Nigerians in Space

ephemera from Deji Olukotun, author of the novel from Unnamed Press
amandaonwriting:

Zadie Smith - On Writing
1 When still a child, make sure you read a lot of books. Spend more time doing this than anything else.
2 When an adult, try to read your own work as a stranger would read it, or even better, as an enemy would.
3 Don’t romanticise your “vocation”. You can either write good sentences or you can’t. There is no “writer’s lifestyle”. All that matters is what you leave on the page.
4 Avoid your weaknesses. But do this without telling yourself that the things you can’t do aren’t worth doing. Don’t mask self-doubt with contempt.
5 Leave a decent space of time between writing something and editing it.
6 Avoid cliques, gangs, groups. The presence of a crowd won’t make your writing any better than it is.
7 Work on a computer that is disconnected from the ­internet.
8 Protect the time and space in which you write. Keep everybody away from it, even the people who are most important to you.
9 Don’t confuse honours with achievement.
10 Tell the truth through whichever veil comes to hand – but tell it. Resign yourself to the lifelong sadness that comes from never ­being satisfied.

amandaonwriting:

Zadie Smith - On Writing

1 When still a child, make sure you read a lot of books. Spend more time doing this than anything else.

When an adult, try to read your own work as a stranger would read it, or even better, as an enemy would.

3 Don’t romanticise your “vocation”. You can either write good sentences or you can’t. There is no “writer’s lifestyle”. All that matters is what you leave on the page.

4 Avoid your weaknesses. But do this without telling yourself that the things you can’t do aren’t worth doing. Don’t mask self-doubt with contempt.

Leave a decent space of time between writing something and editing it.

6 Avoid cliques, gangs, groups. The presence of a crowd won’t make your writing any better than it is.

Work on a computer that is disconnected from the ­internet.

8 Protect the time and space in which you write. Keep everybody away from it, even the people who are most important to you.

Don’t confuse honours with achievement.

10 Tell the truth through whichever veil comes to hand – but tell it. Resign yourself to the lifelong sadness that comes from never ­being satisfied.

(via amandaonwriting)

When one poet reads another poet, it is like one explorer studying the maps of a predecessor. If the complete works of a poet are a world map of his own making, then to be influenced by another poet is to have the map of his writing placed over your own. Every time another strong influence is experienced, another map is placed on top of a growing pile of maps, which adds up to a weight of influence. And then, if the poet is lucky enough, he discovers his own way of writing, and at that point all the accumulated maps of his reading become transparencies, through which we look into the palimpsest of the new poet’s psyche.

—Billy Collins, in PEN America 15

(Source: pen.org)

vintageanchor:

A 500-year-old book published soon after Johannes Gutenberg invented the  printing press turned up at an appraisal day at a museum in Sandy, Utah. The  owner of the book brought it to the event in a plastic bag. He said it belonged  to his great uncle and was kept in the attic for years. The illustrated  German-language book, titled “Nuremberg Chronicle,” was published in 1493.  Two-thirds of its pages are missing, its condition is poor, and a few hundred  copies of the book still exist. But the appraiser, Ken Sanders, is thrilled to  have identified the book. It is made of cotton bond paper, not wood pulp, and  smells like an old book. It’s a tattered piece of history worth up to $50,000.

vintageanchor:

A 500-year-old book published soon after Johannes Gutenberg invented the printing press turned up at an appraisal day at a museum in Sandy, Utah. The owner of the book brought it to the event in a plastic bag. He said it belonged to his great uncle and was kept in the attic for years. The illustrated German-language book, titled “Nuremberg Chronicle,” was published in 1493. Two-thirds of its pages are missing, its condition is poor, and a few hundred copies of the book still exist. But the appraiser, Ken Sanders, is thrilled to have identified the book. It is made of cotton bond paper, not wood pulp, and smells like an old book. It’s a tattered piece of history worth up to $50,000.

(Source: vintageanchorbooks, via themissourireview)

Jewish Book Week inaugurates its 60th year on February 18 in London
literalab:

The Golem, Gestapo and a wandering Jew at London’s Jewish Book Week
Jewish Book Week inaugurates its 60th year on February 18 in London, with a strong showing of Central and Eastern European literary events.
Joseph Roth , Daša Drndić, Ludmila Ultiskaya , Umberto Eco, The Golem and more …
Read the full article on literalab at Czech Position
“I have nothing to do with the landscape, nothing to do with the sky. Nor anything to do with the technology, with the paving stones and construction of the buildings, with the society, with the art.”
- Joseph Roth on Germany, from Joseph Roth: A Life in Letters
Photo – Joseph Roth
Excerpts from Roth’s letters at The New Yorker

Jewish Book Week inaugurates its 60th year on February 18 in London

literalab:

The Golem, Gestapo and a wandering Jew at London’s Jewish Book Week

Jewish Book Week inaugurates its 60th year on February 18 in London, with a strong showing of Central and Eastern European literary events.

Joseph Roth , Daša Drndić, Ludmila Ultiskaya , Umberto Eco, The Golem and more …

Read the full article on literalab at Czech Position

“I have nothing to do with the landscape, nothing to do with the sky. Nor anything to do with the technology, with the paving stones and construction of the buildings, with the society, with the art.”

- Joseph Roth on Germany, from Joseph Roth: A Life in Letters

Photo – Joseph Roth

Excerpts from Roth’s letters at The New Yorker