Articles by Nick Moran

September 29, 2013

The Best Books in Translation 0

Open Letter Books director Chad Post teamed up with Green Apple Books buyer Stephen Sparks to make a list of their twenty favorite books in translation. Among their selections is László Krasznahorkai’s Satantango, which Adam Levy reviewed for us last year, and which Post and Sparks describe as “a diabolical, haunting deconstruction of apocalyptic messianism.”

September 29, 2013

“Dying in Svalbard is hard—being buried is, in a way, much harder.” 0

For two weeks last summer, Colin Dickey sailed around the coast of Svalbard in the Arctic Circle. On one occasion, his voyage was stalled by heavy fog, and his group was obligated to anchor near Amsterdamøya. As one does, he used the occasion to ruminate about scurvy – or “polar night disease” – which claimed the […]

September 28, 2013

“There was a sort of magic down here.” 0

Moving from New York to Baton Rouge might sound extreme to some, but not to Emily Nemens. Over at Lean In, she explains how she worked her way up from graduate assistant to Southern Review coeditor.

September 28, 2013

Lit Mag Unlocked 1

Recommended Reading: Sundog Lit’s “Games” issue, which was guest-edited by Level End author Brian Oliu.

September 28, 2013

Geoff Dyer on Pagetti’s Syria 0

The devastating images of Syria shot by Franco Pagetti have been collected into a series entitled Veiled Aleppo. Over at The New Republic, Geoff Dyer writes about one of them. It’s an image, Dyer observes, that features “symbols … of the death throes not of a city but of film.”

September 28, 2013

Visualizing Don Quixote 0

Visual Editions wants to send photographer Jacob Robinson to La Mancha… by way of camper van. Along the way, he’ll be tasked with “captur[ing] the spirit of Don Quixote” on film and combining his shots with text from Miguel de Cervantes’s novel in order to create a re-imagined, “faithful and contemporary” edition. You can find […]

September 28, 2013

Letters from the Artist as a Young Man 0

Jonathan Raban intersperses biographical information about William Gaddis in order to give the correspondence collected in his recently published Letters greater context. There are ample details about the author’s travels in his young adulthood, his artistic frustrations over the publication of The Recognitions, and, of course, many details about the women in Gaddis’s life. “In […]

September 23, 2013

“It’s all in the dark, all feeling around” 0

Speaking to Parul Sehgal, recent Booker and National Book Award finalist Jhumpa Lahiri confesses that in order to write, she must begin from “a place where I feel—and need to feel—completely alone and anonymous.” The Lowland author elaborates that the act of writing is “such an intimate thing; I can’t do it in front of other people. […]

September 23, 2013

“Was it a vision, or a waking dream?” 1

Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch performed a haunting interpretation of “Ode to a Nightingale” by John Keats, and the actor has also recently signed on to play Hamlet on the London stage in autumn 2014. This raises the question: is Cumberbatch the British James Franco?

September 23, 2013

The Poetic Seas 0

“China will establish a naming system for seabed areas based on the country’s oldest poetry collection, the country’s State Oceanic Administration (SOA) said on Monday.”