What Hur victory symbolizes

October 26, 2010

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Joong Ang Daily on Hur Gak, the latest winner of South Korea’s most popular televised singing contest What made Superstar K so popular among viewers and what does Hur Gak’s victory symbolize? In the eyes of viewers, Hur, who came from a low-income, single-parent family and is part of the so-called 880,000-won-a-month generation, was likely […]

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Anjali Joseph: ‘Stop trying to label me!’

October 26, 2010

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From Anjali Joseph: It’s a weird enough thing, for anyone without a cast-iron sense of their own self, to appear in public as yourself and come up with views which might be taken to define you. It’s stranger still when those remarks, or your work, are taken to represent something about your national literature, whatever […]

A Wayward Son Checks in With Mother Russia

October 25, 2010

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Technically this should also be filed under “United States” as well, but on to the point, a great NYT article about Russian-American writer Gary Shteyngart. I’ve been meaning to read “Absurdistan” for a long time. MOSCOW — It was late in the Brezhnev era when a boy named Igor Semyonovich Shteyngart took up writing at […]

Learning Kazakh: The Trials and Tribulations

October 25, 2010

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From New Eurasia: It is common among young people to discuss the social status of the Kazakh language. Sania Abdigappar, a journalism student at Al-Farabi National University, shares her thoughts on the subject: Many Kazakhs who live in their home country still don’t speak the local language. Yet there are those who try to learn […]

Artisans Restore Pride in Albania’s City of Stone

October 25, 2010

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From Ardi Pulaj of Balkan Insight: In a tiny lane in the bazaar in the southern Albanian town of Gjirokastra, the sound of repeated hammering draws passers-by to a small shop. Outside, stones are slowly being turned into pieces of art. The shop belongs to Murtezan Makriu who spends his days carving shapes and pictures […]

Tetsujin 28 manga covers (1956-1966)

October 25, 2010

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From Pink Tetacle: Tetsujin 28-gō, the famous Japanese robot manga series written and illustrated by Mitsuteru Yokoyama, ran as a monthly insert in Shōnen Magazine from July 1956 to May 1966. The manga follows the adventures of a 10-year-old boy named Shotarō and his giant crime-fighting robot named Tetsujin 28 (a.k.a “Gigantor” in the US), […]

Literary Striptease

October 25, 2010

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Another view of the Urdu language, this time from translator Muhammad Umar Memom in an interview Lapata of Chapati Mystery Lapata: Tell us a little bit about how you view the act of translation. Is this a creative process for you? How do you view the role of the translator in the realm of literary […]