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Blog entries on '08 March 2006'

Wednesday 08 March 2006

New CONTEXT

You've probably all noticed this, but, you know, I've been very busy! The new issue of CONTEXT is online: there is a previously unpublished piece by William H. Gass (Knopf were kind enough to send me Gass's new collection of essays A Temple of Texts last week, so I'm a wee bit attuned to his name at the moment), a Mat Unit obituary, a new essay by Dubravka Ugresic, and a piece about Flann O'Brien's letters, among much else good stuff.

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Wednesday 08 March 2006

A Public Space

Brigid Hughes, ex-editor of The Paris Review, left that esteemed organ to create a new magazine focussing on fiction and poetry. Issue one of her A Public Space is available now:


The debut issue is:
Charles D'Ambrosio, Kelly Link, Anna Deavere Smith, Marilynne Robinson, Haruki Murakami, Rick Moody, Motoyuki Shibata, Yoko Ogawa, John Haskell, Lucy Raven, Peter Gizzi, Matthea Harvey, Antoine Wilson, Peter Orner, Ian Chillag, Jeremy Glazier, and others.
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Superheroes, Hollywood in the McCarthy Era, translating grapefruit into Japanese, New Jersey porn, Tutsi women, the coal mines of West Virginia, Chekhov, Galileo, Salinger, that weird guy who lives down the street and drives by your house slowly, Bertolt Brecht, digging a hole to China, and more.

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Omens, after Alexander Pushkin

I rode to meet you: dreams
like living beings swarmed around me
and the moon on my right side
followed me, burning.

I rode back: everything changed.
My soul in love was sad
and the moon on my left side
trailed me without hope.

To such endless impressions
we poets give ourselves absolutely,
making, in silence, omen of mere event,
until the world reflects the deepest needs of the soul.

-- Louise Gluck
Averno (Carcanet Press)

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