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Dump your brand consultants. Instead, find yourself some real myth-makers. Hire poets and visionaries, people from whom really convincing fictions – the more extreme the better – will emerge. Myth, Plutarch's report would conclude, is the only way that cities, even now, are spoken into existence. And without compelling imaginative stories, our cities are doomed to reflect the banal origin myths we use to create them. Sam Jacob is principal of Sam Jacob Studio , professor of architecture at University of Illinois at Chicago , director of Night School at the Architectural Association , and the editor of Strange Harvest .
Open Culture
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This quote later became “五岳归来不看山,黄山归来不看岳”, which roughly means “Having seen the Five Great Mountains, one does not see other mountains; having seen Huangshan, one does not see the Five Great Mountains”. Landscape of Mount Huangshan, China. (Chi King/CC BY 2.0) Huangshan has an important place in Chinese history and culture. For instance, a legend dating to 747 AD, when China was ruled by the Tang Dynasty, states that this was the place where the elixir of immortality was discovered. Apart from hermits seeking immortality, Huangshan also attracted scores of Chinese poets and artists over the centuries, who hoped to be inspired by the mountain’s breath-taking landscape. It was during the Ming Dynasty, more specifically around the 16th century, that the landscape, rocks and trees of Huangshan served as inspirations for an influential Chinese school of landscape painting known as 山水 (pronounced as ‘shan shui’, which meansmountain and water’).
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Evening Standard - Life & Style
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Washington Free Beacon
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Yet, Hebrew did survive. The Sages, led by Rabbi Judah Ha-Nasi, were the first group of Hebrew guardians that rose after the destruction of the Second Temple. Fearing another calamity, they decided to write down the Oral Law, which became the Mishnah, teachings not found in the Five Books of Moses. According to Glinert, "It is likely that they engaged in a shrewd linguistic calculus. If these texts were set down in Hebrew and duly imbibed, pondered, and memorized, the language could and would survive." Hebrew would be "kept, as it were, refrigeratedIt was an extraordinary act of linguistic faith, and it would bear lasting fruit." Other groups emerged to preserve Hebrew as the centuries wore on. The fourth and fifth centuries saw the paytanim , Hebrew poets who composed prayers, many of which are still in use today. After the Arabs invaded in the seventh century, groups of scholars in the Galilee and Babylon, called the Masoretes , rushed to defend Hebrew from encroaching Arabic.
Coventry Telegraph
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BBC News 24
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Metabolism. -- metabolism. Mayor was both mother and see... As, a grey bone, and the white surf as his -- it smashes and spreads. It was a crunch of dry leaves in the wash is that echoed from the cave mouth when the tide has led. The names stayed in my mouth. Just talk a little bit about the impact that having the Caribbean almost as a character in this writing, in his poetry, had on other poets and yourself.
Voice Of America
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" Walcott himself proudly celebrated his role as a Caribbean writer. "I am primarily, absolutely a Caribbean writer," he once said during a 1985 interview published in The Paris Review. "The English language is nobody's special property. It is the property of the imagination: it is the property of the language itself. I have never felt inhibited in trying to write as well as the greatest English poets." Walcott was born in St. Lucia's capital of Castries on January 23, 1930 to a Methodist schoolteacher mother and a civil servant father, an aspiring artist who died when Walcott and his twin brother, Roderick, were babies. His mother, Alix, instilled the love of language in her children, often reciting Shakespeare and reading aloud other classics of English literature. In his autobiographical essay, "What the Twilight Says," he wrote: "Both the patois of the street and the language of the classroom hid the elation of discovery.
The Week
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Mondoweiss
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Taha Muhammad Ali is an unlikely dramatic hero. His arms shake with age and infirmity, his legs occasionally buckle, and he often appears lost on stage, as if adrift in a vast expanse of sadness. But for an hour the story of this Palestinian poet has a vice-like hold on our attention and our hearts. The one-man show Taha receives its English-language premiere on Wednesday at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington DC. It offers not only a rare chance to learn about one of Palestine’s finest poets, but provides a visceral account of what it was like to live through the Nakba – the Catastrophe that befell hundreds of thousands of Palestinians who were expelled from their homeland in 1948. Its author and star, Amer Hlehel, has been performing the play in Arabic since 2014. He hopes he has been able to help young Palestinians rediscover Taha Muhammad Ali’s poetry following his death in 2011.
Mondoweiss
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Taha Muhammad Ali is an unlikely dramatic hero. His arms shake with age and infirmity, his legs occasionally buckle, and he often appears lost on stage, as if adrift in a vast expanse of sadness. But for an hour the story of this Palestinian poet has a vice-like hold on our attention and our hearts. The one-man show Taha receives its English-language premiere on Wednesday at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington DC. It offers not only a rare chance to learn about one of Palestine’s finest poets, but provides a visceral account of what it was like to live through the Nakba – the Catastrophe that befell hundreds of thousands of Palestinians who were expelled from their homeland in 1948. Its author and star, Amer Hlehel, has been performing the play in Arabic since 2014. He hopes he has been able to help young Palestinians rediscover Taha Muhammad Ali’s poetry following his death in 2011.
Plymouth Herald
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One of the world's top poets is to give a special reading of her work and meet fans in Plymouth.Vahni Capildeo is a Trinidadian poet and a member of family that has produced notable politicians and writers including Nobel Prize-winning novelist VS Naipaul.And she is a major award winner in her own right, having landed the prestigious Forward Prize for Poetry for best collection of 2016.The award is widely seen as poetry's equivalent of the Man Booker Prize for Fiction.Vahni (above) will be in...
DW
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More than sixty languages are spoken in Kenya alone. A group of young Kenyan writers and street poets wants to bring African literature in local languages to the people. DW caught up with the Jalada Mobile Literary and Arts Festival in Nairobi.
Washington Free Beacon
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"They are," Mark Williams writes in his book, Ireland's Immortals , "simultaneously a pantheon and a people," that is, fairies but also gods. There is "an enigmatic and patchy archaeological record," of references to the "Túath Dé," "the semi-divine god-people,'" but for writings about them we only have the Church's witness and she was not interested in mythology per se but in either demonology and/or theological speculation, on the one hand, and literature, on the other. The first half of this book describes how Irish gods and goddesses were seen via written records up until the end of the Middle Ages; the second half covers the modern era when the language changed from Latin and Irish to English, and notable writers such as Yeats and Russell came to the fore. The first half reads a bit slow but is enlivened by what Williams calls the "ferocious weirdness" of Irish mythology and his own eye for wit and irreverence, such as when he quotes a "law-tract" from the early eighth century which "lumps" druids with "satirists and inferior poets and farters and clowns and bandits and pagans and whores and other bad people.
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Tasnim- Anna Berzina, a Russian professor who has received her doctorate in Persian language in Iran, talked about the memories of her first encounter with Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei, expressing surprise at the Leader’s mastery of literature and poetry. In an interview with the Tasnim News Agency, Ms. Berzina said she was surprised to see the great deal of attention a country’s highest-ranking official would give to poetry and literature. She was talking about one of Ayatollah Khamenei’s meetings with Iranian cultural figures, professors of the Persian literature, and foreign poets to which she had been invited. “Iran is the only country holding poem-reading meetings at the highest level. In Russia, there is never a ceremony to see the president, as the country’s supreme official, bringing poets together and caring about literature this much,” she noted.
TIME - Top Stories
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It was as if his history had been erased. Read More: This Photo Has Given the War on Drugs in the Philippines a Human Face Raffy Lerma , the photographer for the Philippine Daily Inquirer who took the photo in July, has kept in touch with the family. One day a few months ago Olayres texted him about the group and their first song, Embrace. It was actually her telling her story, Lerma recalls. I felt like I was brought back to that night I also got emotional once I heard it, he tells TIME. I felt it again. Lerma contacted RESBAK, and in February, some of the members of One Pro Exclusive performed the songs at an anti-drug war concert and art exhibition in a slum neighborhood of Quezon City. Painters showed pieces that recreated crime scenes. Poets read from the stage. The rappers performed in blindfolds to signify the way, they say, many in the Philippines have turned their eyes away from the violence.
Washington Free Beacon
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But he also spent several extended periods in the countryside outside Avignon, delighting in its simplicity. "I live with one dog and just two servants," he writes Francesco Nelli. "I wish I had sent them all away in India never to return, as they are the sole stormy disturbance of my rest!" He also defends contemporary writers against critics who only praise the past. "Good poets are rare, I admit, few; but there are some," he writes, and goes on to point out how frequently the ancients lamented the poets of their own age—in the time of Virgil and Horace. "This was and will be unending," he writes: "reverence accompanies antiquity but envy dogs the contemporary." One of the pleasures of the volumes, as is probably evident by this point, are the many striking lines, rendered beautifully in translation by Fantham. On historical ignorance in Rome, Petrarch writes: "nowhere is Rome less known than at Rome itself.
Washington Free Beacon
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That some poets supported dictators (or simply behaved immorally) did not necessarily make them bad poets. Leni Riefenstahl's Triumph of the Will could be praised as a well-made movie, even though she was a Nazi. In fact, the ethical problem of art arose precisely because the morality of the artist—or even, sometimes, the morality of the artwork's subject—had little to do with the question of whether the art was good art. Philosophy seems a trickier proposition. Is Seneca's stoicism wrong because his student Nero proved so evil? Are Francis Bacon's philosophical foundations of science false because he was a thief? Is Being and Time in error because the Black Notebooks recently have revealed just how vicious an anti-Semite Martin Heidegger was? With Socrates as the model of a philosopher, we expect a greater personal wisdom about the human condition from philosophers than we do from artists—or scientists, doctors, or military officers, all of whom can be independently good at their jobs while holding despicable political views.
Radar Online
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' One of the great things the women's movement has done is to make us realize that [rape and abuse is] not our fault. We were violated and it's not right. As Radar reported, Fonda and her music mogul boyfriend, Richard Perry, recently broke up after dating for eight years . PHOTOS; Secret Children, Rehab & Rape Claims: What To Expect On The New Season of ‘Teen Mom OGShe has been married three times, to Roger Vadim, Tom Hayden and Ted Turner , and has three children. Fonda, whose activism is well known throughout the world, says celebrities have every right to speak their mind on social issues. Everyone has the right to speak up; it doesn't matter what you do, she said. Whenever there's been an important revolution or social upheaval, artists, actors, writers and poets are always the people that can reach into areas that politics can't.
Futurity
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There's a tendency to have notes that are spaced somewhat broadly, much more broadly than the fine gradations in pitch that our ears can pick up. Songbirds control vocal muscles like people do This broad spacing helps all kinds of singers, including the nightingale wren, a bird whose virtuosity has been the province of poets since antiquity. Pfordresher says earlier research by Marcelo Araya-Salas found that flexibly tuned instruments like violins and trombones were more in tune that the wren's song. And though not part of the study, Pfordresher also analyzed an excerpt of a studio version of Frank Sinatra singing The Best is Yet to Come. It's a wonderful recording and a challenging song to sing, but when acoustically analyzed using several measurements, the pitches are not purely tuned, says Pfordresher.