- September 8th, 2007
A Poet's Prose, Selected Writings of Louise Bogan, edited by Mary Kinsie, was published by Swallow Press in 2005. Because previous editions of Bogan's prose and criticism are out of print, Kinzie's edition was a most welcome arrival, since she also included Bogan's unpublished poems and drafts.
- August 25th, 2007A Guide to Philosophy in Six Hours and Fifteen Minutes, by Witold Gombrowicz, translated by Benjamin Ivry (Yale Univ Press)
Just before he died in 1969, Gombrowicz drafted this remarkable romp through European philosophy as a series of terse “lessons” for his wife Rita. The line of thought runs from Kant, Schopenhauer, Hegel, Husserl and Kierkegaard through Nietzsche, Heidegger and Sartre, with a final flourish on Marx. “Philosophy is needed for a global view of culture. It is important for writers,” he says.
- August 18th, 2007
Brendan Galvin has published twelve books of poetry starting with No Time for Good Reasons (Pittsburgh, 1974). Although he has written very little criticism, his piquant point of view of his contemporaries is more than apparent.
- August 17th, 2007
Bolognini’s book of genial essays on psychoanalytic study is subtitled “Fables from the Land of the Repressed.” Unlike the dynamic, multi-layered, and often literary essays of the psychologist Adam Phillips, Bolognini’s work is based on simple or extended anecdote and reflection.
- August 12th, 2007A Tranquil Star, stories by Primo Levi, translated by Ann Goldstein and Alessandra Bastagli (Norton)
With his two memoirs of Auschwitz, Survival in Auschwitz and The Reawakening, Primo Levi (1919-1987) earned his reputation as the greatest writer of the Holocaust.
- August 7th, 2007Manthology, a poetry anthology edited by Craig Crist-Evans, Kate Fetherston, and Roger Weingarten (Univ. of Iowa Press)
Since everything human not specifically about women is about men, and even much about women is also often about men when told by a man (or a woman), the idea of an anthology of poems about "the male experience" may seem somewhat inane, and its choices fated to be arbitrary.