Hello, welcome to bibliomanic!

Bibliomanic is primarily a blog on books and literature, no surprise there. I also tend to post photos sometimes. The usual fare is short excerpts, micro-reviews of books I’ve recently read, reading logs, links to my writing or translations elsewhere and so on. More seldom, I draw up lists (of ‘blotto books’, or of  canonical works of literary criticism, for instance), or nitpick on punctuation, or discuss the frustrations of breaking into literary translation.

Here are some authors and books I really like to read:

Paul Metcalf, Edward Dahlberg, Pierre Senges, Joseph McElroy, Thomas Nashe, Djuna Barnes, Susan HoweMichael Kohlhaas, Madame de Lafayette, Nancy Mitford,  ‘The Lord Chandos Letter,’ Harold Brodkey, Hugh Kenner, Nathanael West, S.J. Perelman, George W.S. Trow, Donald Barthelme, David Markson’s last four books, A Tomb for Boris Davidovich, Virginia Woolf, Harry Mathews, Michel Butor’s Degrees and Mobile, Nathalie Sarraute’s The Use of Speech, Marguerite Duras, Guy Davenport, George Saintsbury’s History of English Prose Rhythm, Galway Kinnell’s The Book of Nightmares. Etc.

And a little about me — my name is Jacob Siefring, and I’m a translator and copywriter. My work has been published in Gorse Journal, The White Review, The Collagist, Numéro Cinq, Music & Literature, Golden Handcuffs Review and other magazines. You can learn about some of the services that I offer here, namely translation and copywriting.

If you’re on twitter you can find me at @jsief. I also welcome email correspondence, should you feel so inclined.

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Fact: The OED gives no entry for bibliomanic, though it does for bibliomane, bibliomania, bibliomaniac, bibliomanian, bibliomaniacal, and bibliomanism.