The Invisible Library
is a collection of books that only appear in other books. Within the library's catalog you will find imaginary books, pseudobiblia, artifictions, fabled tomes, libris phantastica, and all manner of books unwritten, unread, unpublished, and unfound.
posted by carter
on Jun 28, 2005 -
The Aesthetics of Resistance.
The first part of Peter Weiss
's 3-volume novel Die Ästhetik des Widerstands
(1975-81) has, after many delays, finally been published
in a Joachim Neugroschel’s English translation: a major, though largely-unheralded literary event. The book ‘stands as the most significant German novel published after The Tin Drum.’ [more inside]
posted by misteraitch
on Jun 28, 2005 -
is an essay by Bob Grumman
about a strand of poetry that he claims is "unacclaimed but flourishing". Here are poems in this vein by Aram Saroyan
, LeRoy Gorman
, Michael Basinski
, John M. Bennett
, Karl Young
, John Martone
, Ian Hamilton Finlay
and finally some mathemaku
by Bob Grumman, the essay's author.
posted by Kattullus
on Jun 8, 2005 -
: Russell Banks
, Susan Orlean
, Tibor Fischer
, Azar Nafisi
Writing on social justice
: Susan Power
on Bosnia. Barbara Erenreich
on poverty. |
, Emma Goldman
Hundreds of Reviews
. Graphic Art, Poetry, Music, and much more from identity theory
, one of the best literary websites I've encountered, thanks to an incredulity-inducing amount of work by what seem to be volunteers. Wow. (Specific interviews already MeFid in these threads.)
posted by louigi
on Jun 1, 2005 -
Bram Stoker's vampire novel, published by its own calendar. According to the site description:
Individual pieces of the novel will appear on the calendar dates indicated in the text, starting with Jonathan Harker's May 3rd Bistriz journal entry, and finishing up with November 6 and the final Note.
Be sure to check the comments, which are full of interesting tidbits about the novel, Stoker, Transylvania and historical accuracy (or innacuracy, as the case may be).
posted by LeeJay
on May 26, 2005 -
Did The Wizard of Oz inspire Lord of the Rings?
"The first film version of L. Frank Baum’s The Wizard of Oz was released in the summer of 1939, less than a month before World War II officially began. Though started as early as 1937, The Lord of the Rings was largely composed during the war years, but not published until somewhat later. Therefore, it is by no means impossible that J.R.R. Tolkien saw the magnificent MGM movie before he wrote most of his magnum opus. Could Oz have influenced his tale somehow, consciously or unconsciously?"
posted by Joey Michaels
on Apr 7, 2005 -
, "a literary organ", is a new group blog devoted to literary studies and modelled on little magazines gone by.
posted by kenko
on Mar 31, 2005 -
"In every existing government we find clamor, abuses of power, newspapers with triumphant, lying headlines, lies of every kind in public life. This being the case, someone like me, who understands nothing of politics, is compelled to think about politics and despair of ever understanding it, is compelled to envision something entirely different." Natalia Ginzburg,
Member of the Italian Parliament, writer
, and critic
posted by semmi
on Mar 24, 2005 -
Mythmaker of the Machine Age.
In the statue erected above his grave in Amiens, in Picardy, Jules Verne
, who died exactly 100 years ago, resembles God. He is, after all, the second-most-translated author on earth
, after Agatha Christie. To celebrate the anniversary
, there's a Verne exhibition at the Maritime Museum in Paris
, one of a series of events from Paris to the western city of Nantes
, where Verne was born on Feb. 8, 1828, to the northern town of Amiens, where he died on March 24, 1905
. His many fans, some of them quite famous
, will be treated to exhibits, concerts, films and shows in Verne's honor. “Underground City
”, a lost classic written by Verne and never before published unabridged in English, emerges this month
in not one but two new unique editions.
100 years later, questions remain about his life
: Why did he have two homes in Amiens? Why did he burn all his private papers? Why was he shot in the foot by his nephew, Gaston, in 1886? Gaston was locked in an asylum for 54 years after his attack on L'Oncle Jules. Was Gaston, in fact, Verne's natural son? More inside.
posted by matteo
on Mar 23, 2005 -
saw the publication of many great romantic epics: Ludovico Ariosto's Orlando Furioso
in 1516; Torquato Tasso's Jerusalem Delivered
in 1581; and Edmund Spenser's The Faerie Queene
in 1590 and 1596.
But perhaps the most ambitious and mysterious of them all was the Hypnerotomachia Poliphili
published in 1499 by Aldus Manutius
(previously discussed here
). The Poliphili
has usually been attributed to an Italian monk named Francesco Colonna
, although recently some have claimed that it was the work of architect and humanist Leon Battista Alberti
, even though he died in 1472.
has long fascinated scholars because of its amazing typography
, the cinematic style of its woodcuts
, and the strange messages
seemingly hidden in this multi-lingual text. Written in Italian, Latin, Greek, Hebrew, Arabic, Chaldean, and even some hieroglyphs, it has only recently been translated into English. This strange text has inspired a great deal of research
and even a New York Times best-selling murder mystery.
posted by papakwanz
on Feb 4, 2005 -
Everyone is talking
about Clint Eastwood's new movie, Million Dollar Baby
). What you may not know however is that the movie was based on a short story in a book by the name of Rope Burns: Stories From The Corner
by the late F.X. Toole (aka Jerry Boyd). The book by the way was called, "...the best boxing short fiction ever written," by James Ellroy
of L.A. Confidential fame. Back in 2000 Toole gave an amazing interview
on Fresh Air about spending the last 20 years of his life as a cut man and the last 40 years of writing while trying to overcome his fear of rejection before getting his first book published at age 70.
posted by pwb503
on Jan 18, 2005 -
The Digested Read
at The Guardian reduces popular books to 400 words and a conclusion. Recent notables include Belle du Jour
("Sometimes I lie about my age to clients. Sometimes I even lie to my friends. I guess you must be wondering whether I'm lying now.") Crichton's State of Fear
("Author's note: I'm very, very clever and have read a lot and you're all stupid wishy-washy liberals.") and Tom Wolfe's I am Charlotte Simmons
("At least it covered her breasts, whatever they were. Charlotte knew men might want to touch them, but she didn't know why as she had never read Cosmopolitan.") Possibly NSFW if you have an employer with no sense of humor. On preview: Individual Digested Reads have been linked in previous discussions on Henry James
and Camille Paglia.
posted by KirkJobSluder
on Jan 17, 2005 -
The DNA of Literature. The Paris Review
, with a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, makes available free .pdfs of fifty years of interviews with leading writers.
posted by rushmc
on Jan 12, 2005 -
Tis the Season
-- a new short story from China Mieville,
just in time for the Holidays™ ... Don't get me wrong. I haven't got shares in YuleCo™, and I can't afford a one-day end-user licence, so I couldn't have a legal party. I'd briefly considered buying from one of the budget competitors like XmasTym, or a spinoff from a non-specialist like Coca-Crissmas, but the idea of doing it on the cheap was just depressing...
posted by amberglow
on Dec 23, 2004 -
. Originally founded by author Raymond Queneau
and mathematical historian François Le Lionnais, this group (literally the Workshop for Potential Literature- Ou
vroir de Li
tentielle,) sought to create and incorporate restrictive techniques and methods
into their writing. The circle has since expanded, welcoming those outside of France
and beyond literary genius
. Oulipo and its effects upon the literary world still exist today
Some products of this group's eccentricity
are a novel lacking the letter "e"
(in both original French and its English translation) (by Georges Perec
, who also needs a direct link here), a novel both self-referential and circular
, and 100,000,000,000,000 sonnets made from interchangeable lines
posted by hopeless romantique
on Dec 21, 2004 -
The Poetry of Henry Reed
Available online, not just his poems (including his most famous "Naming of Parts") but also audio of him reading, biography, drama, and criticism. Need a recommendation? Sophomore Clifford R. of my English Ten class proclaimed "Naming of Parts" as "wickedly, pathetically awesome!"
posted by John of Michigan
on Dec 8, 2004 -