Current Lebanese Literature Feature

The always interesting online Pakistani literary magazine The Missing Slate has just published it’s latest issue focusing on Literature from Lebanon, including work by Elias Khoury, Etel Adnan, Wadih Saadeh, Abbas Beydoun, Alexandra Chreiteh & others. You can check it our here. Below, the opening paras of the editors’…  …introduction to the Lebanese literary feature By Marcia Lynx Qualey amd Yasmina Jraissati Literary traditions from the area we now call Lebanon … Read more Current Lebanese Literature Feature

Etel Adnan Named ‘Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres’

Very happy to hear that Etel Adnan, a gerat writer & good friend, was thus honored by the French. Marcy Qualey just posted the info on her Arab Literature (in English) blog, which I am copying here: Lebanese writer and painter Etel Adnan has been named a Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters by the French government, a distinction she shares with artists as varied as Terry Gilliam, Shakira, Tim Burton, … Read more Etel Adnan Named ‘Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres’

Some Favorite Reads of 2013

I’m a bit late on this, & certainly haven’t read all of the books that came into my house last year, as it sometime takes me a long time to go through the six-foot long side-shelf on the desk where the unreads winter & summer until they find their place on the wall shelves. Hors Concours: Nicole Peyrafitte. Bi-Valve — Vulvic Space | Vulvic Knowledge. Stockport Flats Press. 1) Jerome Rothenberg, … Read more Some Favorite Reads of 2013

The Portable Boog Reader 7 Now Online!

The Portable Boog Reader 7: HERE N.Y.C. and Pittsburgh N.Y.C. co-editors: Laura Henriksen, Amy King, David A. Kirschenbaum, Geoffrey Olsen, Nicole Peyrafitte, and Angela Veronica Wong Pittsburgh co-editors Margaret Bashaar and Lauren Russell WITH WORK FROM: N.Y.C. POETS Rosebud Ben-Oni • Leopoldine Core •Steve Dalachinsky Nicholas DeBoer • Ray DeJesús • Francesca DeMusz Claire Donato • Ian Dreiblatt • Anna Gurton-Wachter April Naoko Heck • Darrel Alejandro Holnes • … Read more The Portable Boog Reader 7 Now Online!

Happy 250th, JP!

This morning’s riddle, dear bloggiste: Who is the famous German writer from the days of Goethe and Schiller, known by his French first name, if known at all, and who was born today 250 years ago? Well, give your tongue to the cat, as the French would say? He is known as “Jean Paul” & his full name is Jean Paul Friedrich Richter  (21 March 1763 – 14 November 1825). … Read more Happy 250th, JP!

Diwan Iffrikyia is Here!

Poems for the Millennium, Volume Four: The University of California Book of North African Literature Pierre Joris (Editor), Habib Tengour (Editor) order HERE In this fourth volume of the landmark Poems for the Millennium series, Pierre Joris and Habib Tengour present a comprehensive anthology of the written and oral literatures of the Maghreb, the region of North Africa that spans the modern nation states of Libya, Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, and Mauritania, and including a section … Read more Diwan Iffrikyia is Here!

Marginalia on Casanova

I am, as readers of this blog will know, not the most ardent consumer of novels, for questions of time & form. But from time to time a book in novel form comes along that does grab my attention. Here is one, a rare thing, something to be pointed to & out, to be shown, thus a  monstrum, a monster of a book — coming out soon, but the … Read more Marginalia on Casanova

Rain Taxi Review of “Cartographies”

A review of Pierre Joris-Cartographies of the In-between by Megan Burns was just published by Rain Taxi.Opening para below: PIERRE JORIS Cartographies of the In-Between edited by Peter Cockelbergh Litteraria Pragensia (€12) by Megan Burns “There is no difference between inside and outside at the poem’s warp speed.” —Pierre Joris, Notes Toward a Nomadic Poetics Cartographies of the In-Between collates a number of essays by various writers about Pierre Joris and … Read more Rain Taxi Review of “Cartographies”

From Mourad Bourboune’s “The Muezzin”

One of the problems last summer, working on completing the Maghreb anthology (forthcoming in November, details here), was to find work by Mourad Bourboune, an Algerian writer I had heard of but never read as the work had been out of print for years.  The book Habib & I were looking for was called Le Muezzin, a near-mythological novel that is also & at the same time the author’s … Read more From Mourad Bourboune’s “The Muezzin”

Karl May (1842-1912)

Today one hundred years ago the German novelist Karl May died. The importance of his work for any German-language adolescent growing up in the 20C  was enormous (at least until the sixties/seventies when a series of bad movies ruined the imaginative hold the novels had). For me, young Luxembourgian sofa-bound reader, the 72 volumes of the “travel tales” represented the first truly nomadic moves — even if these happened as yet only in my … Read more Karl May (1842-1912)