Stories about Arts & Culture from November, 2009
Hungary: More on Imre Kertész's Interview
More on the Hungarian reactions to Imre Kertész's Die Welt interview – at Hungarian Spectrum. (Marietta Le's GV post about it is here.)
South Africa: It was good food and wine
Travelwires’ post about Good Food and Wine show in South Africa: “According to Cashmore, record crowds thronged through the entrances to see, taste, participate and buy. Many of the visitors came back for a second and even a third time.”
Iran: Art in Protest
The artistic creativity of the ‘green' protest movement since the June 12 presidential election has perhaps been unique in Iran's history.
Japan: “Obamu”, Verb Form of “Obama”?
Anpontan‘s post about the word “obamu” (オバむ) , a Japanese word play that's a verb form of “Obama”, was picked up by James Fallows at the Atlantic and is making its way across the blogosphere, although very few Japanese people actually seem to have heard of the word, as Daniel...
Finland: The Language Issue
Nordic Voices writes about Finland's “language issue.”
U.S., Europe: Immigrant Writing; Diaspora Mentality
Maud Newton writes about a newly-published anthology of immigrant writing, “Becoming Americans.” Sublime Oblivion examines the views of “Russian political analyst & nationalist Konstantin Krylov” on “international diasporas” and “the diaspora mentality.”
Russia: Luzhkov vs NYTimes; “Destruction of Old Moscow”
IZO posts a translation of an open letter to president Medvedev “about the destruction of old Moscow under Mayor Luzhkov,” written by urbanism scholar Yuri Bocharov. Russia! reports on the defamation lawsuit against the New York Times, filed and won by the Moscow mayor.
U.S.: Redesign Of Vladimir Nabokov's Book Covers
At Design Observer, John Gall writes about the redesign of Vladimir Nabokov's book covers: “All twenty-one of them.” (Link via Maud Newton.)
Thailand: Google logos
Thai 101 uploads custom logos of Google Thailand
Thailand: “Demon” statues at airport bring bad luck
Airport officials in Bangkok will remove 12 “demon’ statues because they believe the statues cause bad luck to shopkeepers.
Thailand: House of Museums
My Unseen Thailand is impressed with a Bangkok museum called House of Museums. The said museum displays everyday items of the 1950s and 1960s.
Bloggers Remember TEDIndia: The Good, the Bad and the Quirky
When the legendary TED conference came down to India, Indian bloggers were understandably excited. Some of the bloggers participated in the event and Gaurav Mishra was one of them. In this post he compiles a roundup of bloggers reactions to the TEDIndia 2009 conference, which took place earlier this month in Mysore, India.
Egypt: Celebrities sans Diplomacy
Bikya Masr reported two stories a couple of days apart about celebrity blunders and lack of tact. Beyonce was targeted in the first and Salma Hayek spoke out in the second. Marwa Rahka has the story.
Trinidad & Tobago: Art or Ego?
“One thing that seems to me to distinguish good governance from bad is an understanding that cities and countries are built on communities, not on buildings”: Club Soda and Salt comments on Trinidad and Tobago's “latest white elephant”.
Africa: Obaasema: lifestyle magazine for the African women
Check out a video about Obaasema magazine, a premier lifestyle magazine for the modern African woman.
Japan: Hitler's “Mein Kampf”, the manga version
After more than 80 years since its first publication, Hitler's Mein Kampf has become a Manga comic. The 190 page volume, which sold some 45,000 copies in the first printing, tells in a very simple way the story of Adolf Hitler, from his childhood to his rise as the leader...
Tanzania: Tanzania's got style
Bella Naija introduces Sheria Ngowi, a rising African fashion designer, renowned stylist and one of the top menswear designers in Tanzania.
Culture and Business News about Capetown in Japanese
“Information that you'll never find in guidebooks!” Emi, a Capetown resident that works in tourism, celebrates [ja] the launch of a Japanese portal for information about Capetown called “ケープタウン新聞 (Capetown News)”.
Ecuador: X Biennial in Cuenca
The 10th Biennial in Cuenca, Ecuador is showcasing artists from across Latin America, writes Darío Orellana of El Joven Darío [es].
A Quest to Unite Religious Communities: The Charter for Compassion
In a world of fragmentation and religious division, a unique and much anticipated document will be released to the world on November 12, after months of collaborative work by diverse religious leaders and great thinkers.
Russia: Article On Social Network
The Daily Telegraph published an article “Social-media and networking websites booming in Russia” [ENG] by Denis Terekhov, one of the marketing specialists in Russian social networks.