Louis MacNeice’s poems get some fresh air

This week in Little Star Weekly we feature “The Revenant,” a twenty-one-part song cycle that Louis MacNeice composed as a wedding gift to his bride, Hedli Anderson, as they honeymooned in Ireland during the ominous year 1942. Hedli reports that hearing and not liking Schönberg’s Pierrot Lunaire had prompted MacNeice to try a song cycle of […]

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Our new app Little Star Weekly is here!

A mini mobile literary magazine for your iPhone or iPad. In each issue: Little Star Radio: A musical selection by critic Alex Ross Little Star Gallery:  An image from painter Mary Weatherford A poem, a piece of prose, and a literary serial, plus or minus Issue #1 James Kelman Seamus Heaney Cynthia Zarin (Part 1) Issue #2 […]


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Reasons for Hope: Ellen

Met a nearly blind woman named Ellen today in front of the Andrew Heiskell library for the blind who has been devouring books since childhood, and makes the trek to the library on 20th Street from Brooklyn via Access-a-Ride for the large type, so she can “hold a book in her hands,” and feel the […]


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Long Live St. Mark’s and Friends!

We were most saddened to read recently of downsizing at St. Mark’s Bookshop.  “Is this a nightmare? Pretty much,” writes Harriet of the Poetry Foundation blog. “Vanishing New York” posts this alarming photo. St. Mark’s was the first bookstore to stock Little Star and has faithfully carried us in a big pile.  In recent years […]


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Editorial: A Cultural Center That Can Hold

According to Mapquest, the offices of Little Star are 1.93 miles from 51 Park Place.  I don’t know if that puts us within the range of sanctity felt to govern the thoughts and deeds of those who live in lower Manhattan.  Acrid smoke did float over our building on September 11, 2001, and streams of […]


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More Polish enthusiasms

The coming months will be boom times for Polish literature in English.  First July brought us the publication of Jerzy Pilch’s dizzying satire, A Thousand Peaceful Cities, excerpted on Little Star online.  Next Ecco springs Zbigniew Herbert’s Collected Prose upon us in August, and September will see new translations of Wislawa Szymborska by Clare Cavanagh […]


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Good-bye, David Markson

I am heartbroken to learn of the death of the great David Markson. Like many before me, I was drawn to Markson through a strange attraction exerted by a pile of austere paperbacks on the edge of a table at the Strand.  I bought the mysterious book and, transported and enchanted, I contrived to meet […]

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Welcome to Little Star

Welcome to Little Star and thank you for joining us! In Little Star’s journey to print of these last months, few have asked me the obvious question why, in an environment where the end of print is every day lamented, one would create a new print journal. That much seems self evident. The more frequent […]


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