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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...
June 15, 2016
The Many Faces of Treason by Gregory Rabassa
We are deeply saddened by the loss of beloved writer and translator, Gregory Rabassa (1922-2016). His translations of Gabriel García Márquez's One Hundred Years of Solitude and Julio Cortázar's Hopscotch have helped make these some of the most widely read works in world literature. (García...
May 23, 2016
ND 80 Party
New Directions was founded in 1936 by James Laughlin, following the advice of Ezra Pound to "do something useful." Since then, New Directions has published over 1500 works of literature. We celebrated our 80th birthday last Friday at Greenlight Bookstore in Brooklyn.For those who couldn't make it,...
March 15, 2016
The Shooting Gallery by Yuko Tsushima
We mourn the loss of the great Japanese writer, Yuko Tsushima (1947-2016), whose writing was "as potent and heady as a dry martini" (The Village Voice), and return to her wonderful, unnerving story, "The Shooting Gallery", translated by Geraldine Harcourt. The two children suddenly leaned...
February 26, 2016
All the Poems: Stevie Smith
Stevie Smith laughed at ghoulish things. Disarmingly playful, her poetry is equal parts grief and glee. All the Poems gathers Smith's line drawings together with her poems, as she always wished them to be published. The following are a selection from her collected works, edited by Smith scholar...
February 19, 2016
The John Keene Syllabus: "'Temples for the Future': 20th and 21st Century Black Literary Avant-Gardes"
ENGLISH 366Professor John KeeneNorthwestern University Fall 2010 Course...
January 15, 2016
C. D. Wright, 1949—2016
New Directions deeply mourns the loss of our beloved friend, C. D. Wright, the great, generous, and inspiring poet. We share the sorrow of her family, friends, and readers. Morning Star This isn't the end. It simplycannot be the end. It is a road.You go ahead coatless, light-soaked, more...
December 18, 2015
A Hora de Clarice
On December 10th, we reflected on the overwhelming response to The Complete Stories of Clarice Lispector translated by Katrina Dodson and edited by Benjamin Moser. A Hora de Clarice has been running in Brazil for the last five years with simultaneous celebrations in Paris, Madrid, Lisbon,...
December 03, 2015
Brooklyn Book Festival 2015