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ampere’s and (published 27/11/2009)


The late edition:

Brian Eno on the death of uncool (via @nyrbclassics)

& The Complete Review on Roberto Bolaño‘s Last Interview

& Ridley Scott to remake David Peace‘s Red Riding trilogy for the big screen

& Alasdair Gray is launching his Gray Play Book at the Traverse Theatre, 6 December (free copy of the book for students)

& Who’s got the best covers of 2009?

& Paste‘s 20 Best Graphic Novels of the Decade

& November issue of Sp!ked Review of Books (Ayn Rand, Heidegger, Žižek)

& A Jeff Buckley & Liz Fraser (unfinished) duet

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ampere’s and (published )


Today’s quick lit [& alt.cult] links from around the web:

In praise of Wilkie Collins

& Britain’s first fully documented problem teenager? The English opium eater, Thomas De Quincey

& Doctor Samuel Johnson’s Dictionary of of the new Musick

& Why J. Robert Lennon wants a early-70s mass-market retro paperback cover revival

& Micro-Pages, an artists’ book project (via booktwo)

& Judging presidential libraries by their architecture (via things magazine)

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Thanks for William Burroughs (published 26/11/2009)


For John Dillinger
In hope he is still alive
Thanksgiving Day, November 28, 1986

Thanks for the wild turkey and the Passenger Pigeons, destined to be shit out through wholesome American guts

thanks for a Continent to despoil and poison —

thanks for Indians to provide a modicum of challenge and danger —

thanks for vast herds of bison to kill and skin, leaving the carcass to rot —

thanks for bounties on wolves and coyotes —

thanks for the AMERICAN DREAM to vulgarize and falsify until the bare lies shine through —

thanks for the KKK, for nigger-killing lawmen feeling their notches, for decent church-going women with their mean, pinched, bitter, evil faces —

thanks for “Kill a Queer for Christ” stickers —

thanks for laboratory AIDS —

thanks for Prohibition and the War Against Drugs —

thanks for a country where nobody is allowed to mind his own business —

thanks for a nation of finks — yes, thanks for all the memories… all right, let’s see your arms… you always were a headache and you always were a bore —

thanks for the last and greatest betrayal of the last and greatest of human dreams.


ampere’s and (published )


“Pedicabo ego vos et irrumabo” (trans. “I will bugger you and stuff your gobs”) Catullus, still shocking 2,000 years on

&“Syntax condensed, sound is solid.” Allen Ginsberg‘s Mind Writing Slogans (includes William Blake, Walt Whitman, Kerouac, Shakespeare, Bob Dylan / via @ElectricLit)

& Rimbaud‘s Illuminations at Dennis Cooper’s blog

& The Velvet Underground at New York Public Library

& Robert Crumb & Art Spiegelman talk comics

& “In 1973, when my first novel was accepted for publication, I was in similar straits: young, endlessly drunk, trying to support a wife and two children, writing at night, hoping for a break. The break came, but until reading Sklenicka’s book, I thought it was the $2,500 advance Doubleday paid for Carrie. Now I realize it may have been not winding up with Gordon Lish as my editor.” Stephen King on Raymond Carver (via The Rumpus)

& “I’m an old writer by now. I’ve been at this for 25 years and in a way I could say I do everything differently. I was blundering around in the dark at the start. I was 19, 20 years old and I wrote three novels on an electric typewriter, which isn’t very common anymore. I think that I was trying to learn how to tell a story and so in a way the storytelling is the most prominent part of my early work. I didn’t have time to be as devoted to language or deeper structure as I would have liked to be and I certainly eventually have become.” Jonathan Lethem in L Mag (via Vol. 1 Brooklyn)

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ampere’s and (published 25/11/2009)


Today’s quick lit [& alt.cult] links from around the web:

“[Jonathan Safron] Foer & [Zadie] Smith, voices of our generation…Next thing you know, someone is going to come up and tell me how they just read that [Dave] Eggers memoir and it totally changed their life.” Jessa Crispin on why it feels like we’ve been transported back to fucking 2004

& “Full of blood, fire & devilish humour,” Stuart Evers on James Ellroy

& Mortality in Will Self’s fiction

& Henry Baum talks American Book of the Dead

& Previously unseen Daniel Clowes album art circa 1989 (via @fantagraphics)

& “I’m a nondescript figure; on some level, I’m a cipher.” Joe Sacco interviewed

& Picasso‘s Guernica in 3D

& Milton Glaser on drawing & thinking (via @DesignObserver)

& A eulogy for Wally Hunt, pioneer of the pop-up book

& Library of painted books (via Guardian)

& Film director Roger Avary‘s prison “tweets”

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ampere’s and (published 24/11/2009)


Today’s quick lit [& alt.cult] links from around the web:

Ballardian presents the Savoy Books microfiction competition

& Sado-masochism & stolen shoe polish, John Richardson revisits Francis Bacon‘s legacy

& Paul Auster: “Young women on bicycles I find very erotic, I have to say.” (via @danwagstaff)

& Roland Barthes is still here (via A&L Daily)

& J.D. Salinger‘s uncollected stories (via @oupblog)

& Fantagraphics to publish new Stephen Dixon book [Tao Lin interviews Stephen Dixon for 3:AM]

& The tao of Don Draper

& Evolution of the Weird Tale, a history of American horror (via @davidbmetcalfe)

& Pulp Press’ Danny Hogan on them old Westerns

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