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on The Whole Harmonium: The Life of Wallace Stevens by Paul Mariani (Simon & Schuster)

On August 8, 1940, Wallace Stevens wrote a letter in response to questions from Hi Simons, a publisher then compiling a Stevens bibliography: “[T]here is a kind of secrecy between the poet and his poem which, once violated, affects the integrity of the poet.”

on Mr. Zed’s Reflections, prose fiction by Hans Magnus Enzensberger, tr. by Wieland Hoban (Seagull Books)

What do we know about Mr. Zed? Not much. The narrator of Mr. Zed’s Reflections begins with these meager details:

on At the Existentialist Café by Sarah Bakewell (Other Press)

In October 1973, OPEC declared an oil embargo on the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and Japan, cut production by 25%, and raised the price per barrel by 70%.

on The Irresponsible Magician: Essays and Fictions, by Rebekah Rutkoff (Semiotext(e)/The MIT Press)

In Notes on Thought and Vision, H.D. wrote, “My sign-posts are not yours, but if I blaze my own trail, it may help to give you confidence … to get out of the murky, dead world of overworked emotions and thoughts.” Rebekah Rutkoff cites H.D.

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