One of the great unexpected pleasures of redesigning our website came as we uploaded author photos. Many of them are incomparably wonderful, and in what I hope will be a semi-regular feature on the blog, we'll point them out to you.
Nicanor Parra. Theoretical physicist, cosmologist, anti-poet. Beloved by Roberto Bolaño as the antidote to Pablo Neruda, and the reason he's on my mind lately (he's mentioned repeatedly in Between Parentheses).
I'm not exactly sure what I envisioned when I looked up his photograph, but I think it was something a bit more… revolutionary. Perhaps South American hipster, if such a thing exists. A mix of Ernesto "Che" Guevara's guerrilla chic and Ernesto Cardenal's socialist roguishness. Whatever it was that I'd expected, it wasn't the photo you see to the right.
He's downright debonair. The shirt/sweater/ascot combination suggests a man who is very thoughtful about his wardrobe, very precise, and yet the slightly long, windblown hair suggests a man of the world, a man who enjoys a drink and a cigar at three in the morning - like the inspiration for XX's "Most Interesting Man in the World." And the eyes… whatever it is he's looking at, he's understanding it quickly and thoroughly — and also slightly dismissively.
In retrospect, this is exactly how I should have pictured him: knowing, exacting, and daring.
June 2013 News from New Directions
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ND editor Michael Barron interviewed Elaine Lustig for Bomb's blog. Read it here.
May 2013 News from New Directions
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Rebecca Ariel Porte, in a beautiful essay written for the Los Angeles Review of Books, dicusses Susan Howe's Sorting Facts: Nineteen Ways of Looking at Marker, addressing Chris Marker's films, as well. Definitely worth a read — here.
Writing for Bookslut, Christopher Merkel reviews the 65th anniversary edition of the classic modernist text. Read it here.