June 27, 2017
IN OUR SYNAGOGUE by Franz Kafka
In our synagogue lives an animal about the size of a marten. There have been many sightings of it, as it will allow a human being to approach to within five feet. Its color is a pale turquoise. No one has yet touched its fur, so there is nothing to be said about that, although one would like to...
June 27, 2017
Every Mark on Paper is an Acoustic Mark by Susan Howe
June 27, 2017
THE AVIARY by Fleur Jaeggy
“You can’t forget,” a honeyed, babyish voice was saying. Stefan is sitting in the dark, the voice is behind the locked door. She cannot go in, he has forbidden it. He didn’t allow her to go into the room where his mother’s objects were. Once she had touched them and the boy had felt a queasiness...
April 10, 2017
THE INDIVIDUAL'S SOLILOQUY by Nicanor Parra
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
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