The National Book Critics Circle, founded at the Algonquin Round Table in 1974, honors outstanding writing and fosters a national conversation about reading, criticism and literature.
[2012, Criticism] Here’s a maddeningly looping tall tale about the enchantment of story telling that has cast a spell over readers and writers for centuries: A sultan, incensed to murderous rage by an act of cuckoldry, orders a new bride to be presented to him each night and summarily beheaded the following morning. The daughter of the vizier, knowing what awaits her should she fail, hatches a plan with her sister. She will accompany her into the sultan’s bedroom, and begin to tell him a tale. When the morning breaks, when “the time for speaking is over,” the sultan finds himself so charmed by the story she tells and so eager to hear how it turns out that the execution is stayed for one more evening, and one more, and one more. The storyteller, Scheherazade, wagers with her neck that literature can stave off death, and against the longest of odds, the marvelously recursive Alf Layla wa-Layla, or The Thousand and One Nights, or the Arabian Nights, is both the proof and the payoff of her long-shot gamble.
Telling stories, Shahrazad, Alf Leila wa-Layla, Borges, oral tradition, the palimpsest (and maze) of stories told/retold, and more...add this one to the reading list...
Citing Borges (as the author does) on The Arabian Nights: 'I think the reader should enrich what he is reading. He should misunderstand the text; he should change it into something else." I'd add, be aware of and acknowledge the change: do not erase the originals or silence their tellers, rendering them invisible.
My fascination with street art stems from my impression of it as an honest medium of expression: It cannot easily be directed or manipulated by anyone other than the artist herself. For similar reasons, it cannot easily be censored or controlled.
Artists, models, free spirits and nude enthusiasts converged in Dublin last week for the second Irish Bodypainting Competition. The themes for this year's challenge were "alien knowledge" for body painting and "music of the mind" for face painting.
The Cabool Enterprise Ferree's 'Cyborg Clayworks' exhibit begins January 16 at West Plains Civic Center The Cabool Enterprise Some of his pieces are currently on display at Good Girl Gallery in Springfield and Phoenix Fired Arts in Joplin.
RT @HiddenValleyRV: RV Short Stops: Dreamy pastries, historic murals in old downtown New Braunfels, Texas http://t.co/HIeY4bRV via @addthis...
Normally New Braunfels is not the sort of venue frequented par ce qui flânent. La pluspart entre eux could not find it on a map. If they could, the next question might be the best bistro to morning for coffee and croissants. Cette flâneuese now be rolling on the floor in hysterical laughter. Mais nous aimons les murals toujours
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