Friend, artist and collaborator Christopher Stackhouse appears on Rattapallax literary journal's audio feed site, reading his poem "Fabrication." Check it out!
Rattapallax's most recent issue (12) includes works by Stackhouse, as well as Saul Williams, Rick Moody, Paul Beatty, Ernesto Cardenal, Kenneth Goldsmith, Patricia Spear Jones, Mohammed Khair-Eddine, Marilyn Hacker, Samuel Menashe, Dael Orlandersmith, Margert Ryan, Jerome Rothenberg, Virgil Suarez, Raul Zurita, Li-Young Lee, Cid Campos, Augusto de Campos, Haroldo de Campos, Carl Hancock Rux, and a special section on South African Poetry After Apartheid. (Thanks for the heads up, Mendi!)
According to a report in the BBC News, Knut Ahnlund, an 82-year-old member of the Swedish Academy, which awards the Nobel Prize in Literature, resigned today in protest over last year's awarding of the literary world's most important international prize to Elfriede Jelinek. According to Ahnlund, Jelinek's works, which include novels, plays and essays, are "a mass of text shovelled together without artistic structure." In fact, he stated that "last year's Nobel Prize has not only done irreparable damage to all progressive forces, it has also confused the general view of literature as an art." Talk about a delayed response; did he just learn about last year's award today?
I also think he protesteth too much. Jelinek's works, which he also called "pornographic" (which is partially right) are also held in high esteem by other writers and readers. Her most famous book, the violent and disturbing The Piano Teacher, became an internationally celebrated movie under Michael Haneke's direction in 2001. Ahnlund suggested that the Academy had not read most of Jelinek's works, so were they basing the award on the movie and Isabelle Huppert's extraordinary performance? In which case, will the award to this Thursday to Canadian author and poet Michael Ondaatje (The English Patient), Britons John LeCarré (The Constant Gardner), A.S. Byatt (Possession) or Kazuo Ishiguro (The Remains of the Day), or Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami (Tony Takitani)? Those Jelinek books aren't easy reading, but then Ondaatje is even tougher....