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Roughly halfway through Najwan Darwish’s Nothing More to Lose, wiping awkwardly at tears and trying self-consciously not to sob with my partner in the room, I found myself wondering what someone with no connection to Palestine would make of it…Here is what I think they would find: a…

Just the latest from one of our favorite publishers of poetry!

Let’s talk about leaves.

Let’s talk about leaves.

George Prochnik’s THE IMPOSSIBLE EXILE: STEFAN ZWEIG AT THE END OF THE WORLD drops from otherpress on May 6. We invite you to get as excited as we are w/this piece he did for huffingtonpost!

Big ol’ congratulations, high-fives, & champagne toasts to the Best Translated Book Awards Winner & Runners-Up!

WINNER:

SEIOBO THERE BELOW by Laszlo Krasznahorkai, trans. by Ottilie Mulzet, published by newdirectionspublishing

RUNNERS-UP:

THE AFRICAN SHORE by Rodrigo Rey Rosa, trans. by Jeffrey Gray, published by yalepress

A TRUE NOVEL by Minae Mizumura, trans. Juliet Winters Carpenter, published by otherpress

(all titles link to ordering info & summaries!)

Poetry for for yr pocket, from City Lights.

Poetry for for yr pocket, from City Lights.

Can we get an AMEN?!

Can we get an AMEN?!

"I lie back on the bed and listen to the sounds of Easter—the optimist’s holiday, the holiday with the suburbs in mind, the day for all those with sunny dispositions and a staunch belief in the middle view, a tiny, tidy holiday to remember sweetly and indistinctly as the very same day through all your life."

- Richard Ford in The Sportswriter

(Happy Easter, no matter where you are are what your views!)

So, you all demanded and we supplied. And you demanded more and we supplied…and more…and more…
Let’s just say demand smote supply. More copies in soon. Place a special order for copies here.

So, you all demanded and we supplied. And you demanded more and we supplied…and more…and more…

Let’s just say demand smote supply. More copies in soon. Place a special order for copies here.

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The Colombian novelist Alvaro Mutis used to tell a story about his close friend and compatriot Gabriel García Márquez, who has died aged 87. In the mid-Sixties, when the latter was writing One Hundred Years of Solitude (1967), they met every evening for a drink. García Márquez would tell…

You definitely want both of these books. There is no maybe.

You definitely want both of these books. There is no maybe.

"Try and make a clever woman of her, Lavinia; I should like her to be a clever woman."
Mrs. Penniman, at this, looked thoughtful a moment. “My dear Austin,” she then inquired, “do you think it is better to be clever than to be good?”
“Good for what?” asked the Doctor. “You are good for nothing unless you are clever."

from Washington Square by Henry James, who was born on April 15, 1843

This logo would also look great on crappy pens, mugs with undersized handles, & beer cozies.
(Image via Cromwell Belden Public Library)

This logo would also look great on crappy pens, mugs with undersized handles, & beer cozies.

(Image via Cromwell Belden Public Library)

Happy 89th birthday to everyone’s favorite high school assigned reading/great American novel candidate, The Great Gatsby! Seeing as it’s throwback Thursday, let’s take it way back and celebrate with the only surviving footage from the ORIGINAL film adaption of Gatsby, ca 1926.

Inappropriate Behavior
by Murray Farish, published by milkweedbooksIf I told you that Murray Farish is a lot like George Saunders, but maybe better, would you buy this book? If I told you that he might just be the literary voice of the Great Recession, the spokesman for the subjective experience of class struggle in a post-Occupy world, a rogue tragicomedian of the Drone War era, would this collection find a place on your shelf? These stories are tales of violence, despair, and the desperate struggle for dignity that go beyond the present moment, exploring the ongoing effects of the disparity and delusions that are such an integral part of American life, but which we try so hard to ignore. As this collection points out, it’s about damn time we start paying attention.
-Alex
Ordering info: Inappropriate Behavior by Murray Farish

Inappropriate Behavior

by Murray Farish, published by milkweedbooks

If I told you that Murray Farish is a lot like George Saunders, but maybe better, would you buy this book? If I told you that he might just be the literary voice of the Great Recession, the spokesman for the subjective experience of class struggle in a post-Occupy world, a rogue tragicomedian of the Drone War era, would this collection find a place on your shelf? These stories are tales of violence, despair, and the desperate struggle for dignity that go beyond the present moment, exploring the ongoing effects of the disparity and delusions that are such an integral part of American life, but which we try so hard to ignore. As this collection points out, it’s about damn time we start paying attention.

-Alex

Ordering info: Inappropriate Behavior by Murray Farish

Photographer Bryan David Griffith toured the country last summer, documenting indie bookstores & talking to the people who work there. “The Last Bookstores” is the photo series that resulted. Photos of 57th Street start at slide 54!