ESP-DISK: Always in Trouble

More good reading for the summer: been reading around Jason Weiss’ latest tome: Always in Trouble: An oral history of ESP-DISK, the most outrageous Record Label in America published earlier this year by Wesleyan University Press. It truly is a sweet dippin’ & diggin’ book, depending on your mood — Albert Ayler or Roswell Budd, Evan Parker or William Parker, Gato Barbieri or Amiri Baraka. A fascinating look ‘behind … Read more ESP-DISK: Always in Trouble

5 Questions with_________

Off for a week’s teaching at Naropa, so there will be few posts until I return, meanwhile check out this little interview I gave Maryam Monalisa Gharavi for The New Inquiry: Five Questions with Pierre Joris By MARYAM MONALISA GHARAVI Five Questions with __________ is an experiment with flash interviews. The series on poets continues with poet, essayist, anthologist, and translator Pierre Joris. Years ago, after the sudden death of a poet I admired … Read more 5 Questions with_________

JR Prague Interview

Interview with Jerome Rothenberg 27.04.2012 © Petr_Machan_PragueWritersFestival_2012 Jerome Rothenberg at the Prague Writers’ Festival Jerome Rothenberg was a guest at this year’s Prague Writers’ Festival and the acclaimed American poet spoke to me about his experience translating German and Czech poets, giving Nezval a voice in English and not speaking Yiddish with Paul Celan. Literalab: You’ve translated a number of German poets such as Paul Celan, and I was … Read more JR Prague Interview

Ed Foster interview in Turkish Newspaper

Edward Foster: Over the years, Turkish writing has been an ongoing fascination 15 March 2012 / AYDOGAN VATANDAŞ, NEW YORK When “Summer’s End” by one of the most remarkable novelists in Turkey, Adalet Agaoğlu, was translated into English in 2009, I never forgot the name she mentioned: “This is all thanks to Edward Foster.” In America, he is a well-known poet, critic, essayist and editor whose works have been … Read more Ed Foster interview in Turkish Newspaper

Syrian Poet Aïcha Arnaout Interview

Unhappily I have only a French version & no time right now to translate into English. But here are the opening paragraphs of an interview by Cécile Oumhani with the Syrian poet Aïcha Arnaout. You can read the full interview here. Cécile Oumhani: Entretien avec la poète syrienne Aïcha Arnaout Aïcha Arnaout est une poète syrienne, qui vit à Paris depuis 1978. Elle écrit en français et en arabe et … Read more Syrian Poet Aïcha Arnaout Interview

Charles Bernstein Interview in Brooklyn Rail…

… check it out, excellent! Charles Bernstein by Phong Bui CHARLES BERNSTEIN with Adam Fitzgerald by Charles Bernstein Charles Bernstein is the author of Attack of the Difficult Poems: Essays and Inventions (University of Chicago Press, 2011); All the Whiskey in Heaven: Selected Poems (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2010); Blind Witness: Three American Operas (Factory School, 2008); and Girly Man (Chicago Press, 2006). He teaches at the University of Pennsylvania, where he is … Read more Charles Bernstein Interview in Brooklyn Rail…

NY Times: After Reversal, Honor Is Likely for Kushner

Here, the opening paragraphs of today’s NY Times article on CUNY’s reversal in re Tony Kushner (you can read the full article here): After Reversal, Honor Is Likely for Kushner By WINNIE HU Published: May 6, 2011 Under mounting pressure, the City University of New York board of trustees moved on Friday to reverse its decision earlier this week to withhold an honorary degree from the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tony Kushner because of one … Read more NY Times: After Reversal, Honor Is Likely for Kushner

Eric Hobsbawm, Vindicated

Excellent interview with the last of our great Marxist historians — Eric Hobsbawm — in the Guardian a couple days ago. Below the opening shots — you can read the whole thing here. Tristram Hunt: At the heart of this book, is there a sense of vindication? That even if the solutions once offered by Karl Marx might no longer be relevant, he was asking the right questions about … Read more Eric Hobsbawm, Vindicated