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This issue, chock-a-block with fiction, art, poetry and essays, celebrates two international firsts. The work of the amazing French novelist Frédéric Berthet and the rediscovery of Jenny Ballou’s penetrating Spanish Prelude, about life among the Spanish intellectuals just prior to the Spanish Republic..
This issue is dedicated to Saul Bellow and Larry Rivers. Using the language and adventures of the urban frontier they transformed the shape of American ficition and art from the l950s on. Both were on our founding Board and encouraged us to make The Reading Room. They will be forever missed. We thought the best way to honor them was to let them speak in their own voices.
|America — Meet Modernism! Women of
the Little Magazine Movement, edited
by Barbara Probst Solomon in collaboration with her Sarah Lawrence students
in the graduate writing program,
is a comprehensive view of the impact little magazines, and the women
writers who founded some of the most important ones, had on modernist
literature in the first half of the twentieth century. It was as
significant a literary landmark as the 1913 Armory Show to Art.
The Dial," "Poetry," "The Little Review," "Story," "Twice
A Year," and
Sur" in Buenos Aires introduced to this continent, Cubism, Surrealism,
Futurism, and feminist and Freudian theories. Among the writers and
first published in these pioneering magazines were Ezra Pound, T.S. Eliot,
zora Neale Hurston, Carson McCullers, Mina Loy, william Faulkner, Franz
Kafka, James Joyce, Kay Boyle, Sherwood Anderson, Anton Chekhov, Marianne
Moore, Amy Lowell, Ernest Hemingway, J.D. Salinger, John Cheever, Norman
Mailer, Tennesse Williams and Virginia Woolf.
Available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, the Sarah Lawrence Book Store,
bookstores and online publishers.
|Once in a while something new and surprising bursts forth|
The Reading Room/4, writing of the
moment, is now available, featuring a portrait of Joseph Roth on
the cover which is one of, if not the last, works of Larry Rivers before
his death this August.
The Reading Room/3, writing of the moment, is now available, featuring new fiction by established writers, new voices in fiction and essays, and the completion of a new translation of Bubu of Montparnasse, Charles-Louis Philippe's short modernist classic.
The Reading Room/2, writing of the moment, is now available, featuring new fiction by established writers, new voices in fiction and essays, and a new translation of Bubu of Montparnasse, Charles-Louis Philippe's short modernist classic.
|The Reading Room: Spring
2000 Premier Issue is now available.
Featuring young new talent alongside more established writers. Additional
details available by clicking below.
When the War Was Over
|Arriving Where We Started
by Barbara Probst Solomon
ARRIVING WHERE WE STARTED, SOLOMON'S classic memoir, is the personal odyssey of a Jewish-American girl's coming-of-age in Manhattan right after the Holocaust; she tries to make sense of what happened by going to France and Germany. She joins the Paris-based first postwar Spanish student resistance to Franco Spain, and participates in the legendary rescue of students imprisoned in a slave labor camp near Madrid. "I loved the book. It's exceptionally well written, with a terrific zest and drive. The Spanish scenes especially are superb." Clancy Sigal
"A tough and honest book and also a very affecting
one . . . it is going to take its place with Conroy's Stop Time
and Exley's A Fan's Notes in that select group of memoirs of
certain young Americans." Harvey Swados
Solomon's memoir-documentary, WHEN THE WAR WAS OVER* (based on Arriving Where We Started), premiered in 1999 on PBS and Canal Plus in Europe. It has also shown at the Josph Papp Public Theater of the Lincoln Festival Film Society and in festivals in Geneva and Barcelona. It was the lead film in the 1998 Sarah Lawrence International Film Festival on Women Directors.
*Available through Great Marsh Press at (212)
ARRIVING WHERE WE STARTED won the Pablo Antonio de Olavide prize in Barcelona "for being the best, most literary account of the intellectual resistance to Franco." SOLOMON's work includes Short Flights ("All history must be like this. But Barbara Probst Solomon has had the nerve to tell. Thus this remarkable memoir." Carolyn See New York Times), and the novel Smart Hearts in the City, about which Stanley Crouch in The All-American Skin Game, wrote: "Like the lyrics of Beale Street Blues and the end of The Great Gatsby, this novel concludes at the water, after something has run dry. Indian Path has long been gone, even cut up into smaller units: Harlem is a garbage can that may or may not become a cradle for new and vital cultural life . . . The mulatto textures of Katy Becker's world and the many, many ways in which Barbara Probst Solomon has elevated her epic sense of Americana into literature, subtle to raw, is an achievement that should take a lasting place in the writing about the riddle of the human spirit as expressed within the context of this polyglot nation's bittersweet and stinking little secrets."
Solomon's coverage of the Klaus Barbie trial appeared in her collected essays Horse Trading and Ecstasy. Her essays have appears in The New York Times, The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books, Doubletake, Vogue, The Washington Post, The New Republic, Commentary, The Nation, The Village Voice, Partisan Review, L'infini (Gallimard) and L'Evénement du Jeudi. She is correspondent for Spain's newspaper-of-record, El País.
ISBN 1-928863-00-0$16.00 Canada 22.00
Library of Congress Catalog Card Number 98-85531
Beat of Life
by Barbara Probst Solomon
THE BEAT OF LIFE by BARBARA PROBST SOLOMON, a literary sensation when published, was acclaimed by The New Yorker, Dwight Macdonald, John Braine (Room at the Top), Irving Howe and Colin Wilson, and hailed as ". . . the most scalding story of precocious love since Devil in the Flesh ." A rare record of what the late '50s and '60s felt like to a young woman writer living in New York in the time of the Beats, just before the Women's Movement.
"It is an extraordinary piece of work. She's an
amazingly gifted writer, and it's a very moving and exact study of the
death of love, the hideously whistling space where all our values used
to be. Exactly because her Timothy and Natasha are so unremarkable she
conveys a grim sense of how remarkable, if one's going to survive this
desert, one's got to become; she makes us see, far better than they do,
what they lack and what this lack means. Her people are the 'beat'
generation, stripped of the dubious protection of the uniform, the pose,
the shrillness, the fake poetry and the fake jazz—though everything they
go after is equally, in its own way, fake— and her book is the best thing
I can remember reading on the subject." James Baldwin
No longer available.
History in New York
by Linsey Abrams
OUR HISTORY IN NEW YORK by LINSEY ABRAMS covers a single year in the lives of narrator Chloe, her long-time lover Helen, and their mostly lesbian and gay friends.These characters follow their individual destinies—pregnancy by insemination, running for office, the vicissitudes of romance and aging, AIDS. They also have a communal destiny, to articulate their oral history and remember who they are. "[Abram's new novel is] the ordinary life of a tough, sometimes grieving and sick but intransigent generation who made its own liberation history." Grace Paley
"Abrams paints neighborhoods with the precision of the old Dutch Masters . . . Her success is in her narrative style. Each chapter is an exquisite short story." Sojourner
About the Author:
by Charles-Louis Philippe
in a new translation and forward of the forgotten French classic.
. . . Bubu stood for Paris as some of Dickens' novels stand for London . . . Philippe had a gift which is rare enough: the ability not to generalize. To be able to select what is really significant, to be able not to corrupt it by afterthoughts, is as rare as imaginative invention . . . T.S. Eliot
The depiction of the young pimp Bubu, and
his adolescent world of fellow pimps, whores, and country kids from the
provinces adrift in fin-de-siècle Paris, is as compelling and pertinent
at the end of the twentieth century as it was at its beginning. But then
the plague that destroyed was syphilis, not AIDS. PHILIPPE was ahead
of his time in his comprehension of the untenable position of women. His
uncompromising portrait of the destruction of the teen-aged prostitute,
Berthe, is summed up in the chilling famous last line: "Come quick. A woman
is being murdered here."
|The Life and Death
of Abdullah Arrouk in Chamartin Station.
A new collection of essays by Juan Goytisolo, Spain's foremost living writer, translated by Peter Bush.
|New Fiction from Aventura Books|
$15.95 Canada $22.00
Library of Congress
Catalogue Number: 99-90863
|I, Grace Note is a comic
novel by J. Schwartzman, that covers a year in the life of Miss Grace Note,
a songwriter with a band. After years of playing low-level dives and jazz
brunches, Grace finally gets her big break: one of the world's most notorious
rock bands — Death Threat — wants to record one of her songs. But her career
boost turns into a nightmare when the band transforms her song into an
erotic anthem that immediately incurs the wrath of fundamentalists. Before
she can pick up her gold record, she's in the middle of a scandal, and
heading for a showdown on national television. Though it looks like her
career is falling apart, Grace never loses sight of her ultimate goal:
a record contract for her own band, Swan Venom.
I, Grace Note takes you from a cool, downtown club in New York City to a hot California spa; from a west coast fling with a filmmaker to a new-age retreat with a sexy guru named Dino Rainwater. It's a hilarious trip through the music business that will leave you wishing you had never given up those music lessons.