Posts Tagged ‘books’

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

Name less than five books published in the last decade that you’d sacrifice all the others for.

Joshua Marie Wilkinson’s summer reads

Monday, June 24th, 2013


We get a ton of books for review consideration on my desk for The Volta. Even though we tried to run weekly reviews for a year, that still didn’t seem to touch anything but the best stuff off the top. So, I’ve pulled out a dozen or so that I’m really excited to read this summer:


Rae Armantrout’s Just Saying is the follow-up to the follow-up to Armantrout’s Pulitzer Prize winner, so I won’t be surprised if it gets less attention than Versed or Money Shot—though it shouldn’t. I’m halfway through it, and it’s just as good:


A woman writes to ask

how far along I am

with my apocalypse


What will you give me

if I tell?


NYRB Winter Sale

Friday, February 24th, 2012

The NYRB is having their winter sale. 50% off. Just bought 8 more fucking books.

Mainstream Publishers Improve Books

Sunday, December 4th, 2011

Booksellers, concerned about the prevalence of eBooks, are making their print books look better, says this article in the NYTimes. The paperback of Jay-Z’s book has shiny embossing and costs $25.

Mendelsund on Cover Design

Friday, November 4th, 2011

The excellent Peter Mendelsund posted the first part of a five part essay on jacketing works of fiction.

!!! or ???

Thursday, October 27th, 2011

What authors or books do you love that most people hate or have never heard of?

I Will Judge Your Book By Its Cover

Thursday, June 23rd, 2011

Do you know what I’m tired of? Really bad cover art. I understand that when you run a small press you have limited funds and can’t pay some brilliant designer, but IDK, if you can’t create something new at least copy something good. I’m an aesthete and have no problem admitting that if a book has an awesome cover & i’ve never heard of it, I will be more likely to pick it up. Hell, if a book has an awesome cover and is some weird mathematical exploration of space I will pick it up and read it even though I formerly had no interest in mathematical explorations of space, etc. Here are 35 book/magazine/pamphlet covers that (I think) are better than most things in the world:



Thursday, June 9th, 2011

Best deal in town for rad literature: DALKEY SUMMER SALE. Up to 60% off and free US shipping, running through June 15th. Go.

“Nothing ever happens.”

Friday, January 21st, 2011

This is the first installment of what I might call Litblogging Wis Frvr or something like that. Sort of an anthology-in-progress.

The Book: A Spiritual Instrument
by Stéphane Mallarmé

I am the author of a statement to which there have been varying reactions, including praise and blame, and which I shall make again in the present article. Briefly, it is this: all earthly existence must ultimately be contained in a book. (more…)

2010 in Books (+1 album, TV show, movie)

Wednesday, January 5th, 2011

I read a little more than half a Louisville Slugger’s worth. Not included: the books I started and didn’t finish. Included below but not pictured: books I’ve given to friends. It was a great year, though, in that I read more books that I know I’ll reread than in any other. In mostly scattered order: