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ampere’s and (published 27/01/2010)


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

Jean Genet‘s Un Chant d’Amour (1950) at UbuWeb

& Samuel Taylor Coleridge, lyrical smackhead

& Winter of his discontent, Kerouac’s Detroit [via @ElectricLit]

& A gallery of famous literary drunks & addicts [via The Rumpus]

& Why Koreans love Russian literature [via @nyrbclassics]

& Bookslut on Pelican paperbacks [see also, The Pelican Project]

& The stories behind book dedications

& 4 Gentle Persuasions, Laird Hunt‘s annotated list of 4 quotations from the works of Georges Perec [via @StuartEvers]

[Image: In the Faubourg Marigny, New Orleans; courtesy of 3:AM‘s Utahna Faith]

3:AM Top 5 [redux]: Julian Gough (published )


Julian Gough is an Irish novelist living in Berlin. He is the author of Juno & Juliet and Jude: Level 1, one of the novels of the last decade, a “brilliant satire of modern Ireland which mixed the comic sensibility of The Simpsons with Flann O’ Brien, Joyce and Beckett.” His story, ‘The Orphan and the Mob’, represents Ireland in Dalkey Archive’s Best European Fiction 2010. A book of Julian’s poetry, including lyrics from his band Toasted Heretic, will be published by Salmon this year. In the meantime, here are the last 14 tracks Julian listened to (though not necessarily in the right order). Julian writes: “I won’t tell you whether or not they were my own choice, whether or not I liked them, or whether or not I was bound and gagged and hanging upside down in a dungeon at the time, someone else’s iPod playing softly as they melted the wax. A girl needs to maintain a certain mystique.”

1. ‘Tiny Cities Made Of Ashes’ – Modest Mouse
2. ‘Woodcat’ – Tunng
3. ‘I Want A Little Sugar In My Bowl’ – Nina Simone
4. ‘The Village Green Preservation Society’ – The Kinks
5. ‘Warsawa’ – David Bowie
6. ‘O Superman’ – Laurie Anderson
7. ‘Jazzman’ – Carole King
8. ‘Holes’ – Mercury Rev
9. ‘Scriptures’ – B12
10. ‘The Card Sharp’- The Clash
11. ‘Sonata XVI’ – John Cage
12. ‘This Is the Life’ – Amy MacDonald
13. ‘Buffalo Ballet’ – John Cale
14. ‘Sing Swan Song’ – Can

ampere’s and (published 26/01/2010)


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

The Quietus republish the controversial 1975 interview in which David Bowie appeared to call for the rise of a new right wing

& David Foster Wallace & imagining moral fiction

& The Bolaño 2666 on-line book group

& Back to the Future, silent sci-fi & futuristic films with improvised music [via @itsnicethat]

& Flavorwire offer up a mixtape of songs about libraries & librarians

& Designer Saul Bass on making money vs art [via @grainedit]

& Hey Okay, strange photos from the interweb

& The “Blog” of “Unnecessary” Quotation Marks [via Mobylives]

[Image: Europe by car]

Friday I’m in Love (published 25/01/2010)

By Jon Savage.

The follow-up to a massive hit can go several ways, but the main possibilities include: 1) an almost exact simulation, a lucky strike turned into a formula or 2) the hit is used as a springboard to go deeper and weirder, with the added confidence caused by unexpected success. The results in the latter case can be explosive: just think of the Kinks’ ‘All Day and All of the Night’.

Bedsitter came off the back of ‘Tainted Love’, Soft Cell’s 1981 bestselling single. Their cover of Gloria Jones’s northern soul classic (which segued, on the 12-inch, into the Supremes’ ‘Where Did Our Love Go’) was a minimalist anthem that both betrayed the duo’s north-western origins and made the most of their performance art leanings.

These came alive on their Top of the Pops appearances. There was an echo of Sparks in the heightened mismatch between David Ball (static, moustached) and Marc Almond (mobile, androgynous). Arriving in the middle of Margaret Thatcher’s first-term, Almond’s camp strutting and hootchy-kootch voguing came over as highly provocative: an outrage and an inspiration.

Soft Cell lacked both the blandness of Spandau Ballet and the all-round appeal of Adam Ant, then in his deserved pomp. There was a gleeful glint, if not a hint of steel, in Almond’s eyes as he minced and postured across the nation’s TV screens: he made gender bending (as it was soon to be called) seem both totally natural and immense fun.

The Guardian has the rest.

ampere’s and (published )


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

Will Self on why The War of the Worlds is the ultimate modern book

& The NYT‘s Bay Area Blog talk to filmmakers behind the Allen Ginsberg biopic Howl [via LHB]

& And The Beat Goes On, Jack Kerouac‘s literary estate in limbo [via A&L Daily]

& David Foster Wallace on failure

& Jessa Crispin on the predictable American response to translated literature

& Philip K. Dick: A ‘plastic’ paradox [via @johncoulthart]

& In Hilobrow, Matthew De Abaitua on John Carpenter: “Few cultural scraps are as redolent of lo-fi VHS genre pleasures than a movie trailer with Carpenter’s name above the title and his own analog synth score.”

[Image: Wood engravings from The Golden Cockerel Press, 1920-1961]

Vian spits on your graves (published )

Footage of Boris Vian from a French documentary (via TamTam Books). See also, 3:AM‘s interview with Tosh Berman, Vian’s US publisher.

The Missing Links (published 24/01/2010)


On boredom and literature. * Ben Myers on Django Reinhardt. * Dan Rhodes‘s new blog. * Julien Temple, Dr Feelgood and the psychogeography of Essex: Oil City Confidential. * An unreleased Steve Reich soundtrack. * The artists of the Night Cafe. * Creation Records — The Movie. * The Telegraph‘s top new novelists. * Ian Aitch on The Ex: “If ­Ethiopia starts throwing up scratchy, indefinable guitar bands, you’ll know who to blame”. * Kevin Sampsell‘s A Common Pornography (promo video). * A site devoted to French cult author Jean-Jacques Schuhl (whose new novel has just come out). * France’s greatest living artist? * Britain’s coolest man?: “‘I’m the ultimate magazine and editorial nerd,’ he insists, passing me a candle made especially for him that smells of fresh magazine print as it burns”. * Melody Maker to be revived online? * The end of the 80s revival? * Spying throughout the ages. * Billy Bragg in tax protest. * Flotsam & Jetsam. * An interview with Brett Anderson. * More Bloomsbury shenanigans. * No Distance Left to Run (trailer here). * Damon Albarn in his own words. * Lawrence Higgins (video). * Lost in the shelves. * Eastenders exhibition. * A guide to Mad Men. * JG Ballard fridge magnets. * I’m a photographer, not a terrorist. * The view from Blackpool Tower. * Donald Brown on Thomas Pynchon‘s California novels (via 3QD) * Cherie Currie on The Runaways. * Will Self on pissing in public.* Pinter‘s 59 year pause. * Found in books. * Martin Amis on writing Time’s Arrow. * Over at HTMLGIANT, a conversation between Dennis Cooper & Blake Butler. * Chris Petit reviews Peter Biskind‘s Beatty book. * The Blockheads on the Ian Dury biopic. * The ICA to close? * James Bridle, friend of 3:AM, is remaking Patrick Keiller‘s London shot-by-shot . * Nasty Little Press. * A new story by Julian Barnes. * African sounds, avant-garde disco, Chinese folk music, what’s on David Bowie’s iPod.