a few readings

  • Saturday 14 October, 6 pm at the Drawing Center, 35 Wooster St: Hélène Cixous & Maria Chevska with a slew of others to promote Ex-Cities. Information here. Cixous is also appearing at NYU (info at the Drawing Center’s website).
  • Sunday 15 October, 5 pm at the Bitter End, 147 Bleecker St: James Reidel, translator of Thomas Bernhard’s poetry & a bio of Weldon Kees.
  • Wednesday 18 October, 6:30 pm at the Mercantile Library, 17 East 47th St (between 5th & Madison): Joseph McElroy (reading new work) with Mark Jay Mirsky in a reading for Fiction. That Fiction website has a piece from Women and Men
  • various things

    • A failure of book design: Hamid Dabashi’s critique of the cover of Azar Nafisi’s Reading Lolita in Tehran. An interview with Hamid Dabashi that touches on the subject.
    • Two insightful posts (1, 2) by Ron Silliman about line lengths in poetry. The second is particularly nice on the relationship between form and technology.
    • Jonas Mekas is going to do something exciting!
    • Also:

    • There’s an essay by Joseph McElroy in the Winter 2006 issue of Raritan (volume 25, number 3). It’s entitled “One Shoe Off, One Shoe On”, and it’s about Albrecht Dürer.
    • On Sunday 15 October at 7 pm, there’s the first Marquise Dance Hall Poetry Reading at the Marquise Dance Hall (251 Grand Street, Williamsburg) featuring poets of the Brooklyn Rail. Featured: Mary Donnelly, Raphael Rubinstein, and Jerome Sala.
    • On Thursday 19 October at 7 pm there’s a panel discussion at Zone (601 West 26th Street, no. 302) about Nam June Paik featuring Alison Knowles, David Vaughan, Joan La Barbara, and William S. Wilson.

    now reading

    I read maps, worldwide earthquake bulletins, I read what I want to find out about. Government lies. Structural materials. All this can be used against me. I read newspapers. I read reviews which are sometimes about the reviewer pretty much. I write a few reviews a year and almost endlessly reread drafts of them to make sure they describe the book. I’m told it’s a waste of time, but it all helps me learn to write.

    Somewhere in me there’s the employer whom I ask what is my job who answers, A little bit of everything.

    (Joseph McElroy, interview with Trey Strecker)