Eliot Weinberger is the editor of the Calligrams series published by the Chinese University of Hong Kong Press and New York Review Books and the literary editor of the Murty Classical Library of India. Among his books of essays are An Elemental Thing and the forthcoming The Ghosts of Birds.
 (February 2016)


What Is the I Ching?

‘An Ancient Chinese Poet’; colored engraving of an original Chinese scroll

I Ching: The Book of Change

translated from the Chinese by David Hinton

I Ching (Yijing): The Book of Change

translated from the Chinese with an introduction and commentary by John Minford
The I Ching has served for thousands of years as a philosophical taxonomy of the universe, a guide to an ethical life, a manual for rulers, and an oracle of one’s personal future and the future of the state. It was an organizing principle or authoritative proof for literary and …

Who Made It New?

‘Samuel Beckett: Double Profile’; drawing by Avigdor Arikha, 1971

What Ever Happened to Modernism?

by Gabriel Josipovici
After rambling through Kierkegaard, Cervantes, Rabelais, Martin Luther, Wordsworth, Napoleon, Caspar David Friedrich, Dürer, Melville, Cézanne, Picasso, Eliot, Stevens, Beckett, Kafka, Mallarmé, Greek tragedy, and the nouveau roman, the British critic and novelist Gabriel Josipovici finally arrives at the question posed by the title of his book, What Ever Happened …

Xanadu in New York

Liu Guandao: Kubilai Khan Hunting (detail of a hanging scroll), 1280

The World of Khubilai Khan: Chinese Art in the Yuan Dynasty

an exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, September 28, 2010–January 2, 2011
The Mongols inhabited a vast, featureless grass plain where the soil was too thin for crops. They raised horses, cattle, yaks, sheep, and goats, and subsisted almost entirely on meat and milk and milk products. The women milked the cows and the men milked the mares. They had no fixed …

The Man Who Wrote Everything

Béla Balázs, right, with György Lukács, Italy, early 1910s

The Cloak of Dreams: Chinese Fairy Tales

by Béla Balázs, translated from the German and with an introduction by Jack Zipes, and illustrations by Mariette Lydis
In the first decades of the twentieth century, a committed modernist had two ambitions: to make something new and to recover something old. In the search for new forms for the new age, it seemed as though everything was inspirational, and that the entirety of human history was rushing into …


Eiffel Tower

Robert Delaunay: La Tour Eiffel et Jardin du Champ de Mars, 1922

Guitare du ciel
Guitar of the sky                               Attracting words
                              to your telegraphy
                              like a rosebush its bees