Getting up on the first morning after we started shelter-in-place here in New York, I went as always straight to the kitchen to start the ritual of making coffee — & immediately thought that the book I wanted/needed to reread at that/this moment was Mahmood Darwish’s Memory of Forgetfulness, which I have done on other occasions over the years since it was published by the University of California Press … Read more Mahmood Darwish: Opening Pages of “Memory of Forgetfulness”
My translation into French of Motel Chronicles (and Hawk Moon) came out in 1985 & reused the same cover photo than the US edition above, though I had the original photo, much wider, and wrote the introduction below (in French, originally, quickly translated it right now) based on that one, having asked the publisher, Christian Bourgeois to do a wrap around cover image — unhappily the French edition cropped the shot … Read more Sam Shepard, Writer — Homage
Régis Debray — as those who know me will be well aware — has been a writer, thinker & activist I have greatly admired & have kept reading & rereading for 40+ years. Gathering work for a book of essays, I came across my review of a book of journalistic articles by Debray called L’espérance au Purgatoire, or Hope in Purgatory — published back in 1980 by The New Statesman in London. … Read more Régis Debray “Chez Lui”
Sometime last year, in May, if I remember correctly, I took the following notes toward a post, which I never got to finalize. I’ll post them today — Handke’s writing & thinking about writing somehow keeps coming to my mind: This saturday morning’s newspaper reading led me, via the ever so useful GermanPerlentaucher cultural news gatherer, to Die Welt, a paper I normally don’t read. Today in its cultural pages the paper … Read more Peter Handke’s “Landing Approaches”
Pierre Joris Flash Interview #1 from Tawil Productions on Vimeo.
Jürgen Ploog, maybe the best & most adventurous of the German cut-up & collage writers — with Carl Weissner (1940-2012) — turned 80 on Friday. For 33 years a long-distance pilot for Lufthansa (I remember a photo of him with typewriter in cockpit), he has been a cosmonaut of inner & outer space for even longer and his books, from Cola Hinterland (1969) to Unterwegssein ist alles (2011) have been consistent mappings of mental, sexual, cultural … Read more Happy 80th, Jürgen Ploog!
As promised —though delayed because of lack of internet connections in the Upper Pyrenees— here is the first installment of Robert Kelly’s An Alchemical Journal (first published in IO magazine #4, summer 1967 & reprinted in The Alchemist to Mercury, a collection of Kelly’s work edited by Jed Rasula in 1981. There will be about 10 installments to be published roughly one every second or third day. This schedule will be adhered to … Read more Robert Kelly: An Alchemical Journal