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Reflections of a working writer and reader



Posts added in June 2010

Postcard of the Hanging

On the 15th June 1920, three black circus workers were attacked and lynched by a mob in Duluth, Minnesota. Rumors that six African Americans had raped a teenage girl gave rise to a mob of five to ten thousand locals. The circus workers were snatched from the police station and hung from their necks on […]

Two Poems

Two Poems By Anna Akhmatova Translated by Jane Kenyon Everything promised him to me: the fading amber edge of the sky, and the sweet dreams of Christmas, and the wind at Easter, loud with bells, and the red shoots of the grapevine, and waterfalls in the park, and two large dragonflies on the rusty iron […]

My Revolutions by Hari Kunzru

One of the characters in this novel asks Mike, the narrator: “What would freedom look like?” The following is from page 2: In the sitting room there’s a photo of Miranda, which I took on a cold weekend walk at the Norfolk coast. She’s standing with her back to the camera, looking out to sea. […]

Billie Holiday – Fine and Mellow

December 1957: Billie Holiday – Fine And Mellow Video sent by alternativa Lady Day with Coleman Hawkins, Lester Young, Ben Webster, Gerry Mulligan, Vic Dickenson, Roy Eldridge.

Octavio Paz – Separation

Octavio Paz From his 1990 Nobel acceptance speech : The feeling of separation is bound up with the oldest and vaguest of my memories: the first cry, the first scare. Like every child I built emotional bridges in the imagination to link me to the world and to other people. I lived in a town […]