9th Ave: Eliot Weinberger and Stephen Sparks

Monday, October 24, 2016 - 7:30pm

This event will be held at our 9th Ave. store.

 

 

Green Apple's Stephen Sparks talks with essayist and translator Eliot Weinberger about his new collection, The Ghosts of Birds.

 

 

Praise for Eliot Weinberger:

 

"One remains in silent amazement: How does he find these stories? How does he know everything?" —Die Zeit


"His essays are dense collages of magical facts that make me ecstatic every time I read them." —Sam Anderson, The New York Times


"As is often the case with brilliant writers, an Eliot Weinberger sentence cannot be mistaken for that of anyone else." —Will Heyward, Australian Book Review


"The brilliant net of details that Weinberger casts and recasts in his various inventive approaches to form is precisely what constitutes a superlative poetic imagination. And it’s what holds the essays—and us—trembling and raging and hallucinating together." —Forrest Gander

 

"Our personal favorite for the Nobel Prize." —Rolling Stone (Germany)
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About The Ghosts of Birds:

 

The Ghosts of Birds offers thirty-five essays by Eliot Weinberger: the first section of the book continues his linked serial-essay, An Elemental Thing, which pulls the reader into a "vortex for the entire universe" (Boston Review). Here, Weinberger chronicles a nineteenth-century journey down the Colorado River, records the dreams of people named Chang, and shares other factually verifiable discoveries that seem too fabulous to possibly be true. The second section collects Weinberger's essays on a wide range of subjects some of which have been published in Harper's, New York Review of Books, and London Review of Books including his notorious review of George W. Bush's memoir Decision Points and writings about Mongolian art and poetry, different versions of the Buddha, American Indophilia (There is a line, however jagged, from pseudo-Hinduism to Malcolm X ), Bela Balazs, Herbert Read, and Charles Reznikoff. This collection proves once again that Weinberger is "one of the bravest and sharpest minds in the United States" (Javier Marias).

 

The Ghosts of Birds Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780811226189
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Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - October 11th, 2016

The Ghosts of Birds offers thirty-five essays by Eliot Weinberger: the first section of the book continues his linked serial-essay, An Elemental Thing, which pulls the reader into "a vortex for the entire universe" (Boston Review).


Nineteen Ways of Looking at Wang Wei (with More Ways) Cover Image
By Eliot Weinberger, Octavio Paz (Afterword by)
$10.95
ISBN: 9780811226202
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Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - October 11th, 2016

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An Elemental Thing Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9780811216944
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Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - May 17th, 2007

With An Elemental Thing, Weinberger turns from his celebrated political chronicles to the timelessness of the subjects of his literary essays.


Works on Paper, 1980-1986 Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780811210010
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Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - November 1st, 1986

This is the first collection of his writings, twenty-one pieces that juxtapose the world as it is and the world as it is imagined--by artists, poets, historical figures, and ordinary people.


Oranges & Peanuts for Sale Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780811218344
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Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - June 23rd, 2009

One section focuses on writers and literary works: strange tales from classical and modern China; the Psalms in translation: a skeptical look at E. B. White'sNew York.


Outside Stories, 1987-1991 Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9780811212212
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Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - October 1st, 1992

Selected Non-Fictions: Volume 3 Cover Image
By Jorge Luis Borges, Eliot Weinberger (Editor), Esther Allen (Translator)
$25.00
ISBN: 9780140290110
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Published: Penguin Books - November 1st, 2000

Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award in Criticism


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