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Read on to know what subscribers to The Whistle are enjoying in March 2021 at The Whistle Library, when we are looking at increasing global cooperation and economic advice for policymakers in the West in the wake of the pandemic, China’s growing influence in Southeast Asia, regulation of technology, reviews of new books by Kazuo Ishiguro, Joan Didion and Tove Ditlevsen, as well as mourning the death of Charles Corea and looking forward to a feast of Western Classical music streaming concerts this spring!

Springtime Reading During the Pandemic

Hello subscribers and welcome back to The Whistle Library. March usually means spring is in the air, but this time we still have Covid-19 to watch out for. In fact, this is the second spring that we will be spending mostly at home, thanks to the pandemic. Hopefully, we will have good reading for company.

I’d like to start this month’s selection of reading, listening and viewing, with a report from Brookings on how to ensure greater global cooperation in development during the pandemic.

Global development cooperation in a COVID-19 world

https://www.brookings.edu/research/global-development-cooperation-in-a-covid-19-world/embed/#?secret=GBjK92MQpk

In a similar vein, the Peterson Institute for International Economics, another US-based think-tank, has put together an economic advisory for policymakers in the US, UK and Europe on dealing with a pandemic economy. Do they assume that their audience has such short attention spans to not be able to read, or are videos suddenly in favour? Do watch and decide for yourselves.

https://www.piie.com/microsites/rebuilding-global-economy

The Economist is of the view that China’s influence in South-east Asia is growing – enough to make it an area of contention with the United States. This article tells us how that influence has been shaped over the years.

https://www.economist.com/briefing/2021/02/27/in-no-region-is-chinas-influence-felt-more-strongly-than-in-south-east-asia

I believe that one of the most urgent items on the global agenda ought to be regulation of the technology industry and you might have read my posts in February mentioning this. I was happy to read a piece by Shoshana Zuboff in The New York Times on the subject and thought it worth sharing here.

And speaking of the relentless march of technology, The New York Times has a review of Nobel Prize winning author, Kazuo Ishiguro’s latest novel, Klara and The Sun, about a friendly humanoid who has been bought as AF (artificial friend) for a 14 year-old who is growing up in an already-changed world.

Four years of Trump’s rule in America has divided and polarised the country once again. And the pandemic has exposed the inadequacies of America’s social infrastructure, as Blacks and Hispanics are among the worst affected. I have a piece from The Literary Hub on the history of white supremacy in the US.

How the “One Drop Rule” Became a Tool of White Supremacy

https://lithub.com/how-the-one-drop-rule-became-a-tool-of-white-supremacy/embed/#?secret=XcmIy8dvMT

Next, also from the Literary Hub is an essay by Joan Didion from her latest book on why she writes, emphasising her focus on the particular and the tangible.

Joan Didion: Why I Write

https://lithub.com/joan-didion-why-i-write/embed/#?secret=hXIoTqqbeb

And here is a review of Joan Didion’s new book – a collection of essays – titled Let Me Tell You What I Mean from The Guardian.

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2021/feb/22/let-me-tell-you-what-i-mean-by-joan-didion-review-a-masterclass-in-minimalism

The Danish poet and writer, Tove Ditlevsen, is being discovered by the English-speaking and reading world, as translations of her work in English become available for the first time. More specifically, it is her memoir trilogy, that is making the news. I have a review of this from The New Yorker.

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2021/02/15/tove-ditlevsens-art-of-estrangement

In music, the world mourned the death of jazz legend, Charles Corea in February, and I have an obituary from the Rolling Stone magazine, which has a link to a Jazz Times interview with Corea last year, that you might also want to read.

https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/chick-corea-obit-1127283/

Jazz lovers might know that Charles Corea made a successful transition from acoustic jazz to electric and fusion through his inventiveness and improvisation. You can watch some of his live music in the video below from Jazz San Javier 2018 which features Corea’s music at its acoustic best.

At the same time, there’s good news for lovers of western classical music! Wigmore Hall has announced a programme of 40 concerts live-streamed for free, starting February and going all the way to Easter. And then, Live from London also has a Spring Festival of music taking us to the third week of April. Read all about this and more in the Gramophone Magazine.

https://www.gramophone.co.uk/

What a musical feast it promises to be! Just what the doctor ordered for this pandemic Spring. Hope you enjoy a month of great reading and listening until we catch up here once again. Stay well wherever you might be.