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3:AM Reloaded (published 24/01/2010)


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

Fiction: ‘Lucky’ by Utahna Faith, ‘Brain Chemistry’, ‘Extinction’, & ‘Moon Honey’ by Meg Pokrass

Interviewed: Sophie Parkin talks to Anouchka Grose, Alan Kelly speaks with Melissa Auf der Maur

Poetry: In Maintenant, the first of a new series on contemporary European poets, SJ Fowler interviews the Finnish writer Aki Salmela & ‘Three Poems’ by Aki Salmela:

I like to think that I don’t work with just one main style or method, but with several, some of which I would venture to say are contradictory. I work with two languages, that is English aside with Finnish. Pretty much all the work I have written in English is written as a kind of linguistic and/or structural experimentation; an experiment conducted by a writer who views English as an outsider, and who will remain an outsider, no matter how familiar with it he might get. English tempts me to experiment. Also partly because the most meaningful “experimental” writers for me have always come from the English speaking world (Stein, Joyce, Beckett, Burroughs, Ashbery and the so called “language school”, just to name a few) – and that is the tradition of which I see my experimental work growing from.


There are numerous methods that I have been experimenting with – mainly collage and cut-up, but also with different kind of (mis)translation and mutilation of my somewhat more conventional work in Finnish. I use these methods to come up with the raw material out of which I construct the final poems. Change and arbitrariness play a great part in my method.

ampere’s and (published 22/01/2010)


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

For nerds of our obsessive fact-filing bent, Kavalier and Clay is like the comics version of Valley of the Dolls, where half the fun is in figuring out the real-life models for the characters. Ah, that part’s Joe Simon, that’s Jim Steranko… that’s Jack Kirby and Stan Lee if Stan were a little more gay… [via Bookslut]

& Allen Ginsberg, Franz Kafka & Jeremy Bentham compare notes

& Typecasts, Charlie Williams is blogging on a typewriter

& Letterheady, interesting letterheads (Ayn Rand, Johnny Cash, Roy Lichtenstein)

& The secret history of typography in the OED [via @brainpicker]

& Scroll to the end of the current le cool London & you’ll find Mark Pilkington‘s (Strange Attractor) perfect day

[Image: From a Casual Optimist interview with Bibliographic editor Jason Godfrey]

ampere’s and (published 21/01/2010)


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

The “lost” books of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn [via @Litblog]

& “His spirit is there to be found in lo-fi Americana, if you look closely enough.” Jon Berry on Richard Brautigan [via @BenMyers1]

& Literature’s depression-era sad men [via @EliseBlackwell]

& Jack Kirby‘s costume designs for Julius Caesar

& Patti Smith‘s new memoir Just Kids, an elegy to Robert Mapplethorpe

& Travis Jeppesen on a recent Robert Mapplethorpe & Sterling Ruby exhibition in Brussels

& William Vollmann has designed t-shirts for L.A. bookstore Book Soup

& Chuck Palahniuk ‘Guts’-inspired shoes

& The best fictional drugs on TV

[Image: Paul Hornschemeier‘s panels for Forlorn Funnies Vol.1]

3:AM Cult Hero: Patrick Hamilton (published 20/01/2010)

“In the meanwhile, it would be best to get drunk. He did so.”

Andrew Stevens on The Gorse Trilogy:

The Hamilton back catalogue forms an odd assortment, with Twenty Thousand Streets Under The Sky out in Vintage Classics and Hangover Square still doing well as a Penguin Modern Classic, while Impromptu in Moribundia, his most explicitly political work as a declared Marxist, can also be found on a small press.

Ignore Nick Hornby’s banal comment about Hamilton being the missing piece of motorway between Dickens and Martin Amis, Hamilton’s worth is proven by the devoted legions of fans among younger authors such as Dan Rhodes and Niven Govinden and those who pack out rooms above pubs in Soho at nights organised by the Sohemian Society.


While the Gorse trilogy is not exactly Hamilton’s magnum opus (especially the drink-soaked Unknown Assailant), it does demonstrate his handy knack for both literature and drama and we can all raise a glass to its reissue, something I fear the man “who needed whisky like a car needed petrol” and died of multiple organ failure would approve no doubt.

More: Charlotte Stretch reviews The Gorse Trilogy for 3:AM / ‘Unhappy Hour’, Dan Rhodes on The Midnight Bell / ‘Pulped fictions’, Iain Sinclair on the film adaptations of Hamilton’s work / Cathi Unsworth drinks in London through Patrick Hamilton’s eyes / ‘The lost worlds of Patrick Hamilton’, D.J. Taylor’s introduction to The Gorse Trilogy / Is the world ready for Patrick Hamilton?

ampere’s and (published )


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

Tin House interview Amélie Nothomb

& The Rumpus long interview with Jonathan Lethem

& Wallace Stevens, armchair visionary

& Ginsberg‘s Howl resounds on film

& Some Beatles are more equal than others

& Henry Rollins talks to Dazed Digital

& Remembering Vic Chesnutt

& Biblioklept on ‘The Philosophy of Furniture’ by Edgar Allan Poe [via @Litblog / Happy birthday, Edgar]

[Image: Naked Girls Reading Bookgroup]

Rot’n’Roll (published 19/01/2010)

A gig by Brigandage from 1986, including 3:AM contributor Richard Cabut on bass.