Literature Prizes – River And Sound Review Mon, 27 Jun 2022 17:19:29 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Literature Prizes – River And Sound Review 32 32 FilmRise Launches “BriannaPlayz” Series on Roku Channel – Media Play News Mon, 27 Jun 2022 17:19:29 +0000

New FilmRise Series “BriannaPlayz” on the Roku Channel

Erik Gruenwedel

FilmRise on June 27 announced a streaming original series,
“BriannaPlayz,” featuring social media prankster Brianna Arsement, hits The Roku Channel in July in the US

The program is native digital content, which aims to integrate paid advertising into the series. FilmRise said the show is growing
its catalog of native digital content covering entertainment, lifestyle, games, nature, cooking and tutorials, among others.

The launch marks the first time the online digital series will be available on a streaming service. “BriannaPlayz” will also be available on The Roku Channel in the UK. The series brings together the best of Brianna taking viewers into the world of Minecraft as she pranks her friends and family.

“We identified a great untapped opportunity early on – this very popular
online influencers could increase their audience and fan base by
convert their online content into long-form episodes for streaming
audience of the platform,” Max Einhorn, senior vice president of acquisitions and coproductions at FilmRise, said in a statement.

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Ashley Hovey, head of The Roku Channel, AVOD, said the deal underscores a long history between the two companies.

“We’re thrilled to be…the first place the series will be available outside of digital,” Hovey said.

FilmRise’s Digital Native division — led by digital content director Bianca Serafini — has deals with digital talent agencies, producers, and programs including Night, Brave Wilderness, Above Average, and Rooster Teeth, among others.

“Azzyland” features Azra “Azzyland” Bajrami and her lifestyle content, including vlogs, reaction videos, video games, and collaborations with other content creators.

Rooster Teeth produces several digital series aimed at the gaming crowd, such as the first-person shooter-themed series Red vs Blue, the Camp Camp-themed summer camp misadventures, and the fantasy series Nomad of Nowhere. .

“ZHC” presents the hyper realistic vision of the viral artist and
philanthropist Zach Hsieh, aka ZHC. ZHC and his team of artists pull off stunts like painting an entire school inside and out, customizing all of the gadgets in an Apple Store, and detailing a Tesla, all while donating cash and gifts. price to streamers.

“Brave Wilderness” is a series about science and nature that aims to
inspiring curiosity and advocacy for the natural world. Adventurers and
scientific experts Nataniel “Coyote” Peterson, Mark Vins and Mario Aldecoa
lead viewers on a variety of expeditions to dispel myths about the dangers
insects, capture the splendor of hiking trails, and introduce rare marine animals, among other features.

Internet-famous Nathan Graham aka Unspeakable appeals to family audiences with his wide range of mind-blowing challenges, including building the tallest LEGO tower, playing hide-and-seek in a trampoline park, and filling his house with peanuts.

Above Average Presents is founded by executive producer Lorne Michaels, Above Average presents a series of sketches and interviews hosted by and
with comedians Tiffany Haddish, Tina Fey, Rashida Jones, Paul Rudd and Jeff Goldblum.

Guga Foods
Famous for his engaging personality and visually appealing camerawork,
Gustavo Tosta, aka Guga Foods, shares mouth-watering meat-focused recipes, helpful cooking techniques, and inventive culinary experiences for his hungry audience.

Keeping their promise that high quality educational videos should be
accessible free of charge to all, Crash Course has developed
content for 42 individual lessons and counting. Topics include literature,
world history, philosophy, biology, theater and much more.

]]> Keys to Patti Smith and Bob Dylan’s Famous Friendship: Art, Admiration, Respect and a Great Love of Music | Culture Thu, 23 Jun 2022 16:39:00 +0000

Patti Smith and Bob Dylan have known each other since 1975 and you could say their friendship has transcended ordinary life and entered the realm of greatness. Greatness in its original sense and not as a cliché is always complex and, as we know, the complex is often reduced, ridiculed and even vilified in a world driven by capital, post-truth and social media noise. The complex is always the enemy of ignorance.

Patti Smith has just given incredible concerts in Spain, reminding us that her importance for rock’n’roll is also greater than what we are used to seeing on stage. These were concerts in which she performed songs written by Dylan, such as the simple but moving One morning too many, composed just after his arrival in New York in the early sixties. That Bob Dylan, who left everything in Minnesota to meet an ailing Woody Guthrie and start his career as a musician in Greenwich Village, was the example followed by a very young Patti Smith when she too gave up – in her case at New Jersey – for a life in Greenwich Village.

Bob and Patti both lived for music and dedicated their lives to it. They pursued with all their heart what they believed in, moving away from the territory inhabited by their family and their childhood friends, in short, from society in general. They pursued their dream and found themselves in the territory of art. And they have been great ambassadors for this shrinking art and space in this current age: a time when culture and art are becoming less and less relevant and damaged by all kinds of interests, social mechanisms and bad thoughts.

Patti and Bob still inhabit our world, even though they seem to belong to another. As Dylan admitted in his last interview, published in The New York Times to promote his 2020 album Rough and rowdy ways, he is aware that his world is “obsolete”. Not only are he and Patti’s worlds obsolete, but what they represent is of little relevance anymore, namely a commitment to the real art of music – a craft that, in its essence, has more to do with the value of the song itself than with the festival’s giant screens and pyrotechnics. Their friendship therefore also represents something more transcendental than most of us can grasp.

They met in 1975 when Dylan went backstage to see Patti after a gig at The Bitter End club in New York. She was a 29-year-old poet involved in rock ‘n’ roll and a sensation in the early punk era; he was a 34-year-old counterculture icon. As Patti has repeatedly recalled, it was an unfortunate encounter. An elusive character who was hard to meet at any given event, Bob walked into Patti’s dressing room and asked, “Are there any poets around here?” To which she replied: “I hate poetry!” Several decades later, Patti herself admitted that she behaves like a high school teenager who pretends not to be interested when a boy she likes approaches.

Patti also said that Dylan in the flesh can never be separated from Dylan the Legend, an observation shared by other musicians. From a place of self-awareness and arrogance, person and legend merge into a being whose gestures and silences possess a strange and definitive power. Patti fell in love. That night, Bob left quickly but saw the fun side. A few days later, the two were photographed laughing at a private party during which she even teased him to get out of the way of the photographer. The camera captured a moment of spontaneity and authenticity.

Whatever happened between them then led to mutual admiration. It’s hard to be friends with Bob Dylan, who is an elusive character, even with those closest to him, but Patti Smith succeeded. During those early years of their friendship, Patti said she used to meet Dylan for walks through New York during which they chatted about all sorts of things. And one thing you learn early in life, unless you’re an orangutan, is that walking around and chatting creates a closer emotional bond than sex. Patti and Bob bonded a lot.

In 1994, Patti lost her husband, Fred Sonic Smith, a former member of the group MC5. Shortly after, her brother died, catapulting Patti into a depression. Recall that Patti had given up songwriting and much of her artistic life in the 1980s and 1990s to devote herself to her family life with Fred and their two children. But even before the deaths of Fred and her brother, she had been gravely affected by the death of her other great love, Robert Mapplethorpe, in 1989. Mapplethorpe had been her lover, companion, friend and confidant in those early years in New York. , while she herself recounts it in just childrena book that took him 10 years to write.

In the midst of her depression, Patti received a call from Bob. He wanted her to perform at a series of concerts in the United States. I like to reminisce about this story with my friend Rafa Cervera, great music critic and admirer of Patti Smith, who himself wrote about this extraordinary relationship between the two rock’n’roll legends. As Patti noted, Bob was the only one who could convince her to come back on stage. In 1995, she accompanies Bob for seven nights and, each of these nights, she sings one of his songs, dark eyes, with these lines: “I live in another world where life and death are memorized… But I feel nothing for their game where the beauty goes unnoticed. Patti not only returned to the stage, she returned to life.

She began to compose and especially to write collections of poetry, memoirs and essays. In short, she made a big comeback. And Bob continued his endless tour, his outdated records and his mysterious persona.

In 2016, Bob Dylan shocked the literary world by winning the Nobel Prize for Literature. Writers of all kinds were angry, offended that the most coveted literature prize went to a singer-songwriter. It was a weird and fun time, especially when it became clear that the Nobel Committee, that mothball entity that got mired in sex scandals, didn’t know the essence of the laureate: Bob Dylan didn’t was not an aspiring writer to win awards. But how could the Swedish Academy know this when it was looking for publicity?

It seems Dylan came into the world to change it with his lyrics – and perhaps he achieved more than the vast majority of book writers. In 2016, when he became a Nobel laureate, little changed in his behavior. He didn’t do anything that could have been expected of him. He just went about his business, even the things he cared about, and so he asked Patti Smith to be the one to sing for him at the awards show. A faux pas? Not for her. This gesture honored the code that Patti and Bob shared.

Patti sang A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall, one of the first compositions she learned as a teenager from Dylan, and she was overwhelmed with emotion. She stumbled over the words and had to stop the song and start over. Cynics thought it was staged, but many others simply saw a nervous, mature woman in it. Many others have understood nothing at all while perhaps a handful of fools have seen the ultimate beauty of a unique friendship, and the ultimate beauty of the art of music – the art of a tradition shared oral.

In a article in the new yorkerPatti Smith recalled what happened: “I had to stop and ask for forgiveness and then try again in this state and I sang with all my being, but still stumbling. I didn’t have not forgotten that the narrative of the song begins with the words “I have stumbled along twelve misty mountains” and ends with the phrase “And I shall know my song well before I begin to sing”. I felt the humiliating sting of failure, but also the strange realization that I had somehow entered and truly lived in the world of lyrics.

If Dylan’s literature, and therefore his music – and even the man’s iconic status – meant anything, it was perfectly represented in Patti Smith. Those nerves and heartbreaking song had more impact than the best of speeches. I imagine this is hard to understand for writers who regard language academies as more sacred than what, say, you might find in a village choir clapping and singing traditional songs.

Patti and Bob’s friendship continues to this day, but our modern world has nothing to do with them and what they stand for. The world we inhabit is hostile and moving too fast. It’s a world where poetry is tragically lacking while advertising campaigns pass for beauty. It’s the same world that Patti Smith and Bob Dylan confronted with their songs – two kindred spirits in the service of art, which is something bigger than the reality we are currently persuaded to live.

Ntsika Kota becomes the first writer from Eswatini, Africa to win the Commonwealth Short Story Prize 2022 Tue, 21 Jun 2022 14:52:07 +0000 Ntsika Kota has become the first writer from Eswatini, Africa to win the Commonwealth Short Story Prize 2022, one of the world’s most sought-after literary prizes, for his story and the earth drank deeply.

“There aren’t many literature prizes more global or inclusive than the Commonwealth Short Story Prize…I was aware of the caliber of writing and judging, so I had no illusions about my chances” , Kota said.

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A chemist by training, Kota’s victory was announced at an online ceremony hosted today by spoken word poet Mr Gee, which featured the judges’ chairman, Guyanese writer Fred D’ Aguiar. Also in attendance were last year’s winner Kanya D’Almeida and this year’s regional winners (the competition is divided into five regions: Asia, Africa, Pacific, Caribbean and Canada and Europe ).

“[Kota’s story] crosses cultures and generations. A story that uses the African folktale in a way that stays true to its form but is also accessible,” said Louise Umutoni-Bower, judge for the Africa region. “The writer’s willingness to expose ‘evil’ without questioning or judgment was praised.”

“Ntsika’s wonderful success reminds us of what makes the Prize unique. This is an opportunity for writers across the Commonwealth to express themselves, regardless of where they live or their previous writing experience,” said Dr Anne T. Gallagher AO, Chief Executive of the Commonwealth Foundation . “How fitting that Ntsika – a self-taught writer, hailing from one of the smaller eligible states – triumphs.”

Kota won the overall award after becoming the regional winner for Africa on May 23. Winners from other regions were: Sofiah Mariah Ma for The Last Diver on Earth (Singapore, Asia), Diana Mccaulay for Bridge over the Yallahs River (Jamaica, Caribbean), Mary Rokunadravu for The Nightwatch (Fiji, Pacific) and Cecil Browne for A Hat for Lemer (UK/Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Canada and Europe).

The Commonwealth Short Story Prize is awarded to writers aged 18 and over from Commonwealth countries. Kritika Pandey, a Pushcart-nominated writer from Jharkhand, was the first Indian to win the award in 2020 for her story The Great Indian Tee and Snakes. Besides Pandey, five Indians have been shortlisted for the award since its inception in 2012. A previous version of the competition existed from 1996 to 2011 in which four Indians won.

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A competition and an exhibition to celebrate the universal message of the Little Prince Sun, 19 Jun 2022 14:30:00 +0000

Every year on June 29, 2022, we celebrate “Day of the Little Prince” in memory of the birthday of French WWII pilot and acclaimed author, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, who wrote and illustrated the masterpiece. ‘literary work, The little Prince. Translated into more than 500 languages ​​and dialects, the semi-autobiographical short story is the most translated work of French literature in the world. For this year’s edition of “The Day of the Little Prince”, Olivier Rousteing, artistic director of the French fashion house Balmain and a big fan of the book, is launching the Le Petit Prince art competition on the theme: “It’s only with the heart that can be seen correctly”. To participate and win Little Prince prizes, all you have to do is send your creations – whether it is a drawing, a painting, a poem, a video or even a dance choreography – from this sentence that the fox pronounces to the Little Prince by sending an email to or by posting directly on your social networks and tagging #lepetitprinceday before June 27e.

At the same time, the original manuscript of The little Prince is in France for the very first time, which includes drawings that failed to make it into the final book. A highlight of the permanent collection of the Morgan Library and Museum, it had never left New York due to the fragility of the onion skin paper on which it was written and illustrated. The exhibition “An encounter with the Little Prince” at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, which runs until June 26, 2022, presents more than 600 works, including the said manuscript, as well as watercolors, sketches, photographs, poems and letters. I sit down with Anne Monier Vanryb, curator of the modern and contemporary department at the Musée des Arts décoratifs in Paris, to discuss the exhibition and the lasting legacy of The little Prince.

How was born the idea of ​​the exhibition “A meeting with the Little Prince” and what is its objective?

I spoke with Alban Cerisier, co-curator of the exhibition, about the anniversary of The little Princeit is released in France (75 years in 2021), and we quickly imagined that it would be the perfect tribute to hold an exhibition. We started calling collectors and institutions and quickly realized that many people would be happy to participate in our project. We started working on the exhibition in November 2019, and it was supposed to open for the first time in April 2021. We are two curators, an assistant and a team of two for the production, but at least another dozen collaborators from the museum also worked on this exhibition.

Why has it taken almost 80 years since the first edition of The little Prince for the first major museum exhibition in France devoted to this masterpiece of French literature?

Many drawings and manuscripts are in various private collections; it’s hard work to collect all these works and organize this kind of exhibition.

How did you work with the French publisher Gallimard on this exhibition, and how did you select the more than 600 objects to present in the exhibition?

Alban Cerisier is Saint-Exupéry’s editor at Gallimard. Gallimard being the only French publisher of Saint-Exupéry, his help was invaluable in understanding the history of Saint-Exupéry and his works. We decided to have a chronological route, following the life of Saint-Exupéry, and chose photographs, letters, manuscripts and drawings along the way, all clues or pieces of what would later become The little Prince.

What does it mean to have the original manuscript of The little Prince featured in this exhibition, marking the first time he has traveled outside of the United States?

The little Prince is one of the most important works of French literature. It is a great honor to be able to exhibit it at the Museum of Decorative Arts. It was also absolutely necessary to explain how The little Prince was created and written, which is the purpose of the exhibition.

What are the other key pieces presented in this exhibition?

We show several scenes and characters that Saint-Exupéry did not keep in the final book. They give an idea of ​​what The little Prince could have been, which is very interesting.

What are the unknown aspects of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry and the keys to understanding The little Prince what do you want to reveal through this exhibition?

Many French people don’t know The little Prince was written in the United States, during the war, when it is crucial to know it to fully understand the book. It’s supposed to be a children’s book, but it was written in the middle of the war by a man exiled from his country. Knowing all this, is it still an innocent children’s book?

The writings of Saint-Exupéry are inspired by his real adventures. Tell me how his 1935 accident in the Libyan desert with his mechanic André Prévot became the starting point for The little Prince.

His memories of this accident are, for example, full of foxes, which he saw while he was wandering in the desert after the accident, and this could be the starting point of the fox in The little Prince. Saint-Exupéry began to write The little Prince between 1941 and 1942. In the first pages of the book, he writes that he spent his life alone, without anyone to really talk to, until an accident in the desert six years earlier: this is really the point of departure to The little Prince!

Saint-Exupéry drew everywhere, on his letters and manuscripts and even while piloting planes. What was the place of drawing in his life?

His mother was a very good painter and taught him to draw. Drawing is a second language for him, as important as writing, but also the one that can link him to his childhood.

What were the main challenges in creating this exhibition?

Even for museum professionals, 650 objects is a lot of objects in an exhibition, and I am very proud of the design of our exhibition. Moreover, the drawings are very pale and delicate, and must be protected from light; it is a real challenge to show all these works as they deserve to be shown. The pandemic has also brought its share of uncertainties. The whole museum team is very happy to be able to show our work to the public.

Who is the target audience for the exhibition?

The exhibition is aimed at children and adults, but especially adults when they were little, as Saint-Exupéry writes in the dedication of The little Prince.

Summer reading, art, concert series and much more! Thu, 16 Jun 2022 21:21:00 +0000

Tuesdays, July 5, 12, 19 and 26 Narwhales, whales and ocean tales, 4:15 to 4:45 p.m. Children 4 to 5 years old are invited to a summer adventure at story time! We will explore and discuss different exciting topics. There will be stories, songs and some activities. No registration is required. Caregivers must remain on library property. Weather permitting, the program may be moved outside to the referral yard. Masks recommended for all participants. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton;; 203-762-3950.

Wednesdays, July 6, 13, 20 and 27 Sharkish Storytime, 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Children 2 years and older and their caregivers are invited to our in-person storytime. Children will enjoy the stories, songs, puppets and nursery rhymes. No registration is required. Weather permitting, the program may be moved outside to the referral yard. Masks recommended for all participants. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton;; 203-762-3950.

Wednesdays, July 6, 13, 20, and 27 New Yorker Shorts: Four weeks of New Yorker short stories (Zoom), 12-1:30 p.m. Back by popular demand for our 8th year! Using Zoom, professional book discussion moderator Susan Boyar will discuss four short stories published in The New Yorker magazine for four consecutive weeks: July 6, July 13, July 20, and July 27. Story titles will be announced one week before the discussion. The current issue of The New Yorker is available in the Reading Room for library use, or download it through OverDrive on your computer or the Libby by OverDrive app on your mobile device. Links to the stories on The New Yorker’s website will also be provided. Online registration. Registration is limited. Must have a Zoom account. We will email you an invitation link shortly before the event. You must register for each individual session. Please note that the Zoom link for each weekly session will come via email from This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . If you have any questions, please email Karen Zeibak at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . To register, visit Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton;; 203-762-3950.

Wednesday, July 6 Juggling with Jason Tardy, 4 to 5 p.m. This show is an intoxicating mix of high-energy juggling and wacky comedy. Jason’s fearlessness and constant funny banter make his show a must-watch for audiences of all ages. For children in kindergarten and up. Registration required. Please register all participants. Masks recommended. To register, visit Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton;; 203-762-3950.

Thursdays, July 7, 14, 21 and 28 Guppy Gathering, 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Bring your little fish to the Guppy Gathering, a special story hour for children 6 months to 2 years old. We will have stories, rhymes and songs. No registration required. Masks recommended for customers over 2 years old. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton;; 203-762-3950.

Thursdays, July 7, 14, 21 and 28 Summer Poetry with Judson Scruton – Savoring The Metaphors of Robert Frost, 10:30 a.m. to noon. Please join us in person for a 4-week literature seminar led by Judson Scruton, who will guide us through an investigation of Robert Frost’s metaphors. Some critics complained that Robert Frost’s folksy, rural shtick was boring or that his poetry was too brutally cynical, but for the majority of 20th-century Americans, Frost was America’s most beloved poet. In the 21st century, his stature among critics only increases. Join us for an informal discussion of Robert Frost’s wit, wisdom and life-giving metaphors. Judson Scruton MA (Johns Hopkins University, The Writing Seminars, majoring in poetry) has taught creative writing and literature at prep schools and universities. Prior registration is required. Register online or call 203-762-6334. There is no charge for this program. By registering for the first session, you will automatically be registered for all four sessions. This lecture series is made possible through the support of the Amy Quigley Memorial Literary Series. Please email Andrea Sato with any questions at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . To register, visit Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton;; 203-762-3950.

Why Israeli Thought Leaders Have Outsized Global Impact Wed, 15 Jun 2022 06:22:33 +0000

Israel’s leading thinkers and scholars wielded outsized influence across the world

One reason is Judaism’s legacy of formal education. Israel consistently ranks among the most educated countries. OECD statistics show that half of Israeli adults between the ages of 25 and 64 have completed post-secondary education. This is reflected in the high number of doctors, authors, thinkers and Nobel laureates in Israel.

Another reason is Israel’s culture of contrarian thinking – defying “common knowledge” and never seeing anything as impossible.

As Israeli statesman Shimon Peres said, “If one expert says it can’t be done, get another expert.

Technology Thought Leaders

Israel really shines at the intersection of social science and technology. An example of a thinker whose ideas have made an impact in the tech world is behavioral economist Dan Ariely.

Dan Ariely of the Center for Advanced Hindsight. Photo courtesy of Dan Ariely

Ariely, a lecturer at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, has written best-selling books on decision-making that are popular throughout Silicon Valley and the global business community.

Ariely explains our decision-making process and how we believe we have control over our decisions even if factors outside of ourselves affect us. He founded the Advanced Retrospective Centerhas launched several startups and regularly lectures on decision-making, including seven TED talks.

Another popular Israeli thought leader and TED speaker among all of Silicon Valley is Nir Eyal, a bestselling author and lecturer at Stanford. His work focuses on startup-related topics such as how technology shapes our behavior and how professionals can be productive and focused effectively.

His books Hung and Indistractable often appear on tech entrepreneurs’ “to read” lists, and his popular TED Talk on “What Makes Technology So Empowering” has been seen by millions.

Photo by Nir Eyal via Wikimedia Commons

As Eyal reflects on his work, “I was one of the first people to write for a wide audience about the deep psychology of how tech products shape our behavior, and I was the first to spot the ability of technology to change our behavior.”

He adds, “When I started, people thought these tech founders were ‘lucky’, but luck had nothing to do with it, they understood consumer behavior better than we understand ourselves. ourselves…today I don’t have to make that argument.”

Thought Leader Yuval Noah Harari

Israeli academic institutions play a key role in supporting professors and thinkers who impact the world with their ideas.

Even before the founding of the state, Israeli universities set the tone for the development of human capital (due to the lack of natural resources), which was vital for the country’s early survival and was a major driver of success. of the Startup Nation.

The most recent Academic Ranking of World Universities includes three Israeli universities among the top 100 in the world: the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the Weizmann Institute of Science and the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology.

Photo by Yuval Noah Harari by Aleksander Żebrowski via Wikimedia Commons

Hebrew University Professor Yuval Noah Harari is considered one of the most important thinkers today on the state of human civilization and where the world might go.

Harari’s revolutionary book, Sapienson the history of civilization, influenced figures such as Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates and Barack Obama.

He is a leading expert on topics such as the impact of technological disruption on future generations, and his theories have impacted millions of people around the world.

Nobel laureates

The impact of Israeli academia is notable, as the country hosts 13 Nobel laureates in fields such as chemistry, economics, literature and peace. Israel has won more Nobel Prizes per capita than the United States, France and Germany. It has more winners, in real numbers, than India, Spain and China.

Professor Daniel Kahneman. Photo via Wikimedia Commons

Professor Daniel Kahneman (along with the late Professor Amos Tversky) is the only Israeli to have won a Nobel Prize in Economics for his theories on decision-making. His New York Times bestseller think fast and slow explains that there are two ways of thinking – the instinctive “fast” way and the logical “slow” way – and why both are important.

The common thread running through the work of these Nobel laureates is a deep desire to understand the human condition. Growing up in Israel, where there has always been an intense struggle for survival, lends itself to the rigors of thoughtful analysis. Unleashing human potential under stress has been a by-product of the struggles its citizens have gone through.

As Eyal notes, “There are a lot of Israelis in behavioral economics, and in the context of modern Jewish history, I believe it goes back to the Holocaust. As young people, we all remember seeing images of crowds mindlessly obeying Hitler’s orders. It was both terrifying and fascinating…and it’s that dual feeling that drives us to make sure people aren’t manipulated like that again.

The teacher of happiness

If there’s a silver lining to how humanity has developed over the years because of these ideas, it’s the lifelong study of happiness.

Professor Tal Ben-Shahar, who has taught at Harvard and IDC (now Reichman University), studies positive psychology and happiness, and the ways people can create meaningful happiness in their lives. He shares through his books and social media concrete steps based on research and modern practices (as well as debunking myths), to help individuals live happier lives.


Initially, what interested me in studying happiness was my own unhappiness,” notes Ben-Shahar.

“I was doing well as an undergrad at Harvard, I was a top athlete, I had a good social life and I was miserable. That’s when I realized that the inside counts more for well-being than the outside, and that’s when I got into psychology.After studying positive psychology and enjoying it, I wanted to share what I learned with the others.

Ben-Shahar also draws inspiration from her background: “I was brought up in an Orthodox family. So many ideas that I encountered through my schooling – at Pirkei Avot [Ethics of the Fathers]Torah, Hasidism – find their way into the modern science of happiness.

These thought leaders help us achieve peak performance, better understand ourselves, and make sense of a reality that is becoming increasingly complex.

A rich heritage and a healthy dose of chutzpah and modern technology have helped spread the groundbreaking ideas of these modern philosophers to a global audience.

🌱 Leander City Council election results + lifeguards needed? + Zain Sun, 12 Jun 2022 22:28:41 +0000

Welcome back, Cedar Park-Leander! I’m here in your inbox this hot morning to update you on everything you need to know about what’s happening around town. I’m going right now.

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Here are the top three stories from Cedar Park-Leander today:

  1. The final results of the June 11 Leander City Council elections confirm that David McDonald and Chris Czernek have won seats on the Leader Town Council. McDonald won the Place 3 race with 62.8% of the vote, while incumbent Czernek won the Place 5 race with 62.07% of the vote. (Community impact)
  2. The lack of lifeguards in central Texas is impacting community pools. Cedar Park is still looking to hire 22 fully trained lifeguards, even after raising pay from $9.40 to $14 per hour. Cedar Park’s two largest pools are staffed, but smaller pools like Buttercup Pool are only expected to open on weekends due to a lack of lifeguards. (FOX 7 Austin)
  3. Zain Ali Muhammad, known professionally as Zain Hollywood, is a 9-year-old multi-sport athlete who became an internet celebrity sensation playing flag football with the Cedar Park Bulldogs Flag Football Organization at the age of six. year. Zain has an impressive collection of awards, medals and recognitions, including a four-time world champion in three different categories. Zain still plays for the Cedar Park Bulldogs Flag football organization and aspires to be a children’s sports book author, motivational speaker, and training center operator. (LAProgressive)

Today in Cedar Park-Leander:

  • Grab and Go Elemental Crafting At the Cedar Park Public Library (All day)

From my notebook:

  • Congratulations Isabel Conde De Frankenberg! Isabel, a sophomore at Cedar Park, won the 3200 meters class 5A and finished second in the 800 meters. Isabella too wins the 1600 meters and breaks the 5A record! See link for full results. (Austin American Statesman)
  • Go Skateboarding Day 2022 is June 17 at Brushy Creek Sports Park! There will be music, prizes and food! Click here for more information. (instagram)

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About me: Rose Mendez is a freelance writer. She is studying English Literature at Hunter College. She loves to read, walk around the city and have a coffee!

Outstanding scholars | The current of UCSB Thu, 09 Jun 2022 00:21:23 +0000

Four undergraduate, but soon to graduate, students from UC Santa Barbara’s College of Letters and Sciences earn academic honors as they graduate.

Stella Rufeisen, who earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychological and Brain Sciences, will receive the Dean’s Award for Excellence in recognition of her outstanding scholarship and contributions to the campus community. The award is given on behalf of the Deans of the College of Letters and Science.

Katherine Carmichael, who is leaving UCSB with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Political Science, will receive the Luis Leal Undergraduate Social Science Award for outstanding interdisciplinary achievement in the social sciences. The award was established in honor of the late Don Luis Leal, a distinguished visiting professor of Chicana and Chicano studies, whose presence and scholarship greatly enriched the Santa Barbara campus.

Katherine Dang, who is earning a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry, will receive the Francis Colville and Terry Dearborn Memorial Award for her outstanding academic achievements as a major science student. The award was established in memory of Colville and Dearborn, associate professors of physical education at UC Santa Barbara.

Mike Demavivas, who graduated with a Bachelor of Arts, will receive the William R. Reardon Undergraduate Award for outstanding academic achievement in an arts or humanities discipline. The award is named after Reardon, Emeritus Professor of Drama and former Associate Dean of the College of Letters and Science.

Additionally, Raphael Chinchilla, a Ph.D. candidate in electrical and computer engineering; Eugene Riordan Jr., a Ph.D. student of global studies; and Anna Roberts, Certified Classics Counselor, were named recipients of the 2021-2022 Dixon-Levy CSA Service Award. Receiving an honorable mention is Alyssa Lawson, a Ph.D. student in psychological and brain sciences.

Named for UC Santa Barbara graduate students Travis Dixon and Alan Levy, the award recognizes service to the university through the elected office of the Graduate Student Association, as well as others. forms of defense of graduate students.

The Graduate Student Teaching Excellence Awards are given in the sciences, social sciences, and humanities.

Science recipients include Sihwa Park, a Ph.D. Candidate in Media Arts and Technology; Elizabeth Quinn, Ph.D. student in psychological and brain sciences; Sharad Shankar, Ph.D. electrical and computer engineering student; Susan Burtner, Ph.D. geography student; and Rachel Torres, Ph.D. student at the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management.

The recipients of the social science awards are Trevor Auldridge Reveles, Ph.D. sociology student and Eugene Riordan Jr., a Ph.D. student in global studies.

Humanities recipients include Lei Dou, a Ph.D. student of history; Jordan J. Tudisco, a Ph.D. candidate in comparative literature; Alexandra López-Vera, Ph.D. in Hispanic languages ​​and literatures; Maria Carolina Sintura, Ph.D. studying English;

Honorable mentions are Rachel Feldman and Reem Taha, both in Comparative Literature; Joyce King, in English; and Karla Larrañaga, from the Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies.

🌱 Low Water Levels in Lake Travis + Local Jobs + State Tournament Mon, 06 Jun 2022 21:26:46 +0000

Hello everyone! I’m back in your inbox this warm morning with the most important things happening in town today.

First, today’s weather forecast:

Partly sunny and warm. High: 100 Low: 74.

Here are the top three stories from Cedar Park-Leander today:

  1. Low water levels in Lake Travis and Lake Buchanan are triggering water restrictions in and around Austin. Cedar Park, which draws its water from Lake Travis, has been under Phase 2 water restrictions since 2015. A city spokesperson said if the combined Lake Travis and Buchanan stage reaches 750,000 acre-feet, then Cedar Park will enter its Stage 3 water restrictions.(KXAN)
  2. Looking for work in the Cedar Park-Leander area? Check out the latest list of local job opportunities. (Cedar Park-Leander Patch)
  3. On Friday, the Division 1 2022 7-on-7 State Qualifying Tournaments will continue at Westlake SQT in Austin. Pool Play matches will begin at 9:00 a.m. and at 11:30 a.m. the state qualifying round will begin. Cedar Park will play in Pool A: Chaparral Stadium. Cedar Park Vista Ridge will play in Pool C: Westlake Training Ground 2. (Dave Campbell’s Texas Football)

Today in Cedar Park-Leander:

  • Special Performance: Mr. Johnny and Friends To Cedar Park Public Library (9:30 AM)

From my notebook:

  • Celebrate Juneteenth with chef demonstrations from local Austin chefs and live music from the Ange K Band at the Lakeline Texas Farmers’ Market on Saturday, June 18, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., located at 11200 Lakeline Mall Drive in Cedar Park. Learn more about Lakeline Market here. Keep the fun going Sunday, June 19 with live music from DJ Cysum from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Mueller Texas Farmers’ Market, located at 2006, rue Philomène. Learn more about Mueller Market here. (instagram)
  • Do you like reading? You should join the summer book club at the Cedar Park Public Library! Create an account with Beanstack and start tracking your reading time. The more you log your readings, the more chances you have of winning prizes! Click here to login or register or download the Beanstack app for free. (Facebook)

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Rose Mendez

About me: Rose Mendez is a freelance writer. She is studying English Literature at Hunter College. She loves to read, walk around the city and have a coffee!

It’s time for Hindi to get its due in the world of literary translations Fri, 03 Jun 2022 03:54:09 +0000

There is a novel by Upendranath Ashk, Shahar Men Ghumta Aïnaincidentally, translated into English by Daisy Rockwell as In a city a wandering mirror. I constantly remember the novel after the announcement of the International Booker Prize 2022. In the world of literature, the mirror of Hindi has been constantly moving for one hundred and fifty years. It presented the best of national and international literature to Hindi readers. If I say it clearly, the important role that Hindi has always played has finally started to be recognized after nearly a hundred and fifty years. The mirror of the world also moved earlier to Hindi, but stopped for the first time. There is no hesitation in saying that this will usher in a new era of dialogue and liaison.

Relationships only last when they are mutually driven. Hindi has made tireless efforts, without any grudge or complaint, to bring the languages ​​of the world closer to the intellectual needs and literary taste of its society. But it was rarely performed with the same eagerness by other languages. It’s not just because of the Hindi publishing industry’s lack of preparation or reach, it’s also because of a lack of healthy two-way dialogue and ignorance, whether deliberate or not, in other languages ​​about Hindi script which is among the best. Translation is only possible through mutual dialogue. The richer the dialogue between the writer-translator-editor-editor, the easier the path to a good translation will be.

In a city a wandering mirror.

The Hindi sphere is hesitant and a little dry in nature, which has hindered its progress. For whatever reason, Hindi has always been reluctant to show off proudly. Many books in Hindi are being translated. There are many translators and awards for translated work as well, but few discussions about good translators and good translations. Hindi media barely reviews translated books and ignores translators as a whole. This could be due to the mentality of viewing translation as a purely commercial or technical job. By ignoring the creative aspect of translations, we deprive ourselves of understanding the importance of translators.

Many talented writers from Hindi have easily translated literature from other languages ​​into Hindi and here is a great example. Shankar’s Novel Chaurangi was published in Bengali in 1962, which established him as a writer and brought him great fame. To date, about 145 editions of the novel have been published in Bengali. Legendary fiction writer Rajkamal Chaudhary translated it into Hindi, which was published by Rajkamal Prakashan in 1964. Shankar is well known because of this book in the Hindi sphere, but he gained worldwide fame when the English translation of ‘Arunava Sinha was published in 2007 — 45 years after the original and 43 years after the Hindi translation. There are many Indian language writers whose books were translated into Hindi before they won the Sahitya Akademi or the Jnanpith Prize—from UR Ananthamurthy, Girish Karnad, Bhalchandra Nemade to Damodar Mauzo. This is also true for writers of international languages. Whether Mario Vargas Llosa or Olga Tokaczuk, their books had been translated into Hindi before winning the Nobel Prize. Many such examples exist when several of the world’s great books were translated into Hindi long before they gained traction or their author achieved worldwide acclaim.

But few languages ​​do a similar task to Hindi. Few languages ​​show a willingness to embrace Hindi works, although some changes are apparent and there are signs of two-way translation and dialogue. It is hoped that this process will be accelerated after the International Booker Prize for Ret Samadhi.

Now that Hindi is in the spotlight, we need to seriously think about our basic preparation. Everyone would like to connect with us and expect better dialogue. We will have to better highlight our literature. We will have to open multiple channels of communication with translators and editors of other languages. Ret Samadhi was written over a long period of seven years, such a marathon writing process requires endless patience. I remember Geetanjali Shree paying attention to every word and sentence. She paid attention to every comma, semicolon, ellipse, and period—how to use them, or whether to use them at all. The novel has a one-word sentence, or an entire context described by a three-word sentence that has been published as a subsection. How would each section begin, how would it end, and what motive to include in which section—serious deliberations took place on each question before a final decision was made. From the first cover designed by Ghulam Mohammad Sheikh, to the cover of a later edition of a painting by Daisy Rockwell, this journey has been full of intense conversations and transformations. Geetanjali Shree breaks the mold with a rare restlessness in her writing, she had the same nervousness with the production of her book. The more she observes each object with keen eyes, the more it keeps her creative mind active. Understanding such a complex behavior pattern of a creative character and meeting its demands is an editor’s duty. Then you need the best writing in the world.

Hindi novel translations (Representative image)
Hindi novel translations Shutterstock

High honors and prizes in any language do not come quickly, but books are not written or published for a prize. Why do we want to read literature from our regional languages ​​and world languages ​​in our own language? Be part of their grief, their struggles, their loves and understand their sensitivity and sensibility and thus untangle the knots of our own lives. To understand their society, to seek help, comfort and strength in our difficult times. The reason could be anything, but literature brings us universal truths and brings us to people of diverse races and identities. At present, most countries in the world are going through a phase of turmoil. There has been an increase in aggression and violence in almost every society in the world. History is unearthed and vengeful thoughts grow stronger. At such times, the call to humanity is a universal requirement. In India, the Hindi-speaking states are going through a phase of great turmoil and the society seems to stay on an aggressive course for at least the next 25 years. Until two generations are weary and the third learns a lesson and changes course, this may remain the pattern. Sigh! This shouldn’t happen.

Just at this point, a climate for a new type of writing in the Hindi region was created, along with the demand for creative translations. The last century has been devoted to the dialogue of Hindi with other languages ​​of the world. It is possible that this century will be devoted to the languages ​​of the world engaging in a dialogue with Hindi, female writing being the dominant voice of this century. They have the raw ingredients of reality. They have depth and intensity of feeling. Whatever their ethnic or religious identity, they all want to express themselves. Literature is not written to be translated, but great translations have tremendous value for literature. We need translations to bring these Hindi voices to the world.

(Satyanand Nirupam is the editorial director of Rajkamal Prakashan, the publisher of Geetanjali Shree’s Ret Samadhi.)

(Translated from Hindi by Rumi Malik)