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Less Than Zero (published 25/03/2009)

Roland Kelts on Nippon TV’s ‘News Zero’ earlier this month, discussing Japanamerica. Related: Roland Kelts interviewed

Existential Territories, the fifth (published )


Existential Territories #5: Sex and Text: Countering Alter-Modern Blockages

What: Existential Territories is a series of six, monthly events that focus on artists’ writings, readings, discussions and debate. The events will prioritise work that carves out new territories and disrupts established forms. No consensus of practice is aimed for, rather these six events present a range of singular, contesting and disruptive voices. Existential Territories is organised by Jeremy Akerman and Gavin Everall

Who: Stewart Home & Mark Waugh, including the launch of Waugh’s Bubble Entendre, the third title in Book WorksSemina series

When: Tuesday 31 March 2009 at 6.30pm

Where: Arts Admin Art Bar and Café, Toynbee Studios, 28 Commercial Street, London, E1 6AB

What else: Free, but places are limited. Please contact Book Works to reserve a place

3:AM Brasil Top 5: Babe, Terror (published 24/03/2009)


São Paulo-based solo artist and friend of 3:AM Babe, Terror seems to be everywhere at the moment, not least in Alan McGee’s Guardian blog today. He tells us his Top 5 albums of 2009 so far are:

1. Marissa NadlerLittle Hells
2. Swan LakeEnemy Mine
3. Zeca VianaSeres Invisíveis
4. Here We Go MagicHere We Go Magic
5. PúblicaComo Num Filme Sem Fim

“I haven’t listened to new animal collective in its entirety, keep waiting for a perfect time when the people stop to talk about it every hour. i want the feeling of having it alone.”

Like a Bad Penny (published )


Following her hotly-acclaimed The Singer, Cathi Unsworth‘s Jack the Stripper-themed novel Bad Penny Blues (“a tale of prostitutes, Pop Art, swinging detectives and Spiritualism”) will be out later this year. Before that, however, she features in the forthcoming Punk Fiction anthology (which also includes the likes of Billy Childish, Stewart Home and musical luminaries such as Johnny Marr and Alison Mosshart), in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust.

Cathi will also be appearing at the London Transport Museum on 3 April, as part of its Friday Lates season, with her ‘Crime in the City’ night, which also features themed music for the occasion. Entry is £8, 18.30-21.00.

Finally, Harriet Vyner will be in discussion with Cathi about the life and times of Robert Fraser and his famous Fraser Gallery at 69 Duke Street, London – a meeting place for many of the key artists, musicians and writers of the Sixties.

The Sohemian Society Presents: Pop Goes the Easel
Harriet Vyner, author of Groovy Bob, will be in conversation with Cathi Unsworth, upstairs at The Wheatsheaf, Rathbone Place, London W1 on 7 April, £3 on the door, starts 7.30pm

Carbono Not Glue (published 23/03/2009)


To coincide with the launch in Spain of Heidi James’ Carbon (as Carbono) in Madrid tomorrow, there’s a videochat hosted by Spanish daily ABC from 17.00.

Being in the World Smoothly (published 22/03/2009)


Tom McCarthy was interviewed on Radio Eins during his very successful recent German tour:

“The thing that he [the protagonist of Remainder] feels he has lost, as a result of his accident, is authenticity. He wants to recover an imagined sense of being in the world smoothly, without any distance, any kind of interruption, and so he idealises these very banal moments, just kind of kinetic, simple actions like moving past a neighbour as he walks down the stairs, or smelling liver… . …In English, it’s called Remainder: there’s always an extra — something too much. (Laughs.) So there’s always this material extra and, in a way, it is an allegory of art. No matter with how much craft we simulate the world, the world itself will be too much. …”

(Pic by Andrew Gallix)