Remembering Jonathan Williams (March 8, 1929March 16, 2008)By Robert Kelly
I miss the elegance of the man, the energy of the poet, and above all the generosity that made sure publishing was publick-ing, and that brought to the commonwealth (as he might call it), the shivering needy children we are, news that concerned us and made us betteror at least (often) made us laugh.
Jeanette Winterson with TK Wetter
Jeanette Wintersons most recent novel, The Stone Gods (Harcourt, 2008), spans time and space to critique humanitys off-kilter relationship to science, technology, and nature. Over email, fittingly, Winterson chatted about the book, and meditated on the power and potential of art to connect us to history, each other, and the world around us.
Nonfiction: Youthful AnarchyBy Jim Feast
In Provo: Amsterdams Anarchist Revolt, Richard Kempton has laid open one of the most intriguing and unthinkable passages in recent European history. Why unthinkable? Imagine this. In 1965, a group of disaffected Dutch youth, fed up with their societys englobed, smug dedication to consumerism, began weekly performances around the base of an innocuous statue of a child, which they periodically doused with gasoline and wreathed in flames. Aside from a small coterie, nobody but the police paid much attention.
Fiction: The Trojan War Will Take PlaceBy Eugene Lim
Zachary Masons The Lost Books of the Odyssey, winner of Starcherones penultimate fiction prize, purports to be an ancient text, recently decoded by the author along with a moonlighting NSA cryptographer, which gives variants on Homers epic of the Trojan War. (You can pick it up for the preface alone, a devilishly clever history of the texts discovery and interpretation.)
Nonfiction: Two Sides of a ShowdownBy Ken Murray
When Samuel S. McClure approved, in 1901, his magazines best-known writer, Ida Tarbell, to write a 25,000 word, three-part history of The Standard Oil Company, he ignited public outrage, reformist political will and, eventually, triggered the judicial action that broke up the most monopolistic corporate network of its time. In historical perspective, McClure did something else perhaps equally important.
Fiction: To Come Back Rich, or Die ThereBy David Varno
Vies minuscles, as it was published originally by Gallimard in 1984, was the first book by the prolific French author Pierre Michon, relatively unknown to American readers but long revered in France and adored by certain American writers such as Guy Davenport and Leonard Michaels. Of his twelve books of narrative, which imagine and track the lives of figures such as Rimbaud, Impressionist painters, the authors family and his own story, this is Michons third to be translated into English.
Nonfiction: Weird AmericaBy Thomas Rogers
African-American men dressed as savages, a woman named Woogie dancing with a python. Many of the photos were taken at Huberts Dime Museum and Flea Circus, a now-defunct Times Square freak show with a long inglorious history and a knack for attracting celebrities, including Tom Wolfe, Bob Dylan and Diane Arbus.
Poetry RoundupBy Jeffrey Cyphers Wright
Some poets question the very nature of language. Bob Perelman has written about the value of the dissonance in Zukovsky and Serge Gavronsky elaborates on that value in this new book. Named for three articles, the title is an homage to Zukofskys Objectivist masterpiece A.
Prose RoundupBy Michael Lindgren, Lu Chen, and Ben Mirov
Life is rhythmically punctuated by death, just as memory is punctuated by moments of revelation, in which the characters are transformed by sudden glimpses of the world beyond knowledge or language. A young handyman believes he sees the finger of God; a girl confined to bed by a nervous disorder feels blessed by the splendid visible and invisible worlds; a college student dives out of his ninth-floor window to, after a poem by Juan Ramón Jiménez, catch the stars more quickly.
David Shankbone with Colleen Asper
David Shankbone is a Wikipedia editor, Wikimedia Commons photographer, and an accredited reporter for Wikinews. The subjects of his interviews have ranged from the President of Israel and Nobel Peace Prize recipient Shimon Peres, to the owners of an S&M dungeon. He has also worked with a wide range of authors, photographing the like of Jonathan Safran Foer and Mary Gaitskill, and interviewing Augusten Burroughs, Edmund White, and many others.