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Where literature and art intersect, with an emphasis on W.G. Sebald and literature with embedded photographs

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Austerlitz, Child Refugees & ZoosterrypittsKindertransport_Memorial-4-e1505390388249.jpg

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 16:42:15 +0000

The “Being Human” festival in London is hosting a program this Wednesday, November 22 from 6-8 PM, called “A refugee child in London: on W G Sebald’s novel Austerlitz.” To quote from the program’s website (where you can also register to attend): Today images and stories of child refugees, lost and found across Europe and […](image)

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A Doll for ThrowingterrypittsBang DollBang Doll Design

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 19:17:54 +0000

“I learned to use a camera to see what I could be.” Mary Jo Bang’s A Doll for Throwing is, among other things, a book about photography, but it is also about photographs stolen and appropriated through, shall we say, the arrogance of gender and fame. But first, about the title. It comes from a soft […](image)

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“He that increaseth wisdom, increaseth sorrow.”terrypittsDurer Melancholia

Tue, 07 Nov 2017 15:37:29 +0000

Detail from Albrecht Durer’s “Melancholia I” (1514) Over at The Quietus, Adam Scovell has written an insightful review of the exhibition “Melancholia – A Sebald Variation” which I reported on recently. The exhibition is at the Inigo Rooms at Somerset House in London until the 10th of December. Scovell’s piece includes a wonderful photograph of […](image)

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Infinite Gradations of MysteryterrypittsAnne Michaels Gradation-001

Tue, 31 Oct 2017 18:08:24 +0000

Halfway through Anne Michael’s short, beautiful book, Infinite Gradation, we finally come across the two words that form the book’s title. You said you wanted to keep your eyes open at the end; to miss nothing. Four months before you died, during your last summer, you looked at the sea. For weeks, the most conscious […](image)

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“Unlanguagable reality”: Wolfgang Hilbig’s “Old Rendering Plant”terrypittsHilbig Old Rendering Plant

Mon, 23 Oct 2017 15:40:33 +0000

It was the hour when some dark utterance waxed within me, needing no words, no names, no logical thoughts…a language in which the nouns lost their meaning, the language of an awareness that responded only to wordless, fleeting moments, made from the nameless sensations of the breath that quickened my blood or made it pulse […](image)

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W.G. Sebald, Tacita Dean, Georges Rodenbach, Will Stone & Moreterrypittsc30_1Rodenbach poems

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 15:44:09 +0000

A couple of weeks ago I called attention to an exhibition that had just opened in London called “Melancholia: A Sebald Variation.” Poet and translator Will Stone recently paid a visit to the Inigo Rooms of Somerset House and wrote a review of the exhibition for The London Magazine. “This exhibition constitutes a rare gift” […](image)

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Ann Quin’s PassagesterrypittsQuin Passages coverQuin Passages page one

Fri, 06 Oct 2017 21:15:11 +0000

“A new order of space.” Ann Quin’s Passages (1969) is a brilliant blur of a novel. When you are done with its 112 pages, you will know you have been on breathtaking roller coaster of a journey, but you won’t know where you’ve been or remember much of what you witnessed on the way.  A […](image)

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Banville & Dillon To Speak about “Melancholia”terrypitts43.106.1

Fri, 29 Sep 2017 15:33:43 +0000

  Here is more about the exhibition “Melancholia: A Sebald Variation,” which I posted about last week. From the Eventbrite invitation: John Banville and Brian Dillon in conversation with Lara Feigel Free discussion followed by a drinks reception Is melancholy, as Freud thought, an indulgent, unproductive form of mourning? Or can it be a form […](image)

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MelancholiaterrypittsSebald Melancholia Image

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 14:41:41 +0000

Guido van de Werve, Nummer Veertien: Home (video still), 2012* At Inigo Rooms, King’s College London, Somerset House East Wing, the exhibition “Melancholia: A Sebald Variation” has just opened and can be seen until December 10, 2017. To quote from the exhibition’s website “Melancholia: A Sebald Variation” takes the viewer on a Sebaldian journey from […](image)

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“Behind Every Name Is a Story”: Triesteterrypitts

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 15:21:06 +0000

Behind every name is a story. In the middle of Croatian writer Daša Drndić’s documentary novel Trieste (MacLehose Press, 2012) there is a forty-four page, double-columned list naming the 9,000 or so Jews “who were deported from Italy or killed in Italy in the countries Italy occupied between 1943 and 1945,” starting with Clemente Abeasis […](image)

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