【晨读笔记】名园,名楼与名城

天天新报

在王安忆的小说《天香》里,昔日上海有处“天香园”,书画入绣天下一绝。“天香园”原型即是沪上明代名园“露香园”,后因战火被毁,盛景不存。在上海近期的旧区改造中,地处老城厢历史风貌保护区的露香园地块,未来将成为上海旧区改造的经典案例。 

  旧城改造免不了要拆旧建新,荒废多年的露香园正待改造,而有些已损毁的历史建筑如今已是面貌一新,前不久计划联合申遗的黄鹤楼、岳阳楼、滕王阁等“中国十大名楼”,虽然多半是原地重建或是选址重建的现代建筑,但还有着“组团申遗”的念想;无独有偶,在前不久的大运河申遗考察汇报会上,考察组指出在申遗过程中要注意对古建筑古文物的保护,不能因为过度追求城市发展速度,打造出太多的仿古建筑,影响到原生态。 

  不仅历史名胜如此,各地名城也不甘寂寞,眼下全国有几十个历史名城欲巨资复建,云南要建“七彩云南”古滇王国文化旅游名城,陕西启动“回到明朝”古城修复工程,湖南要依托古城新建“烟雨凤凰”……有些古城重建有着较完整的规划,对“拆”与“建”的利弊得失有着比较清醒的认识;而有些城市则信奉“不破不立”,把文化遗存阻碍城市建设的困惑,视为“投鼠忌器”的束缚。 

  无论是“申遗”还是“名城”,很多项目都是先高调贴上“标签”,但在过程中却会遇到现实的难题,结果使这些名楼名城成了争议的焦点。中华文化泱泱千年,自然景观况且沧海桑田,何况是古城名楼。用最朴素的观点来看,“拆旧”是为了城市发展,“仿古”是为了文化再造,但文化恰恰不是再生资源。不复存在的“露香园”可以改造,而对于那些现存的甚至还在使用之中的文化遗存,改造就要慎之又慎。 

  最近还有一则新闻,作为“圆明园文物回归形象大使”的影星成龙向圆明园管理处捐赠了道具“十二兽首”,这事作为电影的宣传噱头还凑合,要真把这些仿制品当做古董可就贻笑大方了——就像王安忆笔下的“天香园”,有些已经永远消失的胜景,还是让他们沉睡在美好的传说和回忆里吧。

http://www.xwwb.com/web/wb2008/wb2008news.php?db=7&thisid=123107

Blogs de Chine, de Han Han

Marie Claire

Blogs de Chine

 

Ed. Gallimard, traduit du chinois par Hervé Denès, 24,90 € (17 €, en numérique, sur www.edenlivres.fr et www.fnac.com). Et, sur www.hanhandigest.com, une sélection gratuite de ses posts (en anglais).

Han Han conquit la jeunesse chinoise, à 17 ans, avec son premier livre. Il publia ensuite une dizaine de romans à succès, tout en devenant… pilote de course et chanteur! Ce beau gosse a maintenant 30 ans et tient le blog le plus lu de la planète, dont paraît aujourd’hui un extrait de soixante-treize textes. Provocateur subtil ou frontal, il affole la censure chinoise. De l’amour au lycée aux vidéos érotiques, des mensonges du pouvoir à tous les aspects ridicules d’une société dirigiste, des dizaines de millions d’internautes chinois savourent sa prose ironique. Qui s’exporte très bien.

 

Par Gilles Chenaille

 

http://www.marieclaire.fr/,blogs-de-chine-de-han-han,20158,652490.asp

Graphic Novel Review: Darkness Outside The Night

by David Holloway

 

Being a comic book fan and collector of graphic novels I was excited to get me hands on a copy of Xie Peng and Duncan Jepson’s newest graphic novel Darkness Outside The Night.

 

I am a firm favourite of mainstream works, but relish the opportunity to discover and explore darker material and that is exactly what Darkness Outside The Night delivers.

Devised and completed over 6 years, Darkness Outside The Night explores feelings through its main character, a cute little gnome like creature that, for the majority of the novel, feels pain and bleeds. From a horrific box to the heights of the mountains, we are shown a bleak world of reds, oranges, and black that encircles the green covered character in his quest to find greater meaning in life.

…to highlight that bright moment in an almost dark and depressing existence… Click here to read more »

A life in letters

November 3, 2012

The Hindu

ZIYA US SALAM

CHAT Publisher-writer David Davidar says books are here to stay

David Davidar is a man very confident of himself. And, he has the track record to generate that optimism. After all, he was the man who told us that far from Antarctica, Penguin was a literary bird that deserved a place on our bookshelves. He brought in authors otherwise inaccessible some 30 years ago. And quietly, unobtrusively, changed the way we read.

That he was himself a no mean author became almost a footnote. Now into his second innings with Aleph — an independent publishing house he founded with Rupa and Company’s Kapish Mehra earlier this year — he is happy to tap a niche market.

When David speaks, the words come in measured scoops. He holds back about some of the “big” authors he has signed. And dismisses any talk about his writing with, “Yes, I got to do that too.”

However, the author in him has taken the backseat and publisher David is in full public glare. Nothing ruffles him — competition or the digital revolution. “Everybody was worried by digital publishing, considering a digital book costs around one-third of a printed book. Today, it is not a bad word to say I publish myself. There are so many digital books, but publishing thrives in this part of the world. Look at the Booker winners or even those on the shortlist, so many are from developing countries.”

As for other publishers, David says: “I pay no attention to competition. We deal with authors we would want to read. We get so many proposals but both Ravi (Singh) and I don’t get swayed easily. We will do only 25 books a year. We will produce across certain genres. We want to produce great books in economics, politics, films, even food..”

Then, there is the small question of distribution too. Is that why Aleph has tied up with Rupa — a kind of win-win situation with Aleph getting the best authors and Rupa providing its distribution network? “Absolutely, but there is more to it. Rupa wanted to be associated with some top-notch authors and get into newer markets.”

Meanwhile, Aleph that has just launched Shankar Aiyar’s Accidental India , prepares to roll out books by Gen. (retd.) V.K. Singh, Valmik Thapar, Devdutt Patnaik and Barkha Dutt, among others.

“Barkha’s book called This Unquiet Land talks of India’s faultlines. We have Valmik Thapar tracing the tiger journey. And Devdutt Patnaik’s on history of business.

Rajmohan Gandhi has come up with a history of undivided Punjab, probably the first book in the genre. Of course, we are bringing out Pavan Varma’s Manifesto and young Shovon Choudhury’s The Competent Authority .”

These are titles David rolls out in a hurry. What he reveals at leisure is the series he has planned on most Indian cities, trying to capture the soul of say, Delhi, Chennai and Patna. Patna, the age-old Pataliputra whose past has often been overshadowed by the present.

Well-known novelist Amitava Kumar is putting pen to paper for Patna, as is Nirmala Lakshman for a story of Chennai. Then come the stories of Delhi, Calcutta…

ZIYA US SALAM

There are so many digital books but in this part of the world, book publishing is thriving. Look at the Booker winners or even those on the shortlist, so many are from developing countries.

 

http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-features/tp-metroplus/a-life-in-letters/article4060196.ece

洪晃 不能容忍国人不买中国设计的单

来源:新京报

洪晃

现任中国互动媒体集团总裁,《I LOOK世界都市》杂志出版人,拥有中国设计师品牌零售店薄荷糯米葱(BNC),倾力推广中国原创设计,近期策划、主持全新电视节目《原创翻身》亦为此目标。

洪晃,以丰富的学识、独到的见解、犀利的言论闻名媒体界。中国时尚圈里,要做到并不盲从国际大牌是很难的一件事,洪晃却有着这样的气魄。无论已经颇具态势的BNC还是新上线的节目《原创翻身》,都是对中国原创的力量在进行不遗余力的推广。她说,我不能容忍中国人最不买中国设计的单。

设计和时尚应该属于大众 Click here to read more »

THE FAT YEARS is about what happens after the centralization of power in a post modern world

Chan Koon-chung says, “The Fat Years is about what happens after the centralization of power in a post modern world; it is a society ruled by those in office, where the people feel “90% free” but their human rights are essentially unprotected; it is a “capitalist China with socialist characteristics, ruled by one party. Click here to read more »