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March 27, 2015
Last Night's Reading
The excellent Kate Gavino illustrated César Aira following his event with Rivka Galchen at McNally Jackson. See more illustrations on her Tumblr: Last Night's Reading.
March 24, 2015
César Aira and Lászlo Krasznahorkai are finalists for the Man Booker International Prize
New Directions is delighted to announce that César Aira and László Krasznahorkai are both finalists for the Man Booker International Prize 2015! Our heartfelt congratulations to César and László and the excellent translators who have brought them into English: Chris Andrews, Katherine Silver,...
March 10, 2015
Archive: Susan Howe and R. H. Quaytman at MoMA PS1
Photographs from Susan Howe and R. H. Quaytman's keynote address at the New York Art Book Fair 2014 at MoMA PS1, Queens. Howe and Quaytman collaborated on the book Tom Tit Tot published by the Museum of Modern Art. The book features sixty-seven poems by Howe with design and artwork by...
March 03, 2015
Love Hotel at McNally Jackson
On a recent Sunday, Unrue, who changed her plane ticket to a train ticket so she could make it to New York from snow-locked Boston, arrived at McNally Jackson to read from her new work and to talk with Adult magazine founder Sarah Nicole Prickett. The great poet Rosmarie Waldrop says of...
February 27, 2015
A Bass Cathedral Discography and Mix
As a teenager in the early 1960s, I wrote a short story called “But Not for Me," inspired by and written while listening to Ahmad Jamal's album Live at the Pershing: But Not for Me. It wasn't a very good story but it launched a pattern in which music would repeatedly impact, appear in and...
February 01, 2015
Postcard from Sebald
Friday 2 July 1999 Dear Barbara, Thank you so much for having the Hollywood limelight for me & for your wonderful account of the proceedings. Had I been confronted with all this I would probably have fainted on the stage or made a fool of myself in some other ways. So I am deeply in your...
December 10, 2014
The Susan Howe Syllabus
In 1996, Susan Howe taught an English class at the University of Buffalo. The syllabus recently surfaced online. Our publisher Barbara Epler described it as "the craziest syllabus I've ever seen." Howe confirmed its authenticity with this note: "I did teach it! That is my course. I always went...
November 17, 2014
A Desk in Moscow
"A Desk in Moscow" is an excerpt from Jenny Erpenbeck's The End of Days translated by Susan Bernofsky, which hit bookstores on Tuesday. The official book launch is 7 pm tonight at McNally Jackson, New York. A woman sits at a desk writing an account of her life. The desk is in Moscow. This...
November 12, 2014
Peter Cole and Susan Howe at McNally Jackson
Last Tuesday at McNally Jackson, New Directions and The Poetry Society presented readings from two of America's greatest living poets: Peter Cole and Susan Howe. The event began at 7 pm. At five to seven, a small group including Peter and Susan were chatting at the cafe upstairs while a large...
October 29, 2014
100 years of James Laughlin: a celebration of his life and work
One hundred years ago today, on October 30, 1914, James Laughlin—poet, heir to a steel fortune, and the founder of New Directions—was born. The story of New Directions begins when young Laughlin asked Ezra Pound for career advice. Pound told him to give up on poetry and "do something useful"...