Diversity Dilemmas?


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PROBLEMS IN PUBLISHING DEPARTMENT

b and n coversTHE BIG NEWS in the publishing world this week is the cancellation (in both meanings of the term) of Barnes & Noble’s “Diverse Editions” series– someone’s ill-advised marketing strategy for Black History Month, which consisted of putting black faces on the covers of classic novels like Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Critics argue that instead of such superficial gestures, big-time publishers should be signing more authors of color– to celebrate actual literary diversity. (A recent Lee and Low survey indicates that 79% of those who work in the publishing and book review industries are white. The same survey states that 78% of those in the field are women, but no one seems too concerned about that!)

Yes, by all means the Big Five publishing world based in New York City needs more diversity. There’s one super-huge problem in obtaining it– the over-reliance by these publishers on staffers…

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Essay “Argentina as a land awaiting the undelivered epic” in Berfrois


Link to my essay “Argentina as a Land Expecting the Undelivered Epic” in UK online literary magazine Berfrois! On popular urban myths about similarities between modern-day Greeks and Argentineans, absences in recent Argentinean poetry, and more.

It’s All Argentinian to Arturo Desimone

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Entrevista en “La Maja Desnuda” en la radio de la universidad politécnica de Cataluña


Enlace/ link a la entrevista con Nidia Hernández, periodista cultural venezolana radicada en Boston

https://www.upv.es/rtv/radio/la-maja-desnuda/64902?fbclid=IwAR3CfTKRU9rbjuEUHq5xqv3qT61rAbVwKn7iLoOMsCwVuQaPTczuFmZh8xE

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El Quijote es un ejemplo supremo de libertad, Juan Carlos Onetti


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He dicho que soy desde la infancia un inveterado y ferviente lector de Cervantes. Todos los novelistas, sea cual sea el idioma en que escribamos, somos deudores de aquel hombre desdichado y de su mejor novela, que es la primera y también la mejor novela que se ha escrito. Una novela en la que todos hemos entrado a saco, durante siglos, y que, a pesar de nosotros y de tan repetida depredación, se mantiene, como el primer día, intocada, misteriosa, transparente y pura.

A pesar de que hay en este recinto muchas personas más cultas y talentosas que yo, y a pesar de provenir, como provengo, de un lejano suburbio de la lengua española, me atreveré a dar una tímida opinión personal sobre uno de los incontables valores de la obra de Cervantes y, en especial, del Quijote.

El planteamiento del libro, su esencial libertad creativa e imaginativa marcan…

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UK book-blogger Jackie Law “the bookhen” reviews “Ouafa and Thawra About a lover from Tunisia”


The first review in English of my book of poems and drawings “Ouafa and Thawra: about a lover from Tunisia” has appeared in the UK literary blog by Jackie Law the Book-hen! Thanks @Neverimitate! Eight or so years after I wrote the book, adapted from travel diaries in 2012-2013. A sole minor “factual error”, the reviewer interprets these poems as occurring over a 5 year timespan, in fact all the poems and drawings, with two exceptions, are from the 2 year period they chronicle but perhaps some verses mention a lustrum. I wrote it long ago and by now forget!

Thus far the other reviews (based on the bilingual edition/Spanish translation La Amada de Túnez,) appear in Argentine and Spanish press, such as by El Niño Rizoma and Julian Axat. This book and “Poems of the Mare Nostrum / Costa Nostra” (publisher Hesterglock Press Bristol) constitute half of the published, tiny fraction of my work in recent years.

Order pages

Bookdepot

https://www.bookdepository.com/Ouafa-Thawra-Arturo-Desimone/9781779064875

Librairie Numérique Africaine

https://librairienumeriqueafricaine.com/en/livrel/ouafa-and-thawra-about-lover-tunisia

Culturethèque

https://www.culturetheque.com/ARG/doc/cyberlibris/frcyb88876338/ouafa-and-thawra-about-a-lover-from-tunisia?_lg=en-us

Waterstones

https://www.waterstones.com/book/ouafa-and-thawra/arturo-desimone/9781779064875

Blackwells

https://blackwells.co.uk/bookshop/product/Ouafa-and-Thawra-About-a-Lover-from-Tunisia–Poetry-Drawings-Essay-by-Desimone-Arturo/9781779064875

Clara Beter Ediciones Argentina

https://www.clarabeterediciones.com.ar/poesia-nuestra/la-amada-de-tunez-arturo-desimone

Book Alley California

https://www.bookalley.com/pages/books/mon0000486276/arturo-desimone/ouafa-and-thawra-about-a-lover-from-tunisia-poetry-drawings-essay

Hernández

https://www.libreriahernandez.com/l/la-amada-de-tunez/455065/9789874167354

& most online bookstores in the world, Tell it Slant physical bookstore in Glasgow, Scotland. Villanova University Library (USA)

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Bibliofobia (Nota en El País Digital Argentina)


https://www.elpaisdigital.com.ar/contenido/bibliofobia-y-homerofobia/30650?fbclid=IwAR0hmonr2DGn-jnCWSeuTy7POS5PREu77ShvtwD0QEZYa5sgy95qpPblAxI

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Reverdecer en Túnez


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En lecturas para el verano, Julián Axat escribe sobre la reciente publicación de “La amada de Túnez”, del poeta y dibujante Arturo Desimone (Aruba, 1984), editada por Ediciones Clara Beter (2019), bajo la traducción de Lucas Brockenshire. Cuando el poeta se asimila a la revolución y la hace cuerpo de amor.

Conocí a Arturo Desimone hace ya unos años, en el espacio cultural Haroldo Conti, de la Ex ESMA. Se trataba de una lectura de poesía en la que compartimos mesa. Recuerdo que leyó algo así como la versión en reescritura poética de unos textos de economía política de Marx y Éngels. Su acento era el de un angloparlante con dicción dificultosa del castellano. Traducía mientras leía en voz alta su versión original en inglés, por lo que la lectura era entrecortada, pero sus versos me parecieron geniales.

Este poeta y dibujante, de padre Argentino, pero nacido y criado en…

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Cosmopolitan Shipwrecks video show on DiEMtv Goes Local


Our series of conversations with contemporary thinkers on the future (or lack thereof) of either the Nation-State or “cosmopolitanism”has completed its first series. Interviewees thus far: Ussama Makdisi, Timothy Mitchell, Bruce Alexander, Rituparna Roy, Leila Farsakh, Dimitris Tsafenda, and Nina Power, spoke on a varied array of subjects, from addiction, to censorship, sectarianism to the attempt to found the first Partition Museum in Bengal. My cohosts in this video/radio quarantine-birthed project: Mohammad Khair Nahhas (Beirut) and producer Jon Baird (London)

Mohammad had the initial idea focussing on the issue of the future of the Nation State, which in part seems motivated by a need to grasp the peculiarities of the Lebanese reality, contrasting this to other parts of the world.

Timothy Mitchell interview on his book “Carbon Democracy” on the role played by coal and petroleum in the formation of modern mass democracy https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Tc_kVEDcxI&ab_channel=DiEMtvgoeslocal

COSMOPOLITAN SHIPWRECKS – 4/ Alienation, Addiction and Belonging | Prof. Bruce Alexander

“COSMOPOLITAN SHIPWRECKS – 5/ Coexistence, Ecumenism & Middle-East Modernity | Prof. Ussama Makdisi”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ApEvbNyl_U0&t=846s&ab_channel=DiEMtvgoeslocal

COSMOPOLITAN SHIPWRECKS – 3/ Cultural & Historical Continuities in Post-Partition Bengal | Dr R Roy

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-KxKFMO_z4M&t=516s&ab_channel=DiEMtvgoeslocal

Facebook page with manifesto

https://www.facebook.com/Cosmopolitan-Shipwrecks-102886404925514

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Reseña del libro de poesía edición bilingüe”La Amada de Túnez” en El País Argentina


Por Julián Axat

https://www.elpaisdigital.com.ar/contenido/reverdecer-en-tnez/29988?fbclid=IwAR2RAMKaIvVTlVAu9q4n4rB_yxo0HVFhG9MuCJwEjwzYMYZ44lFtebwQlKI

Sitio para pedir el libro en Argentina https://www.clarabeterediciones.com.ar/poesia-nuestra/la-amada-de-tunez-arturo-desimone

Sitio para pedir el libro en idioma original en Reino Unido UK y África https://www.africanbookscollective.com/books/ouafa-and-thawra-about-a-lover-from-tunisia

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“Buy Arturo a coffee on Ko-Fi”


https://ko-fi.com/arturodesimone0062

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