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ampere’s and (published 31/12/2009)


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

In praise of Philip Marlowe, why we need the fictional detective more than ever

& GOOD.is presents the ‘Decade in Literature’ (via @brainpicker)

& 100 years of literary noughtiness

& Quentin Crisp at the ICA

& Arthur Koestler, man of darkness (via 3 Quarks Daily)

& grain edit on W. Eugene Smith‘s Jazz Loft Project

& Misterioso, The Nation on Thelonius Monk (via A&L Daily)

& Carolyn See reviews The Birth and Death of the Cool (Miles Davis, Lester Young, Bix Beiderbecke / via 3QD)

& Wry humor, dark wisdom, lissome women, cigarettes, The Rumpus on French cinema

& Michael Haneke meets Bat Segundo

[Image: From Record Envelope]

ampere’s and (published 30/12/2009)


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

Will Self will deliver the WG Sebald lecture, January 11 (via Vertigo)

& The New York Public Library share some of William Burroughs‘ Xmas correspondence (via Maud Newton)

& Is it time to revive the Xmas tradition of the chapbook?

& Photocopied & stapled, The Rumpus on a bunch of ‘zines, including Aaron Lake Smith‘s Unemployment

& Monika Zagar on her book Knut Hamsun: The Dark Side of Literary Brilliance (via @millerwalks)

& Ronald Bergan, Paul Bowles & that forgotten night in Tangier

& On Terry Teachout’s Pops: A Life of Louis Armstrong

[Image: Selection of Elaine Lustig Cohen book cover designs / via @BibliOdyssey]

3:AM Cult Hero: Arthur Cravan (published )


“Every great artist has the sense of provocation.”

From ‘Living Poetry’ by Andrew Gallix:

Fabian Lloyd aka Arthur Cravan (1887-1918) put all his genius into his short life; he put only his talent (and a limited one at that) into his works. As David Lalé writes in the recently-published Last Stop Salina Cruz [3:AM‘s Novel of the Year 2007]: “His was a life dedicated to wanton destruction, to the extent that he elevated scandal and humiliation into an art form”.

Almost too bad to be true, he inspired Gide‘s Lafcadio – the infamous character who kills a man for no other reason but to exercise his free will – and kick-started the Dada insurrection when he crossed paths with Picabia in Spain.

After being expelled from an English military academy for spanking a teacher, Lloyd relocated to bohemian Paris where he adopted his pseudonym, partied hard with the likes of Blaise Cendrars and managed to become France’s heavyweight champion without fighting a single match. Never one to shy away from self-promotion, Cravan ruthlessly exploited his reputation as a pugilist poet (although his boxing was on a par with his writing skills) and got a lot of mileage out of being Oscar Wilde‘s nephew. His antics – including giving lectures during which he insulted, mooned and fired gunshots at the audience – led to rough justice at the hands of an angry mob of avant-garde painters as well as a duel challenge courtesy of poor old Apollinaire.

Significantly enough, he printed his literary journal on wrapping paper from a butcher’s shop. The onset of the war marked the beginning of a convoluted vanishing act that led him – in various guises – from Paris to Mexico where he disappeared at sea on a drunken boat of his own making. His body was never found. Cravan, the eponymous colossus of Mina Loy‘s novel, had always been larger than life; now, he had taken elusiveness to the point of illusiveness. For decades, he would continue to be spotted in different parts of the world. He is still at large.

More: Cravan vs Cravan / 4 Dada Suicides published by Atlas Press / Arthur Cravan, boxer & art critic / ‘The Provocations of Arthur Cravan’ by Andy Merrifield / Shadow-Box, a novel on Cravan, Mina Loy & Jack Johnson by Antonia Logue / Cravan: Mystery Man of the Twentieth Century, a graphic novel that speculates that Cravan was also B, Traven, author of The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

ampere’s and (published 29/12/2009)


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

“The writer’s job is to get naked.” Harry Crews on writing (via @maudnewton)

& Uncovering Céline‘s ‘tireless’ anti-semitism (via @RhysTranter)

& Why the small presses may be the places publishing the great unknowns (via The Rumpus)

& Books you can live without (via @oupblog)

& Flavorwire’s design porn: bookshelves

& Dada Magazine, 1917-1918 (via @davidbmetcalfe)

& Bertolt Brecht on American capitalism

& The Limits of Multiculturalism, David Byrne on arts funding & not putting the classics on too high a pedestal (via @the99percent)

& Flickr photos of iconic photographers at work with their cameras (via @brainpicker)

& All the pretty pictures: A Journey Round My Skull has a new tumblr

& Aren’t the Sherlock Holmes stories a bit elementary? No, Darragh McManus, they are not

[Image: From Read Me: A Century of Classic American Book Advertisements, book & excerpt / via @brainpicker]

ampere’s and (published 28/12/2009)


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

The birth of Ulysses in America (via @bookpatrol)

& BookSoup on The Chicagoan, the lost magazine of the Jazz Age (via Vol. 1 Brooklyn)

& The end of the small print journal

& Immanent in the Manifold City, a newspaper based on the writings of Walking Stewart

& The joy of excess, Simon Schama on Umberto Eco‘s Infinity of Lists (via @MAOrthofer)

& Arthur interview Virginia Aste, Richard Brautigan‘s 1st wife

& A Richard Brautigan celebration on Dennis Cooper’s blog (via HTMLGIANT)

& Extract from The Unnamed, Joshua Ferris‘ new novel

& Mélanie Frappier on the necessity of conflict, as exemplified by House. M.D. (via 3QD)

& Brian Eno, Peter Schmidt & cybernetics (via @davidbmetcalfe)

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RIP Vic Chesnutt (published 27/12/2009)

More tributes here.

3:AM Reloaded (published )


What you (may have) missed on 3:AM recently:

3:AM Awards: 3:AM‘s Best of 2009

Fiction: Part 3 of Tim Mitchell’s ‘Truth and Lies at Christmas – a Seasonal Encounter With Mr Luke Haines’

Poetry: Darran Anderson reviews D.E. Oprava’s American Means

Reviewed: Max Dunbar on Marcus Scriven’s Splendour and Squalor & Beat the Dust’s Protest!