell/University of Plymouth

Climate Scientists Leave U.S. for France

 

(Where do the dreams go?) – Thomas Wolfe e Borderproject2017 | Vengodalmare, December 24, 2017

(Where do the dreams go?) – Thomas Wolfe e Borderproject2017 | Vengodalmare

two excerpts in Italian from Vengodalmare translated to a rudimentary English by Google Translate:

[..] There is nothing more instructive and joyful than immersion in a community of human beings of a completely different race, a race that respects, with whom you sympathize, of which you are proud even if you do not belong to them. The fullness of life of the Armenians, their rough affability, their noble working bones, the inexpressible distaste for any metaphysics and the wonderful familiarity with the world of real things – all this told me: you are still lucid, do not fear your time, do not get smart.
It will not have been because I was in the midst of a people celebrated for its fervid activity and yet lived based not on clocks of stations or public offices, but on the time of the sundials, like the one I saw in the ruins of Zvartnoc in the form of a wheel or a rose engraved in the stone? (Osip Mandelstam)

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So, when all my soul will be
in the paradise of you
(in which only I understand
I grow and see)
the scaffolding of my body,
the bones, which are still with you,
the muscles, the strength, the veins,
that shape this house,
they will come back again.

from Angelo, look at the past –
Thomas Wolfe

 

 

How You Can Help Refugees in the United States