THE EDITOR RECOMMENDS

WEBSITE OF THE WEEK
http://www.januarymagazine.com/
January Magazine is one of the most popular and respected book-related sites on the Web.  “Our focus is on books. From everywhere. We are not concerned with boring international boundaries or even the challenges faced by booksellers in this brave new connected world. There are enough people worried about all of that already. Our mandate is to bring you interviews with authors from around the world as well as reviews of books written in all countries. We really have only one stipulation in that regard: the books we review are published in the English language.”

FILM OF THE WEEK
The Tree of Life

A 2011 American drama film written and directed by Terrence Malick and starring Brad Pitt, Sean Penn and Jessica Chastain. “The film chronicles the origins and meaning of life by way of a middle-aged man's childhood memories of his family living in 1950s Texas, against the narrative backdrop of the origins of the universe and the inception and end of life on Earth. After several years in development and missing 2009 and 2010 release dates, the film premiered in competition at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, where it won the Palme d'Or. Critics were divided about the film: some praised it for Malick's use of technical and artistic imagery, directorial style, and fragmented non-linear narrative; others criticised it for the same reasons. In January 2012, the film was nominated for three Academy Awards: Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Cinematography. In the 2012 Sight & Sound critics' poll, 16 critics voted for it as one of their 10 greatest films ever made.”
Trailer:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WXRYA1dxP_0 

BEST OF WEB:
The bitter fool
Poetry has become sterile, but we can still find realism, humor, and intensity in the satiric impulse
By David Yezzi

‘Should a poet resist such impulses toward the expression of one’s most febrile passions? John Ruskin thought not:
A poet is great, first in proportion to the strength of his passion, and then, that strength being granted, in proportion to his government of it; there being, however, always a point beyond which it would be inhuman and monstrous if he pushed this government, and, therefore, a point at which all feverish and wild fancy becomes just and true.’
To read more, click:
http://www.newcriterion.com/articles.cfm/The-bitter-fool-7599 

Composition and decomposition
Nicholas Royle on the rise of creative writing and the need for fresh forms of ‘creative reading’

“It is true that many lecturers and professors are privately quite appalled by the rise of creative writing in universities. They believe, for very good reasons, that it is not compatible with the study of literary texts: works of literature demand rigorous critical attention, a strong understanding of the workings of the English language, a good grasp of historical context, an abiding respect and love for tradition (including a firm knowledge of literary genres), and an impartial aesthetic and intellectual curiosity about the great artistic accomplishments of others.”
To read more, click:
http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/features/feature-composition-and-decomposition/2002751.fullarticle

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