Posts tagged ‘frames’

26 November 2015

The Secret Euphoria of Reading

‘The blurbs state their presence as echo chambers in which the absent books resound with murmurs, with questions such as: what builds a library? What connects disparate works and words? What do books transmit onto our selves? And further on, detours into what is commonly deemed irrelevant, marginal, minor — until I’m no longer sure who generates what, what is written before and what after, what is read into writing and written out of reading, and notions of origin are buried beneath layers of rewritings.’

For a long time I’d thought of writing something around a book (in Italian, no English translation) that collects Roberto Calasso’s book blurbs for the legendary Italian publishing house Adelphi, echoing in turn what those blurbs and those books had meant to me years ago, before I even knew I’d be a writer.

‘Woven across the fabric of Calasso’s blurbs is a thread of marginal figures, writers in spite of themselves. These people wrote yet would not call themselves writers. They were recluse, enclosed, outsiders locked in, disrupting any notions of a unified and coherent writing subject.’

As part of my ongoing work on frames, margins, edges, The Secret Euphoria of Reading is now published on 3:AM Magazine, thanks to Tristan Foster’s support and accurate editorial input. You can read the piece here.

‘Adelphi’s main series ‘Biblioteca’ began with Alfred Kubin’s The Other Side. Calasso’s collection of blurbs begins with Samuel Butler’s Erewhon: a scrambled nowhere, a scrambled other side, a book first published anonymously, the perfect start for this collection of texts written around the eventful and sensuous nowhere of reading.’

The Secret Euphoria of Reading: on Roberto Calasso’s Cento lettere a uno sconosciuto

12 September 2015

Frames on Gorse #4

Six new texts are to be published on various journals and anthologies in the next few months. They are all interconnected, and deal in different ways with my ongoing concern with frames, in the attempt to shape a writing which inhabits certain rhythms heard in reading and listening.

The first of these texts will appear on the fourth issue of literary journal Gorse. It is entitled Frames and it contains short translations I made of some of Pasolini’s book reviews (never translated into English before), the only song he wrote, a marionette play and a slideshow, while not being ‘about’ any of these at all.

Gorse#4 is out at the end of September. You can read a preview of my text here:

http://gorse.ie/frames/

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