Month: June 2010

city-pick Amsterdam

The latest volume in the city-pick series – on Amsterdam – has just been published. When their Berlin book came out, Podularity carried an interview with the book’s editor, Heather Reyes.

This time, we go one better and present an audio diary which I compiled on location in Amsterdam with Dutch poet and critic, Victor Schiferli, the co-editor of city-pick Amsterdam.

Our main project was filming a number of interviews with Dutch writers, currently going up on Vimeo and YouTube, and in the interstices, we made the sound recordings that you can listen to below – a sort of audio introduction both to Amsterdam and Victor’s book.

Just click on the pictures below to hear the sound clips.

1. Spui Square and the Athenaeum Bookshop

Amsterdam Athenaeum bookshop

2. De Zwart cafe and literary feuds

Amsterdam literary cafe

3. Dam Square

Dam Square

4. Amsterdam in wartime

Anne Frank Huis

5. The Vondelpark (and who was Vondel?)

Vondelpark

6. In the Red Light District

Amsterdam red light

7. Amsterdam on Two Wheels

Amsterdam bike

8. Victor’s Thoughts on Compiling the Book

Victor Schiferli

Le Monde diplomatique podcast – James K. Galbraith

Athens reflectionThis morning I spoke to leading US economist James K. Galbraith on the phone from Athens for this month’s Le Monde diplomatique podcast. James is professor of government/business relations at the Lyndon B Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas. He’s the author of six books, including The Predator State: How Conservatives Abandoned the Free Market and Why Liberals Should Too.

“rich countries will have a lot of new poor people on their doorsteps”

The interview accompanies and amplifies his article in the current issue of Le Monde diplo, which looks at what he calls “the Europeanization of Mediterranean debt” forced on the EU by speculators, and what he predicts will become a vicious circle of budget cutting, debt deflation and depression.

He further predicts that old patterns of hardship migration will re-emerge: “rich countries will have a lot of new poor people on their doorsteps because they weren’t willing to deal with them at home”.

To listen to the podcast, click here.