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3:AM Reloaded (published 31/01/2010)


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

Fiction: ‘The Reading’ by Alan McCormick & Jonny Voss

Non-fiction: In Japanamerica Roland Kelts wonders if this is the year Japan jumps the shark, Graham Bendel on Proxy Music (includes the definitive list of tribute band names), Alexander Trocchi is 3:AM‘s Cult Hero, what’s on Julian Gough‘s iPod?

Reviewed: Max Dunbar on Zadie Smith’s Changing My Mind & David Shield’s Reality Hunger

Poetry: ‘a poem is a city’, ‘the young man on the bus stop bench’ & ‘advice for some young man in the year 2064 A.D.’ by Charles Bukowski:

a poem is a city, a poem is a nation,
a poem is the world…

and now I stick this under glass
for the mad editor’s scrutiny,
and night is elsewhere
and faint gray ladies stand in line,
dog follows dog to estuary,
the trumpets bring on the gallows
as small men rant at things
they cannot do.

RIP J.D. Salinger, January 1, 1919 – January 27, 2010

The Missing Links (published )


Stephen Fry on the iPad. * David Lynch & Frank Herbert talk Dune. * Richard Milward continues his “series of literary, rock’n’roll hijinks” in The Guardian (read 3:AM‘s interview with Milward here) * Alan Kelly reviews Steve Finbow‘s Balzac of the Badlands. * Did you read Nick Flynn guest blogging on Powell’s? * The Ulitmate Graphic Novel (in six panels) by David Lasky (via HTMLGIANT) * Michael Kimball is doing a series of guest lectures on the novel at HTMLGIANT. * Steve Almond‘s self-publishing adventure. * Are self-publishing companies “monetizing the slush pile?” * A book by its Gorey cover (via @RonHogan) * A gallery of 650 Philip K Dick book covers (via Design Observer) * The Catcher in the Rye , the book (cover) that changed Michael Bierut‘s life. * The books in Salinger’s safe. * Secret Salinger documentary revealed (via Maud Newton) * Salon‘s slideshow of jackets of J.D. Salinger‘s most famous book. * A sneak peek of John Squire‘s covers for Penguin. * Vulgar Picture, an illustrated discography of The Smiths & Morrissey (via @doorsixteen) * An open letter to Morrissey. * “Wee label with great chemistry”, Chemikal Underground records profiled (via Largehearted Boy) * The literary manboys of NYC. * Unhappy Hipsters, “it’s lonely in the modern world” (h/t Andrew Stevens) * Lee Rourke indulges in a little shelf love. * Robert Birnbaum on “an original’s original” Nick Tosches. * Gavin James Bower: “Self-publicity is like being f***ed by a relentless and indefatigable mistress – with a strap-on black mamba. It’s constant, repetitive and surprisingly pleasurable, but only in the way that you can’t comfortably admit. “ * Jacques Tati fashion. * Paris by Izis. * Dash Snow‘s polaroids. * Polaroid of the Day (via @CreativeReview) * Tiffany Murray‘s top 10 rock’n’roll novels. * John Coulthart on William S. Burroughs: A Man Within. * Archive of Burroughs & Ginsberg lectures at Naropa Online. * Will Self‘s introduction to the Book of Revelation (via @RhysTranter) * Jewcy interview Gary Shteyngart: “My immigrant humor is most definitely ill-advised.” (via Vol. 1 Brooklyn). * A 1957 recording of Alain Robbe-Grillet reading from Jealousy (via @davidbmetcalfe). * What is the best London Novel?. * The LSE literature festival. * RIBA’s Forgotten Spaces. * People Sleeping in Libraries, a Flickr group (via @josswinn) * In praise of phonebooks (and Philip Roth) by Joshua Cohen. * Dennis Cooper on Zachary German. * The state of the nation novel. * Magazine fiction’s golden age can never be repeated.

RIP J.D. Salinger (published 28/01/2010)


Some more reactions to the news that Catcher in the Rye author J.D. Salinger has died:

Xan Brooks wonders how does one go about organising a wake for the great literary hermit of American folklore?

Tom Leonard
recalls visiting Salinger in New Hampshire last year

Ed Champion has recorded a reading of ‘A Perfect Day for Bananafish’ as a tribute

The New Yorker on the cultural reach of Salinger

Bret Easton Ellis: “Yeah!! Thank God he’s finally dead. I’ve been waiting for this day for-fucking-ever. Party tonight!!!”

[Image: Hey, Oscar Wilde! It’s Clobberin’ Time!]

J.D. Salinger, RIP (published )


“It was that kind of a crazy afternoon, terrifically cold, and no sun out or anything, and you felt like you were disappearing every time you crossed a road.”

Sad to hear that J.D. Salinger, legendary writer and recluse, passed away yesterday at his New Hampshire home. He was 91.

More: New York Times obituary / Guardian obituaries / Trespassers Will Be Prosecuted / Sonny / Raise High the Bookshelves, Censors! / Holden Caulfield, Aging Gracelessly / J. D. Salinger’s Women / When books kill / Dead Caulfields

ampere’s and (published )


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

RIP Howard Zinn

& Is the iPad the publishing industry’s saviour?

& Where a writer is from is neither here nor there, Stuart Evers on BEF2010

& Crash: Homage to JG Ballard exhibition at the Gagosian gallery [via @ballardian]

& Bob Dylan at the White House, how much have the times changed?

& Peter Blake’s 1950s Penguins

[Image: Kubrick, Rare Pictures of Famous People / via @brainpicker]

3:AM Cult Hero: Alexander Trocchi (published )

“I tend to think of Alex Trocchi as the original punk rocker.
He never lets you down because he always aims to disappoint.”

Tom McCarthy on Trocchi:

If Paris was a moveable feast for Hemingway, junk, for Trocchi, is a moveable void: taking that void around the city with him, in him, he ensures that he inhabits negative space constantly. This is his poetic project and it’s also the way his whole perception system works at its most basic level (the two are the same). I can’t stress enough how utterly negative Trocchi’s negative space is. It’s negative in the strict chemical or photographic sense of the word.


Trocchi is important, more so now than ever. We’re living in a time when the very ‘uncreative work’ against which he permanently struck is dominating culture, especially in the field of publishing. All too often, pliant authors are content to serve as little more than copywriters advertising neoliberal concerns, churning out middle-market copy for conglomerates, and all too often broadsheets who rely on these conglomerates for revenue try to persuade us that this copy is literature. Well it’s not; and Cain’s Book is. It’s a book in which the very possibility of literature booms and resonates, or (to use another metaphor) rushes and gurgles like so much black water under a hull two miles from land: literature’s possibility and, of course, its impossibility.

More: Scots Alec, an Trocchi resource / Andrew Stevens interviews Denis Browne, Trocchi’s literary assistant / Lord of Junk Himself, Denis Browne’s talk on Trocchi / Stewart Home‘s introduction to White Thighs / ‘Between the glittering mirage and the dust of reality,’ an appreciation of Young Adam / Oneworld Classics‘ page for Trocchi