(David Markson’s list of the rejections of Wittgenstein’s Mistress, from the back of the program of the memorial service at NYU’s NY Institute for the Humanities.)
- My interview with Bob Stein is up at Triple Canopy as part of Issue 9.
- A thread at MetaFilter about Jack Green’s Fire the Bastards!. Tangentially related: David Markson’s library appears at The Strand; some of his Gaddis annotations have appeared online.
- Gary Shteyngart & Joshua Cohen on the Tablet podcast.
- More of Robert Walser’s poetry is coming out in English.
- Joseph McElroy’s Preparations for Search is available from Small Anchor Press; the text was originally published in Formations in Spring 1984 as part of Women and Men, but cut before that book’s publication; Small Anchor’s edition has been “slightly revised”.
- Trevor Winkfield, Miles Champion & Steve Clay present “Poems and Pictures: A Renaissance in the Art of the Book (1946–1981) tonight at 6:30 p.m. at the Center for Book Arts.
- Tomorrow: a release party for Tan Lin’s Seven Controlled Vocabularies at Printed Matter from 5–7.
- Also tomorrow night: Ferry Radax’s documentary Thomas Bernhard – Drei Tage shows at Anthology Film Archives at 7:15 p.m. Also shows on Friday at 9 p.m.
- Susan Howe & David Grubbs’s Thiefth is online at PennSound.
- Audio recordings from former slaves at the Library of Congress
- The Brooklyn Rail is having a reading in honor of Gilbert Sorrentino on Saturday, February the 20th with Walter Abish & David Markson, among others.
- Also at the Brooklyn Rail: John Yau’s “The Difference between Jerry Saltz’s America and Mine”, a good examination of arts in New York in the past decade.
“There are so many ways of earning a living, and most of them are failures.
Wrote Gertrude Stein.”
(David Markson, The Last Novel, p. 87)