Archive for the ‘despatches’ Category

Despatches

03Nov07

My preferred interior decorating style is what I would style early American monastic, but the sheer volume of books that I keep around, along with my own ineptitude with spatial organization, prevent me from achieving the kind of sparseness that I like. I’m not sure I would quite substitute “early English monastic” here (too chilly, […]


Despatches

25Oct07

“Well, what are we to make of this? A play, written by a Spaniard, set in Poland, which starts with someone falling off a horse…” – my short review of Calderon De La Barca’s Life Is A Dream is up, at Blog A Penguin Classic. There’s a new French magazine “qui voudrait introduire dans le […]


Despatches

02Oct07

My despatch-riders have been notably inactive of late, I notice. I suspect them of bunking off somewhere, probably reading. However, I thought I’d plug a ‘Fiction in Translation’ event taking place at Waterstone’s, Hampstead on the 24th October. The event features Lisa Appignanesi talking to Len Rix (translator of Hungarian novelists Antal Szerb – Journey […]


Despatches

08Sep07

the new edition of Bookforum is up: there’s a feature on the 50th anniversary of On the Road, reviews of Naomi Klein’s The Shock Doctrine and Edmund White’s Hotel de Dream, and, as usual, much much else. belated props to my colleague Chris Killen, who has been given a 2-book deal by Canongate. His first […]


Despatches

26Aug07

If you missed design blog The Serif’s series of redesigned book jackets from a week or so ago, go back and take a look. Standouts for me were Mitchell McLain’s version of Extremely Loud And Incredibly Close, Premjit Ramachandran’s Naked Lunch, and Ray Slater’s classic Penguin look for James and The Giant Peach. Babelio is […]


Despatches

19Aug07

Cormac McCarthy & the semi-colon, a cautionary tale. Apparently publishers get “very very unhappy” if your punctuation varies from the norm, as Helen DeWitt discovered. I particularly liked one response in the comments: Who are these people that your publishers said will think the book sloppy and unprofessional b/c of its punctuation? The only group […]


Despatches

14Aug07

The Mole – The official blog of the Friedrich Nietzsche Society. The Xenotext Experiment: An Interview with Christian Bök: “I am hoping to encipher my text and then integrate it into the genome of the organism, doing so in such a way that, not only does the organism become an archive for storing my poem, […]


Despatches

01Aug07

the photographer Cara Barer makes images of books as objects in a state of flux, raising questions about their possible obsolescence as repositories of knowledge. But as you look at these worn pages that flicker before you, scrolling into folds and curlicues, or forming into dense impacted masses, they begin to seem like living things, […]


Despatches

29Jul07

Raminagrobis on Rabelais, freemasonry, “the much and justly maligned Claude-Sosthène Grasset d’Orcet (1828-1900)” – crazy name, crazy guy – and the mania for interpretation. Other Women’s Voices is a portal to the lives and work of over 125 women writers who produced a substantial amount of work before 1700 – Enheduanna, Lalla, and Madeleine de […]


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 […]