In this version of Insight, we revisit 4 conversations that have a look at writing from four distinct views: a twisting, turning centuries-lengthy ancient thriller, the act of writing to explore non-public records and the significance of vicinity, the function one letter performed within the launching of a significant writing movement, and writing as an act to save your life and perhaps the lives of others.
‘The Missing Pages’
In 2010, the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles was drawn into a lawsuit over a piece of art in its collection. The Armenian Church sued the Getty for the go back of eight pages of an illuminated manuscript known as the Zeytun Gospels. During World War I, the manuscript was cleaved in two, with the eight pages making the adventure from Armenia to LA and into the fingers of the Getty collection.
In a conversation from April 2019, UC Davis Art History Professor Heghnar Zeitlian Watenpaugh tells us approximately her new e-book, “The Missing Pages: The Modern Life of a Medieval Manuscript from Genocide to Justice.” The ebook is a biography of this illuminated manuscript that have become the situation of worldwide controversy.
Essayist and poet John Freeman commenced a literary journal in 2015 known as “Freeman’s.” The magazine’s subject matter is the destiny of recent writing. It is posted in collaboration with The New School in New York City, wherein Freeman also teaches writing. Freeman is also Executive Editor at Lit Hub and Writer in Residence at New York University.
Insight host Beth Ruyak’s October 2017 conversation with John Freeman protected essayist and tale writer Garnette Cadogan. Cadogan is a travelling student at NYU and MIT.
The Letter That Inspired Jack Kerouac’s ‘On The Road’
Neal Cassady changed into higher known as the person who inspired artists in the Beat Generation than as an artist himself. In December 1950, Cassady despatched the fabled “Joan Anderson Letter” to Jack Kerouac. The letter stimulated Kerouac’s “On The Road” and prompted a literary revolution. The letter changed into taken into consideration “lost” for greater than 60 years, till it turned into rediscovered within the files of Golden Goose Press in 2012. That turned into the same small employer that revealed the works of Allen Ginsberg and Kenneth Rexroth.
Cathy Cassady Sylvia is Neal Cassady’s daughter. She joined Insight in November 2017 to recount the adventure of the Joan Anderson letter and Cassady Sylvia’s father’s position in the history of the Beat Generation.
Alive And Writing
Melinda Welsh is the founding editor of the Sacramento News & Review and helped launch the opportunity weekly in 1989. If you’ve read the phrases and thoughts of an artist, musician, community activist, or newsmaker in Sacramento, there’s a pretty desirable danger Melinda Welsh helped put their message on newsstands. She has taught generations of journalists, photographers and designers the way to practice journalism. Many college students honed their craft under her mentorship. Welsh stepped down from News & Review in summertime 2012 after 23 years on the paper.
In 2014, her medical doctors identified her with Stage IV cancer, and by December 2015, after numerous treatments, she became informed she had approximately a 12 months to live. She is still alive and is most cancers unfastened.
Four The achievement of Latin alphabet and the future of written English
As the triumphing alphabet of the present world, Latin alphabet and its structures exemplify the legibility and speech-writing association. It has been used for writing numerous spoken languages and prevails for lots of them, irrespective of what sounds the languages possess. Visual characteristic of its writing systems is answerable for its prevalence.
Not only alphabetic structures outmoded pictographic systems, but some alphabetic systems have also changed or are overpowering other alphabetic structures. Different alphabets had been hard-tied with their spoken languages. Perhaps everyone will say their respective alphabets are satisfactory to represent their spoken languages. However, basing on legibility, their writing structures compete to grow for success over others. Latin structures benefit momentum in all alphabetic structures, invading other structures. The superiority of Latin structures is in that they’ve simple and genuinely inter-distinguishable letters, the syllabic mixture of letters and words owning incorporated visual traits. Every letter is well fashioned with extraordinary recognizability. The letters are without difficulty to be systematically arranged. The ascenders and descenders of lowercase alphabets make letter combinations and phrases more legible. In maximum cases, the uppercase letters are less legible and have been outdated by using lowercase letters, even though they represent equal sound as lowercase letters do. On the pinnacle of Latin structures, English sits. The English’s fit for studying really demonstrates writing itself in preference to representing speech is critical for a device to advantage benefit, because the English written works amplify globally, beating different structures, in diverse speech communities. With greatest volumes of written works and great legibility, the English writing device has unfolded round the world, thru approaches which include exchange, academics, schooling, warfare, colonization and most noticeable these days – technological evolution.
Besides direct spread of Latin systems, the Latin alphabet is used to jot down languages at first written in other scripts (or none), a procedure known as Romanization. Romanization can create new Latin alphabets-based machine. For language already written in some other script, the majority consider Romanized machine and unique machine as the identical language, although. That is perhaps because of its direct representing original writing/speech. Although Romanized gadget is taken as a unique language, Romanization is in truth Latin alphabet’s expansion. The original language is annexed into Latin systems. Romanized machine brings human beings closer to different Latin systems. Knowing the Romanized gadget, humans are easily to examine different Latin structures. Romanization also brings new phrases into existing Latin structures, whose speakers use some Romanized words as foreign phrases, which might input native vocabulary through the years. Romanization keeps because of the legibility of Romanized device. As existing Latin systems spread and grow, Romanization is going directly to non-Latin system areas. Non-Latin systems are not likely overpowered by means of Romanized systems by myself. However it seems they might be crushed through the general enlargement of Latin structures.