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April 10, 2017
THE INDIVIDUAL'S SOLILOQUY I'm the individual. First I lived by a rock (I scratched some figures on it) Then I looked for some place more suitable. I'm the individual. First I had to get myself food,Hunt for fish, birds, hunt up wood (I'd take care of the rest later)...
March 30, 2017
Malambo Madness, Part II: In the Rockaways
In my last post, I described New Directions' improbable trip to rural Argentina to witness the dance at the heart of Leila Guerriero’s US debut, A Simple Story. This month, malambo came to us. Or at least as close as the Rockaways, where dance troupe Che Malambo performed on Saturday at...
March 07, 2017
Malambo Madness
How often do you get the chance to step into one of your favorite books, look around, see the sights, chat with the characters? Then again, how often would you want to? The Communist wreckage of a collective farm in Satantango wouldn’t make the best vacation destination; nor would Aira’s Mérida of...
November 07, 2016
Trip to Sterling Pierce
On a bright autumn day, some of us folks from New Directions took a trip to Sterling Pierce in Far Rockaway, the facility where our galleys and some other materials are printed. They showed us their magic printing machines, giant rolls of paper, and galley trimming guillotines. After our tour, the...
October 31, 2016
"To a Politician" by Bernadette Mayer
Bernadette for President!
October 18, 2016
Bob Dylan Reading List
Arthur Rimbaud, A SEASON IN HELL Bob Dylan: “I came across one of [Rimbaud’s] letters called ‘Je est un autre,’ which translates into "I is someone else." When I read those words the bells went off. It made perfect sense. I wished someone would have mentioned that to me earlier.” And, of course:...
October 06, 2016
Elaine Lustig Cohen (1927–2016)
We are deeply saddened by the passing of the great Elaine Lustig Cohen—genius designer, artist and longstanding member of the New Directions family. Elaine Lustig Cohen
August 09, 2016
Sebald's Contacts
Unrecounted always it will remain the story of the averted ...
July 26, 2016
ND Beach Reads
Michael Palmer, The Laughter of the SphinxAt the beach the other week I saw a sculpture of a sphinx. Children were making eyes out of chalky shells as they pranced back and forth between the water-sand and dry-sand. The sphinx shaped into a squid and “the spirals of summer thought” caught me in a...
June 28, 2016
From the Vault: "A Child of the High Seas" by Jules Supervielle
Of the 1500 or so books that New Directions has published since 1936, around 1200 are in print. The ND library contains every single edition published. A dark, dusty room, the library holds first editions, Alvin Lustig covers singed by James Laughlin's cigar, forgotten anthologies, stern...