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Word spaces (published 28/01/2009)


HTMLGIANT, 3:AM‘s blog of 2008, have this neat series going called ‘Word Spaces’, kind of an anti-Writers’ Rooms. The most recent contributor is Tony O’Neill, who as one commenter points out, has the best ‘to do’ list ever:

I use a pinboard for my ‘to do’ type stuff, and also stuff that catches my eye and might help inspire something in me. Here we have a feature on Alexander Trochhi, which features a picture of him looking cool, dissolute and angst ridden. Also a picture of Jesus Melvarde, the so called “narco saint”. He is considered the ‘patron saint of drug dealers’ although the Catholic Church has never formally recognized him. He must work, as I have not been busted for dealing drugs in the whole time I have owned this item (touch wood).

3:AM Top 5: Sophie Erskine (published )


Sophie Erskine is 3:AM‘s latest co-editor. She is also part-time research assistant to the novelist Karen Essex, media manager for the poetry group Perdika Press and is in the first stages of writing a film with the neuropsychologist Paul Broks and the theatre director Mick Gordon. Sophie is currently listening to:

1. “Over the Hill” — John Martyn
The world needs a John Martyn revival movement and I think it should start right here, right now.
2. “Three Hours” — Nick Drake
Sometimes I get depressed that I’m not as cool or as genius-like as Nick Drake; then I remember I can just listen to his music and pretend I am. I want to stick this track on, get in a car and drive along the coast at sunset. Cheesy? Yes, but it would be orgasmic, no mistake.
3. “Old Enough” — The Raconteurs
As a folk fiddler myself, I do love a bit of a violin-geetar combo. ‘You’re too young to have it figured out/you think you know what you’re talking about/you think it all will work itself out/but we’ll see…’ Like Fairport Convention with a nasty hangover.
4. “Sing For You” — Tracy Chapman
All ye who underestimate the power of Tracy Chapman — may ye gods have mercy on ye. Indeed.
5. “Kids” — MGMT
The musical equivalent of a can of coke: addictive, ubiquitous and guaranteed to pump life into any bleary, bleak, boring January day.

Next Month’s Literary Salon Of Beauty And Grace (published )

hapemueller_header3ampp_4Next month’s 3:AM PP organised by your soaraway 3:AM Magazine in conjunction with Pen Pusher takes place on Tuesday 3 February at the Green Carnation (5 Greek Street, Soho, London W1D 4DD). It starts at 7pm and goes on until 8.30pm. Here’s the line-up

Dean Wilson on poetry
Grace Andreacchi on fiction
Sarah Jane Morris on song
Dorian Crook on comedy
and author Anouchka Grose on why not to fall in love

As usual: be there or be sober!

Rabbit at rest (published )


While there’s some debate as to whether his recent works were relevant, the death of writer, essayist and critic John Updike has sent tremors through the literary world: Martin Amis, “He took the novel onto another plane of intimacy”; Michiko Kakutani, “Arguably this country’s one true all-around man of letters”.

Recipient of last year’s Bad Sex Award: Lifetime Achievement, Updike will be fondly remembered, and rightly so, for his Harry “Rabbit” Angstrom sagas. R.I.P. John Updike.

Literary barnburners (published )


It’s that time of year again: Broken Pencil magazine’s Indie Writers Deathmatch. Four writers battle it out, the last story standing is declared the winner.

See also: Ben Myers’ ‘Punch Prose’, boxing in literature / ‘Hemingway never did this’, on the Jonathan Ames/Craig Davidson boxing match / ‘A pug’s life’, on Thom Jones, author of The Pugilist at Rest & Sonny Liston was a Friend of Mine

half price cracked ice (published 27/01/2009)


Brutalists Ben Myers and Adelle Stripe are taking part in the Luxury Goods Arts Festival, contributing the pieces ‘Word By Word, Page By Page’ and ‘Eiderdown’ respectively. The festival kicks off tomorrow at The Foundry and runs until Sunday 1st February. The skinny:

Luxury Goods

Free Festival of Art and Guilt
Wednesday 28 January – Sunday February 1 2009

The Foundry
86 Great Eastern Street
Nearest tube: Old Street tube (exit3)

A 5 day festival celebrating the guilt, repulsion, alienation and anxiety taking place within the art world as we race head long into the Great Depression and ask ‘What is the cost of art’?

The week long free festival will take place at the Foundry, a hub of outsider art in the biker community. Join us to throw away your concerns and happily commit to the value of art in uncertain times. Painting, sculpture, sounds etc by:

Carolinda Tolstoy, Drew Twany Snax, Sooz Belnavis, Christian Smith, Iwona Majadan, Christopher Allen, Michael Bucknell, Annouchka Bayley, Luke Brennan, Rob Green,Zoha Zokaei, Louise Fitzjohn, Scott Schwager, Died Poll, Deirdre Cunningham, Ben Myers, Patricio Bosich Constanine d’Estoteville Skipwith, Tate Sisters, Matt Elton, Andrew Gough, Karly Rayner, Adelle Stripe, Chris Taylor, Chris red artist, Wenceslas Dollar, Robert Kiff / Barckly Brennan, Delaney Martin, Beatrice Brown, Niki Sehmi, Calum F. Kerr, Kaelin E. Lee, Anna Johnson and Richard Bayley.

Luxury Goods
Consumerism: benefit or hindrance to art practice?
Can we afford to pay for art?
Does art have a value if it does not have a financial value?
Is art an indulgence for the artist, public or collector?
Is art a necessity or item of consumption?
Does the value of the medium or strength of idea determine the value of the art work?
Is art therapy a luxury?

the holy barnacle of failure (published )


Jeff Lint‘s seminal Caterer Comic – described by Alan Moore as “the holy barnacle of failure” – has been re-issued in an expanded edition by Floating World Comics. You can read the daily online strip of Caterer Comic here, while there’s Lint: the Movie to look forward to later on this year.

Meanwhile Steve Aylett, whose biography brought Jeff Lint back into the public sphere, has a new book, Rebel at the End of Time and available soon through PS Publishing.

Novel, With Cocaine (published )


Thursday 29 January
Donlon Books / X marks the Bökship
210/3 Cambridge Heath Road, Bethnal Green, London E2

Novel draws together artists writing, texts and poetry that oscillate between modes of fiction and criticism. A cacophony of voices, that is the primary condition of writing, seek to break the habitual methods of representation and productions of subjectivity. Disconnected from any unitary theme these texts place writing as a core material of a number of artists exploring language as a force. This fiction as force is no longer defined by what is said, even less by what makes it a signifying thing, but by what causes it to move, to flow and to erupt.

Here, writing is an apparatus for knowledge capture, informed by theory, film, politics and storytelling; writing as parallel practice, different, tangential; writing as political fiction; writing as another adventure on the ‘skin drive’, renegotiating unfulfilled beginnings or incomplete projects – that might offer points of departure. Amidst the insinuated narratives and materialised visions there is a concern for writing and the impossibility of fiction which is at stake. Novel asks us to think of writing as something distinct from information, as at least one realm of cultural production that is exempt from the encompassing obligation to communicate.

You can also read the Bokship’s Blog here.