Thursday, 2 March 2023

The Temporary Girl (2023) by BENTLEY RUMBLE



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Thursday, 23 February 2023

Think About It 085: JERZY KOSINSKI


The only way to make life meaningful spiritually is take it moment by moment.  You can be decent and important to yourself only if you actually grasp what is happening in this very moment since that's all your life is all about.  It is always a given moment.  It is not the past, and certainly not the future.  There might not be any future.  And so the only way to make sense out of your life is to define it as, indeed, if it were a novel.
Interview [1988]
Use the link below to read The Rise and Fall of Jerzy Kosinski, an illuminating 2007 essay by PHILIP ROUTH:

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Thursday, 9 February 2023

Poet of the Month 083: NGUYEN PHAN QUE MAI


Image © 2018 Vu Thi Van Anh/Saigoneer 
A tree in bloom
I uproot myself
from my relatives, my friends, my language
Alone I shred my leaves mid-air
I sail across an ocean
So deep, the waves called fear
They lap against each other, they want to sink me
They lap against each other, they want to erase me
I plant myself amongst strangers
A new garden pushes me up
My roots start to bleed
I am lonely among birds’ voices
I am barren among vast green
I break away from laziness
I shed leaves from old things
I shake away all my habits
I open each cell of my tree
I drink each voice of the birds
I eat each breeze that comes to me
I learn to grow new buds
I shudder to bloom
I grow my fruit from my bleeding roots
I am a tree that uproots itself.
c 2018
Translated by
Poet and novelist Dr Nguyen Phan Que Mai was born in the northern Ninh Binh province of Vietnam in 1973.  Six years later her father, a poor farmer who was married to a teacher, relocated his family south to the Bac Lieu province in Vietnam's fertile Mekong Delta region where he believed it would be easier to earn a living from the land while providing his children with improved educational opportunities.  
Que Mai, who as a child rose at 4am each day so she could catch and sell shrimp in her local market, was looked down on in her new home for being a northerner but soon learned to speak the southern dialect that allowed her to more easily assimilate.  An excellent student, she was eventually awarded a scholarship to study business in Australia, subsequently returning to Hanoi where she worked for an internationally-based company and also in Vietnam's burgeoning real estate market.  Hanoi was also where she met her husband, a German diplomat, with whom she traveled to Bangladesh, the Philippines, Belgium and Indonesia, building new careers for herself in each country while pursuing what was still her hobby of writing, translating and publishing her own award winning volumes of poetry. 

In 2012 Que Mai became a full-time writer and began studying for a Master's Degree in Creative Writing as a distance learning student at Lancaster University in the UK.  She was awarded a scholarship for her studies and went on to write her PhD on the subject of what Vietnamese people refer to as 'the American War.'  
Since then, Que Mai has published eight books of poetry, fiction and nonfiction in Vietnamese, nine books of translations from Vietnamese into English and vice versa along with widely read columns in several Vietnamese newspapers.  Her debut novel The Mountains Sing, written in English, was published by the US-based Algonquin Books in 2020.  Her second English language novel Dust Child is due to be published in 2023.
Use the link below to visit the website of Vietnamese poet, translator and writer DR NGUYEN PHAN QUE MAI:
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Thursday, 2 February 2023

The Write Advice 179: KATE HAMER


I write every day except Sundays.  I start reasonably early — about 8.30/9 and write without breaking all that much till mid or late afternoon.  By then I’m cramped up and in desperate need for a walk or some stretches.  It goes on, though — the thought processes.  If I can’t sleep at night, which is often the case, I carry on turning over whatever I’m doing in my mind — reviewing what I’ve done that day and planning the next.
'Write the story that is burning inside you' [The Irish Times, 16 February 2017]
Use the link below to visit the website of Welsh novelist KATE HAMER:
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Thursday, 26 January 2023

Think About It 084: DONALD HORNE


Australia is a lucky country run mainly by second-rate people who share its luck… It lives on other people's ideas, and, although its ordinary people are adaptable, most of its leaders [in all fields] so lack curiosity about the events that surround them that they are often taken by surprise.
The Lucky Country (1964)
Use the link below to read about the life, work and political legacy of Australian journalist and sociologist DONALD HORNE (1921–2005):

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Thursday, 19 January 2023

The Write Advice: CARTOON 017


© Don Flowers c 1959
'Good news, darling!  Your book has 
been banned in 14 cities!'
Use the link below to view more cartoons by North American cartoonist DON FLOWERS (1908–1968):
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