1. Aid for Ukraine
2. This week’s online gathering
3. Indie press news
And Other Stories
Paper Visual Art
4. Joanna Walsh live in Paris
5. On Frank Ramsey
6. I Am Curious, Gialli
7. Three prizewinners!
8. The Peirine Stevns Translation Prize 2023
9. Ineluctable modality of the risible
10. Next week's online gathering
1. Aid for Ukraine
This is always on the first item on the weekly newsletter (which also ends with an appeal for donations) But please don't skip to the next item. The conflict in Ukraine continues, and horribly. By the end of the year it will have been a stain on history for 300 days. This is hard to imagine. The most far-reaching aid programme has been, and remains, the British Red Cross Ukraine Crisis Appeal. You can donate quickly and easily here, whatever you can, whenever you can.
2. This week’s online gathering
The first part of the programme has an Italian theme, with Cristina Viti on her translation os Pasolini’s La rabbia / Anger marking the centenary of Pasolini’s birth. The President of OpLePo, Elena Addomine, joins us from New York to share some of her 'homographic translations' and a reading of “Chimera”, an Anglo-Italian literary mosaicism connecting sonnets by Shakespeare and Dante.
Paolo Pergola will introduce his fellow author Paolo Albani who will deliver his Esercizi di stile di lettura, a reading of the following two-line poem in 11 different ways.
Italian original English translation
Meriggiare pallido e assorto To rest at noon, pale and thoughtful
presso un rovento muro d'orto near a blazing orchard wall
The styles Paolo Albani uses are (in this order):
1. Standard reading
2. Reading at a fruit and vegetables market in Naples
3. Reading during a kidnapping attempt
4. Reading forward and backwards (this could be cut)
5. Reading at a Futurists meeting
6. Reading at a Gregorian mass
7. Reading as a verdict at a tribunal
8. Reading during a revolutionary parade
9. Reading when giving directions
10. Reading at an aristocratic dinner
11. Reading in a silent movie
Following which Paolo Pergola will read some of his own Shakespearean deconstructions, with a nod to Hamlet.
In the second part it's Apostasy Now - three former members of the Jehovah's Witnesses share thoughts on their escape from the clutches of this weird evangelical cult and the consolations of literature. Joining me will be authors Ali Millar and Ariel Anderssen
The publisher Michael Watson has sent the And Other Stories catalogue for the upcoming Spring/Summer season, with works ranging from a memoir by Xiu Xiu founding member Jamie Stewart to the latest novel from Johanna Hedva; from a translation of a serial-novel-written-as-blog-
He highlights two of next year’s titles, Ten Planets by Yuri Herrera (February) and Your Love Is Not Good by Johanna Hedva (May):
- Ten Planets is 'a rich and genre-defying collection, blending the best of science fiction, noir and the philosophical parables of Calvino and Borges.'
- Your Love Is Not Good is 'smart, propulsive, and challenging. Johanna Hedva's prose is phenomenal, practically crackling with energy on the page. Grappling with identity, activism, artistic endeavour and more, Your Love Is Not Good is that amazing blend of critical intelligence and brilliant narrative.'
Here are links to the past year's catalogues from this outstanding indie press. Get stuck in!
Penhaligon Press: Balchin reissues in 2023
Experience Jean-Luc Godard through the eyes of author Joanna Walsh as she discusses Paris, art, youth, beauty, and cinema with Summer Brennan.
rom 7:30pm to 8:30pm
Mario Bava and Luigi Bazzoni
The Girl Who Knew Too Much (Bava, 1963)
The Possessed (Luigi Bazzoni,1965)
Blood and Black Lace (Bava, 1964)
Danger: Diabolik (Bava,1968)
The Fifth Cord (Bazzoni, 1971)
Lisa and the Devil (Bava, 1974)
Footprints on the Moon (Bazzoni, 1975)
Lizard in a Woman’s Skin (1971)
Don’t Torture a Duckling (1972)
The Strange Vice of Mrs Wardh (1971)
The Case of the Scorpion’s Tale (1971)
All the Colours of the Dark (1972)
Your Vice is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key (1972)
The Suspicious Death of a Minor (1975)
The Bird with the Crystal Plumage (1970)
Cat o’ Nine Tails (1971)
Four Flies on Grey Velvet (1972)
Deep Red (1975)
Double Face (1969)
Murder Obsession (1981)
Death Laid an Egg (1968)
Emilio Paolo Miraglia
The Night Evelyn Came out of the Grave (1971)
The Red Queen Kills Seven Times (1972)
Death Smiles on a Murderer (1973)
Modern Gialli / Films influenced by Giallo
(a select few - there are LOADS)
Irma Vep (Olivier Assayas, 1996)
Brand upon the Brain (Guy Maddin, 2006)
Berberian Sound Studio (2012)
The Duke of Burgundy (2014)
Flux Gourmet (2022)
Knife + Heart (Yann Gonzalez, 2018)
The Wild Boys (Betrand Mandico, 2017)
After Blue (Betrand Mandico, 2021)
Helene Cattat & Bruno Forzani
The Strange Colour of Your Body’s Tears (2013)
Let The Corpses Tan (2017)
Red Nights (Laurent Courtiaud and Julien Carbon, 2010)
Piercing (Nicolas Pesce, 2018)
- Jean-Michel Rabaté, University of Pennsylvani
Toby Litt will join us to discuss A Writer’s Diary (following his appearance on The Glue Factory in January to launch this superb long-form writing project)
And the launch of Exacting Clam issue 7. Publisher Jacob Smullyan and editor Guillermo Stitch present the latest edition of this transatlantic quarterly featuring (among illustrious others) Glue Factory stalwarts Kevin Boniface, Jake Goldsmith, Kurt Luchs, Melissa McCarthy Paolo Pergola and Paul Stanbridge.
For more than ten years Twitter has been part of my daily life and perhaps yours too. It's also supported the fragile eco-system of indie publishing. At the time of writing it still seems likely that the platform will go belly up.
In common with many I've set up a Mastodon account and if you're on the mailing list for this newsletter I hope you'll follow me there:
I'll carry on using Twitter to promote The Glue Factory and be rude about the Tories until the online gatherings end in December.
I may shut down my account before then if the site becomes unendurable.
Here's the best thing I can find about the likely impact of Twitter disappearing, and the alternatives.