September 28, 2012

In Their Own Words

In Their Own Words, British novelists
Series looking at the story of the British novel in the 20th century, told by those who know it best, the authors themselves.

Episode 2: The Age of Anxiety 1945-1969

J. R. R. Tolkien - Lord of the Rings
Kingsley Amis - Lucky Jim
William Golding - Lord of the Files
Iris Murdoch - Under the net

John Braine - Room at the top
Alan Sillitoe - Saturday night, Sunday morning

George Lamming - The Emigrants
Sam Selvon - The lonely Londoner

Colin MacInnes - Absolute beginners

John Wyndham - Day of the Triffids

Anthony Burgess - A clockwork orange
JG Ballard - The Drowned World

Doris Lessing - The Golden Notebook

Margaret Drabble - The Millstone


September 20, 2012

Richard Brautigan

Richard Brautigan (1935 – 1984) Poet

Two poems from The Pill Versus the Springhill Mine Disaster (1968)

A Boat

O beautiful
was the werewolf   
in his evil forest.   
We took him
to the carnival   
and he started   
when he saw
the Ferris wheel.   
green and red tears   
flowed down
his furry cheeks.   
He looked
like a boat
out on the dark   


All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace

I like to think (and
the sooner the better!)
of a cybernetic meadow
where mammals and computers
live together in mutually
programming harmony
like pure water
touching clear sky. 

I like to think
     (right now please!)
of a cybernetic forest
filled with pines and electronics
where deer stroll peacefully
past computers
as if they were flowers
with spinning blossoms. 

I like to think
     (it has to be!)
of a cybernetic ecology
where we are free of our labors
and joined back to nature,
returned to our mammal
brothers and sisters,
and all watched over
by machines of loving grace.


September 1, 2012

Boyamba Belgique

Boyamba Belgique

The day before the Congo gained independence, the saber of the Belgian king Baudouin was stolen by a young Congolese. Half a century later we embark on a quest for the sword and the thief and discover the deeper meaning of the symbolic act.