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#43 C P Cavafy - Remember; Body…

Crikey! If you imagine that Victorians led a chaste life, this collection of poems will open your mind. Whatever you might say about the era, Cavafy, who is one of modern Greece’s most revered poets, was certainly not staying at home putting trousers on the table legs. 802 more words

Twentieth Century

“Is it to be wondered that, after this nation had borne the yoke for centuries... its gentle character should have sunk into the artful, cruel indolence of the slave?”

I just started Dale Peterson’s Up from Bondage: The Literatures of Russian and African American Soul. Its premise is that the Europeans of the Enlightenment created a supposedly scientific classification that excluded black people and Slavs from the civilized races, and in response to this exclusion Russians and African Americans each made “the counterclaim of an ethnic essence” (4-6). 678 more words

Russian Literature

NaPoWriMo 18 - The twentieth century falls under

When will the next great big current sweep us  overcoming

into the great big blind outside they ask

not having built a raft or drank from the blank pools… 8 more words


Comfort food: Southern biscuits in Toni Morrison's "Beloved" (1987)

It is 1873, outside house number 124 on the outskirts of Cincinnati, Ohio. An ex-slave woman walks around the corner of her house, carrying her stockings in her hand, her feet wet from the river. 932 more words


10 London sites associated with Sir Winston Churchill – 10. Odd Churchill memorials…

We finish our series on Winston Churchill, we take a look at a couple of the more odd memorials to him in London.

First up, it’s the remains of the church of St Mary Aldermanbury in the City. 300 more words


Bernstein: The master of all disciplines?

This week’s musical offering arrives courtesy of the eclectic output of the enigmatic figure of Leonard Bernstein. Born in 1918  in Massachusetts to Ukrainian Jewish emigres, Bernstein showed musical proficiency from a young age. 260 more words