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The House of Fairy Tales (published 23/05/2009)


Borges’s part-time emissary Susana Medina will be doing The Borges’s Tree again, this time at Tate Modern, Bankside, as part of The House of Fairy Tales, USB Openings. There’ll be readings by:


Presented by The House of Fairy Tales at Tate’s Long Weekend May 22-25. The House of Fairy Tales is a festival for children of all ages curated by Deborah Curtis and Gavin Turk.

Readings on Spring Bank Holiday 25th May
Time: 14:00 – 16:00
Transport: London Bridge, St. Pauls

Get Pspyched! (published )

It’s now 10 years since Beggars Banquet’s Pspyched! (spiked) compilation (basically a stab at a Nuggets for the Nineties), a good enough excuse to space out your bank holiday weekend and post some tracks from it really.

It was often said that Thee Hypnotics were, like their Motor City primary influence, a live band and ‘Justice in Freedom’ captures the essence of both. Hit by numerous set-backs in their short career, singer Jim Jones now plays as the Jim Jones Revue and a DVD of their rock and roll excess era is apparently in production.

Mercury Rev get two nods on the album, both on ‘Young Man’s Stride’ and its last track by departed vocalist David Baker, on there in his Shady guise.

The band’s last ever single, Loop‘s ‘Arc-lite’. The video was filmed at Beckton Gas Works, famously used by Stanley Kubrick as the film set for the Vietnam-based parts of Full Metal Jacket (and later for the film adaptation of Ian McEwan’s The Cement Garden).

Tones on Tail could teach The Horrors a thing or two and probably have if their latest album is anything to go by.

The Funnies (published )


Make your own Alan Moore doll + Bob Fingerman on Inkstuds + Paul Gravett on Erotic Comics: A Graphic History Vol 2: “In his archly amusing introduction, ‘Drawings of Harlots’, the root definition of pornography, Alan Moore bemoans the fact that “pornography is very much like adolescent poetry: there’s a great deal of it about because it is a very easy thing to do, and much of it is absolutely fucking dreadful because it is very hard to do well.”” + Comics Reporter review Jason‘s Low Moon, originally serialised in the NY Times: “While Jason’s gag work remains sublime, the loss of week-long interludes between installments robs the comedic western of its humorously portentous air, the way the very simple plot keeps getting pulled down into nonsense.” + An interview with Yoshihiro Tatsumi: Gekiga is a term people throw around now to describe any manga with violence or eroticism or any spectacle. It’s become synonymous with spectacular. But I write manga about households and conversations, love affairs, mundane stuff that is not spectacular. I think that’s the difference.” + And Tatsumi in the National Post, with commentary from Adrian Tomine, longtime champion of his work {via Journalista!} + Finally, Throbbing Gristle live {via Comics Reporter}

Brought to you by the letter E (published )

How to be as cool as Bushwick Bill & The Ramones:

Does Dave Eggers give you hives? Tony O’Neill has a treatment:

Using Swedish scientific research techniques, Tony O’Neill proves why short stories are better:

The Missing Links (published 22/05/2009)

Sam Jordison on The Night Climbers of Cambridge: “‘If you slip, you will still have three seconds to live’.” * Swells wants to nationalise the Premier League. (See also Swells on Radiohead.) * The book as work of art (via dogmatika). * Jack Kerouac’s fantasy baseball game. * The Sex Pistols in Paris (1976). * Shane MacGowan’s new gnashers. * Britain learns to rock at the Barbican. * Twitter book club. * Whatever happened to the Milkybar kid? * Terrace chants. * Lee Rourke begins again. * The Horrors‘ influences. * The debut issue of Dwang, a yearly journal; this one includes Billy Childish, Dan Fante, Ben Myers, Adelle Stripe, Tim Wells & recent 3:AM interviewee Steve Richmond; yours for a cool £50 (or £70 for a fancier one) * Jeff VanderMeer reviews Chuck Palahniuk‘s Pygmy: “Sloppy yet smart…could’ve done with fewer vibrator jokes and more ripping out of jugulars.” * We Love You So, the blog that fills in the blanks on Spike Jonze‘s Where the Wild Things Are * Blogs and the vertical integration of consciousness. Or whatever, by Tao Lin * Slice magazine interview Aleksandar Hemon [” At the exact moment I’m writing my adrenaline goes up”] & Paul Auster [“The borough I call home has been a shifting, unstable projection of the minds of my characters”] * Auster also talks to Granta * Talking of Brooklyn, Colm Toibin‘s novel has got future prize-winner written all over it, but just don’t try to categorise him (as Irish. Or gay): “I am also bald. I don’t notice a section on us in bookstores.” * Powells interview Elmore Leonard: “[My characters] don’t know literary words. So I can’t sound like Martin Amis. I have to sound like me. We were on “Charlie Rose” together and [Charlie] said, “You and Martin Amis, you’re friends? You don’t write anything alike.” I said, “No, I’m not a literary writer. I’m not writing from my own point of view with my own language. I can’t do that, I have to use the points of view of my characters. I can’t do what Martin does.” Martin was waiting in the green room before he came out. Charlie said, “Did you hear what Elmore Leonard said about you?” [Martin] said, “My heart soared like a hawk.” Then I find out later, from a friend of his, he uses that a lot, just to be funny.” * An interview with “mouthpiece for Brechtian pop duo the Dresden Dolls,” Amanda Fucking Palmer * A Kraftwerk interview. * An open letter to Dave Eggers * Do you have a Wankers shelf? I do. It’s for books by Wankers. Books that are so bad – or books by authors who are Wankers, whose books might actually be OK, from time to time, but they themselves are such unbearable Wankers – that you wonder if the best thing to do, rather than giving these books to charity, is to keep them out of circulation. (via @nicholasroyle) * The View From Here magazine. * Ben Myers on British Sea Power and productive musicians. * Richard Grayson in The Rumpus.

3:AM Top 5: Tim Mitchell (published 21/05/2009)


Tim Mitchell is a busy man. He hasn’t even completed a novel about spying and he already has another one about art and terrorism on the go. He has set to music Jeremy Reed‘s CD of poems, News From Other Planets. Truth and Lies in Murder Park — subtitled “A Book About Mr Luke Haines” — is published on 26 May by benben press and it comes highly recommended. As he’s no slacker, Tim has given us not one but two Top 5s:

Tim’s personal Top 5:
1. “Panic in Detroit” – David Bowie
2. “Autobahn” – Kraftwerk
3. “Listening Wind” – The Talking Heads
4. “Riverbank” – John Cale
5. “Maps” – The Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Tim’s Top 5 Luke Haines songs:
1. “Showgirl”
2. “Unsolved Child Murder”
3. “After Murder Park”
4. “There’s Gonna Be an Accident”
5. “Oliver Twist”