There are lots of adages about change. It’s inevitable. It’s good. According to Heraclitus, it’s the only thing that endures. And according to Sam Cooke, it’s gonna come.
So here we are, with a beautiful new website and a glossy new blog that we’ve decided to call Now That It's Now.
What can you expect to find here? Well, we not-so-modestly like to believe that our books, to co-opt a line from Walt Whitman, contain multitudes. From the very beginning of New Directions seventy-five years ago, our books have been invitations to explore, to investigate, to discover new shades of understanding, even new ways of thinking.
It almost goes without saying that for every new book, poem, or play that’s written, there are literally thousands, if not millions, of cultural, personal, and historical influences that contributed to its creation. And some of these new works of art will be just as influential in their own right. Because there are, in a sense, two worlds: one before the book that shaped it, and one after the book that is shaped by it. And so we’re here with the new New Directions blog to offer a wide-ranging collection of discursive guideposts, esoteric marginalia, and oblique footnotes to these worlds of influence and the influenced. We’ll be posting more and more. We hope you’ll enjoy.
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.