The Bibliography Is the Medium

Posted by Michael Barron on April 1, 2014

In the English fairytale “Tom Tit Tot” — an English variant of the German tale "Rumpelstilzchen" — a King marries a peasant maiden whom he believes has the extraordinary ability to spin five flax skeins in a single day. For eleven months, the King gives her all the...

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New Kamau Brathwaite Poem: eQuinox Passing

Posted by Michael Barron on March 26, 2014

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Bolaño’s Author List

Posted by Tynan Kogane on February 24, 2014

Roberto Bolaño’s reputation has become that of a writer’s writer, but he might also be called a writer’s reader—for his wide, absorbent, Borgesian literary erudition—or maybe even a reader’s writer, whatever that might be. Bolaño’s love of...

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ND on Design: An interview with Rachel Adam

Posted by Kelsey Ford on February 11, 2014

New Directions has a long record of working with acclaimed and noteworthy up-and-coming book designers, like Rachel Adam. She's been working for Rodrigo Corral Design Studio for the last couple years and has done some great work for us, including the recent designs in our Pearl series, a...

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ND on Film: Patriotism

Posted by Tynan Kogane on February 6, 2014

Yukio Mishima and Yoshiko Tsuruoka in the 1966 film Patriotism. * * *  The French author Margueritte Yourcenar, in an unlikely biography of Yukio Mishima, wrote that the Japanese writer had long “envisioned a certain kind of death and made it,” and that his suicide was...

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A Book Should Be Made Like A Watch And Sold Like A Sausage

Posted by Heather Cleary on January 7, 2014

“Choose an author as you would choose a friend,” Wentworth Dillon, Earl of Roscommon, counseled aspiring translators some four centuries ago. But affinity, literary and otherwise, can be unpredictable. Under the fluorescent lights of the New York University basement classroom where I...

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Cardenal at 89

Posted by Jonathan Cohen on January 3, 2014

Ernesto Cardenal, Latin America’s legendary poet-activist, will celebrate his 89th birthday on January 20. He’s had quite a life—revolutionary, Catholic priest, liberation theologian, founder of a commune and eventual artists’ colony, sculptor, teacher, political leader,...

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A Q & A With The Quay Brothers

Posted by Michael Barron on January 2, 2014

The Quay Brothers on the set of Unmistaken Hands: Ex Voto F.H. * * * This past November, a few ND staff and friends went to New York's School of Visual Arts (SVA) to see the premiere of the Quay Brothers's newest short film, Unmistaken Hands: Ex Voto F.H., inspired by...

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The Man Who Steel Our Hearts in Robben Island

Posted by Kamau Brathwaite on December 19, 2013

Living in this solitude surrounded by its waters whales conquistadores voyagers Quarrying each day and every day into the hard blind limestone blisters of yr memory  .  re- membering everything until it seem like nothing.  whirling whispers  the art of how...

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The New Directions Poetry and Prose Subscription

Posted by Michael Barron on December 5, 2013

Announcing the ND poetry and prose subscription! We are pleased to announce, after a fifty-year hiatus, the return of the ND subscription. By subscribing, our poetry Pamphlet series and/or our prose Pearl series will arrive at your door on a monthly basis. We are offering three different...

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Poets in Discussion: Alex Cigale Interviews Peter France, Translator of Gennady Aygi

Posted by Michael Barron on December 5, 2013

The following was originally posted by the Beloit Poetry Journal Poet's Forum. Last month, the journal invited poet Alex Cigale to curate a month-long celebration of the life and work of Chuvashian poet, Gennady Aygi. As part of the tribute, Cigale interviewed Peter France, translator of...

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An Introduction for Fifteen Iraqi Poets

Posted by Dunya Mikhail on December 3, 2013

Out this month is a mini-anthology of modern Iraqi poetry assembled by ND Iraqi poet Dunya Mikhail. This introduction appears in the book as a prefatory note. * * * As I was putting together this mini-anthology, I learned something very exciting about the history of Iraqi poetry. But before I...

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Forrest Gander on Eiko & Koma

Posted by Forrest Gander on October 31, 2013

Naked as the striations of shadow at her ribs and haunch quiver as she breathes. Naked between exhalation and— Naked with hidden fans blowing, a few feathers undulating on the heap. * * * You see them live, Eiko & Koma, and time slows down and opens up at once. The time that...

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Five Questions for Photographer Allen Frame

Posted by Michael Barron on October 30, 2013

If you've read the New Directions editions of Roberto Bolaño's books, you may recognize the photographs of Allen Frame that grace many of their covers. Using various exposure techniques, Frame exposes dark, shadowy glmpses of people that initially arouse feelings of suspicion only...

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R.I.P. Lou Reed

Posted by Michael Barron on October 28, 2013

Two years ago, Lou Reed participated in our 75th anniversary celebration by reading Delmore Schwartz's short story "In Dreams Begin Responsibilities." Despite being the first reader in a long and festive evening, he read without pause for an astounding twewnty-three minutes. No one stirred....

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Susan Howe + David Grubbs at ISSUE Project Room

Posted by Michael Barron on October 23, 2013

This Friday, poet Susan Howe will again be teaming up with musician David Grubbs for a performance at Brooklyn's ISSUE Project Room as part of its "Ten Years Alive" series. It's a poetry reading unlike any other — using various software, Grubbs manipulates and weaves wisps of...

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An Introduction to Guillermo Rosales’s ‘Leapfrog’ by Norberto Fuentes

Posted by Michael Barron on October 11, 2013

This month, New Directions publishes the second book and first collection of stories by the Cuban writer Guillermo Rosales. Though it is only the second work we've brought out, it brings together the only other surviving manuscript of Rosales' work. The Cuban journalist and novelist,...

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An Introduction to Muriel Rukeyser’s Elegies

Posted by Michael Barron on October 1, 2013

Now available is our new edition of Muriel Rukeyser's celebrated Elegies, with a jacket design by Alvin Lustig, and this new introduction by scholars Jan Heller Levi and Christoph Keller, who are currently at work on a Rukeyser biography forthcoming from Alfred A. Knopf. *  *...

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‘Hawthorn & Child’: A Longer Excerpt

Posted by Tom Roberge on September 18, 2013

Just a few more days until Keith Ridgway's novel Hawthorn & Child hits bookstores, so we'd thought we'd share another excerpt. This one is a bit longer, and comes from a chapter entitled "How to Have Fun with a Fat Man," which is about a third of the way into the book. That's...

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It’s Time to Get Excited about ‘Hawthorn & Child’

Posted by Tom Roberge on September 11, 2013

After almost a year of anticipation, we're finally mere days away from the official publication date of Keith Ridgway's Hawthorn & Child, a novel so mind-bendingly brilliant that it very nearly defies description. But one must try, right? How about this, borrowed from Granta Books,...

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