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Dylanesque Mountains Blowing in the Wind

Dylanesque Mountains Blowing in the Wind

I go to my spot. It’s my spot though it’s everyone’s. It’s everyone’s though it’s really just mine. Because I say so. Because I believe the rocks, the trees, the birds, the clouds all speak for me. They are my eyes and ears and voice. Voices. Plural times plural. So close to infinity, but not quite. Again, because that is my thinking and I don’t really want to take the easy way out. The easy way out would be to…

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Mo Yan Wins Nobel Prize for Literature

Mo Yan Wins Nobel Prize for Literature

 Excerpt from the New York Times: By SARAH LYALL and ANDREW JACOBS LONDON — Mo Yan, a wildly prolific and internationally renowned Chinese author who considers himself nonpolitical but whose embrace by the ruling Communist Party has drawn criticism from dissident writers, was on Thursday awarded the 2012 Nobel Prize in Literature. In his novels and short stories, Mr. Mo paints sprawling, intricate portraits of Chinese rural life, often using flights of fancy — animal narrators, the underworld, elements of…

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And the Nobel Prize goes to . . .

And the Nobel Prize goes to . . .

  A brief but interesting discussion of his work, and a reading of his poetry: Watch this video on YouTube Mary Karr and Christopher Robinson *     *     * For a taste of his poetry in English translation, his official website provides a good.    *Update: Tomas Gösta Tranströmer passed away March 26th, 2015.  Robin Fulton of the Guardian has this remembrance. The link includes several articles and multimedia below the main article as well.  

The Land of Green Plums

The Land of Green Plums

The winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2009 is . . . . Herta Müller. I confess. I do not know her work, had not heard of her prior to yesterday, but so far, the reviews indicate she is well worth knowing. The Swedish Academy said of her: “with the concentration of poetry and the frankness of prose, depicts the landscape of the dispossessed.” Born in Romania in 1953, in the German-speaking town of Niţchidorf, Herta’s family was…

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