Babel and Babylon

Context N°11 by Lindsay Waters “But when the tower fell, and the tongues of men were diversified by various sounds, the whole earth of humans was filled with fragmenting kingdoms.” —Sibylline Oracles 3:105-107 I have a confession to make. I Read on! →

University and Bookstore Advisors for CONTEXT

Context N°11 A Ralph Adamo, Dillard University Gail Adams, West Virginia University Tom Ahern, Latitude 33, Laguna Beach, CA Philip Ahrens, Gotham Book Mart, New York, NY Gail Albutt, Stanford Bookstore, Stanford, CA Beth Alcouloumre, Borders Books & Music, Kallua-Kona, Read on! →

Back to the Backlash

Context N°11 by Thomas Frank Readers in other countries will probably be surprised to learn of the massive and virtually unchecked power that leftists are reported to hold here in the United States. They will scratch their heads and run Read on! →

What do Women Want?

Context N°11 by Mary E. Papke “Great Great Grandmother Olga Janovitch drew like an angel. She painted brilliant, radical paintings, unpacking the space in a painted room from the center of the picture outward like a Persian miniature, deep yet Read on! →

Remarks on the Passing of Cyrus Colter

Context N°11 by Reginald Gibbons Cyrus Colter was a board member for Dalkey Archive Press for several years, and more importantly he wrote one of the most important collections of stories of the last 50 years, The Beach Umbrella (available Read on! →

Fiction as Itself

Context N°11 by Giles Gordon The difficulty with writing, as with reading, is words. Only the painter uses paint—not the spectator, not even the art critic; he uses words. Only the composer uses notes—not the listener, nor the music critic; Read on! →

Reading Osman Lins’s Avalovara

Context N°11 by Gregory Rabassa A great deal of the fiction written in the second half of the twentieth century falls into or is near to a type of writing I call “the inventive novel.” These are narratives where the Read on! →

Reading André Breton

Context N°11 by Mary Ann Caws How very hard to run a movement and be oneself. Tristan Tzara somehow managed it with Dada, as long as he did, but then Dada died. As for Surrealism’s André Breton, something about his Read on! →

Reading Aidan Higgins

Context N°11 by Devin Johnston The writing of Aidan Higgins roams over continents, subjects, and genres, making it difficult to shelve or classify. In addition to various novels and short stories, one finds memoirs of a Sligo childhood in Scenes Read on! →

Reading Georges Perec

Context N°11 by Warren Motte Georges Perec is the finest French writer of the twentieth century. There. I’ve wanted to stake that claim, in print, for the last twenty-five years. And it seems to me finally, now, as we listen Read on! →