Archive for the ‘authors’ Category

photo: Farm machinery on the disused railway line between Askrigg and Aysgarth, February 2008, taken by yours truly The American poet and publisher Jonathan Williams, who knew, among other places, Wensleydale, where I have just been, died on Sunday last. in a characteristically-titled essay “Some Speak of a/ Return to Nature/ I Wonder Where They/ […]

Dino Buzzati, novelist, writer of short stories, I know quite well – one story, about a man hospitalized for some unspecified disease, and moved repeatedly from ward to ward, and level to level, in the hospital according to the supposed severity of said disease, is as Kafkaesque as anything by Kafka. Dino Buzzati, illustrator, not […]

The woman was sitting on the front steps, wrapped in her overcoat, with one dog on her lap and the other with its snout pushed up against her heavy shoe. Her sodden face glistened tranquilly in the murky fog. Larsen cursed himself for coming, began to feel that he was dark and clumsy, an intruder. […]

Ongoing at the Anita Shapolsky Gallery in New York, an exhibition of paintings and drawings by a long list of writers who were (or are) also artists, including Walter Abish, John Ashbery, Elizabeth Bishop, Jorge L. Borges, Douglas Coupland, Jim Crace, E.E. Cummings, Lawrence Durrell, Günter Grass, Jonathan Lethem, William Saroyan, Kurt Vonnegut, and more…. […]

It seems these right little, tight little islands of ours have been undergoing a bit of a Danish Invasion recently. Not like this one, though… This year sees a significant rise in publications of Danish books in English: eleven new Danish books were published in the UK between 2000 and 2005 inclusive, whereas over a […]

I have always been a voracious reader of what I call invisible literatures — scientific journals, technical manuals, pharmaceutical company brochures, think-tank internal documents, PR company position papers — part of that universe of published material to which most literate people have scarcely any access but which provides the most potent compost for the imagination […]



Witold Gombrowicz, born on August 4th, 1904, “the most important twentieth-century novelist most Western readers have never heard of”, and still capable of rattling Polish cages: read this essay by translator Benjamin Paloff at Words Without Borders to learn why. Words Without Borders also carries his short story “The Rat”. The Beinecke Rare Book & […]

I’ve added an authors page, up there in the header. Now, if I find a good site about an author while putting a post together, I’ll stick it up there. Submissions are welcome too – please post them either to the page itself, or to the relevant post where appropriate.