Briggs delves into her experience translating Roland Barthes’s La Préparation du roman to offer us a poignant account of what this translation compulsion might be.
The writer of Bunk on American hucksterism, racism, plagiarism, and why we believe what we want to believe.
Exploring the lost connection between aesthetics and science.
“There’s often a gap between what we’re trying to say and what we are able to say. Sometimes I’m successful and sometimes I fail. Sometimes it’s painful and sometimes I get into that space where it feels right. That’s the high.”
A bestiary of human proportions in Elena Passarello’s Animals Strike Curious Poses
Resisting confession in Yiyun Li’s Dear Friend, from My Life I Write to You in Your Life
Taking writing to the mat in J.D. Daniels’s The Correspondence
“If we know the government is funding the arts or funding journalism, then it behooves us to put structures in place that will allow for them to be fearless.”
We tend to forget that it was an artist, Nam June Paik, who coined the term “electronic superhighway.” It synthesizes some of the most intriguing aspects of how art, digital media, and language intersect in today’s global culture.
“I’m glad that the work is still proving elusive enough to resist attempts to gather it all up in a critical hamper or net.”
“Radical spaces can generate and evolve ideas and tactics, some of which cross over into mainstream culture—and need to.”
The Tantrics said the forces of creation and destruction lay in the binding and unbinding of a woman’s hair.
Sebald pays tribute to the undersung in a newly translated collection of monographs.
Claire of the Sea Light and the mysteries the ancestors share.
Nick Earhart on the ghostly discussions in Ian Svenonius’s Supernatural Strategies for Making a Rock ‘n’ Roll Group.
It is surprising that Sam Savage would write a book about a character who has never had a profession—before writing, he worked as a bicycle mechanic, carpenter, crab fisherman, and letterpress printer.
“I tried to capture that feeling of transforming the family myth to make it feel like something that had actually happened.”
Jan Verwoert sits down with Sam Korman to tell him what he wants for the world. What he really, really wants.