i n t e r e s t i n g   s i t e s   &  r e s o u r c e s

Independent Presses

Catbird Press  publishes, among other notable books, a number by Czech writers in translation, including Jaroslav Seifert, whose THE POEMS OF JAROSLAV SEIFERT is the first large collection of his poems published in America; a garland of these poems appeared in our last issue. A volume of Czech fiction from the “post-Kundera generation,” is DAYLIGHT IN NIGHTCLUB INFERNO. Robert Wechsler, publisher of Catbird, has written an interesting book-length essay, WITHOUT A STAGE; THE ART OF LITERARY TRANSLATION; worth reading.

Chelsea Green Publishing Company  in White River Junction, Vermont, specializes in books about sustainable living, with selections of environmentally friendly, thoughtful, and hopeful books. GAVIOTAS, A Village to Reinvent the World, by Alan Weisman, received has received much attention. The editor in chief, Jim Schley, wrote us about our conversation with Michael and Cornelia Bessies (Archipelago, Vol. 1, No. 4; Vol. 2, No. 1): “As a younger editor who has every intention of emulating such ... predecessors, I find this conversation to be truly illuminating.” This press has high standards.

Columbia University Press  puts up a utilitarian site through which their useful catalog of books and reference works, including CD-ROMS, can be ordered. Two noteworthy CD-ROMs are THE COLUMBIA I CHING and THE CLASSIC HUNDRED POEMS; the latter is very expensive, but delightful. William Strachan, the director, speaks about publishing elsewhere in this issue.

The Harvill Press  publishes, among many estimable authors, Richard Hughes, Richard Ford, and in translation, Anna Maria Ortese (THE LAMENT OF THE LINNET), Ismael Kadare, Javier Marķas. Many of their titles are available in the U. S., particularly at independent bookstores. We urge our Readers to look for their books. (Ortese’s “Where Time Is Another” appears in this issue.)

The Lilliput Press  is an Irish publisher founded in 1984 by Antony Farrell. Some 150 titles have appeared under its imprint: art and architecture, autobiography and memoir, biography and history, ecology and environmentalism, essays and literary criticism, philosophy, current affairs and popular culture, fiction, drama and poetry - all broadly focused on Irish themes. Since 1985 they have brought out four volumes of the essays of the late Hubert Butler. Hubert Butler’s “The Artukovitch File” appears, with their permission, in Archipelago, Vol. 1, No. 2.

McPherson & Co  publishes such writers as the fascinating Mary Butts (THE TAVERNER NOVELS), Anna Maria Ortese (A MUSIC BEHIND THE WALL, Selected Stories Vol. 2, just published), and the performance artist Carolee Schneeman. A beautiful story by Ortese, “The Great Street,” appeared in our inaugural issue, and the writer’s testament, “Where Time Is Another,” appears in this issue.

Mercury House  is a not-for-profit literary press in San Francisco. Members of the staff used to be associated with the respected North Point, before that imprint closed its doors. Alfred Arteaga’s HOUSE WITH THE BLUE BED is out now; “Beat,” from that volume, appeared in our Vol. 1, No. 3. They are to publish NARROW ROAD TO THE DEEP NORTH, a non-fiction narrative by Katherine McNamara; a chapter of it appeared in our last issue.

Online Originals  is an internet publisher of literature who take the position, one we find ourselves much in agreement with, that “Conventional book publishing has changed dramatically in recent years. Most of the world’s publishers are now owned by a handful of media conglomerates, ruled in turn by their finance and marketing departments. To guarantee high profits, they tend to accept manuscripts only by celebrity writers than authors whose output conforms to the conventional mainstream market. ... We believe that the Internet is the way forward for all kinds of publishing. But for the benefit of our authors, we do not prevent them also publishing printed versions of their works at a later date.” They deliver “book-like” texts by e-mail.

Sun & Moon Press  is a fine, serious, literary press with a long backlist. They publish classics as well as contemporary fiction and poetry; writers and poets such as Arkadii Dragomoschenko (astonishing Russian poet), Paul Celan, Harry Matthews, Djuna Barnes, Paul Auster, Russell Banks. In 1999, they will publish Maria Negroni’s LA JAULA BAJO EL TRAPO/CAGE UNDER COVER, tr. Anne Twitty, in a Spanish-English edition; a selection appears elsewhere in this issue.

Fine Arts

Colophon Page  and Photo Arts  are two handsome sites devoted to the fine arts. Colophon Page reproduces artists’ books, which are displayed in pages as if in a gallery; there is an attendant shop, and review and forum pages. Photo Arts presents and offers for sale the works of fine-arts photographers and photojournalists. The design and quality of reproduction of these sites are excellent. Read Jeanette Watson’s ‘Off the Wall,’ book reviews by the owner of the now-closed Books & Co., Manhattan. “The Ancient Jewish Cemetery at the Lido in Venice, On the Photographs of Claire Turyn,” hosted by PhotoArts, appeared in our last issue.

Fray.  Strange. Cool. Heartbreaking. A delight.

Incompetech. We can’t quite figure this site out, but we like it very much. They want to publish interesting and good material and have resigned themselves to not making money at it. Laura McLeod does a fine job with her “British Authors” section, from which we downloaded John Donne’s “The Flea” for Endnotes.

Octavo  is a digital publisher committed to conserving books, manuscripts, and antiquarian printed materials via digital tools and formats. They make original works available to readers and book lovers through partnerships with libraries, individuals and institutions. As a sample, they offer a PDF download of William Shakespeare Poems. We are always pleased when web publishers use PDF files, as we do for our Download edition.

Wild Wild Web-Arts is Alta Vista’s foray into arts coverage on the web. The logo links to their arts section.

Literary Reviews

Arts & Letters Daily  A portal site organized and selected for intelligent readers, directing us to information about books, authors, and commentary worth reading; nothing flashy or ‘entertaining’ here, thank goodness.

The Barcelona Review, Jill Adams, Editor. A fine, multi-lingual offering published in Catalonia by a multi-national group. Intelligent editing; interesting reading.

Jacket  was founded and is edited by John Tranter, an interesting Australian poet. “For more than thirty years he has been at the forefront of the new poetry, questioning and extending its procedures,” according to his biographical note. His own work has been published widely and deeply; and in this quarterly literary journal he publishes the work of other writers generously.

The Richmond Review  received approving notice (along with Archipelago) in the TLS last year. The founding editor, Steven Kelly, “lives and breathes” literature as an editorial consultant for various English publishers. He set up this site in October 1995, “when it was the UK’s first lit mag to appear exclusively on the World Wide Web.” Published ten times a year.


Politics and Prose  is the largest independent bookshop in Washington, D.C., with a full and beautifully-chosen stock-list and a nicely-arranged web site.

The Village Voice Bookshop  lives in the heart of Paris, and makes American and English books available to customers on several continents, via phone, fax, post, and e-mail.   Odile Hellier, the proprietor, is a Contributing Editor of this publication.

The Media

C-Span 2 : C-Span 2 now offers its complete weekend programming to books, and matters related directly to books; their host, and a founder of C-Span, Brian Lamb is particularly interested in non-fiction.

The Financial Times: For those who want to watch intelligently not merely the movement of stocks but the expansion of capital, this newspaper (on-line; in print) is essential. We are told that Alan Greenspan reads the FT; his assistants do not. Late note: to our regret, the FT webmasters keep re-reorganizing their format, making it ever less engaging and less interesting to use.



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