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Friday, June 25, 2010
See the news page of the Janet Frame Estate Web Site for
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Monday, June 21, 2010
Former Music Professor Jenny McLeod's third song cycle based on Janet Frame poems is to have its first public performance at a benefit recital on July 11th 2010, at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.
Friday, June 18, 2010
Janet Frame: Semiotics and Biosemiotics in Her Early Fiction by Paul Matthew St. Pierre (Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, New Jersey, USA, forthcoming 2011).
French academic Claire Bazin has also completed a study on Janet Frame for the Writers and Their Work series published by Northcote House Publishers, UK.
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Monday, June 14, 2010
The photograph is of Janet Frame receiving one of the regular blood transfusions that improved the quality of her life, and gifted her perhaps a few more months to say goodbye to her loved ones, after she was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia. During the many day-long transfusions she received at the oncology centre of Dunedin Hosipital, she liked to read, and talk, and think and dream. She used to wonder about the individuals who had been so generous as to donate their blood, the blood which tangibly restored her strength as it dripped slowly into her veins. She only knew from the label on the pack of blood, which city or town it had been collected in. She was always grateful to every person whose blood or platelets were giving her a much needed boost as the quality of her own blood deteriorated.
Friday, June 11, 2010
Here's an interesting recent deceitful edit, for instance, masquerading as a genuine improvement:
"removed some redundant facts that had already been stated"
If you bother to follow that link, you will discover that the "redundant" passage that has been removed, consists almost entirely of a positive statement about Frame's literary and cultural significance.
In contrast to this, the same editor is content to let stand a large paragraph devoted almost entirely to the fact that one blog author was annoyed that Janet Frame won a major literary prize for her posthumously published poetry book The Goose Bath, and another blog author reported the fact. This brief outburst of sour grapes from a couple of journalistic hacks, a handful of years after her death, is supposedly a significant biographical fact about Janet Frame for the purposes of Wikipedia? I think not. I think it's a certain individual score-settling, and they're so weak and cowardly that Wikipedia is their only forum.
Only more evidence for the fact of Wikipeda sucking, big time...
Now it's more than two and a half years since I tried to change anything on Wikipedia myself. Apparently I was too much of an expert to be trusted with editing an encyclopedia that trumpets the fact that it must be edited only by people largely ignorant of a subject and deriving their information from online newspaper articles.
I was hounded and harassed - and slandered - for being (it was assumed) not neutral enough about Frame. Actually I was standing in the way of some very non-neutral people who have dominated the JF article ever since and turned it into a travesty of the truth of Frame's life. As for her work - the reason she became famous in the first place - it hardly seems to figure.
Well if you peruse the editing history, it's fairly obvious that the obsessive, agenda-driven and occasionally hostile editors that have lurked under the bridges of the JF article like nasty trolls, and have been driving anyone else away, are not at all "neutral".
It's easy to identify the one who is envious of Frame and tries to take away any reference to her fame or success. Pathetic really.
It's easy to recognise the one(s) who are promoting a fringe faux-psychological theory.
It's always easy to spot the hand of a grad-student-gone bad.
It might not be so easy to spot the fact that one of the hostile editors apparently became so frustrated by the fact that I had washed my hands of the article, that they attacked any unsuspecting newcomer who tried to make a benign edit. "There's Pamela Gordon again!" screams the comment on the view history or Talk page, to justify them reverting whatever didn't suit their agenda. I became their straw man to knock down, but whoever it was they accused of the patsy editing, was certainly not me.
Wikipedia. A breeding ground for sick puppies...
Recently, all reference to a reputable scholarly work on Janet Frame was removed, for a spurious reason. The surrounding passage had first been dismembered, under the pretense of improving its grammar, so as to make little sense; and then the resulting incoherence was used as an excuse to remove reference to the fact that there are controversies about Frame; that not everybody believes the pathologizing "myths" that this article promotes.
Here is the link to the evidence for that particular malicious edit, that removed valid references:
"what were these supposed "myths"? there's no mention of them in the article"
There's no mention of these "myths" in the article (except that the article is the physical embodiment of myth-making), because someone has previously taken away the mention of them... and now a subsequent edit has also taken away the mention of an important scholarly source for discussion of the controversy, which the editor has now effectively suppressed. How "neutral" is that?
Fortunately it is not possible (I hope) to change the "view history" information, so the truth of the matter will be plain for anyone to see, eventually, when the current backlash against Frame has died down.
I might not be alive to see those days, but I'm quietly confident that justice will be done eventually anyway, and and I am just making this note for the future researcher who decides to try to continue unravelling the "biographical myth".
Meanwhile, while the hostile editors remove valid links to scholarly sources, they proliferate the links to blogs and magazine columns. This is the level of Wikipedia: the craziest and the nastiest people "win" there, because rational people just shrug their shoulders and walk away from such nonsense.
Who would want to waste one more minute of time in the company of such malice and ignorance? Not me.
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
I see that there are some Janet Frame books up for auction at an Auckland auction house:
Some of the books were inscribed by Janet to her friends John and Rose Marie Beston; another was inscribed to extended family members Robin and Rosemary Gordon. Well-known tenor Robin Gordon was my father Wilson Gordon's first cousin. His German wife Rosemary was also an opera singer. Robin and Rosemary were spectacular gardeners and also bred poultry and dogs. Janet was a frequent visitor to their estate at Manakau, north of Wellington, when she lived at nearby Shannon and Levin.
Of possible interest to Frame fans is another association copy that is for sale at the auction: an edition of Emily Dickinson's poetry, signed for Jess [Whitworth] from Janet [Frame]. Of course Janet loved Emily Dickinson's poems, and it was typical of her to give away something she herself was so fond of. Janet's close friend Jess Whitworth was the author of a prize-winning novel called Otago Interval. She was the first wife of editor Oliver Duff, and mother of sculptor Alison Duff, but is perhaps better known these days as New Zealand author Alan Duff's grandmother.
There are some more details about the auction on the online catalogue: