The UNC Slavic Languages and Literature Department will be holding a Commemorative Celebration and Poetry Reading Honoring Czeslaw Milosz on Thursday October 6 at 7:30 pm..
Back in 1993, I went to Milosz’s home in Berkeley, California and video taped him reading poems in Polish and in English. The audio from that session is on the Internet Poetry Archive. But tomorrow night, thanks to help from Max Gustashaw, I’ll be showing the video for the first time. Eventually we’ll add the video to the Internet Poetry Archive.
It’s not that often that you get to meet someone like Czeslaw Milosz. His poetry over the years and changes is wonderful, clear and strong in a dialectic with his tendencies to be complex and direct, almost lewd yet religious, attracted to the world but spiritually driven, child-like yet wise, formal but also free in any form. His prose work, The Captive Mind, is the best book on totalitarian manipulation of intellectuals written.
Getting a URL slightly wrong isn’t all that embarassing unless you are, say, the Vice President of the United States during a nationally televised debate.
Last night, Dick Cheney challenged John Edward to learn the facts about Haliburton from factcheck.com. If you, like many of us rushed out to check the facts, you would have been redirected to “Why We Must Not Re-elect President Bush: A personal message from George Soros”.
If you, then tried to go to factcheck.org and if the connection didn’t time out because of overload, you would have found this message:
“Cheney wrongly implied that FactCheck had defended his tenure as CEO
of Halliburton Co., and the vice president even got our name wrong. He
overstated matters when he said Edwards voted “for the war” and “to commit
the troops, to send them to war.” He exaggerated the number of times Kerry
has voted to raise taxes, and puffed up the number of small business owners
who would see a tax increase under Kerry’s proposals.”
You would have also found the article that Cheney was trying to point to:
Kerry Ad Falsely Accuses Cheney on Halliburton
Contrary to this ad’s message, Cheney doesn’t gain financially from the contracts given to the company he once headed.
But if you had tried Factchecker.org, you would have found “The Vice-Presidential Debate: Dick Cheney’s House of Lies”.