Author Archives: Henry Veggian

50% Off Understanding Don DeLillo

The University of South Carolina Press is selling books at 50% off the cover price. If you haven’t picked up Understanding Don DeLillo, the 1st edition is running low on stock and this is a great price for a copy. The sale runs through Dec. 1st, 2020. To order, click here: https://uscpress.com/Understanding-Don-Delillo

Amateurs and Experts

I’ve come to be regarded as an “expert” in some “fields.” One of those is the study of modern American Literatures. In recent years, I’ve written a lot about Don DeLillo, a writer who I have read and enjoyed for decades. I’ve written a book about his career, I’ve served as advisory editor to publications, […]

Writers in the Crowd: Thoughts on writing Reference works 

“Some books,” Poe’s narrator notes, “refuse to be read.” These are the famous closing lines of “The Man of the Crowd,” an enigmatic story about a man who follows a stranger through the city night. In the end we learn nothing yet everything about the stranger and his world. A similar heuristic helps us to […]

No Echo Interview w/ Henry Veggian

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 […]

Bibliotaphy 7: Remarks on Hawthorne’s Tanglewood Tales

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 […]

Manuel DeLanda’s Assemblage Theory published — Progressive Geographies

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 […]

Bibliotaphy 6: Thoughts on the U.S. Editions of Dutch writer Cees Nooteboom

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 […]

Bibliotaphy 5: Ruminations on the 1st US edition of Kierkegaard’s “Stages on Life’s Way”

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 […]

Richard Purcell discusses Barack Obama’s First Book

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 […]

Bibliotaphy 4: Interlude

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, […]

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