Oranges & Peanuts for Sale

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New Directions Publishing, 2009 - Literary Collections - 254 pages
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Many of the twenty-eight essays in Oranges & Peanuts for Sale have appeared in translation in seventeen countries; some have never been published in English before. They include introductions for books of avant-garde poets; collaborations with visual artists, and articles for publications such as The New York Review of Books, The London Review of Books, and October.

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's New York. Another section is a continuation of Weinberger's celebrated political articles collected in What Happened Here: Bush Chronicles (a finalist for the National Books Critics Circle Award), including a sequel to “What I Heard About Iraq,” which the Guardian called the only antiwar “classic” of the Iraq War. A new installment of his magnificent linked “serial essay,” An Elemental Thing, takes us on a journey down the Yangtze River during the Sung Dynasty.

The reader will also find the unlikely convergences between Samuel Beckett and Octavio Paz, photography and anthropology, and, of course, oranges and peanuts, as well as an encomium for Obama, a manifesto on translation, a brief appearance by Shiva, and reflections on the color blue, death, exoticism, Susan Sontag, and the arts and war.
 

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User Review  - Paul Secor - Goodreads

Many fine essays included here. Some I'm sure I'll return to over time: "Oppen Then", "Niedecker/Reznikoff", "James Laughlin", the title essay, "The Arts and the War in Iraq", among them. For me, Mr ... Read full review

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User Review  - Lisa - Goodreads

As usual lots of interesting stuff to ponder upon. I didn't enjoy this book as much as his wonderful collection, Karmic Traces. Particularly liked the section on Chinese poetry... Read full review

Contents

Oppen Then
3
Where Was New York?
9
Inventing China
16
Vicente Huidobros Altazor
35
NiedeckerReznikoff
45
Kenneth Cox
59
Susan Howes My Emily Dickinson
70
James Laughlin
77
Postcard from China
131
Oranges Peanuts For Sale
138
In Blue
147
Questions of Death
159
Poetry Is News
165
The PostNational Writer
184
Heard About Iraq in 2005 91
191
The Arts and the War in Iraq
224

Susan Sontag
89
Alter and the Psalms
104
The Tang
115
A Journey on the Yangtze River
241
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Eliot Weinberger (b. NYC, 1949), is an essayist and translator. He won PEN’s first Gregory Kolovakos Award for promoting Hispanic literature in the US, and he is America’s first literary writer to receive Mexico’s Order of the Aztec Eagle. He lives in New York City.

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