1. “Fearing manages that rare and enviable feat: a page-turner that’s expertly plotted and coiled tight as a watch-spring, yet whose narrative gears also serve as an affecting existential metaphor.”

    — Adam Sternbergh explains why “you must read” Kenneth Fearing’s Big Clock, over at NPR Books.

  2. 
I drank a glass of beer once, but I will never drink another one again. Where will it lead? To noble endeavors? Certainly not.
—Robert Walser, A Schoolboy’s Diary, “Fritz Kocher’s Essays”

Photo submitted by pattyyumicottrell.tumblr.com
Do you have a picture of one of our books with coffee or tea (or even ignoble beer)? Send it to this address and we’ll post them here (making you an honorary member of the Classics and Coffee Club).

    I drank a glass of beer once, but I will never drink another one again. Where will it lead? To noble endeavors? Certainly not.

    —Robert Walser, A Schoolboy’s Diary, “Fritz Kocher’s Essays”

    Photo submitted by pattyyumicottrell.tumblr.com

    Do you have a picture of one of our books with coffee or tea (or even ignoble beer)? Send it to this address and we’ll post them here (making you an honorary member of the Classics and Coffee Club).

  3. “Hey wait.
    Well love after all is a habit like any other.
    A habit, maybe. Like any other, no.”

    — Renata Adler, Pitch Dark (via susanazialcita)

  4. “In any case, Marie would find peace with me. I would make sure that she would never again fall prey to some guy like me.”

    — 

    Transit by Anna Seghers

    i mean is there aaaanything more fun than a man written by a woman

    (via bloomcity)

  5. greenapplebooks:

    We’re really into NYRBs.

    Is there an award for best bookstore staff recommendation? Because Green Apple Books would take it year after year.

    Here’s a close-up of their Moravagine recommendation and it is a sight to behold.

  6. Guys, should we have used this image for Butcher’s Crossing rather than the tasteful Albert Bierstadt painting we went with? 
"Through blinding heat across an unyielding land they trekked … men in search of a burning vision"

    Guys, should we have used this image for Butcher’s Crossing rather than the tasteful Albert Bierstadt painting we went with?

    "Through blinding heat across an unyielding land they trekked … men in search of a burning vision"

  7. 57thstreetbooks:

Small press shrine part deux: we pay homage to NYRB Classics. See those dangling pieces of paper? Those are staff recommendations. But don’t take our word for it:
In Love by Alfred Hayes
Unforgiving Years by Victor Serge
A Schoolboy’s Diary by Robert Walser
Don’t Look Now by Daphne Du Maurier
The Gallery by John Horne Burns


And thanks to 57th Street Books/Seminary Co-op for being such crazy good places to come in from the Chicago cold and discover wonderful things to read.

    57thstreetbooks:

    Small press shrine part deux: we pay homage to NYRB Classics. See those dangling pieces of paper? Those are staff recommendations. But don’t take our word for it:

    In Love by Alfred Hayes

    Unforgiving Years by Victor Serge

    A Schoolboy’s Diary by Robert Walser

    Don’t Look Now by Daphne Du Maurier

    The Gallery by John Horne Burns

    And thanks to 57th Street Books/Seminary Co-op for being such crazy good places to come in from the Chicago cold and discover wonderful things to read.

  8. Small Press Night @ Unabridged Bookstore in Chicago

    NYRB took part in a wonderful Small Press Night at Unabridged Bookstore in Chicago’s Boystown neighborhood this past Saturday. There were growlers galore from Dry Hop

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    …presentations from the good people of Other Press, Open Letter Books, Dalkey Archive Press, Milkweed Editions, and New Directions

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    …NYRB’s own Nick During dazzled the company with his rundown of the NYRB Classics, Children’s Collection, and Poets lines…

    And as an added treat, there was almost a full bookcase of NYRB Classics on site…

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    Thank you, thank you to the Unabridged staff for being such gracious hosts and to Jeff Waxman for arranging the event. Such a spectacular time!

    Check out Unabridged’s tumblr and more pictures from the event here.

  9. obscenester:

    In Love by Alfred Hayes. Read this twice in the last two months.

    "We’re fine at suffering. But it’s such a noiseless suffering. We never disturb the neighbors with it."

  10. "Just knowing that he is in the same city may give me the power to hurt myself into poetry."

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    The only pleasant thing that’s happened to me since you left is that I read Paul Goodman’s current manifesto in Kenyon Review and if you haven’t devoured its delicious message rush to your nearest newsstand! It is really lucid about what’s bothering us both besides sex, and it’s so heartwarming to know that someone understands these things, especially that it is him and not someone of the Other Camp, the International Farts for the Reestablishment of Woodcuts in Cairo…; he is really the only one we have to look to now that Gide is dead, and just knowing that he is in the same city may give me the power to hurt myself into poetry. Or it may give it to someone else! help. Anyhow, I wish you would do his portrait so that if he doesn’t like me personally we can at least some day hang in the same gallery.

    —Letter from Frank O’Hara to the painter Jane Freilicher, (1951) on display at the Poetry Foundation in Chicago, as part of the exhibit “Jane Freilicher: Painter Among Poets.” For more on Freilicher and her poet friends, see “Explicit As a Star” by Jenni Quilter at Poetry.

    Man, people really love Paul Goodman.

    (Also on display in the exhibit is the Freilicher painting reproduced on the cover of The New York Stories of Elizabeth Hardwick.)

  11. If you got a subscription to the NYRB Classics Book Club this year, you might be looking at your copy of Balzac’s Human Comedy. Here they are, all ready for the mailman to pick up.

    If you got a subscription to the NYRB Classics Book Club this year, you might be looking at your copy of Balzac’s Human Comedy. Here they are, all ready for the mailman to pick up.

  12. “1.
    The translator meets himself emerging from his lover’s bedroom. So much for fidelity, he thinks.”

    — from "The Death of the Translator" by George Szirtes, at The White Review

  13. A DIY Jenny Linsky by Kate Skogen. Black cat from Heath Ceramics.

    Original post @ Instagram.

  14. theinsectworld:

    For some time now on bad days I’ve been falling back on a news item I read last month. An important witness in the current American government scandal was said to be desperately afraid of going to prison because he’s so good-looking that all the homosexuals will be after him. I have many problems but not that one.

    Turtle Diary (1975), by Russell Hoban

  15. “Oh, my dear, relations are like drugs―useful sometimes, and even pleasant, if taken in small quantities and seldom, but dreadfully pernicious on the whole, and the truly wise avoid them.”

    — Elizabeth von Arnim, Elizabeth and Her German Garden (via thevividword)