Many thanks to Scott Esposito of The Quarterly Conversation, who brought Daniel Bosch’s recent essay on William Kentridge to my attention. Those of you who read Sergio Chejfec’s My Two Worlds will remember Kentridge’s appearance toward the end of the book, and how his explicitly rendered lines of sight echo the narrator’s particular way of … More a bouquet of dark matter
…turns out to be Lennie Tristano + a photograph of Adorno in a bathing suit. Image via The Poetry Foundation.
Earlier this week, The Quarterly Conversation published a piece I wrote about Juan José Saer (whose Scars, published in Steve Dolph’s translation by Open Letter Books, was nominated for a Best Translated Book Award this year), in which I mention a few barbs the author directed at the likes of Nabokov and Mario Vargas Llosa. … More readings: Saer on Robert Walser
The moon is full tonight And hurts the eyes, It is so definite and bright. What if it has drawn up All quietness and certitude of worth Wherewith to fill its cup, Or mint a second moon, a paradise? – For they are gone from earth. – Philip Larkin Melancholia, dir. Lars von Trier (2011, … More ’till death do us part
So, I am going to break with tradition a bit and write about a panel I attended yesterday Friday on the future of reading in the digital age, part of the PEN World Voices Festival. Panelists Ben Okri, Alberto Ruy Sánchez, Thomas Pletzinger and Sergei Sokolovskiy (whose outlandish pronouncements brought a welcome element of performance … More Learning to read (at PEN World Voices)
Disclaimer: this is a shameless re-post of Laura Miller’s Salon.com article on metadata and iBook sales, plucked from Three Percent, the blog of Open Letter Books. As Chad Post of Three Percent points out, the article is grounded in the idea that, whereas the 20th century was about “sorting out supply,” or ordering information according … More What you really, really want.
… and there’s no such thing as a late adopter. That said, I just discovered ManyBooks.net – possibly the greatest thing to happen to books in the public domain since, well, ever. They lead pretty quiet lives. The selection at ManyBooks isn’t quite as comprehensive as Project Gutenberg‘s, but the interface is more user-friendly, and … More There are no stupid questions…