I. The Bedouin and the Great Monastery by Hilary Gilbert.
For 1500 years, the Sacred Monastery of the God-Trodden Mount Sinai — the ancient monastery of St Catherine — located at the foot of Mount Sinai has had a staunch ally in the Bedouin of the Sinai. When the local police stood down during the last Egyptian revolution, the Bedouin stood up to protect the monks and their priceless icons and documents. But today, the ‘Bedu feel with good reason that their country is failing them.’ Published with The mosaic of the Transfiguration at St Catherine’s, a commentary on ‘the layers of meaning that the art of the Early Church produced by very simple means’. By Cyril Mango.
II. Textuality by Alan Wall.
From Ephesus to Patmos and far beyond, the word of God has travelled through Chinese Whispers. Alan Wall asks, ‘Why did Jesus leave us no text from his own hand? He is constantly quoting from Hebrew scripture; he appears to be honeycombed with it. But never does he sit down for an hour with a stylus, in order to make clear the fundamentals of his mission and his teaching to his followers.’
III. La Serenissima, a portfolio.
Of all the beach towns in all the world, Venice is unique. Not that there is a paucity of souvenir stands or snack vendors. But what a boardwalk. In our imaginations, we see it idealized and always from a distance. Up close, of course, it’s quite different. In this portfolio, assembled by contributing editor Hoyt Rogers: A Venetian’s view of Venice, by Michele Casagrande; City for sale, by Robin Saikia;Venice and the theatre of memory, images by Gigi Bon and text by Hoyt Rogers; and a collection of extraordinary photographs by Alvise Nicoletti, a detail of one of which is above.
IV. The postmodern ‘Tallys’ and two more ‘raptures’ by Nigel Wheale.
‘Spem in alium is one of the supreme choral works of the European Renaissance, but the circumstances of its composition are debated: was it made to celebrate the fortieth birthday of Queen Mary I, 16 February 1556, or for the fortieth birthday of Elizabeth I, 7 September 1573? Why should this be of any interest at all? It was almost certainly of absolutely no interest to many of the people with whom I shared the experience of Janet Cardiff’s sound sculpture at the Cloisters.’
How’s the Mood-Board? Ben Lerner’s celebrated novel, Leaving the Atocha Station, is a starting point for a reflection on the fleeting emotional intelligence of postmodernism.
The Omega Point. ‘Can we read Lerner and Coupland (DeLillo got there first) as voices for the new New movement, the post-ironic, a decisive move beyond the crumbling stockade of the post-, but toward what? Resurgence of a new Naturalism, the return of Realism, even? There is, after all, plenty enough these days to be getting real about.’
V. Remy de Gourmont. A dossier.
His refuge in the rue des Saints-Pères ‘contained a narrow rectangular ante-room, a tiny kitchen filled with book-shelves and with books on the stove, an immense dining-room, surrounded with book-shelves filled and double-filled with books; the study was walled with books, the armchairs and chairs of faded yellow velvet supported heaps of books, and more heaps of books filled every nook and corner; the view from this study was a piece of wall and a triangle of sky above the roof. . .’ Contributions by Ezra Pound, Richard Aldington, Paul Cohen, and John Taylor, with Selections from ‘The Problem of Style’.
VI. Etiquette by Alexander Zubatov.
‘Though inculcating blind obedience to one’s own clan is going a bit too far, there is a significant degree to which taking pride in one’s society and customs is necessary for individuals to feel enchantment, to go about their lives with the requisite sense of steady purposefulness. We do not have to go all the way to embracing the proto-Nazi nationalism of Hans Freyer or Carl Schmitt to believe that, in such an environment, a milieu where the people feel a strong sense of national purpose and pride, of collective destiny, as history has shown again and again, culture can thrive.’
VII. Art and Money in Miami by Alana Shilling-Janoff.
‘Like youth on the threshold of maturity, the Miami scene is seemingly conscious of aesthetic complexities but uncertain of how to countenance them, thrilled with expectations, ambitions and a tentative optimism about its own future, but troubled by an awareness that optimism cannot vouchsafe success. What is most interesting about Miami is less about accomplishment and more about the struggle for it.’
VIII. Italian poetry now by Francesco Giardinazzo and Marco Genovesi.
The work of these two poets represents the two directions emerging in modern Italian poetry — and in modern European culture, generally. In the words of translator Hoyt Rogers, ‘Giardinazzo remains firmly attached to the complex heritage of Italian verse, and to the European tradition as a whole’. Marco Genovesi, on the other hand, has been influenced as much by Jim Thompson as by Dante. Translations by Hoyt Rogers.
IX. Therianthropes and vents by Alan Wall.
‘In some of the earliest representations of ourselves that exist, we have presented ourselves as therianthropes — part human, part animal. We are engaging in that mimetic activity we have subsequently named art, and we are also engaging, as therianthropes, in the impersonation of other creatures or beings. This we can call mimicry, but it is also the activity at the root of ventriloquism, a sacred activity in our earlier history…’
X. John Ashbery, a visit by Anthony Howell.
‘Ashbery is good at widening our terms of reference, and, being a poet, possibly in practice for his main act, there are plenty of felicities of expression. Colour in Brice Marden has the “tightness of Baby Bear’s porridge.” The poet’s critical writing wakes one up: it is entertaining, compared to the committed sludge of most art-writing today. His style is a compound of incongruities, and he is quick to point to incongruities of influence, Red Grooms admiring Fairfield Porter for instance. Yet there is little here that is critical, except by omission perhaps, or by lavish praise which, ever so faintly, damns.’
XI. Narrative poetry by Peter Riley.
‘There remains an urge towards narrative in much recent poetry, especially among the practices known as “innovative” or “modernist”. This is hardly surprising, since it is only in these zones that any real attempt seems to be made to reach further ranges of thought, to touch on the forces which govern the politico-cultural world or any large-scale comprehension of humanity and civilisation, even if conceived as necessarily fragmented or wrapped in forms close to mysticism. Conventionalist poets are mostly entirely happy with accounts of the self in social and personal terms handed down from Romanticism.’
XII. Anthropology, empire and modernity by Alan Macfarlane.
‘The rapid onrush of liberal capitalist democracies which finally triumphed after the Second World War, and which had been eroding many western ancien régimes from the eighteenth century onwards, is over. The assumption that we would all end up like America is no longer sustainable. This means that the future is unpredictable and we need to understand in detail what is happening.’ The Huxley Lecture, Royal Anthropological Institute.
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2011: Golden-beak in eight parts. By George Basset (H. R. Haxton).
2012: The Invention of the Modern World in 18 parts. By Alan Macfarlane.
2013: Helen in three long parts. By Oswald Valentine Sickert.
THE TROLLOPE PRIZE WINNERS.
2011: The Intensive and Extensive Worlds of Anthony Trollope’s Framley Parsonage by Lucy Sheehan, Columbia University.
2012: A Competitive World: Ambition and Self-Help in Trollope’s An Autobiography and The Three Clerks by Rebecca Richardson, Stanford University.
2013: Sanction, pragmatic pursuit and civil society in Trollope’s The Eustace Diamonds by Andrew Lallier, University of Knoxville.
POETRY NOTES by Peter Riley.
Three poems by Alain-Fournier in new translations by Anthony Costello and Anita Marsh.
Two poems by Lawrence Binyon.
Poems from ‘special effects’ by Iain Britton.
Monochronos by Hugh Chisholm.
The Bibliomania by John Ferrar, MD.
Eight telegrams from the city under siege by Marco Genovesi, in translations by Hoyt Rogers.
Ten poems by Francesco Giardinazzo, translated by Hoyt Rogers.
The Convergence of the Twain by Thomas Hardy.
Two new poems: ‘Eucalypso Redux’ and ‘Battleships/Romance’ by Alex Houen.
Three poems by Steve Kronen.
Ocean by Ann Lauterbach.
Three poems by Osip Mandelstam, in new translations by Alistair Noon.
Two poems by Lawrence Markert.
Happiness Is the New Bedtime by Becka Mara McKay.
Pomenvylope No. 10 by Nicholas Moore.
Dulce et Decorum est by Wilfred Owen.
Umbrella by Myra Sklarew.
A Morning by William Stafford.
A Voice from the Nile by James Thomson [B.V.].
Two poems from the hôpital Broussais by Paul Verlaine.
Signals and two new poems by Michelene Wandor.
Screeds 1 by Stephen Wiest.
The Old Man By Robert Coover.
Dennis and Dinny by James MacGuire.
A Recollection of L’Adorée by Ethel Dilke.
An Encounter by Robert Coover.
New fiction by Conor Robin Madigan.
The function of criticism at the present time by Matthew Arnold.
Anthony Hecht by Daniel Bosch.
Anthony Rudolf’s literary Wunderkammer by Harry Guest.
Who is Bruce Springsteen? by Peter Knobler.
Vorticism by Ezra Pound.
Pound’s First Canto by Anthony O’Hear.
Derek Wallcott and the T.S. Eliot Prize by Michelene Wandor.
Lux, lumen and the lights of science: Alan Wall on William Blake.
Robert Bly’s prose poetry by Myra Sklarew.
John Ashbery’s translation of Rimbaud by Martin Sorrell.
The New Libertine by Anthony Howell.
Modern Italian poetry introduced by Hoyt Rogers.
Pound’s March 1913 encomium from The Fortnightly Review archive; Yeats’ introduction to Gitanjali, Tagore’s first English-language collection; William Rothenstein’s reminiscence of Tagore in London; Harold Hurwitz’ amusing account of Pound’s vicious about-face on Tagore; and an early Tagore poem, also from the March 1913 Fortnightly.
The daily routines of writers by Merritt Moseley.
James Smetham calls on the Ruskins by Mark Jones.
Letting down the élites by Alana Shilling (Theatre in New York).
F. T. Prince and other British mavericks, by Anthony Howell.
A Man of Letters, an interview with Robert Louis Stevenson, by H. R. Haxton.
Dialogics: Fifty years by Anthony Rudolf; Image and poiesis by Alan Wall; new translations by Beverley Bie Brahic and Hoyt Rogers; The Curved Planks, with a note, ‘Dear Paula’: An artist’s portfolio by Paula Rego with new translations by Anthony Rudolf.
Francis Thompson by Katharine Tynan.
Anthony Howell’s year-end bedside reading table: Maris, Wills, Adcock, Clarke, Gardner, Colby.
Apollinaire, the war poet by Martin Sorrell.
Coleridge as a poet by Edward Dowden.
John Buchan by Roger Kimball.
Robert Duncan and the Occult by Peter Riley.
W. H. Davies and the gift of laziness by Martin Armstrong.
Veronica Forrest-Thomson: poetry beyond theories by Peter Riley.
On Sculpture. By Anthony O’Hear.
The Beginnings of Greek Sculpture 1. The Heroic Age of Greek art.
The Beginnings of Greek Sculpture 2. The Age of Graven Images.
The marbles of Ægina. On the ‘philosophical aspect’ of Greek art.
Notes on the complexities of Post-Modernism by Charles Jencks.
Published with Postmodernism and history, by Anthony Howell.
Elizabeth Taylor by Andrew Sinclair.
Sarah Bernhardt by Arthur Croxton.
The language of The King’s Speech by Stan Carey.
A solution to the mystery of Macbeth’s witches by W. J. Lawrence.
George Grossmith by Stephen Wade.
The beauty of quantitative easing by Nick O’Hear.
PHILOSOPHY & EDUCATION.
Fairness and family values by Stephen Asma.
A quest of the imagination by J. B. Bury.
On social disorder by Gerald Gaus.
Joseph de Maistre’s ‘different sort of progress’ by Anthony O’Hear.
The evolution of mystery by Maurice Maeterlinck.
Carlin Romano’s America the Philosophical, reviewed by Anthony O’Hear.
Is it possible to teach creative writing? by Michelene Wandor.
BOOKS & PUBLISHING.
Death to the Reading Class by Marshall Poe.
Bookshop Memories by George Orwell.
The e-Hypnerotomachia Poliphili by Alana Shilling.
The Production and Life of Books by C. Kegan Paul.
HISTORY, BIOGRAPHY, ANTHROPOLOGY & TRAVEL.
Inventing Asia by Kate Hoyland.
Sir Richard Francis Burton by Ouidah.
Genealogy in America by Drew Moore.
Published with On ancestor worship by Herbert Spencer.
Fragment: Concepts of Time and the World We Live In by Alan Macfarlane.
Travel beyond the Grand Tour by Anthony Howell.
POLITICS, THE PRESS & POLITICAL CULTURE.
Prohibition’s ‘original Progressives’ by Andrew Sinclair.
The virtues of European populism by Denis Boyles.
Iowa’s caucuses by Jon Lauck.
The Rosenbergs and their apologists by Allen M. Hornblum.
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