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Where the wild things are (published 13/10/2008)

Two short films for Where are the Rebels?, Joseph Ridgwell‘s new poetry chapbook from Blackheath Books:

Read ‘The Big Pineapple’ on 3:AM.

Offbeatphenia (published 12/10/2008)


Calling all Offbeats in Brighton! Jo Horsman, 3:AM‘s Steve Finbow, Melissa Mann, Sara Crowley and Martin Reed will read their stories to a backdrop of specially commissioned photos. It’s at Sparks, Jo Horsman’s flash fiction extravaganza Upstairs at Three and Ten, Steine Street, on 14 October (entrance: £5).


[L-R: Steve Finbow, Jo Horsman, Joseph Ridgwell and Grant Perry.]

Bobby Sands Street (published )

Trailer for Steve McQueen‘s forthcoming H-Blocks film Hunger.

(3:AM interview with Bending the Bars author John Barker here)

More McCarthyism (published )


Our friend Tom McCarthy has a busy schedule next week. On Friday 17th October at 3 p.m., he will be in conversation with Alasdair Gray, at the Frieze Art Fair.

On Saturday 18th October at 5.40 p.m., he will deliver the International Necronautical Society’s Proclamation on Art and Democracy at the Serpentine’s Manifesto Marathon (just before Yoko Ono).

On Tuesday 21st October at 6.30 p.m., Tom will be in conversation with Hans Ulrich Obrist about his new book, Formulas For Now, at Foyles, Charing Cross Road, London.

(Pic by Andrew Gallix.)

His royal master of images (published )


There’s an Alan Aldridge exhibition on at the Design Museum coinciding with Thames & Hudson’s publication of The Man with Kaleidoscope Eyes. Best known for his groovy work with The Beatles, Aldridge tells Computer Arts where he got his ideas:

My third eye [taps forehead gently]. It sounds pretentious, but I’m a very visual artist. I’ve never been a scribbler. Take the Chelsea Girls poster, for instance. As soon as I got the brief from Warhol I had a visualisation of how I wanted it to look. And that’s precisely how it panned out.

It’s like the Lennon piece for ‘There’s a Place’. I had a real idea for this of John’s body like a caterpillar, snaking round and going into his own head. So I told John about the idea and he showed me the lyrics, which went: ‘There, there’s a place/Where I can go/When I feel low/ When I feel blue/And it’s my mind’. And I just thought, ‘Fucking hell, this is weird!’ Because it was talking about exactly what I had in mind for the piece.

Further: How I designed the 1960s, Aldridge in The Observer / A selection of Aldridge’s covers for Penguin books

We [Heart] DBs (published 08/10/2008)


Introducing Bookkake:

Books that rub off on your skin, that clot beneath your fingernails; leave you shaking, and panting for more. Literature should have a physical effect on you, making you moan and scream. We love dirty books.

Welcome to Bookkake. Bookkake’s mission is to publish new and classic literature and other work which breaks the mould, that excites and enthralls, that take our readers out of themselves and into new realms of imagination.

The first five opening titles are:

Liber Amoris by William Hazlitt
Memoirs of a Young Rakehell by Guillaume Apollinaire
The Torture Garden by Octave Mirbeau
Venus in Furs by Leopold von Sacher-Masoch
Fanny Hill by John Cleland

You can read Tom McCarthy‘s introduction to The Torture Garden here, while Stewart Home‘s introduction to the edition of the Trocchi masterpiece White Thighs that never was, is here.