2003-10-29

雖說是《石琪陸離之頁》,卻只有《陸離日誌》,不見石琪蹤跡。陸離其人其文,光光怪怪的,有趣得很。

2003-10-28

"I would prefer it ideally if there was no applause at the end, just a wonderful silence. Unfortunately there is almost always someone who wants to show how well he knows the piece by applauding at the instant the final note has been played", said pianist Andras Schiff in an interview on playing Bach, especially the Goldberg Variations. Indeed, some people forget that an applause should be a gesture of appreciation, not a way to show off (The Guardian, 3/10/03).

2003-10-23

早前,一篇登於攜程旅行網的遊記 - 兩天半香港購物記 - 引發激烈筆戰。作者觀點偏激,其後旁觀者加入後更演成罵街。

現誠意推介,代號 keren517 寫的一系列香港印象遊感,一連九篇,發表日期為10月17-22日。可以想象,作者是一位溫婉聰敏,觀察入微的年輕女子。

2003-10-22

屁股與尊嚴 - 父女倆在地鐵上的對話 (《新周刊》論壇,12/10/03)
The next WTO Ministerial Meeting, date not yet fixed, will be held in Hong Kong. Let's hope that, unlike the Harborfest, this event is a well organised one, and unlike the previous Ministerial Meeting in Cancun, the next leads to a breakthrough in multilateral negotiations on trade liberalisation.

2003-10-20

On the Frankfurt Book Fair, which ended on 13 October:

At the book fair: Russians conquer Frankfurt (Viktor Erofeyev, International Herald Tribune, 17/10/03)

Pulling the strings on the book market: Literary agents hunt for bestsellers, cut deals with publishers and comfort young authors (Claudia Broll, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 17/10/03)

Film connections, translation, major stories at book event - report from the Frankfurt Book Fair, 2003 (Hong Kong Trade Development Council)
Lynn Harris's Mrs. Feminist (Salon.com, 16/10/03, "Ninety percent of married women choose to take their husband's name. But don't call them traditional."), and letters responding to it.

2003-10-15

Seemingly smart and honest guy

My friend Brad Lee would like me to alert everybody that there is a new video circulating around the internet featuring a seemingly smart and honest guy who tries to con people into downloading junk information to their PDA. You have been warned!

2003-10-14

2003-10-13

現在華南生活的日本女作家一條小百合,對日本公司員工集體在珠海嫖妓,有以下看法:「我聽到這個消息的時候,很驚愕:「為甚麼那麼多人要一起買淫呢?」但想一想就覺得不那麼出奇。因為,日本人做某些令自己內疚的事時,就會想和別人一起做。雖然一個人不敢,但大家一起就無所謂,愈多人一起做,就愈沒有內疚感。這是日本人的想法。」(明報,《害羞的事》,11/10/03)

不知是否可稱之為集體無內疚感?這種集體無內疚感,除了驅使一群日本企業員工做了這本質上是你情我願,但卻荒淫之極的肉體買賣外,也曾經鼓動全國參與殘酷的對外侵略。
香江花火夜 Fireworks in Hong Kong

2003-10-10

音樂的遐思

大力推薦由李歐梵介紹,旨在推廣古典音樂欣賞的香港電台網上學習專輯:音樂的遐思

2003-10-07

The "Think Again" section of the Nov/Dec 2003 issue of Foreign Policy features International Trade by Arvind Panagariya.

"Economies That Are Open to Trade Grow Faster"?
"Rich Countries Are More Protectionist Than Poor Ones"?
"Freer Trade Increases Poverty in the Third World"?
"Agricultural Protectionism in Rich Nations Worsens Global Poverty"?
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