Gerry Canavan

the smartest kid on earth

Posts Tagged ‘Tomas Tranströmer

Media Empire Watch

leave a comment »

Jaimee and I both wrote short capsule reviews for the Independent‘s holiday book roundup this week, me on Debt and 11/22/63 and her on Don DeLillo and Tomas Tranströmer.

Written by gerrycanavan

December 23, 2011 at 12:40 am

Thursday Night Links

with 3 comments

* If the Hill’s reporting is accurate, this is major news, demonstrating the depths of the Democrats’ desperation to win me back: Reid triggers nuclear option to change rules, prohibit filibusters. I can’t find anything else about this yet. I assume this is some sort of procedural bluff, but if not—or if the bluff is called—that’s huge. UPDATE: TPM says it’s big, but not titanic.

* Lev Grossman’s The Magicians is coming to TV. My guess is the whole series takes place at Brakebills; we’ll never hit the second half of the first novel.

Steve Jobs was a good man who loved and was loved, and earned every accolade he’s garnered. But he doesn’t deserve a hagiography, and I doubt he would have wanted one. Apple wasn’t built by a saint. It was built by an iron-fisted visionary.

* Against Tranströmer: But most healthy of all, a decision like this, which we all understand would never have been taken by say, an American jury, or a Nigerian jury, or perhaps above all a Norwegian jury, reminds us of the essential silliness of the prize and our own foolishness at taking it seriously. Eighteen (or sixteen) Swedish nationals will have a certain credibility when weighing up works of Swedish literature, but what group could ever really get its mind round the infinitely varied work of scores of different traditions. And why should we ask them to do that?

* How Dan Harmon Drives Himself Crazy Making Community.

* And the headline reads, “Body suit may soon enable the paralyzed to walk.”

‘Because, Through His Condensed, Translucent Images, He Gives Us Fresh Access to Reality’

leave a comment »

After a Death

Once there was a shock
that left behind a long, shimmering comet tail.
It keeps us inside. It makes the TV pictures snowy.
It settles in cold drops on the telephone wires.
One can still go slowly on skis in the winter sun
through brush where a few leaves hang on.
They resemble pages torn from old telephone directories.
Names swallowed by the cold.
It is still beautiful to hear the heart beat
but often the shadow seems more real than the body.
The samurai looks insignificant
beside his armor of black dragon scales.

The 2011 Nobel Prize in Literature has been awarded to Takara-Tomy, creator of the Transformers. I think I have that right.

Announcement. Washington Post announcement.
Eight poems by Tomas Tranströmer.
Much, much more at MetaFilter.

Written by gerrycanavan

October 6, 2011 at 9:08 am