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 Archipelago
Vol. 2, No. 3. DAYLIGHT IN NIGHTCLUB INFERNO offers Czech
fiction from the post-Kundera generation, including work by Daniela
Fischerová. Her A Letter to President Eisenhower, appears elsewhere in this
issue. Her volume FINGERS POINTING SOMEWHERE ELSE, the first volume
of her work to appear in English, is due out this year. 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, has received much attention. The
editor in chief, Jim Schley, wrote us about our conversation with Michael and Cornelia
Bessie (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
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, spoke to us about publishing in Vol. 2, No. 4.
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 Butlers The Artukovitch File
appears, with their permission, in 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 writers testament, Where Time Is Another, appeared in ARCHIPELAGO
Vol. 2, No. 4.
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 worlds 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 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.
Station Hill Press is a
non-profit publisher run by the poet George Quasha. They publish writers of serious and
surrealist bent, as very fine poetry and fiction. Among their writers are Maurice Blanchot
and Spencer Holst (whose The Zebra Storyteller
appears in this issue). María Negroni, whose work appeard in Vol.
1, No. 1 and Vol. 2, No. 4, is the author of a
beautiful work in poetry and prose, ISLANDIA, which they will
publish this year, using print-on-demand; a noteworthy work of literature brought out by
an interesting development in publishing technology.
Sun & Moon Press is a fine, serious,
literary press with fine test and 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. They will publish Maria Negronis LA JAULA BAJO EL TRAPO/CAGE
UNDER COVER, tr. Anne Twitty, in a Spanish-English edition; a selection appeared in
Vol. 2, No. 4.
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 Watsons Off the Wall,
book reviews by the owner of the now-closed Books & Co., Manhattan.
Fray. Strange. Cool. Heartbreaking. A delight.
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.
Sites devoted to Surrealism, in honor of Stella Snead,
whose work appears elsewhere in this issue:
The Duchamp Pages are a thorough and
beautifully arranged exhibition of Duchamps work.
The WebMuseum of the Louvre
offers a concise overview of the movement (in English).
The Salvador Dali Museum is
operated from a site in St. Petersburg, Florida.
The Magritte Art Gallery is a
well-maintained commercial venue. It curates a virtual museum of 331 JPEG images of works
by the painter, and a complete gift shop.
A Texan named Mark Harden runs a well-designed
site. He calls himself an amateur art critic, but such a designation seems
arbitrary in hyperspace, and his pages display more taste and intelligence than most of
the professional sites. Youll find here such classics as Leo
Steinbergs critique of modernism in Other Criteria. Students of
Surrealism will wish to read Rosalind Krausss essay No More Play lifted
in its entirety from her book The Originality of the Avant Garde and Other Modernist
Myths. Rosalind Krauss was a founding editor of October; her previous book was The
Optical Unconscious. The essay Harden has selected relates the work of Alberto Giacometti
to the Surrealists.
Alan Gullette in
San Francisco maintains the Internets best reference-source of Surrealist
literature, including information and links to sites about Surrealists and earlier writers
who may have influenced the movement, such as Valery, Rimbaud, Apollinaire, and the
Marquis de Sade. The complete text of Andre Bretons What is Surrealism?
Stefan Sinclairs bilingual site OuLiNPo,
or the Workshop of Potential Computer Literature might attract those interested in the
relationship between Surrealist automatism and computers. The project grew out of the
ideas of the French Surrealist Raymond Queneau, who started Ouvroir de Litterature
Potentielle or Oulipo.
The Art in Context Center for Communications
is a nonprofit on-line reference library supported by the New York State Council of
the Arts and other sponsors. It contains information on galleries, dealers, past
exhibitions, and images for the works of thousands of artists. Visitors may search by many
methods, but we suggest searching by artist, rather than by subject heading.
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.
The Cortland Review Established in
1997, this publication offers such poets as Charles Simic, Robert Pinsky, Henry Taylor,
Mark Doty, Robert Creeley, Mark Jarman, Lloyd Schwartz, Neal Bowers, R.T. Smith, John
Kinsella, and others. All poetry and most fiction appear in real audio format. They
publish in February, May, August, and November, with Monthly Features in the off-months.
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.
London Review of Books One of the few reviews
we read cover to cover; published on paper every two weeks and worth subscribing to. The
on-line edition offers a generous selection, including a review by Iain Sinclair of James Sallis, a writer weve
admired for some years. Among his talents are his translations of Raymond Queneau.
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
UKs first lit mag to appear exclusively on the World Wide Web. Published ten
times a year.
Radio B92 On-line Broadcast from Belgrade;
available on-line at the time we published this issue. This radio station was shut down by
Milosevic when the bombing began, but continues broadcasting on the web. Update:
this site has been closed down by the Serbian government, but the page still exists and
ought to be read. See also, recent photographs from Kosovo by Ron Haviv, on PhotoArts.