David B. Goldstein reading from Lost Originals at the 2016 BookThug Fall Launch

Translation is the extrovert, metaphor the introvert. Without translation, there is no communication. Without metaphor, there is no art.

Starting from the notion that every act of speaking is a translation between worlds, writer, scholar, and critic David B. Goldstein’s Lost Originals comprises a collection of elegies for a series of “lost originals”—objects, images, and experiences whose ghostly traces can only be evoked through language.