Carlos Ramirez at the music site No Echo asked if I would answer some questions. I said yes because it’s been a long time, around 10 years since I answered questions about the old band. My answers range from childhood memories to musical history, fact and fiction, New Jersey, the state of higher ed, and […]

I’ve been fortunate to come across yet another fine copy of one of Hawthorne’s books. Why any human would discard such a precious, rare book, I do not know. Since one man’s trash is old Hank’s treasure, I cannot complain. I only hope that one day I will find myself in the Custom  House with […]

I’m re-posting this welcome bit of news regarding the new book by Manuel DeLanda, with whom I studied and whose writings continue to inspire, innovate and delight. Manuel DeLanda’s Assemblage Theory has been published in the Speculative Realism series at Edinburgh University Press. Clarifies and systematises the concepts and presuppositions behind the influential new field […]

Little is written about the Dutch writer Cees Nooteboom in the U.S. This is due to many factors. First, the historical presence of the Dutch language and culture in North America is largely a memory, if it is even that. Reduced to a microscopic field in academia, the study of The Netherlands and its rich literature […]

Philosophical and literary interest in the writings of Soren Kierkegaard, sparked in 1879 by the publication of the first biography about his life and work, lasted well into the late 20th century. In the United States, that interest was sustained by the efforts of Princeton University Press, which published the first well-edited and designed translations […]

The article linked below is the first published news story about Barack Obama’s Literary Legacies: Readings of Dreams from My Father. In this article Purcell, the volume’s co-editor, discusses the new book, which is a diverse collection of critical and scholarly essays. The book is now available to order. In the coming days, I will […]

Several interesting foreign editions turned up while I rummaged in town. A Gallimard edition of Jean Paul Sartre’s book on Flaubert turned up at a reasonable price, and in excellent condition. The Italian books held a few strange items. First, an Einaudi edition of Calvino’s T con Zero, in paperback with its great jacket art, […]

In this new piece, Australian critic Nicholas Levey engages what he terms post-press literature, offering analysis of self-publishing as it strains the economic and aesthetic parameters of contemporary writing. His writing about “value” in this piece is of interest to my own thinking about literary commodities, which can be found over in the “Bibliotaphy” section […]

Bibliotaphy 3: The Singular Office of Gregor Samsa: A First U.S. Edition of J.M. Coetzee’s The Life & Times of Michael K Title: The Life & Times of Michael K (Viking, 1984) A November Friday, the sun has set but automobiles bloat the lot. It’s a pay day after all, and I pause to look […]

Here is a new book review by Neel Ahuja, which I edited in my work as advisory editor for the journal boundary 2 (the review’s title, from a poem by Langston Hughes, was my doing). It is posted to my “Literature/Politics” section of the journal website. Neel’s piece engages Amar’s book on bio-politics in a […]

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