Bodies in Flux

There?s only a one letter difference between genre-bending and gender-bending. The first time I skimmed the press materials for Maggie Nelson?s newest book, The Argonauts (Graywolf, 2015), I mistook one phrase for the other. That misreading, though, isn?t incorrect. Nelson?s book, which knits together memoir and theory, bends both genre and gender in ways that reveal the fragility of such … [Read more...]

The Secret to James Harden’s Greatness Is Hidden in His Beard

No one thought James Harden would be this good. The Houston Rockets guard showed plenty of potential as a college player at Arizona State?enough to make him the third overall pick in the 2009 NBA draft?but no one saw him as a future MVP candidate.  The scouts had already made their assessment: Harden wasn?t an elite athlete. He couldn?t shoot off the dribble. ?Harden seems like he is going to … [Read more...]

The Man Who Recorded Walter Scott’s Death Deserves to Be Paid

The lawyers for Feidin Santana, who recorded video of a police officer fatally shooting Walter Scott, are hard at work. They have started requiring the media to pay Santana for each time they use the video, citing copyright law. Some observers may grimace at the idea of a person ?cashing in? on one of the gruesome features of our nation: The killing of an unarmed black person by an agent of the … [Read more...]

The Strange remains the same for 21 April 2015

Pasadena Artist Who Claims To Be Buddha Reincarnated Is Wanted In China: LAist. Strange roar heard Sunday night across wide area | GazetteXtra. Ghost hunters hear bumps in the night: it?s burglars raiding Derby store for imitation firearms | Derby Telegraph. Kanye West Denies Illuminati Ties. Secret file reveals scandal of the Natural History Museum expert and the Loch Ness Monster ?sighting? that … [Read more...]

Market Consolidation, Increased Focus On Black Sea a Way Out of Crisis?

April 23rd, 2015 6:59pm Posted In: Recent News, News By Country, More Countries, Romania, Balkans/SEE Focus While the Kremlin is strengthening its ties with a host of countries around the world, Western companies continue their negotiations that would lead to a consolidation of the gas industry. Majors and smaller players equally gave signals of interest in M&A operations on Thursday. … [Read more...]

Fear in a Handful Of Dust

Scott Craft knew right away that something was wrong. In all his time at Cargill Meat Solutions, a beef-processing plant just north of Plainview, Texas, he had never seen so many security guards as were on duty that day in January 2013. During Craft?s six years at the plant, he had been promoted from the kill floor to the butchering line (known as ?fabrication? or just ?fab?) to a warehouse … [Read more...]

Sofia court declares CCB bankrupt, sets insolvency date

Sofia City Court ruled on April 22 to declare Corporate Commercial Bank (CCB) insolvent on the day that it lost its banking licence, November 6 2014. The ruling can be appealed ? either by the prosecutor?s office or the central bank ? but that would not suspend the insolvency ruling for the duration of the appeal. By setting the insolvency date on November 6 2014, the court effectively prevented … [Read more...]

EC: Croatia’s Market Penalizes Gas

April 23rd, 2015 12:10am Posted In: News By Country, More Countries, Croatia, Featured Articles, Balkans/SEE Focus In the latest report on Croatia, the European Commission has warned that Croatian Law on the gas market does not encourage competition, and that such a situation could jeopardize further integration into the European energy market, as well as projects such as the LNG terminal on the … [Read more...]

IBNA: US voices backing for Bulgaria-Greece gas interconnector

April 22nd, 2015 4:48pm Posted In: Press Notes The Bulgaria-Greece gas interconnector is a real opportunity for Bulgaria to ensure access to the Southern Gas Corridor and to have genuine diversification, US assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian Affairs Hoyt Yee said during a visit to Sofia. The United States believes the key to energy security is diversification of supply and … [Read more...]

Bulgarians prefer the mellower Borissov 2.0 ? poll

Bulgarians have a more positive view of Boiko Borissov in his second time around as prime minister, seeing him as more open to dialogue, more experienced and restrained and having toned down his media prominence, according to the results of a poll released on April 21. Borissov was prime minister from 2009 to 2013, but stepped down when cost-of-living protests early that year turned violent, … [Read more...]