We Bought A Zoo

The true story of a young family that rescued a zoo.

Sumber : Christian Science Monitor via Yahoo! Alert, By Marjorie Kehe | September 26, 2008 edition

I once interviewed a little girl who lived in a run-down trailer. Her family faced every kind of economic and social deprivation you can imagine, yet she was bright and cheerful with a cherished plan for her adult years.

“I’m going to have a job that has to do with rescuing animals,” she confided in me.

How many of us there must be – we who dream of saving the animals! That means that, potentially, there’s a huge audience for Benjamin Mee’s real-life animal-rescue story We Bought a Zoo.

Of course, in Mee’s case it may seem that he was living a dream before the zoo ever came to his attention. He and his wife and two small children had just settled into an idyllic existence in the south of France where Mee was working as a freelance writer.

But when he and his mother and brother hear of a dilapidated zoo for sale in the English countryside, they can’t resist buying it (12-bedroom run-down mansion included) and fighting to turn it around, thus saving its 200 wild animal occupants from euthanasia. Baca entri selengkapnya »

Nobel literature prize to be announced on Oct. 9

Sumber : Yahoo! News via Yahoo! Alerts By KARL RITTER, Associated Press Writer Fri Oct 3, 7:09 AM ET

STOCKHOLM, Sweden – The 2008 winner of the Nobel Prize in literature will be presented on Oct. 9, the Swedish Academy said Friday, completing the schedule of this year’s Nobel announcements

The secretive academy is not revealing any hints about its selection for the award, which many consider the highest accolade for writers. British betting firm Ladbrokes gives Italian writer Claudio Magris and Syrian poet Adonis the lowest odds for this year’s prize.

The Swedish Academy is always the last of the Nobel Prize institutions to set a date for its prize announcement. The winner is always presented by permanent secretary Horace Engdahl at the academy’s 18th century offices in Stockholm’s Old Town.

Engdahl sparked debate in literary circles this week by saying that the U.S. is too insular and ignorant to challenge Europe as the center of the literary world.

Engdahl’s comments in an interview with The Associated Press drew strong reactions in the U.S., where the head of the U.S. National Book Foundation offered to send Engdahl a reading list of American literature. Baca entri selengkapnya »

Betapa sulit saya memahami puisi Nirwan Dewanto

Oleh: Anwar Holid

Jantung Lebah Ratu (Himpunan Puisi), Penulis: Nirwan Dewanto, Penerbit: GPU, 2008, Tebal: 94 hal.
ISBN: 978-979-22-3666- 8

Seorang kawan menghadiahi Jantung Lebah Ratu, buku puisi karya Nirwan Dewanto (ND). Tentu saya senang. Dulu, persis saat buku itu terbit kira-kira pada bulan Mei, saya sangat antusias kapan kira-kira bisa baca, bahkan kalau bisa memilikinya. Rumah Buku, perpustakaan favorit saya, sebenarnya segera mengoleksi himpunan puisi tersebut, tapi entah kenapa saya tak sempat juga meminjamnya. Ternyata buku itu sedang dipinjam anggota lain ketika saya ingin membacanya. Seorang teman sealma mater ND yang saya tahu langsung beli buku itu saya tanya, seperti apa sih puisi-puisi dia? Dia menjawab samar, “Yah, begitulah. Khas Nirwan, agak-agak susah dipahami dan berbau filsafat.” Sementara waktu kawan yang menghadiahi buku itu saya tanya kenapa memberikan buku itu, dia menjawab tanpa pretensi, “Hm… susah ya. Mungkin puisinya bukan selera saya. Kurang nikmat bacanya.”

Nirwan Dewanto merupakan penulis dengan reputasi terkemuka di Indonesia. Dia menulis esai budaya dengan beragam subjek, termasuk kritik buku, menjadi salah satu eksponen posmodern paling awal di Indonesia, ikut mendirikan jurnal Kalam (yang merayakan posmodern secara besar-besaran) , bergabung dengan Teater Utan Kayu (TUK), dan sudah menulis puisi sejak lama. Boleh dibantah, peristiwa yang membuat namanya melambung ialah ketika dia jadi salah satu pembicara kunci di Kongres Kebudayaan 1991; dia membawakan makalah berjudul Kebudayaan Indonesia: Pandangan 1991. Esai ini pula yang jadi andalan pada buku pertamanya, Senjakala Kebudayaan (Bentang, 1996)—sebuah buku yang kini sudah turun dari rak toko umum dan hanya bisa ditemui kembali di perpustakaan seperti Rumah Buku. Baca entri selengkapnya »

Baghdad at Sunrise

A West Pointer’s diary of his year in Baghdad.

Sumber : The Christian Science Monitor via Yahoo! Alert, By Theo Lippman Jr. | September 24, 2008 edition

Col. Peter R. Mansoor was sworn in to lead the Ready First Combat Team in two districts of Baghdad in July 2003. It was a time when Iraqi politicians were squabbling over how to create a democratic civilian government.

And it was a time of growing insurgency and terrorism. His 3,500-strong command was charged with dealing with both problems.

A West Pointer with a PhD, he decided to keep “a journal and dutifully logged daily entries that provide a first hand, immediate perspective of events as they unfolded.”

Later he added to it from interviews, newspaper accounts, after-action reports, etc.

The result was Baghdad at Sunrise: A Brigade Commander’s War in Iraq. Baca entri selengkapnya »

Book ban ends rare Arab-Israeli cultural exchange

Sumber : Yahoo! News via Yahoo! Alert, By Joseph Nasr Tue Sep 30, 10:41 PM ET

HAIFA, Israel (Reuters) – For 15 years Israeli Saleh Abbasi has traded books between the Jewish state and its Arab neighbors, fostering a rare cultural link.

But in August Israeli authorities suddenly refused to renew his trading license because he was trading with “enemy” states Lebanon and Syria, frustrating both Abbasi’s business and the Arab and Israeli readers he has helped interest in each other’s literary traditions.

“How can the People of the Book be against books?” Abbasi asked, evoking the Jewish Bible as the first monotheistic holy text. “Books are a bridge to peace between cultures.” Baca entri selengkapnya »

US military: Mastermind of Baghdad bombings killed

Sumber : Yahoo! News via Yahoo! Alerts to klubhausbuku, 1 hour, 1 minute ago

BAGHDAD – The U.S. military says it has killed a senior al-Qaida in Iraq leader suspected of masterminding deadly bombings in Baghdad.

The military says U.S. troops acting in self-defense also killed his wife in Friday’s firefight.

Saturday’s statement identifies the man killed as Mahir Ahmad Mahmud Judu’ al-Zubaydi, also known as Abu Assad or Abu Rami.

It says he directed the insurgent cell that was believed to be responsible for nearly simultaneous car bomb and suicide attacks that killed at least eight people on Thursday.

The military says he was suspected in several other attacks against Iraqis and U.S. forces in past years. It also says he is seen in the videotaped execution of one of four Russian diplomats in June 2006 Baca entri selengkapnya »

Astronaut’s diary goes on display in Jerusalem

Sumber : Yahoo! News via Yahoo! Alerts By SHAWNA OHM, Associated Press Writer Fri Oct 3, 6:45 AM ET

JERUSALEM – Pages from an Israeli astronaut’s diary that survived the explosion of the space shuttle Columbia and a 37-mile fall to earth are going on display this weekend for the first time in Jerusalem.

The diary belonged to Ilan Ramon, Israel‘s first astronaut and one of seven crew members killed when Columbia disintegrated upon re-entering the atmosphere on Feb. 1, 2003. Part of the restored diary will be displayed at the Israel Museum beginning Sunday.

A little over two months after the shuttle explosion, NASA searchers found 37 pages from Ramon’s diary, wet and crumpled, in a field just outside the U.S. town of Palestine, Texas. The diary survived extreme heat in the explosion, extreme atmospheric cold, and then “was attacked by microorganisms and insects” in the field where it fell, said museum curator Yigal Zalmona. Baca entri selengkapnya »

A Map of Home

A Palestinian-American teen is the narrator in this funny, moving, debut novel.

Sumber : The Christin Science Monitor via Yahoo! Alerts, By Yvonne Zipp | September 25, 2008 edition

Home is where the heart is. There’s no place like home. Home sweet home. Randa Jarrar takes all the sappy, beloved clichés about “where you hang your hat” and blows them to smithereens in her energizing, caustically comic debut novel, A Map of Home.

First of all, Nidali, the narrator, would be hard-pressed to pick just one spot on a map. Born in Boston, she is raised in Kuwait and Egypt. Then in 1990, Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait sends the teen and her family to Texas, where the American daughter of a Palestinian father and Greek-Egyptian mother is nonplussed to discover that her classmates regard her mixed heritage as the status quo.

In her family, home is a loaded word. “Baba said that moving was part of being Palestinian. ‘Our people carry the homeland in our souls,’ he would tell me at night as he tucked me in. ‘You can go wherever you want, but you’ll always have it in your heart.’ I’d think to myself: ‘That’s such a heavy thing to carry….’ It helped to know this when I was little, forced me to have compassion for Baba, who, obviously, had an extremely heavy soul to drag around inside such a skinny body.” Baca entri selengkapnya »

Pengantin Dusun di Beverly Hills

Oleh Rini Nurul Badariah

Judul asli: The Village Bride of Beverly Hills, Penulis: Kavita Daswani, Penerjemah: Gita Yuliani K. Penerbit: Gramedia Pustaka Utama, Tebal: 336 halaman, Cetakan: I, Juni 2008, Beli di: Togamas, Bandung, Skor: 8

Priyanka Sohni merasa lebih berarti di tempat kerjanya, kantor majalah Hollywood Insider. Walaupun orang-orang sering keliru menyebut namanya, terkaget-kaget oleh busananya yang etnis, dan berbagai
masalah kecemburuan rekan kerja timbul kemudian, Priya senantiasa tak sabar berada di kantor setiap bangun pagi. Ia masih canggung membangun keluarga baru bersama suaminya, Sanjay, melalui perjodohan khas tradisi India dan menapaki masa adaptasi di Amerika, disebabkan harus seatap dengan orangtua dan adik perempuan sang suami.

Prestasi Priya meroket. Tanpa disangka-sangka, kemampuannya bergaul dan membuat lawan bicara merasa nyaman melejitkannya ke posisi wartawan yang ia impikan. Priya harus menyembunyikan semua itu dari
keluarga mertuanya, termasuk Sanjay yang dalam segala hal senantiasa meminta pendapat dan izin orangtua. Priya menekan perasaan karena bahkan urusan pakaian pun diatur mertuanya, kendati ia telah
menandaskan tidak akan berbusana serba terbuka yang mempermalukan mereka. Baca entri selengkapnya »

Towns That Could Be Hit Hardest by the Financial Crisis

by Prashant Gopal
Sumber : Business Week via Yahoo! News Saturday, September 27, 2008
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The upheaval shaking Wall Street will hurt privileged enclaves as well as working-class neighborhoods from coast to coast. Find out which will fare the worst.

Flickr: floralgal
Darien, Conn.

How many former Lehman Brothers bankers or AIG executives are likely to be buying a Park Avenue apartment or a home in Darien, Conn., this year? Most likely answer: not many at all.

As anyone who works on Wall Street, invests in the stock market, or just reads the newspapers knows, the past few weeks for the financials sector have been as ugly as Frankenstein’s sister. People have seen their net worth eviscerated, if not obliterated completely.

More from BusinessWeek.com:

Towns That Will Be Hit Hardest by Financial Crisis

The Next Up-and-Coming Neighborhoods

The Most Expensive Real Estate Markets in the U.S.

But Wall Street’s woes are going to have a direct impact on communities around the U.S.—and not just because the proposed $700 billion bailout will result in higher taxes for most Americans. The pain will spread beyond the banks themselves to their back-office and IT operations, accountants, lawyers, and other professional service employees who depend on work from finance companies. It will also reach regional banks across the country. Credit-card companies and firms that deal with auto loans are also vulnerable as the credit market tightens. Even Baca entri selengkapnya »

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