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. http://lastnightsreading.tumblr.com/
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...