Literature – River And Sound Review Mon, 21 Nov 2022 15:15:20 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Literature – River And Sound Review 32 32 Batman’s Wonderland Gang brings literature to comics Mon, 21 Nov 2022 15:15:20 +0000

Readers can all agree that comics differ greatly from classic literature. Comics are action-packed with stunning visuals, and while many novels provide illustrations, they are often muted in tone and rely more on words to present their vision. Both are timeless on their own, but their approach to storytelling couldn’t be more different. However, once in a Blue Moon, the two can merge – and the results are incredibly whimsical.

The Mad Hatter has been an integral part of Batman lore for quite some time. However, the same cannot be said for the rest of his Lewis Carroll friends. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and its sequel, on the other side of the mirror. But everything changed when Paul Dini and Dustin Nguyen united in 2008 to Detective comics #841 and introduced Batman fans to the Wonderland Gang.

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Batman Villain’s Mad Hatter Unwittingly Led the Wonderland Gang

The DC Comics Wonderland Gang

Doctor Jervis Tetch, better known as Mad Hatter, is a villainous neuroscientist who has a knack for mind control – often using his skills to commit crimes or just for “fun”. While Jervis is a master of hypnosis, his mind is not untouchable. Tweedledee and Tweedledum hypnotized Tetch and turned him into a mere pawn in their plans – forcing him to lead the Wonderland Gang. By using Mad Hatter as an unwitting ringleader, the Tweedles could reap the rewards of criminal activity while keeping their hands clean.

Dini and Nguyen introduced many new characters with the Wonderland Gang, all inspired by characters from classic Lewis Carroll stories. March Hare (Harriet Pratt or March Harriet) was a con man and escort with bunny-themed clothing who was clearly based on the classic tea party guest of the same name. The Carpenter (Jenna Duffy) was an inventor who sold custom weapons to Gotham criminals and the Walrus (Moe Blum) was Black Mask’s former henchman. The last two are taken from the lesser known “The Walrus and the Carpenter”, a poem by On the other side of the mirror. The bodyguards, the Lion (Lewis Yarnell) and the Unicorn (Skitch Benson), represent two characters who fight for the crown of the White King and complete the team.

Galloping around town in their bizarre costumes and committing crimes, they eventually land on Batman’s radar. The Dark Knight tracks down the gang with relative ease and upon seeing Mad Hatter, realizes something was wrong. He quickly deduces that Tetch is out of control and quickly beats up the rest of the gang. Batman calls Jim Gordon to come get the crooks and tells him to be more lenient with Jervis because he hadn’t done anything wrong – at least not this time around. The story ends in Arkham where Tetch plants mind control devices on the Tweedles and forces them to fight.

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DC’s Wonderland Gang Mirrors ‘The Walrus and the Carpenter’


At first glance, there doesn’t seem to be any real connection between these comic book criminals and their storybook counterparts. They share some surface-level similarities, but not much more. However, upon closer inspection, while these characters don’t mirror each other perfectly, the gray area themes between good and evil in this comic and the aforementioned poem “The Walrus and the Carpenter” absolutely do.

In on the other side of the mirror, Tweedledee and Tweedledum recite “The Carpenter and the Walrus” to Alice. The titular characters walk on a beach and come upon a bed of oysters. As the two rest on a rock, it is revealed that they are the antagonists and the Oysters are their victims. They eat all the oysters, and while the walrus expresses remorse, the carpenter is nonchalant about the script. Upon hearing the poem, Alice tries to find a protagonist. At first she lands on the walrus stating that he at least shed a tear before he ate the oysters. The Tweedles burst his bubble by telling him that even though he felt bad, he always acted on his worst impulses. Alice then turns to the carpenter and says that since he ate less he wasn’t as bad. Once again the Tweedles trampled on his idea saying that the only reason he ate less was because the walrus hid most of the oysters from him. A defeated Alice finally says “well, they’re both very unpleasant characters”.

Both stories tackle the subject of morality and both come to the conclusion that the antagonists in their stories are, at base, evil. In “The Carpenter and the Walrus”, the Tweedles convince Alice that despite the circumstances, the titular characters are just as bad. In Detective comics #841, the Mad Hatter may have been under the Tweedle’s control, but in the end, after breaking free, he went straight back to his old ways, using his powers for violence – making him as bad as his old ones kidnappers.

]]> Know Your City: Pune’s GA Kulkarni Road Honors Famous Marathi Writer Sat, 19 Nov 2022 07:21:26 +0000 If you walk down Karishma Society Road in Kothrud today you will see restaurants lined up, sharing walls, with children, teenagers and adults gathered outside. The area is “all trendy” with nice buildings, multiplexes, shopping malls and so on. But just around the corner of this road, hidden behind the dense foliage of an old almond tree is a nameplate which reveals that the road was named after one of the most esteemed names in Marathi literature – GA Kulkarni.

GA, as he was affectionately addressed by fans, was one of the most respectable Marathi authors who produced some of the best literature in the language through his short stories set in the post-independence era. Award-winning Sahitya Akademi, born in Belgaum and later settled in Dharwad for work, his main works were produced in this picturesque town in present-day Karnataka until he moved in 1985 to Pune at the insistence of his cousin sister Nanda Paithankar. , with whom he shares a close bond. Paithankar, who was settled in Pune, wanted to take better care of himself as his health was declining.

The prominent Kothrud road is named after GA. (PhotoExpress)

“Influenced by Shakespeare, Greek Tragedy”

“GA had no political ideology. His writing was based on acute observations he had made and delved into human emotions and suffering,” says Saket, a Pune-based German language teacher who translated the author’s lesser-known children’s book. Bakkhar Bimachi” from Marathi to English.

GA Kulkarni was an English teacher at JSS College in Dharwad before taking a liking to short story writing. “He was very cultured and an informed author. He used to say that he read National Geographic magazines the same way people read religious scriptures. His personal library was a collection of nearly 5,000 books,” says Saket. GA was also influenced by the works of Shakespeare and Greek tragedy, he adds, which may be related to why tragedy played such a central role in his writing. “Many compare his work to Kafka, but his writing was unique and had its own nuances while being connected to the soil of Dharwad.”

With tragedy as the central core of his writing, determinism as a philosophy is also reflected in GA’s writing according to Saket. “The world is programmed in a certain way and we have no complete control over any event. The gods are also required to do what they are supposed to do and submit to these dictates. This philosophy is reflected in GA’s writings,” says Saket while citing an example from GA’s short story “Paradh” where a lawyer doesn’t interfere in his wife’s extramarital affair just to exert some control over her life. lovers because they are aware of his knowledge and his total nonchalance vis-à-vis the relationship.

“He didn’t produce anything after moving to Pune because that move was completely against his will,” Paithankar told The Indian Express. “Leaving his residence in Dharwad and collecting his last belongings, I went to see him and saw him wiping his wet eyes with the sleeve of his shirt. Dharwad offered him perfect solitude and peace to write his best works,” she adds.

The building where GA lived during his stay in Pune has recently been refurbished. (PhotoExpress)

“GA never sought glory”

“He lived in an apartment complex on what is now GA Kulkarni Marg, but even the locals living there were unaware of the recognition he received as he never sought fame. It was only after his death, when the newspapers the next day were filled with articles and obituaries about him, that people became aware of his work,” says Paithankar.

“Popularity is something GA never sought. He was extremely self-aware and self-critical and the compilation of his correspondence via letters to loved ones, published after his death, contains passages where he expressed his opinion on his own writing and evaluated it critically. He only wanted to write good stories and wrote on his own terms, never tied to a specific formula,” says Saket. may be able to produce good work, but it will not be possible to reach the heights of GA in Marathi literature, he believes.

The current GA Kulkarni road was named after GA in 1989 after his death in 1987. Esteemed Marathi author Pu La Deshpande presided over the ceremony. “I remember Pu La was short and couldn’t reach the nameplate for the garland. They had to bring a chair first and a small stool later, but he still couldn’t. Pu La had then commented saying “I can’t reach the name of GA to crown it, so how can I ever reach his stature and place in Marathi literature”, Paithankar recalled.

Native American Heritage Month | Library News | Library Tue, 15 Nov 2022 19:03:38 +0000

Native American Heritage Month

November is Native American Heritage Month, and this month the library is highlighting our resources and collections on our nation’s original Indigenous peoples.

Native American Literature and Art Exhibition

The library will honor the arts, literature, and culture of the Indigenous peoples of North America with a collection of books and electronic resources that celebrate their many contributions to our collective North American heritage. Find a new author, a new favorite read, or learn something new about Indigenous arts and music by visiting our exhibit on Farber 1 near the cafe or in our Brandeis Distinctive Collection on OneSearch.

Special Collections Spotlight: Native American Watercolors

Among the treasures held in the University Archives and Special Collections are 38 original watercolors by several prominent Native American artists from the Pueblo de San Ildefonso, just north of Santa Fe, New Mexico. Brandeis acquired the paintings in June 1971 from the Riverside Museum in New York, whose collections focused on ethnographic and contemporary art. Many paintings depict festivals, scenes of daily life, and ceremonial dances, reflecting efforts to document and preserve Pueblo culture during the first decades of the 20th century. Artists represented in the collection include Oqwa Pi (1899-1971), also known as Abel Sanchez; Awa Tsireh (1898-1955), also known as Alfonso Roybal; and Ma Pe Wi (1902-1973), also known as Velino Shije Herrera.

Digital images of the watercolors are featured in the library’s current exhibit honoring Native American arts, literature, and culture, located on Farber 1 near the coffeehouse area. Learn more about watercolors in this special collections essay and collection finding aid.

Kazakh writer Gabiden Mustafin who captured the essence of the Soviet working class turns 120 Sat, 12 Nov 2022 19:14:01 +0000

ASTANA- Today, November 13, Kazakhstan celebrates 120 years of Gabiden Mustafin, the leading Kazakh writer of the Soviet period who created outstanding stories about many aspects of Soviet life, with a focus on the working class .

Gabiden Mustafin

Through his writings, Mustafin portrayed a powerful image of the novelties that the Soviet government brought to the Kazakh auyl (village), the newness of the steppe, and the awakening of the poor and ordinary people to active and creative work. .

Mustafin was born in 1902 into a family of breeders in the province of Sartobe in the Karagandy region. He learned to read and write from mullah auyl and after studying in a two-class school at the Spassk factory, Mustafin became independent.

From the very beginning, Mustafin was fond of reading newspapers and over time he began to write notes and sketches of essays for the newspaper “Enbekshi Kazakh” (Kazakh Work). His first short story collection “Er-Shoyin” (Cast Iron Man) was published in 1929.

The majority of his fiction in the Soviet years was, in fact, about the daily lives of ordinary workers and auyl people. looking for a bright future.

One of the greatest Kazakh writers Mukhtar Auezov appreciated Mustafin for his ability to find his unique tone and theme. “The peculiarity of Gabiden’s creativity is that from the first responsible step he was a writer who found his own nerve, precisely chose his path,” Auezov said.

Gabiden Mustafin and writer Gabit Musrepov were close friends and contemporaries. Coincidentally, they were born in the same year and died almost at the same time. From left to right: writer Sabit Mukanov, Mustafin, Musrepov. Photo credit:

The particularity of Mustafin was his constant desire to dive into the heart of the matter. He considered it a moral duty for the author to familiarize himself with the experiences he was writing about.

“If your work doesn’t thrill your heart, it won’t touch the reader’s heart either.” If you do not suffer in search of the right word, the right thought, do not feel the happiness of the finished work, then is it worth picking up a pen? writes the writer.

This led Mustafin to return to his hometown in 1930, where he engaged in all manner of work, ranging from digger to helper, common laborer and apprentice to locksmith. Mustafin’s interest in working-class life began in 1933 when he began working as a mechanic and then as a turner in the Karagandy mines.

In 1938, he was appointed executive secretary of the Proletariat Karaganda newspaper. Soon Mustafin moved to Novosibirsk to engage in the production of the Qyzyl-Tu (Red Flag) newspaper in the Kazakh language.

In 1940, Mustafin became editor of the magazine “Adebiyet Maidany” (Literature Front), where he worked for eight years. In 1953-1957 he was the chairman of the Writers’ Union of the Board of the Kazakh SSR, and in 1961 Mustafin was promoted to first secretary of the union.

Mustafin has published its first novel “Life or Death” in 1940. The novel was dedicated to the working class of Kazakhstan, in particular to the industrialization of Karagandy. He described the complex process of formation both institutional and psychological of a real working class from nomadic herders.

Among Mustafin’s best works is the novel “Millionaire” published in 1948, which tells the story of the strengthening and development of the collective farm system. This book was praised by many personalities of Soviet literature, including Aleksandr Fadeev.

Later, the novel also raised objections. In the difficult post-war years, the author portrays kolkhoz life as comfortable, which seems to mask the reality of life in kolkhozes.

Mustafin was also known for his close friendship with another prominent Kazakh writer, Gabit Musrepov, who wrote the following words about him: “He did a lot to direct our literature towards the themes of our life today. Describing contemporary reality is not easy and not everyone succeeds. Gabiden Mustafin grows up, he creates typical images of our contemporaries.

Mustafin died in 1985. Over the years of his creative work, Mustafin has written four novels, dozens of plays, stories and essays.

Literature Promotion Festival | Daily Express Online Wed, 09 Nov 2022 08:54:18 +0000

Literature Promotion Festival

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Yogyakarta: Yogyakarta City’s Cultural Bureau organizes a literary arts festival titled Mulih (Go Home), which offers several programs that are meant to serve as platforms to promote and provide education on literature. “This year, we are trying to showcase the collaboration in literature of multiple elements, both Javanese literature and Indonesian literature with many viewpoints,” said bureau chief Yetti Martanti. According to Martanti, the 2022 Mulih Literature Festival, which is held from November 6 to 13, 2022, has been livelier as it takes place offline.

The festival started from the literary stage at Regol Barat (west gate of) Kepatihan on Sunday evening (November 6) and was followed by a series of activities including literary lectures, an angkringan or poetry corner , writing workshops and script and children’s literature villages. “We are collaborating with various elements of the community – from business, campus, Dimas Diajeng Jogja Group (a tourism ambassador), museums and literary communities to the national railway company KAI – to organize this festival,” said Martinti said. With the participation of many parties, literature in Yogyakarta is expected to further develop and become more popular. Meanwhile, at a literary conference on Javanese literature on Monday, Yogyakarta City Regional Secretary Aman Yuriadijaya said the local government was trying to provide space for all community groups to advance literature in Yogyakarta.


“It is not only limited to Yogyakarta city residents, but all Yogyakarta (province) residents can merge to advance literature, especially Javanese literature,” Yuriadijaya added. Additionally, a number of collections from the Sonobudoyo Museum are on display from November 7 to 13 as part of the event. The exhibition traces the evolution of literature and presents Javanese manuscripts, lontar (manuscripts on palm leaves) and typewriters with Javanese script. Yuriadijaya expressed hope that the event will become an educational medium, especially for the younger generation to learn more about Javanese literature.


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Sylvia Plath’s diaries are perfect reading for lovers of food and literature Sat, 05 Nov 2022 15:44:00 +0000

When the COVID-19 pandemic locked people at home for much of 2020, writer Rebecca Brill decided to pass the time by reading Sylvia Plath’s diaries and noticed frequent references to her meals. Brill told Atlas Obscura, “Almost every diary entry talked about what she had cooked and eaten,” a trend she also noticed in Plath’s letters to family and friends.

Many of these personal notes were short and direct, but still reflect a poetic sensibility, such as a 1959 entry that simply says “hot tea, hot bath, freshest cod with hot potatoes”. Other entrees include recipes, such as red cabbage, to which Plath liked to add apples and raisins.

Plath wrote about food with joy and enthusiasm, challenging one-sided views of her heritage that tend to define her solely through depression. Eliza Dumais, writing for Lit Hub, points out that on the day Plath wrote “Lady Lazarus”, a poem dealing with suicidal ideation, Plath’s diary entry focuses on a lemon pudding cake she made.

It’s a delightfully fresh perspective on Plath, and anyone looking to paint their life as nothing but a cloud of darkness should consider this 1961 diary entry: “We should have nothing to do but write and dream strawberries and cream.”

If you or someone you know is having suicidal thoughts, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline​ by dialing 988 or by calling 1-800-273-TALK (8255)​.

American literature and the Catholic faith | National Catholic Register Wed, 02 Nov 2022 22:56:53 +0000

For these writers, all lovers of good literature should be grateful.

It is difficult to know where to begin or end in any discussion of the connection between American literature and the Catholic faith. The whole subject is loaded with complexity, as is the relationship between the American nation and the Catholic faith, or American history and the Catholic faith. There are few American writers who are shamelessly or shamelessly Catholic, while there are many who have an ambivalent relationship with the Faith, sympathizing in some ways while keeping a safe distance. Others are converts whose adherence to the Faith has radically transformed their very approach to life and literature.

One such convert, often seen as the American equivalent of John Henry Newman in that his conversion was highly publicized and highly controversial, was Orestes Brownson (1803-1876). An almost exact contemporary of Newman, Brownson converted to the Faith in 1844, a year before Newman took the same life-changing step. Thereafter, like Newman, he became a tireless defender of the Faith and an avowed polemicist on many subjects, notably through his essays published in Brownson Quarterly Review.

Of the same generation as Brownson were two other major American writers, Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864) and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882), neither of whom were converts to the Faith but both attracted by what could be called the Catholic aesthetic. Hawthorne’s late work The Marble Faun is often seen as indicative of his sympathetic attitude toward the Church, and his short story, “Dr. Heidegger’s Experiment,” conveys a timeless moral perspective entirely in harmony with Catholic teaching on original sin and lust. An intriguing connection between Hawthorne and the Catholic faith is the fact that her daughter, Rose, converted to the faith, becoming a religious sister, whose charitable work led to calls for her canonization. she took as Mother Superior of the order of Dominican Sisters that she founded, she is now recognized by the Church as a Servant of God.

Longfellow, like his lifelong friend Hawthorne, would never have accepted conversion to Catholicism and yet his work, like Hawthorne’s, often conforms to a Catholic aesthetic and sometimes displays implicit or even explicit Catholic sympathies. Nowhere is this more evident than in the wonderful narrative poem, Evangeline, in which the devoutly Catholic heroine searches for her true love, the man to whom she had been betrothed until their forced separation on the eve of their wedding. And, of course, there is Longfellow’s translation of Dante divine comedyindicative of his great admiration for Dante but also, surely, an indication of a certain level of sympathy and understanding of Thomism that informs Dante’s work.

Of the next generation of American writers, Mark Twain (1835-1910) comes to mind as preeminent. Like his literary predecessors, Twain would never have contemplated conversion, but his masterful study of Saint Joan of Arc shows a heart and mind in love with the holy daughter. Moreover, Twain himself considered his fictional account of the life of Saint Joan the best book he had ever written:

I like Jeanne D’Arc the best of all my books; and this is the best; I know it perfectly. Besides, he gave me seven times the pleasure that all the others gave me; twelve years of preparation, and two years of writing. The others needed no preparation and had none.

Unsurprisingly, his sympathetic tale of a Catholic martyr has met with hostility from those who despise the Church. George Bernard Shaw reviled Twain for writing so sympathetically about the saint, and his pious approach to the subject continues to upset and confuse Twain’s secular admirers.

As with Mark Twain, no one would suggest that Willa Cather (1873-1947) ever considered conversion. Yet, as with Twain, she wrote one of the most Catholic novels, Death comes for the Archbishopa historical novel based on the real-life adventures of a pioneer priest in the Old West who would become the first Archbishop of Santa Fe, New Mexico.

No summary, however brief, of American literature and the Catholic faith could fail to mention TS Eliot (1888-1965), even if only a passing and superficial mention in this case; he could not fail to mention the giant, Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961), a troubled convert whose works are nevertheless “haunted by Christ”, or the giantess, Flannery O’Connor (1925-1964), who invented the expression “Christ-haunted” to describe the American South of which she wrote. Nor should such a summary or literary honor roll omit Allen Tate (1899-1979) or Walker Percy (1916-1990), although space constraints restrict more than a deferential nod to them.

Such are the eminent and literate who have sought and found Catholic inspiration in their writing of American literature. Although they themselves were not believers in some cases, each brought to American culture an uplifting infusion of the true Faith. For that, all lovers of good literature should be grateful. Deo gratias!

This article first appeared in the St. Austin Review and is republished with permission.

Ardal O’Hanlon left red-faced after meeting Nick Cave Sun, 30 Oct 2022 11:25:53 +0000

Actor and writer Ardal O’Hanlon joked he was left red-faced after meeting Nick Cave at the recent Cheltenham Literature Festival.

The 57 year old man Father Ted star, who was at the event to promote her new book Hubbub, explained how he was stunned when he spotted the Australian singer-songwriter in the bathroom.

“You never know who you’re going to meet at these festivals,” he explained. “I’m a huge Nick Cave fan. I was kind of hanging around idly by the end of the night and he ended up right next to me at the urinal.

“Of course I offered to shake his hand, which – at that exact moment – was the wrong decision,” he laughed. “But it was instinctive because how many times am I going to find myself in a tiny room with Nick Cave?”.

O’Hanlon then admits that his first novel, The speech of the city, which was released in 1998 to rave reviews, it struggled to put pen to paper after its release.

“I was pretty busy for a while. I tried a second novel a few years after the first because the first novel did pretty well.

“It was great, it sold well and it was well rated. So, I was offered a book deal to do a second one, and sure enough, they wanted it immediately.

“I accepted the book deal – the naive young man that I was – and took the money up front. I built a kitchen with that money and couldn’t deliver,” did he declare.

“I’ve stopped and started the novel so many times and got distracted by so many different projects.

“Finally, I had to suffer the indignation of having to return the money.”

“At least I didn’t have to return the kitchen,” he laughed.

Guests Ardal O’Hanlon, Lyra and Rylan Clark with presenter Angela Scanlon

Watch the full interview on the RTÉ Player now.

you can catch Ask Me Anything by Angela Scanlon Saturdays on RTÉ One and RTÉ Player at 9:45 p.m.

Mysterious greenwashing – Eugene Weekly Wed, 26 Oct 2022 21:11:57 +0000

“Reject Val Hoyle,” reads a flyer sent to many residents of Eugene-Springfield and other towns in the 4th congressional district. “She is with them, not us!

On the surface, it looks like typical anti-Hoyle campaign literature sent out by his Republican opponent Alek Skarlatos. But rather than urging voters to vote Republican, the flyer supports Pacific Green Party candidate Mike Beilstein.

Beilstein condemned literature — and the black money that funds it — as did Doyle Canning, Hoyle’s Democratic primary rival, as a way to confuse and discourage liberal and progressive voters.

“It’s a cynical attempt to hijack the message of voters and climate progressives,” Canning said. Literature is a way to intentionally confuse voters, she adds, to boost ‘ultra MAGA’ Skarlatos, who will side with polluters and tax cuts for billionaires, as well as threaten fundamental freedoms, such as marriage and access to health care. “That is what this election is about. That’s why I support Democrat Val Hoyle.

On October 25, Beilstein sent out a press release disavowing the leaflet, saying he was not discouraging people from voting for him, but he denounced the use of black money to mislead voters in an attempt to split the vote. liberal and hand over the 4th congressional district to Republican Skarlatos.

Beilstein tells Weekly Eugene that while the flyer represents his political views, such as supporting the Green New Deal and holding corporations accountable, but, he adds, he does not attack opponents, whether Hoyle or Skarlatos.

Green Oregon is the super Pac behind independent spending, and it was formed Oct. 19 by Treasurer Nathaniel Lopez, a frequent Republican contributor who gave $300 to President Donald Trump’s campaign and $895 to the WinRed Republican committee in 2020. Lopez discloses an Eugene address in a FedEx mailbox at 4736 Royal Avenue in Green Oregon’s super PAC filing, but his Trump campaign contributions show him as a Virginia resident who works as a contractor.

According to the rules of the federal election campaign, an independent expenditure supports or opposes a candidate and is not made in coordination with a candidate or his campaign or his political party.

In recent years, super PACs have used a calendar loophole to hide funding sources. According to a report on the 2018 midterm general election by Campaign Legal Center, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit, “mysterious super PACs popped up in the weeks leading up to Election Day, spent five, six or seven figures in advertisements and legally dodgy handsets. accounting tricks with gaps in the reporting schedule to keep voters in the dark about the sources of their funding until well after voters cast their ballots.

Canning criticized the use of black money in the May primary when she ran against Hoyle.

Canning says black money interests are losing tens of thousands of dollars — and dropped as low as half a million in the primary — and are involved in the election because they think they can do a difference in the result. “The difference they want to make is tiny,” she adds. “They wouldn’t spend to boost a Green Party candidate who publicly said he didn’t expect to get 3% of the vote.”

The flyer is an act of desperation, Canning adds, and shows how far the Tories will go. “Dirty tricks and black money are in order for Republican interests who want to install ultra MAGA politicians who will do whatever they want in Washington,” she says.

Literature finds an unlikely social media partner in TikTok Sun, 23 Oct 2022 06:15:02 +0000

Best-selling German author Sarah Sprinz’s series of young adult books has received a boost from an unlikely side: a community of literature enthusiasts on the social media platform TikTok.

The #BookTok trend has exploded lately, with an increasing number of readers posting reviews and engaging with writers, while authors are using it to promote their works.

To some, this seems counterintuitive — a platform known for its short, often light-hearted videos isn’t the obvious place to encourage an activity like reading that requires deep concentration.

But videos with the hashtag are racking up billions of views, and have helped boost the popularity of some books, as bookstores rush to set up booths where creators can film videos.

The trend “is super important to me,” Sprinz, author of the hit series “Dunbridge Academy,” which takes place at a boarding school in Scotland, told AFP during an interview at the Frankfurt Book Fair.

“Personally for me, I believe that played a role (in my success) because I saw a lot of videos recommending my books.”

The trend, which often sees creators post emotionally charged book reviews, has been particularly effective in attracting a new audience of young readers, Sprinz said.

“I think it’s good that thanks to TikTok, a completely new and younger target audience is becoming aware of reading,” the 26-year-old said.

– ‘Impact on book sales’ –

According to TikTok – which is owned by Chinese company ByteDance – #BookTok has received over 84 billion video views so far on the platform, and hit genres include romance and fantasy.

“#BookTok has become the place for book recommendations and discoveries, as well as for sharing reviews and tapping into fan culture,” said Tobias Henning, Managing Director, TikTok Germany and Central and Eastern Europe.

It “also has a real impact on book sales around the world,” he added.

One success attributed to #BookTok is American author Colleen Hoover’s novel ‘It Ends With Us’, which saw sales skyrocket after gaining traction in the community.

A typical review shows a woman sobbing as she reads the novel, with music and a voiceover reading, “I’ve never cried so long after a book.”

With #BookTok’s growing influence, the annual Frankfurt Fair, the world’s largest publishing event, made TikTok a partner for the first time.

Several creators and enthusiasts are also present.

“I do mostly (Tiktok) content on books, mostly novels, and I try to upload two videos a week,” TikTok user Sofia Reinbold, who came to the office, told AFP. living room after reading on the platform.

The 17-year-old added that she had received “comments from people who bought books after watching my videos”.

– ‘Multiplier effect –

For Sprinz, the #BookTok phenomenon is driven by the fact that TikTok is a visual platform, allowing people to show what they think of a book.

And people stuck at home during the coronavirus pandemic may have accelerated the trend.

“A lot of people maybe felt a bit lonely and isolated,” she said, adding that it was a good platform “to network again and find common hobbies like reading.”

She also played down the suggestion that there was somehow a contradiction between spending more time on social media and trying to promote literature, noting that people read in different ways these days, including on e-books. and smartphones.

But social media alone “can’t make a book successful,” she said.

“TikTok and #BookTok are kind of a multiplier and a good opportunity to pass on book recommendations.”

But “there must be more than that,” she said. “The book must of course be good.”