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The Missing Links (published 31/10/2010)


Screamadelica revisited. * Dead Sea Scrolls digitised. * Félix Fénéon illustrated. * Little black books. * National Novel Writing begins. Has anything good ever come out of this? * David Mitchell on the writing process. * Sarah Churchwell on Mark Twain. * Men will merge with machines. * Interactive Quixote. * Mick Farren to relocate to Brighton from LA. * Viv Albertine and Zoe Howe on the late Ari Up. * Amy Rigby on Ari Up. * Download The Slits’ lost album (via). * Malcolm McLaren‘s Paris: Capital of the XXIst Century. * French theory today. * Dresses made of chocolate at the Salon du Chocolat. * DMs at 50. (Visit the gallery.) * The Avengers at 50 (see picture). * What 10 classic books were almost called. * Writers’ desk spaces. * Literary tattoos. * Ned Beauman interviewed in The Guardian. * The British Legion’s visit to Hitler. * Nietzsche’s death mask (via). * Lady Di‘s notes on Shakespeare (from 1977). * Kevin Cummins’s Joy Division book: “Equally absorbing is an unexpected, pitch-perfect foreword by Jay McInerney, who talks about blasting Closer while he wrote Bright Lights, Big City. * Mr Mad Men. * The original Mad Man. * The Feelies to release new album (the first since 1991). * Steve Almond gets political. * Bryan Ferry on Roxy Music: “I used to love reading science fiction – JG Ballard was one of my favourite authors — so there was a futuristic element. We had synthesizers and were treating sounds to make them different from things you’d heard before”. * Alberto Manguel‘s “The Muse of Impossibility”. * Gorgeous Gemma Arterton. * The Brune Blonde exhibition at La Cinémathèque française. * Tony Wilson‘s headstone. * Virginia Woolf‘s “A Haunted House”. * The hilarious Stephen Fry controversy that’s getting some journalists’ knickers in a twist. * A review of Geoff Dyer‘s Working the Room: “Geoff Dyer has long been the most productive of slackers. He measures out his decades in generous essay collections, like this one, and in between times writes his languid, elegant, brilliantly conversational novels and books – a dozen at the last count – that tend to insist that his principal subject is lassitude, procrastination, self-doubt, even while materially proving the opposite. He gives genuine deadline-dodgers and excuse-inventors, with unwritten and never-to-be-written books piling up around them, a bad name”.

A Life in Pictures (published 28/10/2010)


On Tuesday the 2nd of November, Canongate‘s Irregular will travel from Edinburgh to Glasgow’s Oran Mor, to celebrate the publication of A Life in Pictures, the autopictography of author and artist Alasdair Gray. Gray’s work adorns the ceiling and walls of the converted church, now an arts venue.

As well as readings by Gray himself, it will also feature award-winning poet Liz Lochhead and gothic literature from Louise Welsh. Idlewild frontman Roddy Woomble, Lord Cut-Glass (aka Alun Woodward of Chemikal Underground), and indie-folk four-piece My Latest Novel will provide the music, with a DJ set from artist David Shrigley. The evening will be compered by the performance poet Jenny Lindsay.

Doors open at 8pm for an 8.30pm start.
Tickets cost £6 and are available on Ticketweb.co.uk, or from behind the bar at the Oran Mor, Byres Road, Glasgow, G12 8QX.

The Bukowski Tapes (published )

[Photo: Lawrence Robbin]

Ben Pleasants was a friend of Bukowski’s and part of a vibrant L.A. literary scene in the late ’70s. In the early ’70s, Pleasants asked Bukowski if he could be his biographer. Bukowski liked the idea. In time, that resulted in the tapings of a series of interviews, some of which Pleasants has made available to Malibu Magazine.

See also, ‘Rexroth, Bukowski & the Politics of Literature’; Ben Pleasants’ interview with Meat Poet Steve Richmond; The Fante Tapes.

From Lanark to the Lacandon Jungle (published 26/10/2010)


The 14th Edinburgh Independent Radical Book Fair will take place from Wednesday 27th to Sunday 31st October 2010 in Out of the Blue Drill Hall, 30-38 Dalmeny Street, Edinburgh.

Highlights include:

Wednesday 27th October 7.00pm – One of the world’s leading historians of the Middle East, Ilan Pappé will be reading followed by an illustrated talk by William Parry who recently published Against the Wall: The Art of Resistance in Palestine

Thursday 28th October 2.00pm – the screening of A Life in Theory by Joan Waltemath (focusing on the likes of Michel Foucault, Gilles Deleuze, Jean-François Lyotard, William Burroughs, Antonio Negri and Jean Baudrillard) followed by an interview with the filmmaker conducted with Sylvère Lotringer, founder of publishing house Semiotext(e)

Friday 29th October 6.30pm – Edinburgh Review launch featuring readings from Michel Faber, Dilys Rose, Ian McDonough, Brian McCabe, Alan Gillis and Ewan Morrison

Saturday 30th October 7.15pm – Alan Bissett, author of Boyracers and Death of a Ladies’ Man, performs his one-woman show, The Moira Monologues

Sunday 31st October 2.30pm – Alasdair Gray discusses his new autopictography, A Life in Pictures

Admissions are free, donations welcome and there is a bar.

For full listings see Word Power for details.