Stephen Mitchelmore offers his take on Josipovici’s lecture.
By the way, how was it that Josipovici came to write the introduction to the Portable Saul Bellow in 1974, as Stephen pointed out a while ago? I’m curious.
I stopped into a used bookstore over the weekend to see if by some chance if I could find the Portable Bellow or even one of Josipovici’s own books. Nothing doing. I left with copies of Prus’s The Doll and Lao She’s Rickshaw. In the same bookstore not long ago I found the New Directions Firbank volumes, one and two. And earlier they had the Penguin Henry Green volumes, one and two. Crazy, huh?
Anyway, how can you still not know Josipovici? I’ve read to you from Moo Pak, I’ve touted (in passing) the criticism, I’ve explained to you the twilight … why? Especially since your mother, by which of course I mean the Chicago Public Library, has assembled such a nice selection of works for you?
Libraries are wonderful that way, aren’t they? They hold those books very faithfully, hoping someday you’ll come around.