Category Archives: language

Neue Impressionen: Maximilian Gilleßen und Anton Stuckardt sprechen über ihr Verlagsprojekt ‚zero sharp’

Maximilian Gilleßen ist Übersetzer und zusammen mit dem Buchgestalter Anton Stuckardt Begründer des Berliner Verlags zero sharp. Ihr Interesse gilt AutorInnen der französischen Avantgarde. So sind bisher Bände von Raymond Roussel, Jean-Pierre Brisset, Gaston de Pawlowski und René Daumal erschienen. Seit Juli … Continue reading

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Literature Away from Home: Jake Schneider on Translation, Little Magazines and More

Jake Schneider is the editor-in-chief of SAND, Berlin’s English literary journal. His translation of Ron Winkler’s poetry collection Fragmentierte Gewässer (Fragmented Waters) was released by Shearsman Books last October. He works as a freelance translator from German to English. Interview by Chris Fenwick SAND is … Continue reading

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The limits of my language are not the limits of my world

Viewed from space, political borders are totally arbitrary. Why draw borders around a nation state, as opposed to a city state? Is someone who moves from Leeds to London to find a job not an economic migrant? On Earth, of … Continue reading

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your vague art / Berlin, 21.05.14

your vague art your vague art answers nothing when we ask it how to live when we ask the sun to settle what answer could it give save the moon’s penumbra? the moon’s penumbra drifts & your vague art answers: … Continue reading

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F.H. Bradley’s ‘On Truth and Coherence’ (1909): A Reading with Wilfrid Sellars

We meet here a false doctrine largely due to a misleading metaphor. My known world is taken to be a construction built upon such and such foundations. It is argued, therefore, to be in principle a superstructure which rests upon … Continue reading

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Nelson Goodman, ‘Languages of Art’ (1968); or, The Disappointment of Philosophy

In my younger and more vulnerable years, before finding time to study certain works of philosophy, these books would glow with a mystic aura upon my mental, indeed upon my physical, shelves. They offered the promise of definitive, clear answers … Continue reading

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Most readers of this blog will be encountering its title for the first time. As far as naming conventions go, I plead unoriginality: striving for the exotic, it’s potentially just arch and pseudy. But as I like my obscurantism unfashionable, … Continue reading

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