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The Missing Links (published 26/09/2010)


Ben Myers interviewed in the Guardian. * An anthology of conceptual writing. * Larry Clark‘s X-rated Parisian exhibition (see picture: Untitled, 1972). * Georg Trakl. * Remember Chainsaw fanzine? (I still have a copy of this issue.) * The world’s smallest stop-motion animation movie. * Gerry Feehily: “The one true measure for economic growth is an increase in civilisation.” * The politics of storytelling. * James Bridle on E-books, Google, and “The Long Prose Curse” * Carl Barât in the Observer. * Philip K. Dick documentary. * More reviews of Josipovici’s What Ever Happened to Modernism? * A history of MI6. * The real James Bond was Dutch! * Taking another look at James Kelman. * Zadie Smith becomes new books columnist over at Harper’s Magazine. * Does great music inspire great art? * Simon Reynolds‘s Totally Wired gets US release. * Andy Warhol directs The Cars. * Alan McGee on Creation Records. * Litmus. * Cities and comic books. * Journalism Barbie. * Did Milton write a bawdy poem? * Lydia Davis on translation. * Portraits of Prohibition-era decadence. * Roberto Bolaño‘s Antwerp reviewed. * Russia’s blogging revolution. * Anti-Matters. * Against promotional author photos. * The creepiest authors of kids’ books. * Mick Jones would like to help save the legendary 100 Club. * Bowie and Burroughs interview each other (Rolling Stone, 1974). * William S Burroughs: A Man Within. * Adam Curtis‘s “emotional history” of Britain since 1970. * The Bit-52’s playing “Rock Lobster”. * Jools Holland does Jamaica. * Auto-fiction. * Stephen Fry‘s letter to his 16-year-old self: “You poor dear, dear thing. Look at you weltering in your misery. The extraordinary truth is that you want to stay there. Unlike so many of the young, you do not yearn for adulthood, pubs and car keys. You want to stay where you are, in the Republic of Pubescence, where feeling has primacy and pain is beautiful. And you know what … ? I think you are right”.

Full Time Hobby Showcase at the Windsor Festival (published )

Full Time Hobby are an independent label from London and home to Timber Timbre and Let’s Wrestle to name just a couple. They are putting on a showcase for the label in association with The Firestation Arts Centre at The Theatre Royal – as part of the Windsor Festival, next Friday 1st October 2010. Win free tickets for this event (see below).


The showcase features Tunng, with their experimental, modern take on folk, Leisure Society (whose founder Nick Hemming composed music for Shane Meadow’s Dead Man’s Shoes and A Room For Romeo Brass), and Erland & The Carnival , formed by singer/guitarist Erland Cooper and ex-The Verve/Blur guitarist Simon Tong.

Wind Of The Western Sea by fulltimehobby

Latest tracks by fulltimehobby

Win tickets for this show:

1. Follow Full Time Hobby on twitter;

2. Tweet this Buzzwords post between now and next Thursday (30 September) evening and use the tag #FTHshowcase@3am (so we can find you!);

3. A random hour and date will be chosen from now to Thursday evening ;

4. The authors of the 5 tweet closest to that day and hour get a pair of tickets each (that’s 5 pairs up for grabs)

5. The 6th and 7th closest get a Hobbyism CD Compilation


Tweet away folks.

3:AM Reloaded (published )


What you (may have) missed on 3:AM this week:

Fiction: ‘Auckland Bob’ by Kris Saknussemm

Flash fiction: ‘The Party’ by Alan McCormick & Jonny Voss

Poetry: ‘Three Poems’ by Cathleen Allyn Conway; In the 28th of the Maintenant series, SJ Fowler interviews the Spanish poet Luna Miguel; ‘Two Poems’ by Luna Miguel

Non-fiction: Roland Kelts pays tribute to Satoshi Kon (courtesy of 3:AM Asia)

Reviewed: Colin Herd on Eileen Myles’ Inferno; Richard Marshall on Liliane Lijn’s Atomanotes; Christopher Madden on José Saramago’s The Notebook

Interviewed: Susan Tomaselli talks Boxer, Beetle, eugenics, urban planning, experimental music & Modernism with Ned Beauman:

There’s no one particular thing that’s wrong with today’s novel. What does worry me is the feebleness of this year’s debate about the place of Modernism in contemporary fiction – there are some very articulate, tenacious people on one side, and some very mild, apologetic people on the other, and not much satisfying argument in between. Perhaps, to start with, we could all agree to stop throwing around words like “middlebrow”, “Victorian”, “kitsch”, “corporate publishing” and “liberal humanist” as if they had any real meaning in this context beyond pure scorn. I, for instance, would call myself a “liberal humanist”, but from what I’ve been able to gather, this must mean that I’ve never read Beckett, I’m squeamish about violence, I supported the war in Iraq, and if I read a pseudo-experimental novel and find it too arid and portentous to endure, then it’s definitely my own fault. Well, thanks for letting me know.

To be clear, I quite agree that we shouldn’t mothball the “challenges of Modernism”. But we shouldn’t give them more than their due, either. Every decade and every literary movement since the novel began has posed us, like an examination paper, a set of fascinating, insoluble problems, and those of the inter-war avant-garde are just one set among many. Yes, they’re more disconcerting and influential than most, but they’re not conclusive or definitive or supreme. If you’re preoccupied with the challenges of the 1930s, then you may well be ignoring the challenges of the 1850s or the 1960s. Which is fine: all it means is that you’ve picked the combination of questions that happens to interest you. But if other writers decide to pick a different combination, it’s not your place to condescend to them for it. Their exam is just as hard as yours.

Saturday Night at the Movies (published 25/09/2010)

The Chris Marker segment of Wim Wenders’ Tokyo Ga (1985).

Stasi Dog (published )

Paolo Sedazzari‘s Stasi Dog, the story of what happens to an East German secret police dog after the fall of the Berlin Wall, screens on Wednesday 6th October at Rotoreliefs @ Roxy, 128-132 Borough High Street London SE1.