Mining the Dalkey Archive

Chad W. Post
Literary history and analysis of Dalkey Archive Press's catalog.
Created 26 Dec 2020
  • CONTEXT, Shklovsky, an Interlude
    23 Sep 2021 • 27 min read • 6 0
    This post begins in 1999, in Raleigh, North Carolina. At Quail Ridge Books, where I had recently started working after quitting a job at Borders in nearby Cary because it was “too corporate” and cramp...
  • A Boon
    25 Aug 2021 • 10 min read • 4 2
    Before John O’Brien passed away, when we were talking regularly about the future of Dalkey Archive Press, about what it would/could/should become, he mentioned, on at least three occasions, that he wa...
  • Women Writers in Translation (And Violent Males)
    29 Mar 2021 • 10 min read • 5 0
    One of the knocks—and yes, I know it’s not the only one—against Dalkey Archive’s recent lists is that there’s a severe lack of women, especially in translation. This article I wrote back in 2019 provi...
  • Two Authors, One Dissertation
    23 Feb 2021 • 14 min read • 13 1
    Quick question—which of the following was the subject of John O’Brien’s doctoral dissertation? Gilbert Sorrentino: The Sky Changes, but Divorce Is Never-Ending Flann O’Brien vs. James Joyce: Dueling I...
  • How Does This Get Read?
    25 Jan 2021 • 15 min read • 12 1
    I reflected on the subject of my spare-time literary activities. One beginning and one ending for a book was a thing I did not agree with. A good book may have three openings entirely dissimilar and i...
  • The DNA of Dalkey Archive Press
    04 Jan 2021 • 13 min read • 8 3
    Why do we read what we read? It’s easy to come up with reasons for what we choose to read, explanations to retroactively explain why a particular book suddenly took off—great cover, compelling blurb, ...
  • Returning to Dalkey Archive
    28 Dec 2020 • 4 min read • 16 4
    In mid-December 2020, I returned to the Dalkey Archive Press office in Funks Grove, Illinois for the first time in fourteen years. Together with Will Evans of Deep Vellum, we were there to go through ...
  • Literary history and analysis of Dalkey Archive Press's catalog.
    26 Dec 2020 • < 1 min read • 1 0
    Welcome to Mining the Dalkey Archive by me, Chad W. Post. Publisher of Open Letter Books and editorial consultant for Dalkey Archive Press. Interested in international and innovative literature. Sign ...
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