In February 1963
, a new publication
took advantage of the New York City printers strike and launched with a daring editorial
: It does not, however, seek merely to fill the gap created by the printers’ strike in New York City but to take the opportunity which the strike has presented to publish the sort of literary journal which the editors and contributors feel is needed in America.
The New York Review of Books
is now 50
. [more inside]
Sunday, April 28, would have been Roberto Bolaño's 60th birthday
. The Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona is holding an event that day, in conjunction with their recent exhibit of Bolaño's archive
, to celebrate the life and work of the writer. Or if you're not in Barcelona, the celebration is #DiaBolaño
on twitter. [more inside]
: authors and designers talk about the ideas behind their book covers. [more inside]
In 1977-1978, a public access TV show called Public Access Poetry
featured leading poets from across the country (Ted Berrigan, Ron Padgett, Eileen Myles, John Yau, Brad Gooch, just to name a few). [more inside]
- "The Challenge: Read Infinite Jest over the summer of 2009" [more inside]
William Gass's personal library
. The photos accompany this article by Gass
about his love of books -- specifically about collecting them over his life and "living in a library." [more inside]
Nabokov and the Moment of Truth.
VN talks about metaphors of time, great books, and reads the first line of Lolita
. [more inside]
Who's the new darling of the literary world? Charles Bock
. Although, some
, how the hell did a guy like him get all this high-profile coverage
? [Bock previously on MeFi]
Writers on Writing: Interviews with Paul Bowles
, David Markson
, and Harry Mathews
The Caravan Project:
"Imagine you're a customer looking for a book you don't find on the shelf.
As you would now, you'll likely ask a bookseller to check the store computer for it. As is not yet possible, the bookseller will say: "We can order you a print copy or we can sell it to you in other formats, some of which could be ready for downloading
by the time you get home. How would you like it?"