by Michael Schapira

Chris Andrews

I read Bolaño first as a general reader, then as a translator, and finally as a critic.

Robert Meister – pt. 2

In California belief in the goodness of our state universities is best understood as a civic religion, which makes it difficult when faculty like me and Chris Newfield try to tell the public that its universities have become worse

Robert Meister – pt. 1

In colloquial terms we say possession is nine tenths of the law — well the other tenth is reparations.

Frédéric Gros

Nietzsche didn’t walk because he wanted to rest, because he wanted to recover from the fatigue of writing. The only way for him to feel good was to go walking, so he set out into the mountains with notebooks.

Paul Buhle

There’s an element of bohemianism that speaks to a sense of political futility or at least extreme difficulty of anything like political change. That’s where we are now.

Q&A with Guillaume Nicloux

In fact it’s not Michel Houellebecq who interests me, but rather Michel Thomas. It’s the human, not the writer.

20 4 420: Irie Edition

In a 1931 journal entry Wittgenstein wrote, “The works of great masters are suns which rise and set around us. The time will come for every great work that is now in the descendent to rise again.” This may be the most Irie remark that he ever set to paper and serves as a fine […]

Bill Cotter

In the novel, I built up the plot about halfway, and let the characters take over from there; I just watched what they did, and sometimes they did awful, gory things.

Janet Roitman

You can’t say that this object is a world with crisis and this object is a world without crisis. Empirically we can’t do that; it’s a logical distinction, we can only have crisis and anti-crisis.

Annemarie Jacir

I don’t consider hopefulness to be a naïve thing or just for the young and the idealistic. The people I respect the most are people that have survived some stuff and they have this hope — that is what they have found.