CHANDRA is the
X-ray telescope sent recently by Nasa into deep Space. It sends back
astounding pictures, which can be seen and downloaded from this site.
For instance, EO102-72 is a supernova remnant in the Small Magellanic
Cloud, a satellite galaxy of the Milky Way. This galaxy is 190,000 light
years from Earth. E0102 -72, which is approximately a thousand years
old, is believed to have resulted from the explosion of a massive star.
Stretching across forty light years of space, the multi-million degree
source resembles a flaming cosmic wheel. In this Archipelago,
see two of these images.
Back in Print. A brilliant
idea: through the agency of the Authors Guild, books gone out of print
are made available to readers by way of print-on-demand, with book
orders filled on-line, by toll-free phone, or through Shakespeare &
Co., NYC. In this set-up, authors establish the price; titles available
are varied and often surprising.
Catbird Press publishes, among
other notable books, a number by Czech writers in translation, including
THE POEMS OF JAROSLAV SEIFERT; 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 in Vol. 3, No. 1,
from FINGERS POINTING SOMEWHERE ELSE, just
published. Robert Wechsler, publisher of Catbird, has written an
interesting book-length essay, WITHOUT A STAGE; THE ART
OF LITERARY TRANSLATION; worth reading.
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 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), 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 only 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 well as very fine poetry and fiction. Among their
writers are Maurice Blanchot and Spencer Holst (whose The
Zebra Storyteller appears in Vol. 3, No. 1).
whose work appeared in Archipelago, Vol. 1, No. 1 and
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
Salmon Poetry lives in County
Clare, Ireland. The editor, Jessie Lendennie, is pleased to publish not
only her countrymen, including, she tells us, the largest list of women
poets of any Irish publisher, but also Alaskan poets, among whom are
several old friends of ours. She wrote to say she liked our The
Repetition of Their Days, Vol. 2, No.3.
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. 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 Archipelago,
Vol. 2, No. 4.
Turtle Point Press. This intelligent
press, led by Jonathon Rabinowitz, Helen Marx, and Jeanette Watson, is
reviving several books by the marvelous Iris Origo, including her LEOPARDI:
A STUDY IN SOLITUDE. Another necessary book published here is
Hannah Greens profound THE DEAD OF THE HOUSE.
Jeanette Watsons Books & Co. News is posted, as well. (An
exerpt from Lynne Tillmans BOOKSTORE,
about Watson and Books & Co., once one of the cultural resources of
Manhattan, appears in this issue.)
This perfectly eccentric site is like the dinner party of artists,
thinkers, above all, talkers you want regularly to be invited to. Its
host-redactor is Robbin Murphy, who is worth looking up. Of particular
delight: The Little Window.
Kamera came to us via the
Review and is its pictorial mirror-image. Lively, hip, devoted to
the photographic arts, pictures both still and moving, with features and
reviews of movies and exhibits currently on in Britain.
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.
The Private Library.
A lovely surprise hidden behind a wall of chinoiserie, Providing
Services to Bibliophiles Since 1980. Kurt Thometz offers guidance on
the development of collections, cataloging, organizing library
software, conservation, and appraisals. The Well Dressed Bibliophile
collects marvelous interviews with, portraits of Albert Murray, John
Waters, Diana Vreeland, Fran Liebowitz, among others.
Work in Regress. This
vertiginous site is by Peteris
Cedrins, author of The Pentralium,
an excerpt of which appears in this issue. Here also are two images of
dark, thrilling paintings by Inguna Liepa; descent into the psyche.
The Barcelona Review, Jill
Adams, Editor. A fine, multi-lingual (English, Castilian, Catalan)
offering published in Catalonia by a multi-national group. Intelligent
editing; interesting reading of younger writers from Europe and America.
Big Bridge. Edited by Michael Rothenberg,
editor of OVERTIME, selected poems of Philip
Whalen (Penguin, 1999), and Wanda Phipps, who
bring an open-armed, 60s generosity to this webzine. We
think walls are good for keeping out the cold and rain, they write:
Theyre useless in the creation and propagation of art. Big
Bridge Press publishes chapbooks and handsome botannica.
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. All poetry and
most fiction appear in Real Audio format. They publish in February, May,
August, and November, with Monthly features.
George Meyers Jr.s LitKit bills itself as a non-commercial zine and archive and a
larkabout for readers with brains, and for writers with lightbulbs
blazing in their heads. Thats close enough; its an experience
Jacket was founded and is
edited by John Tranter, a Australian poet whose work is published often
in the TLS. For more than thirty years he has been at the
forefront of the new poetry, questioning and extending its procedures.
In this quarterly literary journal he publishes the work of other
writers generously. A new collection of his that should be read, LATE
NIGHT RADIO, is published by Polygon & Edinburgh University
Press. It can be ordered there (tel. 0131 650 8436), or through Columbia
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 recent review by Iain Sinclair of James Sallis, a writer weve
admired for some years. Among Sallis talents are a series of superb
novels passing as detective stories: THE LONG-LEGGED FLY,
BLACK HORNET, MOTH, EYE OF THE CRICKET. He also translated
Raymond Queneaus ST. GLINGLIN.
The Richmond Review received
approving notice (along with Archipelago) in the TLS. Its
staff is drawn from about twenty-five young
person-about-London-publishing. The founding editor, Steven Kelly, is
the author of THE WAR ARTIST, a chilling moral
thriller about a man called Charles Monk, an artist who only during
wartime feels truly alive. It was just published in the U.K. by Simon
Renditions. A magazine of translation, from the
University of Hong Kong, Centre
edited by Eva Hung, whose poems appeared in Archipelago,
Vol 3, No. 2.