The night of Thursday, October 27 was rainy and chilly and the heat in the Great Hall at Cooper Union was basically nonexistant, but that didn't stop several hundred people from showing up to see our all-star roster of New Directions fans read from and discuss their favorite books in honor of our 75th anniversary. Thanks again for coming, and we hope you snagged a door prize.
Since we wanted to allow the readers to reveal their favorites as they took the stage, we didn't include that information in the program. So in case you missed certain details, or want to investigate further, here is a list of what was read, and by whom:
In Dreams Begin Responsibilities, by Delmore Schwartz — read by Lou Reed
The Christ of Fish, by Yoel Hoffman — read by Nicole Krauss
New Collected Poems, by George Oppen — read by Paul Auster
An Elemental Thing, by Eliot Weinberger — read by Rackstraw Downes
Sweet Bird of Youth, by Tennessee Williams — read by Carroll Baker
Nox, by Anne Carson — read by Anne Carson herself, with a (hauntingly beautiful) dance accompaniment on video
Nightwood, by Djuna Barnes — read by Frederic Tuten
Film interlude: the opening scene from an Italian-made adaptation of The Driver's Seat, by Muriel Spark
The Rain Came Last & Other Stories, by Niccolò Tucci — read by Thomas Beller
The Cantos, by Ezra Pound — read by Helen DeWitt
Distant Star, by Roberto Bolaño — read by Paul Beatty
It, by Inger Christensen — read by Siri Hustvedt
An Episode in the Life of a Landscape Painter, by César Aira — read by Francisco Goldman
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Writing for Bookslut, Christopher Merkel reviews the 65th anniversary edition of the classic modernist text. Read it here.