Of the making of books etc. etc.

I’m alternately humbled and/or driven to despair when I discover entire literary ecologies I never knew existed before. According to Wikipedia, in 2001, 102 Romanian critics chose Mateiu Caragiale‘s Craii de Curtea-Veche as the “best Romanian novel of the twentieth century.” Apparently, Caragiale criticism is practically a cottage-industry in Romania. As far as I can tell today, however, none of his work has been translated into English. Note to NYRB Books: Get on this.


Nicholson on Mondrian

“[Mondrian] was just and honest and Dutch and stern, friendly to those who were people of progress, harsh to those who were not, surrealists, Fascists, reactionaries, people who tolerated green, purple, or orange all impure.”

»Winifred Nicholson. Unknown Colour—Paintings, Letters, Writings by Winifred Nicholson. London, Faber & Faber, 1987.