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Down & Out in America (published 18/10/2008)


Tony O’Neill, whose second novel Down and Out on Murder Mile, to be published in the States on 28 October and in Britain on 15 November, is giving a series of readings:

On Sunday 2 November, he’ll be appearing at NYC’s KGB Bar (6 pm) alongside Christiana Spens. On Monday 3 November, Tony will be reading at Word Books (7.30 pm, again with Christiana) in Brooklyn. On Thursday 6 November, go to NYC’s McNally Jackson Books (at 7 pm). On Saturday 8 November, it’s Wordstock Book Fair (12 pm, reading and signing). Sunday 9 November, Tony will take part in a discussion about “Writing and Addiction” with Roxana Robinson, Cheryl Strayed, and Keith Lee Morris, again at Wordstock Book Fair (1 pm). On 19 November, the author will be reading at Skylight Books in L.A. (7.30 pm) alongside Dan Fante. On November 22, it’s off to the Words and Music Festival in New Orleans where Tony will be taking part in a discussion on “The Fine Line Between Memoirs and Novels in Contemporary Publishing” (starting at 3 pm).

Just For One Day (published 16/10/2008)


A return to criticism’s poetic origins (published )


Novelist, poet, publisher, critic and 3:AM contributor Travis Jeppesen explains to Dazed & Confused readers how rejecting lofty art criticism is the way forward. It begins:


When something that starts out as good and pure begins to rot, it turns into an -ism. Art criticism’s devolution into meaningless jargon and buzz over the years is largely the fault of the same academic wankers who go around proclaiming slogans like “the death of criticism,” refusing to offer up anything new by continuing to wallow in the same old verbose inanities that they imagine elevates them into the superior realm of the status quo.

The fact is, most people are victims of their own education. This is true not just for art critics, but for artists as well. Theory is only useful in that it provides some context for understanding art. Art and art writing that comes directly out of theory is almost always bad.

The solution? Don’t drop out of school, kids – education is a good thing – but bear in mind that you will be spending much of your time outside of school trying to unlearn everything you have been taught. De-education is the proper way forward – both for making art and writing about it.

Further: Andrew Gallix‘s interview with Travis Jeppesen

Last of the Sohemians (published )


As reported by my former housemate Rob Crossan in last week’s Time Out and since by Londonist, Soho’s Colony Room is fighting for its very survival. You are naturally implored to sign the obligatory petition, even if you’ve never had the pleasure or disgrace, for history’s sake alone.

Related: Sophie Parkin on the Colony Room at 60, interview with Sebastian Horsley, interview with Will Self.

She’s not that into you, baby (published 15/10/2008)

Sophie Parkin has launched a monthly 3:AM / Pen Pusher night on the first Tuesday of each month at the Green Carnation in Soho, London. The next one is on 4th November and will include a reading by Will Ashon.