From Germany: “The Foreign Ministry and the Past”

“The Foreign Ministry and the Past. German diplomats in the Third Reich and in the Federal Republic” by an independent historian commission Former Finance Senator Thilo Sarrazin’s bestseller “Germany is abolishing itself. How we are putting our country at risk”. Both published by Random House Below the opening paragraphs of a signandsight article you can read the complete version of by clicking here. Hitler’s diplomats debunked “The Foreign Ministry … Read more From Germany: “The Foreign Ministry and the Past”

Archipelago Books: The Perfect Gift

The estimable Archipelago Books continues to make available in English some the most important works of European literature. —Michael Dirda, The Wall Street Journal homepage • about • catalog • buy books • subscriptions • donate • facebook • twitter Dear Readers, Happy (almost) holidays! As the season nears, consider giving the gift of an Archipelago Books subscription to family and friends. A yearlong subscription is only $135 for … Read more Archipelago Books: The Perfect Gift

Leslie Scalapino: Early Books & All Covers

Via Charles Bernstein’s and Ron Silliman’s blogs, here are a number of Leslie Scalapino links, from visuals of her book covers to pdf’s of her early work. And before those links, here is the first poem in the first  book Leslie published: UP THERE Up there, above my head, the ceiling of my room is cream-colored. Just as the underbelly of a fish fits neatly to the fish’s back, … Read more Leslie Scalapino: Early Books & All Covers

Some Summer Noticings

Catching up with accumulated magazines, webpages & sundry readings, here are a few gleanings: — Good analysis of the BP-disaster & its (very overlooked connections with similar oil-disaster brought about by the naked greed of the Oil Cos in other parts of the world, i.e. far away from what I call the ABS syndrome (American Bellybutton Staring), can be found here, on TomDispatch in a piece by Ellen Cantarow. … Read more Some Summer Noticings

Archipelago's 2010 South African World Cup Promotion

One of my favorite New York presses is Archipelago Books, the most serious independent press publishing translations in this country right now. With the soccer world cup going on, Archipelago is doing a promotion — & believe you me, there is no better way to get you through some of the games or through the waiting for the next round, than by reading one or the other of their … Read more Archipelago's 2010 South African World Cup Promotion

What the Mailman Recently Schlepped In…

… & I read, enjoyed & kept on the shelves: [Things accumulate, especially books, & of course the first wish, desire, idea is to write & post a review for each one I like — but that’s of course a pipe dream, time just isn’t that elastic anymore, if it ever was. Thus the accumulations of titles. Though I’ll try to keep such occasional lists manageable in terms of … Read more What the Mailman Recently Schlepped In…

The scramble for Timbuktu & the Oldest Library South of the Sahara

From this week’s edition of signandsight, the opening paragraphs of an essay/reportage by Charlotte Wiedemann. The full piece is here : Scenes from the race for influence over Africa’s ancient written culture. The evening light throws pink feathers across the sky. A herd of goats sends dust spiralling into the air and as it settles, a sand-coloured twilight descends on the sand-coloured city. In front of the mud construction … Read more The scramble for Timbuktu & the Oldest Library South of the Sahara

Most happy to be able to report that last night Rae Armantrout was awarded the National Book Critics Circle Award for her book Versed from Wesleyan University Press. As Ron Silliman has said about Rae’s work: “Trying to read a book by Rae Armantrout in a single sitting is like trying to drink a bowl of diamonds. What’s inside is all so shiny & clear & even tiny that … Read more

Private Library's Introduction to Arab Literature

Just came across this series of blog entries by L.D. Mitchell on his Private Library blog, and this sequence on Arabic Literature — start here with # 1 — is a fine introduction with many links (though mainly to wikipedia entries) for further reading. Some lovely images of books and ms. too. Worth checking out, even if the organization of the sequence is not easy to navigate.