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ムスリムで黒人で女性でありしかもソマリア難民だったIlhan Omarさんが米国下院議員に当選したことをニュースで知りました。one result was a glimmer of hope for people who opposed Donald Trumpとガーディアンは彼女の当選をglimmer of hopeと表現しています。

Ilhan Omar becomes first Somali American legislator in the US
The 34-year-old Muslim woman was elected to Minnesota’s state house of representatives, soon after Donald Trump said Somali immigrants are a ‘disaster’

Mazin Sidahmed
Wednesday 9 November 2016 21.09 GMT

In an election that starkly divided the country on Tuesday, one result was a glimmer of hope for people who opposed Donald Trump: Minnesota elected America’s first Somali American legislator, Ilhan Omar.

The 34-year-old, who came to America as a refugee almost 20 years ago, beat out a Republican opponent to gain a seat in the state house of representatives.

“Tonight, we are celebrating this win, our win. But our work won’t stop,” she said after her victory. “We will continue to build a more prosperous and equitable district, state and nation where each and every one of us has opportunities to thrive and move forward together.”

Omar, a practicing Muslim who wears a hijab, walked a long and difficult path to election, and won in a year where Muslims faced a barrage of hate crimes and threats.


Her victory came less than a week after President-elect Donald Trump referred to Somali immigrants in the area as “a disaster” during a rally.

“Here in Minnesota, you’ve seen firsthand the problems caused with faulty refugee vetting, with very large numbers of Somali refugees coming into your state without your knowledge, without your support or approval,” Trump said days before the election. “Some of them [are] joining Isis and spreading their extremist views all over our country and all over the world.”


こちらはElle UKのニュースですがこちらはthere was some uplifting newsと彼女の当選を紹介しています。

Meet The First Somali-American Muslim Woman Legislator In The US
Ilhan Omar made history on Tuesday night.

NOV 10, 2016

For those who are feeling disheartened after learning that Hillary Clinton will not be the first female President of the United States, there was some uplifting news to emerge from Tuesday night's election.
Ilhan Omar, a 34-year-old former refugee and practicing Muslim, became America's first Somalian-American female legislator and beat out her Republican opponent to gain a seat at Minnesota's state house of representatives.

According the The Star Tribune, Omar arrived in the US as a child after escaping the civil war in her home country of Somalia at the age of eight. She spent four years at a Kenyan refugee camp, before she immigrated to Minneapolis' Cedar-Riverside area with her family aged 12.




▪ Scott Lang: Oh, man.
▪ Luis: What is it?
▪ Scott Lang: Well they weren’t kidding, this safe is serious.
▪ Luis: How serious we talkin’, Scotty?
▪ Scott Lang: It’s a Carbondale. It’s from 1910, made from the same steel as the Titanic.
▪ Luis: Wow. Can you crack it?
▪ Scott Lang: Well, here’s the thing. It doesn’t do so well in the cold. Remember what that iceberg did?
▪ Luis: Yeah, man, it killed DiCaprio.
▪ Dave: It killed everybody.
▪ Kurt: But not kill the old lady. She still throw the jewel into the oceans.



1997年の映画『タイタニック』で悲劇の恋人を演じたケイト・ウィンスレットとレオナルド・ディカプリオ。ローズ役のケイトが、自分の役はレオナルド演じるジャックを見捨てたと認めたことが分かった。英Digital Spyが報じている。

People were very excited that you were sitting next to or near Leonardo DiCaprio at the show, even though in a way you let him freeze to death in the water, because the way I see it --"

No, I agree. You know, I think he could have actually fit on that bit of door.

There was plenty of room on the raft!

I know. People are always so excited to see Leo and myself in the same space, which you know at the end of the day that is so lovely, isn’t it It's been 20 years and people still get such a—it's really, you know, quite endearing. And we do laugh about it. We were giggling about last night. I was like, 'My God, can you actually believe it? That people just get so, they just get so overwhelmed by the Jack and Rose thing still.

多くのメディアGuardianやWashington Postなんかも記事にしていて20年経ってもなお話題になっています。タイタニックがコンテンツとして魅力があることを実感できます。いろいろ読み比べてみるのも楽しそうです。

Kate Winslet breaks silence on Titanic raft end: 'He could have actually fitted'
Star of third highest-grossing film of all time voices agreement with fans who felt Leonardo DiCaprio’s character died unnecessarily

Avatar and then Star Wars: The Force Awakens ousted James Cameron’s 1997 weepie from the top of the all-time highest-grossing film charts. Yet the power of the film Titanic to inspire debate remains undimmed, nearly 20 years after its premiere.
In the final scenes of the film, lovers Jack (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Rose (Kate Winslet) are parted forever when it becomes apparent there is only room for the latter on a floating door after the shipwreck. Rose remains afloat, and goes on to enjoy a long and happy life; Jack shivers to his death in the icy Atlantic.
Yet from first screenings, fans expressed scepticism about just how much of the raft Jack would have required, and conspiracy theories arose suggesting Rose may have hogged the space maliciously.

Once and for All: Jack Could Totally Have Fit on Rose's Raft
Don’t blame her for his death, though. The constraints of storytelling sealed his fate.


“I’ll never let go,” she whispered.
Except, uh: She did. She totally did.
Rose DeWitt Bukater, heroine of Titanic, badass proto-feminist, wearer of the Heart of the Ocean and owner of the beating heart Céline sang about, did, in the end, something you wouldn’t expect: She let the love of her life freeze to death in icy waters. Oh, and she did that while 1). wearing a life vest that she could have at least lent to Jack, and 2). floating safely and relatively comfortably upon a wooden door that, science has proven, totally had enough room for Jack to come aboard. As Ross Geller (a fellow who, say what you will about him, never would have let Rachel be swallowed alive into the murky Atlantic) would put it, decades later: “Let’s try scooching.”


"diabolical treble-strapped textual straitjacket"

前回の記事を書く時にしった情報です。David Mitchellがツイッター小説を7月に試みていたようで、下記リンクでおよそ280のツイートからなる短編を読むことができます。

The Right Sort, David Mitchell's Twitter short story
The Booker-shortlisted novelist has published his latest short story, The Right Sort, on Twitter this week. Here you can read the author's ongoing 280-tweet tale of a boy and his mother's valium pills in full, and in chronological order
theguardian.com, Monday 14 July 2014 10.16 BST

"diabolical treble-strapped textual straitjacket"とはツイッターで小説を書くことの難しさをDavid Mitchellが表現したものです。

Novelist David Mitchell publishes new short story on Twitter
Booker-shortlisted author submits to twitter 'straitjacket' for 280-tweet tale of boy tripping on valium
Alison Flood
theguardian.com, Monday 14 July 2014 07.11 BST

Set in the same universe as his much-anticipated new novel The Bone Clocks, which opens in 1984, as a teenage runaway meets a strange woman who offers a small kindness in return for "asylum", The Right Sort will run to 280 tweets. Mitchell described writing fiction for Twitter as a "diabolical treble-strapped textual straitjacket".

First, said the writer who was shortlisted for the Booker for number9dream and Cloud Atlas, "obviously, you're limited to 140 characters". Secondly, the tweets are visually sequential, "and I think this alters how the text is read. Reading off a page is like looking down at a landscape from a balloon – your eye 'sees' the story as well as reads it, its layout, its paragraphs and structure, and 'remembers' what it just read because it's still there, on the page, simultaneously. If you want to, you can reread any line instantly; or linger; or speed up; or optically 'flinch'. Reading a series of tweets is more like looking through a narrow window from a train speeding through a landscape full of tunnels and bands of light and dark. Each tweet erases its predecessor."

And last, "narrative tweets have to be at least two things: one, a balanced entity with its own (may I say haiku-like?) rightness, and two, a 'propellent' or maybe a kind of plate-spinner of character development, or mood, or plot, or idea, or a combination. So it's just as well that I love the escapological challenges posed by diabolical treble-strapped textual straitjackets. I can't say it was easy, but then again Georges Perec wrote an entire novel without a single letter 'E'. Now that's a straitjacket."

最後の部分にAnd last, "narrative tweets have to be at least two things: one, a balanced entity with its own (may I say haiku-like?) rightnessとあります。短い詩イコール俳句というイメージは英国人にもあるのですね。まあ、彼は日本に住んでいたのでその辺は差し引かなくてはいけませんが。。。

(from Japanese)
a poem with three lines and usually 17 syllables, written in a style that is traditional in Japan



7月にMan Booker Prizeのlonglistが紹介されました。今更ながらlonglistがあって、shortlistがあるのかと気付いた次第です(汗)

Longlist 2014 announced
23 July 2014

The Man Booker, which is awarded to the best novel of the year in the opinion of the judges, is worth £50,000 to the winner. Previous winners include Hilary Mantel for Wolf Hall and its sequel Bring up the Bodies, and two novels where sales have topped two million copies each, Schindler’s Ark by Thomas Keneally and Life of Pi by Yann Martel.

The judges will meet again to reduce their longlist to a shortlist of six titles which will be announced on Tuesday 9th September. The winning novel will be revealed on the BBC television’s Ten O’Clock News direct from a black-tie dinner in London’s Guildhall on October 14.

Shortlistに関してはロングマンやオックスフォードの学習辞典に載っていますが、long listの方は学習辞典では掲載しておらず、Websterなんかにもありませんでした。ネイティブ向けのアメリカンヘリテージやオックスフォードにようやく載っていました。

short list also short‧list [countable] British English
a list of the most suitable people for a job or a prize, chosen from all the people who were first considered
on the short list (for something)
Davies was on the shortlist for the Booker Prize.
draw up/compile a shortlist
The panel will draw up a shortlist of candidates.

A list of items or candidates that have been selected for consideration, as for an award, before being reduced to a shortlist.

A list of selected names or things from which a shortlist is to be compiled:
Smith was on nobody’s longlist for chairman

Place on a longlist:
a science centre in Glasgow is one of the projects longlisted for Millennium Commission funds

あと一つ今回のlonglistで気になったのが、9月発売予定のDavid MitchellのThe Bone Clocksがすでにリストに入っていたことです。ドラフトを提出したのでしょうか。

来月David Mitchellが新刊発売に合わせてイベントをするようです。Cloud Atlas was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and adapted for the big screen in 2013.とあるだけで、新刊がlonglistに入った事は触れられていません。Longlistぐらいでは経歴のアピールにならないことでしょうか。

Wednesday 3 September, 7pm
The Royal Geographical Society, London SW7

Join David Mitchell for the UK launch event for his much-anticipated new novel The Bone Clocks.

From the author of the genre-busting Cloud Atlas, this kaleidoscopic thriller looks ahead to life without oil. It tells the story of Holly Sykes in six segments, from her teenage years in 1980s Gravesend to her old age on the west coast of Ireland, raising her granddaughter while the world's climate collapses. A dazzling mix of realism and fantasy exploring the nature of mortality and survival.

Mitchell's novels include number9dream, Ghostwritten and The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet. Cloud Atlas was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and adapted for the big screen in 2013. In 2003 he was selected as one of Granta's Best Young British Novelists.

Claire Armitstead, books editor, Guardian News & Media and presenter, the Guardian books podcast

* Readers who select the ticket plus book option can collect their pre-ordered copy of the novel at the event.

申込画面が以下のなのですが、TOEICでおなじみになったEnter promotional codeとありますね。





今頃気付いたのでもう間に合わないかもしれませんが、今日イギリスで午後3時から村上春樹がブッククラブのイベントに登場するそうです。大変珍しい試みですよね。ただ、英訳が出たばかりの本ではなくThe Wind-Up Bird Chronicleをテーマにする当たり彼らしさが出ているかもしれません。

Sat 23 Aug 3:00pm - 4:00pm Baillie Gifford Main Theatre £10.00, £8.00
SOLD OUTHaruki Murakami
The Guardian
When it first appeared in English in 1997, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle instantly established Haruki Murakami as a major figure in world literature. Involving a trademark mix of Tokyo urban landscapes and dream imagery, the novel remains one of the Japanese writer’s most brilliant literary achievements. Murakami discusses his characters, plot and a wig factory with the Guardian's John Mullan.

Please note: there will not be a book signing after this event.

これに合わせて、ガーディアンが読者から質問を募集していました。一応締め切りは昨日の金曜日ですが、(The questions will be chosen by Friday – but do feel free to keep posting your thoughts afterwards) とありますので、興味がある方は是非投稿してみてください。

Haruki Murakami: ask him your questions
The revered Japanese writer will be at the Guardian’s book club this Saturday at the Edinburgh international book festival – post your questions below and we’ll ask him a selection
theguardian.com, Wednesday 20 August 2014 12.37 BST

The conversation with Mullan will centre, of course, on that book. But there will also be a chance for you to participate remotely. We will reserve the last few minutes of the event for a few selected questions from you – and will bring you the answers on the Guardian Books site on Sunday morning (UK time).
What would you like to ask Murakami? Post your questions below the line and we will select a few to ask him at the event. (The questions will be chosen by Friday – but do feel free to keep posting your thoughts afterwards).