“He was small, strange, chimerical, focused, intense, almost feverish,” a friend, the Polish novelist Witold Gombrowicz, recalled in a diary entry. His fiction, too, was small and strange. Schulz’s surviving output consists of just two collections of short fiction, some letters, a few essays, and a handful of stray stories. His longest work spans about 150 pages.
In Poland, a narrative of history that embraces fragmentation, diversity, and intermingling is unavoidably political, disrupting a long-standing mythology of the country as a homogeneous Catholic nation.
Although both James Joyce and his editor Sylvia Beach included Spain from the first moment in their international promotion strategy for Ulysses, and the book had acquired considerable fame throughout the literary world in the West, Spanish-language readers had to wait 23 years, until 1945, to read Joyce’s magnum opus in their own language.
They had to wait for a humble insurance salesman with an erratic literary career, with practically no background in translation, and with a knowledge of English that was centainly below what could be expected for such a task: José Salas Subirat faced this titanic challenge all alone and out of love for the task itself.
Irish islamaphobe condemns Halal grocery as evidence of creeping islamification, is subsequently forcefully reminded of the global proliferation of Irish pubs. Oh. Meanwhile, the Science behind “Blade Runner”’s Voight-Kampff test has been explained.
Killing the Commons: a reading list. Better start reading now. And also, what happens when Lyme disease becomes an identity?). And a manual that I certainly welcome: How to survive an open office.
The only possible way to reduce carbon emissions produced by capitalism, is to abolish their root cause—capitalism itself. -- a sentiment with which I tend to agree. Meanwhile, your massive surprise hospital bills are making bank for private equity. Oh, Blackstone ... also busy ruining what remains of a rental market wth reaonable prices here in my own city of Copenhagen. By the way: it this not what they tell us is not even remotely possible: A generalized method for re-identifying people in "anonymized" data-sets?
The Pizza Effect - as in "Modern pizza toppings are commonly thought to have originated in Italy, but in fact they were developed by Italian immigrants in the United States and then exported back to Italy." More examples at the link. I believe there is some affinity with invented traditions.
Something very moving: In a World Full of Cruelty and Injustice, Becoming a Mother Anyway.
US Inequality Rises: "The number of billionaires in the United States has more than doubled in the last decade, from 267 in 2008 to 607 last year, according to UBS." and meanwhile "Rents in New York have risen twice as fast as wages, according to StreetEasy data from 2010-2017, squeezing lower-income residents. And the number of homeless people sleeping in the city’s shelters is 70% higher than a decade ago".
New York’s new malls: Hudson Yards, Empire Outlets, and more: "Experts claim retail is dead, but the “vertical centers” and “food halls” in America’s densest city just keep coming." One big shopping mall. At odds with previous.
Neanderthals glued their tools together: “We continue to find evidence that the Neanderthals were not inferior primitives but were quite capable of doing things that have traditionally only been attributed to modern humans,” said co-author Paolo Villa, adjunct curator at the University of Colorado Museum of Natural History.
Class and optimism: "What I’m describing here is a little different from the tendency for posh people to be more confident than the rest of us, but perhaps connected. My point is that posh folk are more optimistic than others not just about their personal prospects, but about prospects for the economy generally."
A Field Goes to War With Itself: "While medievalists battle, white nationalists try to co-opt the past." Has that tendency not always been there? After all, and at least in Europe, this is the period where territorial state formations start appearing. Fertile ground.
Inside Paraguay’s failed Aryan ‘utopia’: "Deep in the jungle of central Paraguay, a town announces itself with a wire sign suspended between two stone towers that look like freestanding Medieval turrets: “Bienvenidos a Nueva Germania,” it reads. A few thousand people live in “New Germany” today, but if the town’s founders had their way, it would have taken over the entire South American continent."
Private Equity and "Institutional" Investor Owned U.K. Utility Engaged in Massive Fraud, Regulatory Evasions, Worker Coercion, Caused "Catastrophic" Environmental Damage: well, color me surprised. And not about this, either: 'We all suffer': why San Francisco techies hate the city they transformed. And then there is the gig economy, and the fact that Alabamians defend the arrest of woman whose fetus died in shooting. I should stop following the news.
The new left economics: how a network of thinkers is transforming capitalism says The Guardian. Does not seem as if they transform anything. Yet? Britain ‘increasingly divided’ with most influential people five times more likely to have gone to private school - good place to start transforming. See also the sham of shareholder capitalism.
Furthermore, 9 people built an illegal $5M Airbnb empire in New York - and screwed the poor yet again. No wonder our neoliberal overlords love the gig and sharing economies, eh? But at least Microsoft employees want to starve its PAC, which keeps giving money to homophobic, racist, climate-denying Republicans.
Walmart got a $2.2 billion tax cut and now it's laying off workers, while in Chicago, the rich live 30 years longer than the poor. No one should be a billionaire complements Germany’s business barons are finding it harder to keep a low profile. And at the same time the chance of a 15-year-old boy dying by the age of 50 is now higher in America than in Bangladesh, but the article also points out that there are some positive signs in worldwide demographics.
Will Hot-Desking Kill Your Company? "Hot-desking is a working arrangement where employees have no assigned desk. Each morning you get a workstation based on that old standby, first-come-first-served. If you show up at 5:30 a.m. then you'll likely have your pick. Later than 9 a.m., then probably you'll get what's left even if that means working apart from your colleagues. The theory behind this idea is that it provides companies with increased flexibility in managing office space." And I thought open space offices were bad enough.
I Made Meringues Out of My Own Blood and Ate Them: No. Just no.
- Auschwitz Is Not a Metaphor: "The new exhibition at the Museum of Jewish Heritage gets everything right—and fixes nothing."
- Yes, You Should Delete Facebook: " Facebook knows so much about you they can make you believe they’re listening to your personal conversations. They have so much data about you they can send you ads that have an uncanny relevance to what is going on in the real world."
- ‘High likelihood of human civilisation coming to end’ by 2050, report finds: "Over-conservative climate scenarios mean we could face ‘world of outright chaos’, says analysis authored by former fossil fuel executive and backed by former head of Australia’s military."
- Autofiction: fiction of facts
- A mysterious nonprofit made millions suing companies to put California cancer warnings on coffee: Somebody found a niche to make money in. But is it legit?
- The Gambling Nuns of Torrance, California: Weird as weird goes. I sense that this will become a movie, and perhaps sooner than later.
- The Truffaut Essays That Clear Up Misguided Notions of Auteurism
- William Godwin’s Stunning 1794 Advice to a Young Activist on How to Confront the Status Quo with Self-Possession, Dignity, and Persuasive Conviction: "Above all… abstain from harsh epithets and bitter invective… Truth can never gain by passion, violence, and resentment. It is never so strong as in the firm, fixed mind, that yields to the emotions neither of rage nor fear."