Read — 2014/05/31
Today’s selection of articles includes:
- “Review: Her Not All Her“, by Ayten Tartici (MAKE Literary Magazine). A review of Damion Searl’s English translation of the play “Her Not All Her: On/With Robert Walser”, by Austrian author and Nobel Laureate Elfriede Jelinek. From the review:
- “U.S. Sway in Asia Is Imperiled as China Challenges Alliances“, by Helene Cooper & Jane Perlez (NY Times). American foreign policy struggles to come to terms with China’s growing influence and assertiveness.
- “How Book Publishers Can Beat Amazon“, by Bob Kohn (NY Times). An impassioned albeit oversimplified and biased clarion for writers and publishers to unite against Amazon and its market power.
- “Dissonance in Classical Music“, by Anthony Tommasini & Gabe Johnson (NY Times). A 16-minute video in which Tommasini explains musical dissonance through words and example.
- “Parting (and Changing Your Facebook Status) Is Such Sweet Sorrow“, by Liz Hohenadel (Vogue). “We were too busy living our relationship in the real world to worry about defining it in the digital one.”
- “The Flat Abs Workout: Because Crop Top Season Has Arrived“, by Mackenzie Wagoner (Vogue). “In place of extreme dieting and frantic last-ditch sit-ups, [Justin Gelband] believes that being crop-top ready is ‘a way of life’.” I couldn’t agree more — though I confess I have yet to sport the crop-top myself.
- “Rihanna’s Stylist Mel Ottenberg Picks the Superstar’s 19 Top Looks of All Time“, by Chioma Nnadi (Vogue). Yes, there are only 18 photos in the slide show. I guess the 19th look is so knock-out it has yet to be born.
- “Easy Elegance: 26 May 2014“, by Chloe Malle (Vogue).
- “Why a Daily 8-Minute Afternoon Walk Might Change Your Life“, by Katherine Bernard (Vogue). What do Vladmir Nabokov, Steve Jobs, and Stephen Semmes have in common? They are all brilliant thinkers — and big walkers.
“[A]lready I’m rubbing words against each other like a cricket its wings.” Jelinek reminds us that crickets do not sing; their “song” is the product of friction, of rubbing their wings. So, too, for Jelinek, writing is a struggle to be heard.