'The whole affair is extremely sad' … Pablo Neruda. Photograph: Laurent Rebours/AP
Author of Guns, Germs and Steel, a new book by Diamond is always going to be a big deal. This one promises to be his most personal yet, based on his years of anthropological field work. Technically it's a 2012 book, but its publication date of the last day of the year makes it a big book for the year ahead.
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"I’ll bequeath my fingers, if you bequeath your palms. / We know our parents make us by our hands." Genetics by Sinéad Morrissey from The State of the Prisons (2005 Carcanet Press) www.poetryinterna...
the african-american poet, academic and activist, amiri baraka, who died yesterday at the age of 79, was an intellectual troublemaker, to be sure; and that's a compliment. • via the guardian • rest in peace, A.B.