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An apology for writing fiction in English in Bangladesh « Dhaka Courier

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William Faulkner claimed he was a failed poet, and theorized that a writer takes up novel writing in the final stage after having failed to write poetry and short story. He considered short story as ‘the most demanding form after poetry’.  This hypothesis, however, does not hold good to me. I never tried to write poetry, though there always is a spate of writing poetry in the alluvial soil of Bangladesh by people in their happy adolescence or at the age of puberty. I also beg to differ with Faulkner on his logic of the pecking order in regard to creative writing skills. Why I took to writing stories then was quite obvious. As a matter of fact, a strong passion for listening to stories was implanted in me in my childhood days while I was used to being lulled to sleep by ghost and horror stories told by my mother. She had to tell me a large number of stories throughout the year which exceeded even the number of the stories of the Arabian Nights. My mom, though a treasure trove of stories, was soon short, and had to improvise to slake my thirst. The typical errors and omissions of her promptly-woven stories would be spotted by me, but my interest never flagged. - See more at: http://www.dhakacourier.com.bd/?p=14399&utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=an-apology-for-writing-fiction-in-english-in-bangladesh#sthash.Df8motYn.dpuf


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William Faulkner claimed he was a failed poet, and theorized that a writer takes up novel writing in the final stage after having failed to write poetry and short story. He considered short story as ‘the most demanding form after poetry’.  This hypothesis, however, does not hold good to me. I never tried to write poetry, though there always is a spate of writing poetry in the alluvial soil of Bangladesh by people in their happy adolescence or at the age of puberty. I also beg to differ with Faulkner on his logic of the pecking order in regard to creative writing skills. Why I took to writing stories then was quite obvious. As a matter of fact, a strong passion for listening to stories was implanted in me in my childhood days while I was used to being lulled to sleep by ghost and horror stories told by my mother. She had to tell me a large number of stories throughout the year which exceeded even the number of the stories of the Arabian Nights. My mom, though a treasure trove of stories, was soon short, and had to improvise to slake my thirst. The typical errors and omissions of her promptly-woven stories would be spotted by me, but my interest never flagged. - See more at: http://www.dhakacourier.com.bd/?p=14399&utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=an-apology-for-writing-fiction-in-english-in-bangladesh#sthash.Df8motYn.dpuf

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The Most Spectacular Libraries Around the World

The Most Spectacular Libraries Around the World | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
These public spaces dedicated to printed and digital media prove that even the quietest of buildings can make a loud-and-clear design statement (Library Porn RT @IanMakay: Spectacular #Libraries Around the World
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Blogs I Follow | WordPress.com

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Twitter / WCS_Booklovers : WCS Book Awards - launched ...

Twitter / WCS_Booklovers : WCS Book Awards - launched ... | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
WCS Book Awards - launched this week - come in and read one of the books and give us a review ���� http://t.co/yHSqMhnu6O
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Original Star Wars Gag Reel is the best thing you'll see all week

Original Star Wars Gag Reel is the best thing you'll see all week | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
This adorable Star Wars "blooper" footage is blowing our minds. This footage appears to be brand new - and we're pretty sure we would remember Grand Moff Tarkin cracking up Princess Leia. So many amazing behind-the-scenes cut ups.

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Auditing America’s Predator Control Program

Auditing America’s Predator Control Program | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
Einstein once defined insanity as doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different outcome. That sounds a lot like Wildlife Services’ lethal predator control program, especially when it comes to wolves.
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Nobel Prize winner on writing, Peruvian politics

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At some point writing a novel becomes “rather like a monster,” Mario Vargas Llosa, the 2010 recipient of the Nobel Prize in literature, said.

“Once in an essay, I tried to compare the creation of the novel with having a tapeworm—the presence of a fanatical master who devours everything within us,” Vargas Llosa said.

Despite his numerous literary awards, Mario Vargas Llosa said writing is an all-consuming, insecurity-inducing labor for him. He discussed his writing process and literary career in Clayton Hall’s standing-room only auditorium during Thursday’s speech “A Writer and His Demons,” which was part of the university’s “Transnational Encounters” visiting author’s series.

Provost Domenico Grasso opened the night by explaining the purpose of the Transnational Encounters series is to bring “brilliant minds” to campus.

“Our campus is immeasurably enriched by experiences like these, and as lovers of great literature, we, too, are personally enriched by talent like his,” Grasso said.

Cynthia Schmidt-Cruz, Spanish and Portuguese professor, said the university was able to contact Vargas Llosa through Spanish professor Angel Esteban, an old friend of the poet. Schmidt-Cruz introduced Vargas Llosa by explaining his belief that writers have an obligation to participate in the civic debate.

“He’s not afraid to take on social issues directly and decisively, so decisively, in fact, he ran for the presidency of Peru in 1990,” Schmidt-Cruz said.


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At some point writing a novel becomes “rather like a monster,” Mario Vargas Llosa, the 2010 recipient of the Nobel Prize in literature, said.

“Once in an essay, I tried to compare the creation of the novel with having a tapeworm—the presence of a fanatical master who devours everything within us,” Vargas Llosa said.

Despite his numerous literary awards, Mario Vargas Llosa said writing is an all-consuming, insecurity-inducing labor for him. He discussed his writing process and literary career in Clayton Hall’s standing-room only auditorium during Thursday’s speech “A Writer and His Demons,” which was part of the university’s “Transnational Encounters” visiting author’s series.

Provost Domenico Grasso opened the night by explaining the purpose of the Transnational Encounters series is to bring “brilliant minds” to campus.

“Our campus is immeasurably enriched by experiences like these, and as lovers of great literature, we, too, are personally enriched by talent like his,” Grasso said.

Cynthia Schmidt-Cruz, Spanish and Portuguese professor, said the university was able to contact Vargas Llosa through Spanish professor Angel Esteban, an old friend of the poet. Schmidt-Cruz introduced Vargas Llosa by explaining his belief that writers have an obligation to participate in the civic debate.

“He’s not afraid to take on social issues directly and decisively, so decisively, in fact, he ran for the presidency of Peru in 1990,” Schmidt-Cruz said.

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OTTERS AID SEAGRASS RECOVERY

OTTERS AID SEAGRASS RECOVERY | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
To restore lost seagrass, just add some otters. According to a new study in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, these adorable critters help counteract the harmful effects of fertilizer pollution.
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Intelligence and Rise of the Tsaeb Civilization

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What is Intelligence and How is it Used in Fiction?
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Alaska fishermen rescue Orca whale stuck on rock

Alaska fishermen rescue Orca whale stuck on rock | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
Credit: Jason Vonick
Two fishermen came to the rescue when they saw an Orca whale get stranded on a rock.
The incident happened on Sept. 30 in Klakas Inlet on Prince of Whales Island in southeast Alaska.
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KZN praised for playing leading role in nature conservation - South African Broadcasting Corporation

KZN praised for playing leading role in nature conservation - South African Broadcasting Corporation | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
South African Broadcasting Corporation KZN praised for playing leading role in nature conservation South African Broadcasting Corporation Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife CEO, Bandile Mkhize, says there is a great need to safeguard the country's natural...
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Our greatest nature-conservation dilemma is our lack of unselfish leadership.

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ANN ARBOR: Leslie Science & Nature Center offers writing workshop series - Heritage Newspapers

ANN ARBOR: Leslie Science & Nature Center offers writing workshop series - Heritage Newspapers | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
ANN ARBOR: Leslie Science & Nature Center offers writing workshop series Heritage Newspapers Leading the overall series is local author Rebecca Adams Wright, a former University of Michigan Zell Fellow and a graduate of the Clarion Science Fiction...
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Lessons the Hard Way: Conservation Experiments with Black Bears

Lessons the Hard Way: Conservation Experiments with Black Bears | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
Along the floodplains where the White River of Arkansas meets the mighty Mississippi, lies one of the largest tracts of bottomland hardwood forests remaining anywhere in North America.
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Comment on Arizona Lizard Update–November, 2013 by Gator Woman

Comment on Arizona Lizard Update–November, 2013 by Gator Woman | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
I so love my little lizards, now that I know they eat termites, I love them even more~
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See The First Full Trailer For Syfy's New Thriller 'Helix' - Science Fiction

See The First Full Trailer For Syfy's New Thriller 'Helix' - Science Fiction | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
See The First Full Trailer For Syfy's New Thriller 'Helix'
Science Fiction
Syfy's decidedly not-campy new series, 'Helix' will launch on January 10th, 2014. The series, headed by 'Battlestar Galactica' showrunner Ronald D.
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Are books better than films?

Are books better than films? | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
TheBookAddictedGirl: 'Films can bring whole worlds to life before our eyes, make characters into living, breathing flesh and blood, but books let you LIVE everything' (RT @GuardianBooks: Are books better than films?
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Risk of Amazon rainforest dieback is higher than IPCC projects, study suggests

Risk of Amazon rainforest dieback is higher than IPCC projects, study suggests | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
A new study suggests the southern portion of the Amazon rainforest is at a much higher risk of dieback due to stronger seasonal drying than projections made by the climate models used in the latest report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate...

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Rare Cat Species Captured on Camera in Borneo

Rare Cat Species Captured on Camera in Borneo | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
Several rare and endangered bay cats were spotted on camera in a heavily logged section of rainforest in Borneo, where scientists didn't expect to find them, a group of researchers announced today ...
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Online Resources for More Effective Writing

Online Resources for More Effective Writing | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
Perfecting your writing style requires a lot of practice, devotion, and attention to details. Besides creativity, writing also requires expertise in different writing styles, experience and streamlined skills.

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Researchers detail climate-change impacts in ecological journal

Researchers detail climate-change impacts in ecological journal | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
The coming century will bring many changes for natural systems and for the human societies that depend on them, as changing climate conditions ripple outward to changing rainfall patterns, soil nutrient cycles, species ranges, seasonal timing and a...
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Predictions are steadily converging.

 

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Picture parade fifteen.

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Order a FREE vegan kit: http://www.peta.org/living/vegetarian-living/free-vegetarian-starter-kit.aspx
Take PETA's Cruelty-Free Shopping Guide along with you next time you head to the store!
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Arizona Bat Update--November 2013

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Arizona Bat Peril Increases
The most important change since my last post about Arizona bats is the increased risk of white-nose syndrome.  The disease continues to spread west from its point of introduction on the U.
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Samuel Goldwyn Writing Award Goes to UCLA Student Rocco Pucillo - Hollywood Reporter

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Samuel Goldwyn Writing Award Goes to UCLA Student Rocco Pucillo
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Rocco Pucillo, a student at UCLA, won first prize in the 58th annual Samuel Goldwyn Writing Awards for his screenplay Inspector Sun and the Curse of the Black Widow.
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Author Orson Scott Card promises more books in 'Ender's Game' series - Los Angeles Times

Author Orson Scott Card promises more books in 'Ender's Game' series - Los Angeles Times | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
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Author Orson Scott Card promises more books in 'Ender's Game' series
Los Angeles Times
The sci-fi spectacle about children space warriors, "Ender's Game," came in No. 1 at the box office with an estimated $28 million.
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Ignore the movie plot please.

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The Land of Stories by Chris Colfer

The Land of Stories by Chris Colfer | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
The official tumblr for Chris Colfer's #1 New York Times bestselling book series, The Land of... (Just saw http://t.co/1m6xNBrllQ for the first time!
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