Yes indeedy, this is one of the books we've been waiting for (with bated breath) since 2011 publishing schedules were released. It's a highly-anticipated collection of essays, articles, and speeches Roberto Bolano published between 1998 and 2003. Between Parentheses was translated by Natasha Wimmer, and beautifully packaged in true New Directions Press style. In the 370 pages of the book, Bolano discusses the role of exile in literature, dissects countless books, and writes about his homeland (Chile) with the eloquence, fierceness, and keen observation that characterizes all his writing.
From a piece entitled simply "Philip K. Dick":
"In my long conversations with Rodrigo Fresan about Philip K. Dick in bars and restaurants around Barcelona [...] we've never run out of things to say.
"These are some of the conclusions we've reached: Dick was a schizophrenic. Dick was a paranoiac. Dick is one of the ten best American writers of the twentieth century, which is saying a lot. Dick was a kind of Kafka steeped in LSD and rage. Dick talks to us, in The Man in the High Castle, in what would become his trademark way, about how mutable reality can be and therefore how mutable history can be. Dick is Thoreau plus the death of the American dream."
Clearly, Bolano's non-fiction is nothing to sneeze at. Hurry in, we've only received a few copies now.
And on the opposite end of things, the newest issue of The Believer is out. Of course I love all the different themed issues of The Believer they put out every year. Film? Art? Music? I love that stuff. Even so, like the less formally innovative McSweeney's volumes, I think the non-thematic Believer is where it shines. Issue 81 has an interview with Joe Sacco, a review of the new Destroyer album and the old Dr. Seuss books, and a nice little Sheila Heti/Misha Glouberman The Chairs Are Where the People Go feature, complete with handbill that offers to teach you "how to make friends in a new city".
Don't forget, we're really excited to be launching this book with Misha and Sheila in a Trampoline Hall event at Sala Rossa on Tuesday August 2nd. Stay tuned for more details and a Facebook event soon!