1. Pierre Reverdy event tonight at McNally Jackson (7 pm)

    It Must in Fact Have Been Quite Cold

    There’s me
           And all the buzzers in the house went off at once
    Why have they brought so many bells and alarm clocks
           From the tapestry where my body flattens in profile
                 hands like a  platter asking for mercy I look 
                 at my life from which I’ve withdrawn myself
    Distances were done away with and yet everything
           stays in place
                  All that’s lacking is a little air
                  The harmony of their lines is enough to keep each
                        piece of furniture solid
    Yet sometimes they weren’t recognizable
           The visitor is in the sitting room or at the door
                  waiting after having rung the bell
    And all those who pass by hold their hats in their hands
        But I can no longer come down
        The tapestry is trembling
                  It’s too cold

    Unfortunately Paul Auster will not be able to make it to tonight’s event at McNally Jackson as previous listed. However, Mary Ann Caws, Geoffrey O’Brien, Ron Padgett, Mark Polizzotti, and Richard Sieburth will all still be there reading from their translations of Reverdy’s poem and discussing his work (plus wine). And for those concerned about the temperature, the poem above (translated by Marilyn Hacker) is for you.

  2. NYRB Classics presents: Artemis Cooper on the Life & Adventures of Patrick Leigh Fermor | McNally Jackson Books →

    Artemis Cooper, author of the biography Patrick Leigh Fermor: An Adventure, will be at McNally Jackson in NYC tonight at 7 pm. She’s got photos and stories.

  3. McNally Jackson and the NYRB Classics: Devil's Night with Susan Bernofsky | McNally Jackson Books →

    This is tonight. You should come. Even if you’re an arachnophobe. Actually maybe not. Sculptor Martha Friedman will be presenting a slideshow of art spidery and spooky.

  4. Tonight at 192 Books, Damion Searls talks Nescio


    For those in the NYC area, come out to hear translator Damion Searls talk about the Dutch author Nescio’s life and work at 192 Books tonight at 7 pm (info here). Nescio only wrote a few novella’s early in his life in 1910s, and then much later during the Nazi occupation of Holland with his story ‘Insula Dei.’ Amsterdam Stories is the first collection and translation of Nescio’s work into English. Think of a Dutch combination of F. Scott Fitzgerald, Salinger, and Kafka and you’re pretty close.