Literature––History And Criticism

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Terence Davies’s A Quiet Passion by Tan Lin
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A Quiet Passion, Terence Davies’s biopic about the poet Emily Dickinson, faces a problem typical of movies seeking to recreate the life of a literary figure: how to accommodate film to language, and, in particular, to Dickinson’s dense, elliptical, and unconventionally punctuated and often abstract poetry.

Alexandra Kleeman & Lincoln Michel
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On genre, influence, and getting weird in fiction.

Javier Téllez’s To Have Done with the Judgment of God by Silvia Benedetti
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Venezuelan-born artist Javier Téllez’s first exhibition at Koenig & Clinton took its title from his recent film To Have Done with the Judgment of God (2016) and concerns an experience that marked Antonin Artaud’s life in 1936: the author’s encounter with the Rarámuri community living in the Sierra Tarahumara in northwest Mexico.

Toni Sala by Hal Hlavinka
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“What distinguishes the writer from the reader is that the writer goes first.”

John Wieners’s Supplication: Selected Poems and Stars Seen in Person: Selected Journals by Patrick James Dunagan
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The newly published journals match and exceed all preexisting Wieners publications. 

Guillaume Apollinaire’s Zone: Selected Poems, translated by Ron Padgett by Dylan Furcall
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One of the joys of reading Zone is discovering the utter range of Padgett’s stylings as both translator and poet.

Alice Notley by Robert Dewhurst

Notley’s body of work consists of over thirty-five collections of poetry and prose. To consider her oeuvre, in her interlocutor’s words, is to court “cerebral and sensory overload.”

Portfolio by Stephen Crowe

Illustrating the impossible.

Patti Smith: Camera Solo by Rena Silverman
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If a collection of seventy photographs, an installation, and a film prove one thing, it’s that Patti Smith rocks much more than one world.

A Stroll through Literature by Roberto Bolaño

This First Proof contains an excerpt from A Stroll through Literature, by Roberto Bolaño, translated by Laura Healy. 

The Revised Life: Gordon Lish by B.C. Edwards
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Gordon Lish has loomed large in the background of the American short story for nearly half a century. His recent Collected Fictions provides a re-affirmation of his incredible influence on a form he so clearly treasures. B.C. Edwards spoke with Lish over the phone about revision, reduction and the silence that precedes reading.

The Kenning Anthology of Poets Theater 1945–85 by Mac Wellman
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Kevin Killian and David Brazil have done a great service in their new Kenning Anthology of Poets Theater 1945–85. The selection is wide-ranging, eclectic, and generally highly intelligent. 

Matias Viegener & Christine Wertheim’s The /n/oulipian Analects by Tom La Farge
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If you’re interested in the writing practices associated with Oulipo (founded in 1960, it has included Raymond Queneau, Harry Mathews, Italo Calvino, and Georges Perec), you’ll want this book recording a 2005 conference on the poetics of constraint. 

James Wood’s The Broken Estate: Essays on Literature and Belief by Benjamin Anastas

I would like to see the condition of a book after James Wood has finished reading it: the actual book, the spine we readers splay and cradle, the jacket where we leave our fingerprints, the pages we turn instinctively and crease at the upper corner when a paragraph catches the eye, or when the hour we have stolen for reading—and only reading—has passed.

David Dante Troutt’s The Monkey Suit by Rone Shavers

Sometimes it is simply the inspiration behind a fiction that’s enough to cause a stir.

Angela Carter’s Shaking a Leg: Journalism and Writings by Minna Proctor

With scant exception, the writing of literary criticism is a balkanized art. 

Irene Worth and Peter Eyre’s Chère Maître: The Flaubert-Sand Correspondence by Betsy Sussler
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Two consummate actors, Irene Worth (three Tonys, three Obies, and two Drama Desk Awards) and Peter Eyre (a classic on the English stage whose New York debut as Polonius in Ralph Fiennes’s Hamlet earned a nomination from the Outer Critics Circle…

Tall Kafka and His Sisters by Cynthia Ozick
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In contemplating Kafka, there are two surprises to be gotten over. The first is what we might call a “normal” surprise; the second is abnormal and disheartening and momentous.

Fernando Pessoa by Robert Polito
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Only a few years ago Fernando Pessoa was all but invisible in English. Now this outsider’s outsider looms as the latest icon of modern poetry.

Joan Murray by Thomas Bolt
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If The Yale Younger Poets Anthology did nothing more than return Joan Murray to print, it would be indispensable.

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