New book of Djelloul Marbrook "Mean Bastards Making Nice"

New book of Djelloul Marbrook "Mean Bastards Making Nice"

Mean Bastards Making Nice will be available in a few days to order from Book Depository (ships free worldwide), Amazon and other online booksellers. Tell the online booksellers to notify you when the book is available.

These two novellas, The Pain of Wearing Our Faces and Grace, are published by Leaky Boot Press. They are about women artists and an art world that betrays and oppresses them.

Why are our children taught about Ramses but not Hatshepsut, Egypt's first woman pharoah and one of its most successful? Why are they taught about Hadrian but not Boudica, the Celtic queen who fought the Romans? Why are they taught about Manet but not Suzanne Valadon?

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Fearless Words, by Ali Al Saeed

For years I’ve wondered why our literature was merely limited to stories of folklore, tradition and culture. In spite of the rich political history of this little island, you will find it rather hard to find any piece of fiction that tackles the many crucial periods that Bahrianis have had to go through.
Perhaps the only such period that has been touched upon, mostly in our books and silverscreen, is the time of British colonialism.

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A Restless Experimenter With A Savvy Voice (Martina Newberry, After the Earthquake, Poems 1996-2006)

In spite of what arriviste critics tell us, good, even great writers are lost in the cracks in every generation, and we must always ask ourselves if we have chosen to be a society too smug to indulge such a humble notion. It is for this reason alarming to see literary agents, editors and critics take refuge in the self-serving lie that what deserves to be published is published.
But as the means to publish expand and new technologies evolve, the critical apparatus is unable and unwilling to keep up. Many good works are ignored. The poet Percy Bysshe Shelley said of critics that they reflect the ignorance of the age. I find this amusingly harsh. I owe much to critics for directing me to worthy books. But the odor of truth lingers about Shelley's observation.

There are some writers in every genre—I would extend this to the plastic arts—who by nature touch so many raw nerves that even when editors and critics see merit in their work they decline the work because it has nicked them in some vulnerable place. With luck, such writers and artists may find the one advocate whose commitment to creativity surpasses his or her vulnerability to disturbing insights.

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Globalization, Peace & Cultures Dialogue Issue on Sale Now!

What is the Globalization...?


Globalization (or Globalisation) refers to increasing global connectivity, integration and interdependence in the economic, social, technological, cultural, political, and ecological spheres. Globalization is an umbrella term and is perhaps best understood as a unitary process inclusive of many sub-processes (such as enhanced economic interdependence, increased cultural influence, rapid advances of information technology, and novel governance and geopolitical challenges) that are increasingly binding people and the biosphere more tightly into one global system.


There are several definitions and all usually mention the increasing connectivity of economies and ways of life across the world. The Encyclopedia Britannica says that globalization is the "process by which the experience of everyday life ... is becoming standardized around the world." While some scholars and observers of globalization stress convergence of patterns of production and consumption and a resulting homogenization of culture, others stress that globalization has the potential to take many diverse forms.

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