A Flaneur in the Cloud – December 23, 2013

  • BBC Weather – Shipping Forecast
  • The Shipping Forecast: From Britain’s Seas Into Its Soul : NPR 121613
    Phillip Reeves: “It is a bizarre nightly ritual that is deeply embedded in the British way of life. | You switch off the TV, lock up the house, slip into bed, turn on your radio, and begin to listen to a mantra, delivered by a soothing, soporific voice. | “Viking, North Utsire, South Utsire, Forties, Cromarty, Forth, Tyne, Dogger ….” says the voice. | You are aware — vaguely — that these delicious words are names, and that those names refer to big blocks of sea around your island nation, stretching all the way up to Iceland and down to North Africa. | Your mind begins to swoop across the landscape, sleepily checking the shorelines, from the gray waters of the English Channel to the steely turbulence of the Atlantic. | Somewhere, deep in your memory, stir echoes of British history — of invasions from across the sea by Vikings, Romans and Normans; of battles with Napoleon’s galleons and Hitler’s U-boats. | Finally, as the bulletin draws to a close, you nod off, complacent in the knowledge that whatever storms are blasting away on the oceans out there, you’re in your pajamas, sensibly tucked up at home.”
  • A Storm-Lashed British Isle Famous For Church Bells, Populated By Few : NPR 121713
    The second part of NPR’s series on maritime Britain begins on a small ferry en route to the storm-lashed island of Lundy. The island, just three miles long, is where pirates once awaited their prey. Today, there are just over two dozen permanent residents, all employed by a conservation organization that protects the island. Lundy has a pub, a small fire department and publishes its own stamps. Bells have been re-hung in the tower of an old gothic church, and since then some 2,000 bell ringers have made pilgrimage to the island.
  • Roberto Bolaño – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    Roberto Bolaño Ávalos (Spanish: [ro??erto ?o?la?o ?a?alos]) (28 April 1953 – 15 July 2003) was a Chilean writer, author of novels, short-stories, poems, and essays. In 1999, Bolaño won the Rómulo Gallegos Prize for his novel Los detectives salvajes (The Savage Detectives), and in 2008 he was posthumously awarded the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction for his novel 2666, which was described by board member Marcela Valdes as a “work so rich and dazzling that it will surely draw readers and scholars for ages.”[1] He has been described by the New York Times as “the most significant Latin American literary voice of his generation.”[2]
  • Framing Roberto Bolano : The New Yorker 110813
    In 2008, New Directions approached the photographer Allen Frame, hoping to use one of his photographs on the cover of their new translation of “Last Evenings on Earth,” by the late Chilean author Roberto Bolaño. That year, a fated match was made. Frame, who draws inspiration from literary fiction and film noir, has an archive of images that evoke menace, intrigue, and sensuality—quintessential themes in Bolaño’s mystery novels. Although they have different backgrounds, Frame and Bolaño were born in early fifties and travelled to many of the same cities to photograph and write, from Acapulco, Mexico, to Barcelona, Spain. “Allen Frame: Dialogue with Bolaño,” now on view at Gitterman Gallery, features nine of Frame’s photographs used for Bolaño covers and additional work in a similar vein. Frame continues to read Bolaño’s novels as they are posthumously published. “Having been able to find a kind of voice that I identify with in my generation is so satisfying,” he said in an interview with American Suburb X last month.
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