From what I saw the plurality of students and faculty had been educated exclusively in the tradition of writers like William Gaddis, Francine Prose, or Alice Munro—and not at all in the traditions of Toni Morrison, Cherrie Moraga, Maxine Hong-Kingston, Arundhati Roy, Edwidge Danticat, Alice Walker, or Jamaica Kincaid. In my workshop the default subject position of reading and writing—of Literature with a capital L—was white, straight and male. This white straight male default was of course not biased in any way by its white straight maleness—no way! Race was the unfortunate condition of nonwhite people that had nothing to do with white people and as such was not a natural part of the Universal of Literature, and anyone that tried to introduce racial consciousness to the Great (White) Universal of Literature would be seen as politicizing the Pure Art and betraying the (White) Universal (no race) ideal of True Literature.
In the New Yorker
Junot Diaz talks about MFA vs POC
. [more inside]
posted by MartinWisse
on May 24, 2014 -
What Is Going on With the Accents in Game of Thrones?
Gawker beanplates the accents used on-screen by the actors in Game of Thrones.
Like most fantasy television shows, Game of Thrones is largely populated by English actors speaking with English accents. This is because Americans are still unconvinced that England is a real country, and associate English speech patterns with kings and magic and sorcery and frequent stabbings. [more inside]
posted by snuffleupagus
on May 7, 2013 -
Of Fanás and Forecastles: The Indian Ocean and Some Lost Languages of the Age of Sail.
Amitav Ghosh is tracing the culture and language of the lascars, the diverse Indian Ocean "natives" who made up the rosters on so many sailing ships. In 11 parts, the first nine are up now: 1
. RIDLH, of course
posted by OmieWise
on Dec 27, 2012 -
that came out of human mouths at day one of Techcrunch's Disrupt SF Conference. (New York magazine)
posted by Wordshore
on Sep 11, 2012 -
, by Sumit Dan. short story told in speculative chippy dialect.
Fucken AIbrid think he so fucking cool with he retrofleshy stylen. Like you don’t already know he dealin double-helix, not just some two-bit qubit.
posted by mwhybark
on Feb 6, 2009 -
is a database of different accents in English from all over the world. It provides soundfiles and IPA
transcriptions of 110 words in 110 separate dialects and Germanic languages closely related to English. Most dialects and languages are current but there are also reconstructions of older stages of English, Scots and Germanic. That makes for 12100 soundfiles that load directly into your browser. The site can be navigated either by dialect or individual word and there's also a handy Google map
of all the different dialects and languages. If you've ever wondered what the difference was between a Somerset and a Norwich accent, New Zealand and Australian, Canadian and American or Indian and Glaswegian, Sound Comparisons
is the site to go to.
posted by Kattullus
on Mar 5, 2008 -
English Accents and Dialects.
The British Library has compiled an online archive of northern speech dating back to the 19th century. The recordings range from from audio from Victorian cylinder dictaphones to 1950s football fans chanting.
posted by Masi
on Aug 1, 2004 -
ass-hat: noun, a thoughtless or stupid person.
cliterati: collective noun, feminist or woman-oriented writers or opinion-leaders.
flexitarian: noun, a vegetarian who occasionally eats meat.
freegan: noun, person who eats only what they can get for free.
Some winners from the American Dialect Society's 2003 Words of the Year
posted by y2karl
on Jan 16, 2004 -
Words of the Year 2002 Awards
American Dialect Society Word of the Year : "WMD - weapons of mass destruction
". Most Unnecessary: "wombanization
" . Most Outrageous: "neuticles
" . Most Useful (by unanimous decision): "google
".....1991 Word of the Year: "mother of all."
posted by Voyageman
on Jan 20, 2003 -
The Declaration of Independence in American
by H.L. Mencken, circa 1921. A quote: "When things get so balled up that the people of a country have to cut loose from some other country, and go it on their own hook, without asking no permission from nobody, excepting maybe God Almighty, then they ought to let everybody know why they done it, so that everybody can see they are on the level, and not trying to put nothing over on nobody." Gangbusters!
posted by acridrabbit
on Dec 5, 2001 -
of the Legend Bagger Vance written in the Mad Ape Den
dialect. What is Mad Ape Den
, you ask? It is a dialect which spurns all words with more than three letters. After all, "If you can not say it in one or in two (or in one and two) why say it at all?"
posted by pixelpony
on Dec 8, 2000 -