- Norwegian author Karl Ove Knausgaard went on a trek through Russia to pay homage to classic Russian authors and to collect stories from the locals. The resulting essay is quite fascinating.
- “We are not aiming for anything beyond the excitement of content and craft. The rest is logistics”: Naveen Kishore, the founder of Seagull Books, talks about how his six-person office became one of the best-loved and most respected publishers in the world.
- From a recently published book of her essays, Hannah Arendt’s impressions of W. H. Auden after meeting him in the 1970s.
- “And so we live, torn between brief explosions of meaning and patient wandering through the plains of ordinary days”: Cynthia Haven reviews Slight Exaggeration, the latest essay collection from the brilliant Polish poet Adam Zagajewski.
- A brief summary of the medieval French romances that gave us our modern conception of the “romantic.”
- Stephen Mitchell on his new translation of Beowulf and how he got into translation in the first place.
- “If we cannot use arms … let us embrace with complaints”: Franz Kafka’s letters to his fiancée Felice Bauer were almost as dark and repulsive as his fiction.
As you may have noticed, I haven’t been updating as frequently. To free up time for other projects, I’ve decided to switch to a biweekly schedule instead of my old weekly one.
See you in March!