Morning Special (2019. Sep. 23. Mon.)
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▶Daily Section - Book
(with. Paul Matthews)
1. The start of October will bring good news for authors with the eighth Seoul International Writer’s Festival taking place in Dongdaemun. 50 writers and literary critics will come together from Korea and around the world to participate in 25 events during the nine day festival.
2. This week sees literary connections between Sweden and Korea being celebrated at the Gothenburg Book Fair where Korea is the guest of honor. A Korean pavilion will be set up during the Swedish event and some of Korea’s biggest writers including Han Kang will be taking part in talks. This literary celebration marks the 60th anniversary of the opening of diplomatic relations between Korea and Sweden.
3. It’s always exciting to see Korean literature being recognized overseas and this month it is the turn of Keum-suk Gendry Kim to be awarded a special judge’s prize from French newspaper L’Humanité for her graphic novel Grass. Titled Les Mauvaises Herbes in French, the book depicts the suffering of Korean women who were forced into sexual slavery by the Japanese military.
"The Scarlet Letter" by Nathaniel Hawthorne
“A throng of bearded men, in sad-colored garments, and gray, steeple-crowned hats, intermixed with women, some wearing hoods and others bareheaded, was assembled in front of a wooden edifice, the door of which was heavily timbered with oak, and studded with iron spikes.
The founders of a new colony, whatever Utopia of human virtue and happiness they might originally project, have invariably recognized it among their earliest practical necessities to allot a portion of the virgin soil as a cemetery, and another portion as the site of a prison”
“To sum up the matter, it grew to be a widely diffused opinion, that the Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale, like many other personages of especial sanctity, in all ages of the Christian world, was haunted either by Satan himself, or Satan's emissary, in the guise of old Roger Chillingworth. This diabolical agent had the Divine permission, for a season, to burrow into the clergyman's intimacy, and plot against his soul. No sensible man, it was confessed, could doubt on which side the victory would turn. The people looked, with an unshaken hope, to see the minister come forth out of the conflict, transfigured with the glory which he would unquestionably win. Meanwhile, nevertheless, it was sad to think of the perchance mortal agony through which he must struggle towards his triumph.
Alas! to judge from the gloom and terror in the depths of the poor minister's eyes, the battle was a sore one and the victory anything but secure.”
“Hush, Hester, hush!” said he, with tremulous solemnity. “The law we broke!—the sin here so awfully revealed!—let these alone be in thy thoughts! I fear! I fear! It may be, that, when we forgot our God,—when we violated our reverence each for the other's soul,—it was thenceforth vain to hope that we could meet hereafter, in an everlasting and pure reunion. God knows; and He is merciful! He hath proved his mercy, most of all, in my afflictions. By giving me this burning torture to bear upon my breast! By sending yonder dark and terrible old man, to keep the torture always at red-heat! By bringing me hither, to die this death of triumphant ignominy before the people! Had either of these agonies been wanting, I had been lost forever! Praised be his name! His will be done! Farewell!”
"You had a future, and so should we."
- Demonstrators protesting climate change in New York City