Tonight at Poets House

I’ll be there: Coming up at Poets House Tuesday, October 1, 7:00pm Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here Reading & Panel Discussion In response to the 2007 destruction of Baghdad’s centuries-old literary district, poet and bookseller Beau Beausoleil founded the Al-Mutanabbi Street Coalition, which has evolved over five years to include an international traveling exhibit composed of artists’ books and broadsides, a selection of which are on display at Poets House … Read more Tonight at Poets House

Summer’s Ahead, Says Nicole

Adishatz, Hello! Our spring was busy & rich with a great tour of the UK. You can find videos & pix on my facebook page, Pierre Joris’ blog & more links below. We are now almost ready to embark on a long summer transhumance filled with many exciting stages — see short & longer term dates below. Meanwhile, let me fill you in on our publications. Bi-Valve : Vulvic Space / Vulvic Knowledge — which … Read more Summer’s Ahead, Says Nicole

David Levering Lewis on NYPL

I received the following open letter from David Levering Lewis yesterday, & think it worthwhile reposting it here. The New York Public Library reconstruction plans are really now being shown as what they are  at bottom: a real estate scam. Time to take action: Dear Friend, On May 1, 2012, some seven hundred well-known scholars, writers, researchers, and teachers, alarmed by a plan for radical redesign of the interior … Read more David Levering Lewis on NYPL

80 Years Ago, @ 451 Fahrenheit

A day not to be forgotten: Eighty years ago, on 10 May 1933 in a number of cities throughout the so-called Third Reich, the Nazis publicly burned the books (upwards of 25,000) of many writers, mong them Kurt Tucholsky, Ossietzky, Heinrich Heine, Karl Marx, Sigmund Freud, Heinrich Mann, Erich Kästner & Bertolt Brecht. A good number of intellectuals left the country — the consequences still detectable today. Nazi propaganda minister Goebbels enjoyed the event & in … Read more 80 Years Ago, @ 451 Fahrenheit

Iraqi Authors on ‘A Decade of Despair’

Via & thanks to the as always excellent blog Arab Literature (in English): Posted on March 21, 2013 by mlynxqualey | Leave a comment This is the month, the week, the fifteen minutes that the world is grappling with and reflecting on the US-led invasion of Iraq. But it’s been more than fifteen minutes for Iraqi authors; particularly those, like Ahmed Saadawi, who are still in Iraq: Ahmed Saadawi: A Decade of Despair (New York Times) … Read more Iraqi Authors on ‘A Decade of Despair’

Stolen Books, Stolen Identity:

This via the excellent Arab Literature (in English) blog: What Did Israel Do with Palestinians’ Literary Heritage? Nora Lester Murad recently went to see Benny Brunner’s film, The Great Book Robbery: By Nora Lester Murad The camera follows two Palestinians with Israeli citizenship from the counter at Israel’s National Library to a table. They carry a small stack books from a collection labeled “AP” for “Absentee Property.”  They sit in front … Read more Stolen Books, Stolen Identity:

Leonard Schwartz Reading @ Poets House

On Saturday, presentation of the yearly Big Showcase Opening Reading at Poets House. An amazing amount of new poetry books & their presses are represented in the exhibit. At the multiform reading I recorded (from half way down the house, on iphone, so quality is less than great) Leornard Schwartz’s offerings from his recent book At Element (Talisman House 2011). Here’s an audio extract: [audio:http://www.pierrejoris.com/blog/audio/Schwartz-Sleep.mp3]  

Captain Poetry’s Sucker Punch

I don’t like Big Beach Novels for the summer, as novels invariably wind up boring me, but I do enjoy having a Big Booke of something-or-other to schlepp around from airport lounge to train station to rental car office — & to whatever home or motel or inn I’ll rest my bones reading, reading, reading. Happy to report that I most likely have found that book for this summer: Kenneth Warren’s … Read more Captain Poetry’s Sucker Punch