Sunday, May 28, 2006

Irrepressible

From the Guardian/Observer website: "Forty-five years ago a remarkable article in The Observer launched Amnesty International. Now, we are joining with the human rights organisation again to highlight a new threat to freedom - internet censorship. Internet users are spied on, controlled and locked up around the world for opposing repressive regimes. This is our chance to do something about it. Here Kate Allen, UK director of Amnesty International, launches the campaign and tells how a simple email can make a difference." Read Kate Allen's article here. Find out how you can help out with the campaign by visiting Amnesty International's Irrepressible website.

Bookshelf: The Dinosaur Hunters


"In The Dinosaur Hunters Deborah Cadbury brilliantly recreates the remarkable story of the bitter rivalry between two men: Gideon Mantell uncovered giant bones in a Sussex quarry, became obsessed with the lost world of the reptiles and was driven to despair. Richard Owen, a brilliant anatomist, gave the extinct creatures their name and secured for himself unrivalled international acclaim." Highly recommended - a history that reads like a thriller. Lots of great early engravings of bones as well as artist's renderings of what dinosaurs were imagined to have looked like, too - often quite beautiful.

Website: UbuWeb

UbuWeb describes itself as "a completely independent resource dedicated to all strains of the avant-garde, ethnopoetics, and outsider arts." For the thinking creative. Recent posts have included pieces on Viennese Actionist films, Jacques Lacan lectures, William S. Burrough's cut up films, Gertrude Stein audio recordings, and a short film of Abby Hoffman making gefelte fish on Christmas Eve.
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