Encounters

Encounter: Reuniting with a Polish Poet in Sydney's Second-hand Stacks

Encounter: Reuniting with a Polish Poet in Sydney's Second-hand Stacks

It’s inevitable. Every time I walk into a bookstore, I find myself longing to buy stacks of books—and I don’t mean stacks of just any books. My great desire has always been to leave the store with copies of books that I already own. I want reading copies. I want pristine copies. I want editions with different introductions, American editions, English editions, French editions. Then I want a few more copies just in case, the kind to give away when the right reader comes along. 
Kevin Rabalais revisits Zbigniew Herbert. 

Encounters: How to Hopscotch from one favorite writer to the next

Encounters: How to Hopscotch from one favorite writer to the next

This (for now) is less about Denis Johnson than about the way that following our favorite authors opens unexpected conversations, permitting chance encounters with writers we otherwise might not have met. It’s like one friend guaranteeing that we’ll enjoy the company of another.

My start-of-the-year reading of Johnson’s work opened the door to Leonard Gardner and his slim masterpiece Fat City (1969).

On the Melancholy of Resistance

On the Melancholy of Resistance

In this new Encounter, Andrés Hax discovers a writer and a filmmaker who jolt his memories of place and help define his relationship with fictional locations. 

"It is a deep pleasure to read an author without any critical preconceptions because you are absolutely free to live inside of the work, to come to it on your own terms, to evaluate it as something new." 

Encounters: Yannis Ritsos and the Messages in the Bottle

Encounters: Yannis Ritsos and the Messages in the Bottle

"Yet we did not come into the world
only to die.
Since at dawn
it smells of lemon peel."
                       Yannis Ritsos

In this episode of Encounters, we follow Yannis Ritsos through his exile in Greek concentration camps and the purpose that kept him alive. 

Encounters: Giangiacomo Feltrinelli, Pasternak and the Bomb

Encounters: Giangiacomo Feltrinelli, Pasternak and the Bomb

We begin our new series Encounters with the strange tale of an Italian publisher and would-be terrorist.

"Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities. Truth isn't."  Mark Twain, Following the Equator