meow • from the Guardian Annie Proulx strikes back at the AMPAS voters:
“We should have known conservative heffalump academy voters would have rather different ideas of what was stirring contemporary culture,” Proulx wrote. “Roughly 6,000 film industry voters, most in the Los Angeles area, many living cloistered lives behind wrought-iron gates or in deluxe rest-homes, out of touch not only with the shifting larger culture and the yeasty ferment that is America these days, but also out of touch with their own segregated city, decide which films are good.
“And rumor has it that [Lionsgate] inundated the academy voters with DVD copies of ‘Trash’ — excuse me — ‘Crash’ a few weeks before the ballot deadline. Next year we can look to the awards for controversial themes on the punishment of adulterers with a branding iron in the shape of the letter A, runaway slaves and the debate over free silver.”
I will try to get the entire article from the Guardian.
really cool • Bleak House flash animated at the BBC’s very cool Charles Dickens site.
long haul • Mexican author finishes 27 year long bilingual poem: Migrations / Migraciones.
event • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will be throwing their own edible book festival on April 3rd.
April 1st : Check the official website for a full list of all the groups participating in this annual event : Australia – Brazil – Canada – England – France – Japan – Germany – Italy – Ireland – Japan – Luxembourg Mexico The Netherlands – New Zealand – Russia – U.S.A: Arizona, California, Colorado ,Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland/Washington D.C. , Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Washington,Wisconsin, Wyoming