Literary Roundup


The eighth edition of Art Dubai is taking place March 19-22, 2014 at Madinat Jumeirah.

Over the last seven years, Art Dubai, the leading international art fair in the MENASA (Middle East/North Africa/South Asia), has become a cornerstone of the region’s booming contemporary art community. Recognised as one of the most globalised meeting points in the art world today, Art Dubai places an emphasis on maintaining its intimate, human scale while foregrounding quality and diversity.

Check out the Art Dubai blog.

Adventures in Twitter Fiction: a TedTalk with Andrew Fitzgerald. The post is old (July 2013), but the topic (the changing scene of storytelling) is relevant–what with the recent Twitter Fiction Festival. (They’ll be posting an archive of all the festival content here.)

How the Invention of the Alphabet Usurped Female Power in Society and Sparked the Rise of Patriarchy in Human Culture” — a Brainpickings article on Leonard Shlain’s book The Alphabet Versus the Goddess: The Conflict Between Word and Image. 

“To perceive things such as trees and buildings through images delivered to the eye, the brain uses wholeness, simultaneity, and synthesis. To ferret out the meaning of alphabetic writing, the brain relies instead on sequence, analysis, and abstraction. Custom and language associate the former characteristics with the feminine, the latter, with the masculine. As we examine the myths of different cultures, we will see that these linkages are consistent.”

Five poems from Mary Szybist’s Incarnadinecourtesy of Graywolf press. Plus a blog post: On Craft: Mary Szybist on Visual Poetry.


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