These issues are particularly raw, so to speak, given other recent controversies. Activists in the US have targeted the Chicago-based Aloha Poke Co chain (none of its owners understood to be native Hawaiians) for sending legal letters telling restaurants, including those run by Hawaiians, to stop using “aloha” or “aloha poke” in their names; both the word aloha and the dish poke (diced raw fish) originate in Hawaii. The firm says it is only trying to stop misuse of its trademark “Aloha Poke” in connection with restaurants. … [Read more...] about The Guardian view on food cultures: sharing, not snatching
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Many voters’ hearts will go with Nipsey Hussle, whose murder last year robbed the world of a skilful, soulful MC who united backpacker hip-hoppers and mainstream rap fans. Racks in the Middle also features Roddy Rich, who has broken through spectacularly over the last year. But the track pales next to two others here: DaBaby’s Suge is a slowly prowling piece of minimalism that makes Offset sound fussily overworked in comparison; it’s ridiculous that DaBaby isn’t up for best new artist. He is rather damaged goods after a series of run-ins with the law, however. That could hand Middle Child the win, on which J Cole raps as if he’s high-stepping across the surface of a lake, his triplet time full of balletic grace. … [Read more...] about Grammys 2020: who will win the big categories – and who should
Meanwhile, it isn't just the prose style, the long sentences, the great piles of subordinate clauses, the Mississippi-wide meanderings, the slow-flowing course of the narrative that might cause problems. You could easily be forgiven for taking against the narrator himself. At first glance, he seems a tremendous egotist and snob. Who is he to imagine that every aspect of his life is so precious and important that he has to share it in such detail? Who is he to suggest that his family know so much about life well-lived? Who cares about his precious hawthorns? Why does he make so much of social niceties and conventions? Why does it matter to us who his relatives do and don't snub? Why should we care why? … [Read more...] about Reading group: Bogged down on Swann’s Way?
As an award-winning foreign correspondent for the Independent and the Times, Lloyd Parry was living in Tokyo when the earthquake struck, resulting in a 120ft-high tsunami hitting north-east Japan and a nuclear meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi reactors. He would spend the next six years documenting the disaster that killed more than 18,000 people, amassing hundreds of firsthand accounts to reveal the national trauma that lingered long after the sea retreated. … [Read more...] about Ghosts of the Tsunami wins Rathbones Folio prize for deeply felt reportage of 2011 disaster
The book’s narrative journey threads backwards and forwards, making associations that, in a more orthodox, less dreamlike book, wouldn’t share the same page: Inuit grammar sits with discussions of early modern science; high-pressure ice chemistry with the history of Scottish curling; the sexual proclivities of penguins with Torvill and Dean. One powerful scene sees Campbell watching the National Geographic channel with an Inuit hunter whose livelihood is being destroyed by climate change. “People should stop doing these things,” he says, gesturing at the television. “Flying. Cutting down trees in Brazil. Everything. The ice is vanishing. Soon we won’t be able to live here any more.” … [Read more...] about The Library of Ice by Nancy Campbell review – an Arctic obsession