CHANDRA is the
X-ray telescope sent recently by NASA into deep Space. It sends back
astounding images, which can be seen on 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 issue of Archipelago,
see one 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 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 appeared in Vol. 3, No. 1). María Negroni, whose work
appeared 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
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 excerpt from Lynne Tillmans BOOKSTORE,
about Watson and Books & Co., once one of the cultural resources of
Manhattan, appears in Vol. 3, No. 3.)
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 Richmond
Review and is its pictorial mirror-image. Lively, hip, devoted to
the cinematic arts, 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.
Work in Regress. This
vertiginous site is by Peteris Cedrins, author of The Penetralium,
an excerpt of which appears in Archipelago, Vol. 3, No. 3. 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.
The Hungarian Quarterly, the
respected literary journal, offers an essay by Sándor Kányádi in No.
152, Winter 1998 (linked from the cover page) An essay about Kányádi
and poems by him, translated by Adam Makkai and Bruce Berlind, appear in
No. 138, Summer 1995. Kányádis great poem All Souls Day in
Vienna appears in this issue of Archipelago.
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 University Press.
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
approving notice (along with Archipelago) in the TLS. Its
staff is drawn from about twenty-five young
persons-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 & Schuster.
Anthology of Korunk, Journal of Culture, History, and Theory, offers a
poem by Sándor Kányádi.
Renditions. A magazine of translation, from the
University of Hong Kong, Centre for
edited by Eva Hung, whose poems appeared in Archipelago, Vol 3,
An introduction to Simone Weil, who was the subject of our last Endnotes,
appears on Rivertext, with links and bibliographic information.
by Martin Grampound, is an e-zine with a flashy cover opening onto
serious literature, including two poems by
Sándor Kányádi, translated
by Paul Sohar, at Kányádis
great poem All Souls Day in Vienna also translated by Sohar,
appears in this issue of Archipelago.