Despatches

26Jul07
  • Three Percent aims to be “a destination for readers, editors, and translators interested in finding out about modern and contemporary international literature.” The site currently carries reviews of novels by Augusto Monterroso, Enrique Vila-Matas, Jan Kjaerstad and Gabriel Josipovici. An imprint, Open Letter, launches this autumn. One to follow.
  • Susan Sontag? Not stupid enough. Via The Page.
  • “had these works not existed, all would be otherwise.” American poet Barrett Watten on the books, films, and music that had a defining influence on him. Via Ron Silliman.
  • Monsieur Ka has a wonderful post (in French) about Manhatta, a short silent film made in 1920 by photographer Paul Strand and artist Charles Sheeler, with texts from Whitman’s Leaves of Grass, linking it to Manhattan Transfer written by John Dos Passos five years later. I really should read that book, you know. I have his U.S.A., too.
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