Tag Archives: Literature

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 […]

Nick Levey on Post-Press Literature

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

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 […]

Bibliotaphy 1: Thoughts on an edition of Kathy Acker’s novels

Title: Literal Madness (Grove Press, 1988). Contents: – Kathy Goes to Haiti (first published in 1978 in a limited small press edition),  My Death My Life by Pier Paolo Pasolini (first published by Pan Books [UK] in 1984), Florida (first publication, 1988). This title ambushed me while I was on a weekly book scrounging trip. […]

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