Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Monday, January 23, 2012
Friday, January 20, 2012
In videos posted online, the men can clearly be seen dousing themselves in petrol after police prevented them from receiving food from supporters.
The men had been occupying part of the Education Ministry for two weeks.
At least two of the men can be seen running away into the crowd, shrouded in flames."
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Kaveh Adel's cartoon about Newt Gingrich was published along with an article (translation in English) "Everyday racism of Newt Gingrich and the applause of the public" written by political journalist, Iris Deroeux, on the French Mediapart political blog.
Sunday, January 15, 2012
Carl Sandburg reading "The People, Yes"
"Here's a virtual movie of Americas "Peoples" poet Carl Sandburg reading his beautiful social commentative poem "The People, Yes". I adore this reading which is filled full of the Pathos and tragedy of the struggles of the laboring classes in this particular case during the "Great Depression" period of 1930's America,but is as relevant to day as it was all those years ago when he wrote it. Sandburg's gentle voice was tinged with an almost musical melancholic Swedish tone handed down by his Swedish born immigrant Mother and father. Sandburg demonstrates in this great reading how just simple non prosaic words delivered with the unique relaxed eloquence and dexterity he possessed can tug at the emotions of the listener. Listening to this takes me on a beautiful emotional journey as I hope it will you. Carl Sandburg (1878 1967) was the "poet of the people." He found beauty in the ordinary language of the people -- the "American lingo," as he called it -- and turned it into poetry. In the 1920s and '30s Sandburg wrote a six-volume biography of Abraham Lincoln, praising Lincoln for exemplifying the American spirit. Four of the six volumes won him the Pulitzer Prize. Late in his life, at age 70, Sandburg wrote his first novel, "Remembrance Rock" (1948), a panoramic epic of America. When Sandburg died in 1967, President Lyndon Johnson stated, "There is no end to the legacy he leaves us." Carl Sandburg reads his ode to the American people "The People, Yes" in this 1950s sound recording from his collection of poetry."
"The People Yes"
The people yes
The people will live on.
The learning and blundering people will live on.
They will be tricked and sold and again sold
And go back to the nourishing earth for rootholds,
The people so peculiar in renewal and comeback,
You can't laugh off their capacity to take it.
The mammoth rests between his cyclonic dramas.
The people so often sleepy, weary, enigmatic,
is a vast huddle with many units saying:
"I earn my living.
I make enough to get by
and it takes all my time.
If I had more time
I could do more for myself
and maybe for others.
I could read and study
and talk things over
and find out about things.
It takes time.
I wish I had the time."
The people is a tragic and comic two-face: hero and hoodlum:
phantom and gorilla twisting to moan with a gargoyle mouth:
"They buy me and sell me...it's a game...sometime I'll
Once having marched
Over the margins of animal necessity,
Over the grim line of sheer subsistence
Then man came
To the deeper rituals of his bones,
To the lights lighter than any bones,
To the time for thinking things over,
To the dance, the song, the story,
Or the hours given over to dreaming,
Once having so marched.
Between the finite limitations of the five senses
and the endless yearnings of man for the beyond
the people hold to the humdrum bidding of work and food
while reaching out when it comes their way
for lights beyond the prison of the five senses,
for keepsakes lasting beyond any hunger or death.
This reaching is alive.
The panderers and liars have violated and smutted it.
Yet this reaching is alive yet
for lights and keepsakes.
The people know the salt of the sea
and the strength of the winds
lashing the corners of the earth.
The people take the earth
as a tomb of rest and a cradle of hope.
Who else speaks for the Family of Man?
They are in tune and step
with constellations of universal law.
The people is a polychrome,
a spectrum and a prism
held in a moving monolith,
a console organ of changing themes,
a clavilux of color poems
wherein the sea offers fog
and the fog moves off in rain
and the labrador sunset shortens
to a nocturne of clear stars
serene over the shot spray
of northern lights.
The steel mill sky is alive.
The fire breaks white and zigzag
shot on a gun-metal gloaming.
Man is a long time coming.
Man will yet win.
Brother may yet line up with brother:
This old anvil laughs at many broken hammers.
There are men who can't be bought.
The fireborn are at home in fire.
The stars make no noise,
You can't hinder the wind from blowing.
Time is a great teacher.
Who can live without hope?
In the darkness with a great bundle of grief
the people march.
In the night, and overhead a shovel of stars for keeps, the people
"Where to? what next?"
By Carl Sandburg
Thank you Professor Franklin Lewis.
Saturday, January 14, 2012
Watch the full version of Anna Deavere Smith's docudram: Let Me Down Easy
Watch also her interview on this play, written, performed and directed by herself.
"Anna Deavere Smith talks about the process by which her play "Let Me Down Easy" was created. Called "the most exciting individual in American theater" by Newsweek magazine, Anna Deavere Smith ("The West Wing," "Nurse Jackie") turns her theatrical exploration to matters of the human body......"
Friday, January 13, 2012
Today is January 13, your birthday, the day you were born in France. I had a dream about you at the age of 13, before I ever knew anything about you! And the dream became a reality.
Why am I still celebrating your birthday when you're not in this world any more? What am I searching for?
Is it because of the rare quality in you which I'm immensely missing? Your CARING?.....Your sensitivity towards human suffering in this unforgiving world?
Last night it was snowing in Chicago....and you were born in a snowy night in France 60 some years ago...60 years ago or just last night?...What's the difference?....TIME is just an illusion....
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Monday, January 9, 2012
Wednesday, January 4, 2012
Esmail Khoi, the prominent Iranian poet on self criticism and critiquing radical, political Iranian intellectuals during and after 1979 revolution.
Tuesday, January 3, 2012
The Visions of Simone Machard by Bertolt Brecht
"In the play, an adolescent girl named Simone works at a gas station in central France. Her older brother is a soldier in the army, and the Nazi forces are approaching. While engrossed in a book about Saint Joan, she slips into a series of dreams in which the real persons in her life take on other identities. Her brother appears as an angel, her boss as the coward Connetand, and herself as Saint Joan who helps starving refugees and defies her employer. In real life she sets fire to a secret supply of gasoline before the Germans can get to it. In her dream she is captured and sentenced to death, but in real life she is not yet considered a saboteur. The Germans hand her over to the French as a mere arsonist, and she is led away by nuns to a mental institution."
Monday, January 2, 2012
The Persian program of the University of Chicago presents a symposium on Sa'id Soltanpur in commemorate the 30th anniversary of his execution on January 7, 2012 at 6: 30 PM. The speakers are Farrokh Asadi, Hayedeh Torabi, Ezzat Goushegir, Franklin Lewis, and Saeed Yousef.
"What has happened to my country" is the title of one of Soltanpur's poems.