A new translation of some landmark Anglo-Saxon poems has arrived: Curious Masonry, translated by Christopher Patton. It does not matter if poems are old or new, or whatever the language: All poetry is a real or imagined flare-up of being.
Hitler and Goering are standing atop the radio tower in Berlin. Hitler says, Id like to do something for the Berliners to put a smile on their faces. Goering says, Why dont you jump? In the summer of 1943 Marianne K. was executed in Berlin for telling this joke.
In the balcony of Judson Memorial Church, a young blonde moderator from SupportNY, dressed all in black, gripped the mic and spoke to a rapt audience in a horseshoe of folding chairs.
I understand literary strategies well and they nauseate me, the Argentine author, Viscount Lascano Tegui wrote. His first book On Elegance While Sleeping, published in 1925, contains hardly any literary strategies; instead, it works on a basic convention, the faux diary.
Brenda Cullertons The Craigslist Murders: A Satire is a fun metasatire, mocking the books that mock all supposedly shallow, rich urbanites. Look at how crazy rich people are! Look at all this crap they buy! See how detached they are from reality?!
Despair, one of Emily Dickinsons cherished words, is also one that is easily applied to Robert Steiners Negative Space. It is a short novel consisting of long paragraphs, but these blocks of text contain a fine music: a mans summation of the night his wife of 20 years left him for another man.
Randall Brown is the director of the MFA in Writing program at Rosemont College. Hidden on an obscure campus over a century old we find innovation. The program is one of the few in the country to offer instruction on the version of the short story known as flash fiction.
So far 2011 has been host to an unnerving sequence of black swan events. We have witnessed revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt, the Gaddafi regimes assault on its own people, and a horrific earthquake that rocked Japan and set into motion a gruesome nuclear crisis.
Danny Boyle: in His Own Words is the latest in Faber and Fabers Directors on Directors series. The book is broken into chapters, eachin interview formatcovering one of Boyles nine films.
Much of Wingshooters is told from the flat, stunned voice of a child/woman looking back at a time of life when her America disappoints, over and over and over.
The experience of thumbing through Micro Green took me straight back to a recent summer vacation in Copenhagen. Like other tourists, I visited Christiania, the infamous hashed-out hippie haven in Copenhagen that’s dotted with green, micro, organic, sustainable, reclaimed dwellings on its 85 acres in the heart of the city.
What lay in front of us was a headless body; fully clothed, but headless. Curiosity got the better of me and I just had to pull back the top of the body bag to see what other injuries this poor individual had sustained. Resting between his knees lay his motorbike helmet Wheres his head? I asked.
Rimbaud famously proposed the systematic derangement of the senses to find the unknown. That was his prescription for liberating language. The consequent writings are what make us modern, the translator John Ashbery declares in his foreward.
Growing up on Flatlands Avenue as the daughter of Holocaust survivors, Mindy Greenstein used to hang out on her Brooklyn stoop on shabbos, hoping to catch one of the collisions that made her traffic lightfree intersection famous.