Thursday, 29 March 2012

'The Waste Land' on BBC Radio 4

T.S. Eliot at the BBC, undated photo. <accessed 29 March 2012>

Eileeen Atkins and Jeremy Irons read T.S. Eliot's The Waste Land on BBC Radio 4 tomorrow, Friday 30 March, from 2:15 - 3:00.

Saturday, 24 March 2012

Printed books: so much more for your money

Books, like food, are essential. That is why they are not taxed. Not so ebooks; VAT at the usual 20% is charged because the government defines them as software, not printed matter. That may change if angry ereader customers get their way.

Wait, there's more. Today's Observer reports that certain ebook publishers, such as the one named after legendary female warriors, seek to limit the amount and type of annotations one can make on e-texts, and reserve the right to withdraw the book you've bought. We are free to read and buy books - why would we submit to this form of censorship, I wonder? I feel a new post coming on.....

Meanwhile the publishers must do whatever they can to scare up some sales. The recent Penguin edition of H.P. Lovecraft's The Call of Cthulhu and Other Tales boasts a 3D cover and comes with free glasses to see it with.

Fearful symmetry.

What's new in the publishing world?  Have you come across any curious gimmicks or in-store displays - or republished books packaged anew? Post a comment.

Thursday, 15 March 2012

Spirituality and Dementia

The Centre for Bible & Spirituality

Research Seminar:
Spirituality and Dementia

Rev. Rob Merchant

Thursday 15 March
Francis Close Hall HC204
5:30 - 7:00

Everyone is welcome

Tuesday, 6 March 2012

The Patagonian Hare: A Memoir by Claude Lanzmann

Claude Lanzmann publishes A Patagonian Hare: a Memoir later this month. Lanzmann is a filmaker, writer, existentialist thinker, French resistance fighter in WWII, traveller, editor of Le Temps Moderne, founded by his friend Jean-Paul Sartre. His greatest achievement is still his film Shoah (1985) that records the witnesses - many now dead - of the Shoah [Holocaust]. Simone de Beauvoir remarked that she could not have imagined 'such a combination of horror and beauty' as in this remarkable film. At over nine and a half hours, this film requires much of us. It is our duty and privilege - in Hebrew, a mitzvah - to watch it. Lanzmann filmed it over the course of eleven years, using no archive footage, no visual record of atrocity. The scenes are filmed in the beautiful Polish countryside. We follow the rusting railway tracks into the forests.

Read the Observer interview with Lanzmann, 4/3/12.

Friday, 2 March 2012

'Divine Glory Danced': A lecture by Professor Melissa Raphael

The Severn Forum

Tuesday 6 March
Professor Melissa Raphael
Professor of Jewish Theology, University of Gloucestershire and the Hussey Lecturer for The Church and The Arts, University of Oxford.

Main Lecture Theatre (TC 014), The Park Campus,
University of Gloucestershire 

Divine Glory Danced: Jewish history and the theological imagination

Developing ideas from her book, Judaism and the Visual Image: a Jewish theology of art (2009), Professor Raphael’s illustrated lecture will show how Jewish revelation is more incarnational in character than is usually supposed, both by Christians and Jews alike.

Free to students and Severn Forum members.  Otherwise £3