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November 19, 2015
A Celebration of Robert Walser at the New Museum
Thank you to everyone who came out to celebrate the launch of Looking At Pictures at the New Museum last week. Special thanks to readers: Moyra Davey, Susan Bernofsky, Nathaniel Weaver, and co-publishers, Barbara Epler of New Directions and Christine Burgin. A wonderful night! For those who...
November 13, 2015
All the Pictures from *Looking At Pictures*
All the pictures below are drawn from Looking At Pictures, a collection of Robert Walser's joyful musings on art, which make most art criticism sound like highfalutin twaddle. A delicious line from each essay has been plucked to serve as a peephole into the piece. Turn your eye on Cézanne,...
July 07, 2015
John Keene & Christine Smallwood at McNally Jackson
Credit: Jesse Ruddock Credit: Kate Gavino of Last Night's Reading
June 01, 2015
Muriel Spark tells a joke
While watching a documentary on the German composer Hans Werner Henze, directed by Michael Blackwood, our publisher, Barbara Epler, spotted a familiar face: none other than Muriel Spark, sitting among Alberto Moravio and Ingeborg Bachmann at a dinner party, telling a funny story. It is nothing...
May 15, 2015
This Minute by Xi Chuan
This Minute this minute, a man carries a coffin down the street his buttons are open, he's sweaty all over his feet tap the street splashed with starlight he sees the death-dark roofs and red-skinned lamps from his dreams we live together on this planet of deserts and seas this...
May 12, 2015
César Aira Book Tour
Thank you to everyone who made it to César Aira's first ever US events in New York and Washington DC. For those of you who couldn't be there, a photo essay of his NYC events: with Hari Kunzru at Greenlight Bookstore (with surprise guest appearance from Cecil Taylor), Sergio Chejfec and Moníca de...
April 17, 2015
Tomas Tranströmer 1931—2015
After Someone's Death Once there was a shock that left behind a long pale glimmering comet's tail. It contains us. It blurs TV images. It deposits itself as cold drops on the aerials. You can still shuffle along on skis in the winter sun among groves where last year's...
March 31, 2015
César Aira goes to MoMA
On his second-to-last day in New York City, the Museum of Modern Art invited César Aira to view drawings and etchings by Picasso not on display to the public. Aira's short story "Picasso" begins thus: It all began when the genie came out of the Magic Milk bottle and asked me what I...
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,...