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Tandeta: DBC Pierre, Salter, Cervantes, James, Listener, O’Brien, Nabokov (published 31/03/2011)


“Reality has overtaken it, to a degree. The form of the novel is too quaint, too fabulous. You can’t resonate off a core set of values now in the way you once could.” DBC Pierre in The White Review / James Salter month / Why we read Don Quixote / Henry James & the joys of binge reading / BBC opens online archive of The Listener, for which Virginia Woolf, Phillip Larkin & T.S. Eliot wrote [via @seanjcostello] / Mylesday, a “celebration in Guinness” of Flann O’Brien / Nabokov had the butterfly blues [via @CormacKinsella]

Tandeta: Woolf, DFW, bookless libraries, Smith, little magazines, Schulz (published 30/03/2011)


The London walks of Virginia Woolf / The ethics of David Foster Wallace [via @maudnewton] / A bookless library [via @CriticalCookie] / Zadie Smith in defense of libraries / In praise of little magazines / The beauty of Bruno Schulz‘s prose.

ampere’s and (published )








This week’s visuals: Daniel Mróz, Herbert Huncke, Chip Kidd, posters of the Japanese avant-garde, comic books as cheap paperbacks, Karel Teissig, Bear Alley Books on Spillane.

Tandeta: Herzog, Smith, Colette, Grossman, Finnegans Wake (published 29/03/2011)


Herzog likes to respond to and collaborate with his subjects; if he bends fact – by inventing dialogue, for instance – it is to the ends of ‘truth’.” / The Mark E. Smith Pale Ale / “A mistress of metaphor & sparking detail, with more punch than Proust.” / David Grossman & postwar literature [via Bookslut] / Finnegans Wake as a short film [via @brainpicker]

Where the neon signs are pretty (published 28/03/2011)

The Guardian on how downtown New York changed British theatre:

Wandering recently through the Barbican’s brilliant exhibition on the New York downtown scene of the early 1970s, I felt I was encountering not just a curated series of works, but the memory of a place. Here were the fragments of a particular moment in a particular city; an archive of encounters with New York itself. New York is a city uniquely fixated on its own re-invention. The work of the artists in this exhibition isn’t so much a product of that restless environment as a set of strategies for thinking about and encountering it. This is work that embeds itself in the city, that navigates you through it.

3:AM‘s Andrew Stevens on the fall and rise of Downtown literature:

The so-called brat pack of Bret Easton Ellis and Jay McInerney may nowadays be considered at one with the literary establishment (Tama Janovitz has also slid out of recent obscurity and signed with Scott Pack’s Friday Project) but traces of the Downtown heyday remain. The Prix de Flore-winning Bruce Benderson is releasing a new collection of essays and commentary, Sex and Isolation, which deals with the post-Downtown subcultures. And Between C & D co-editor Joel Rose‘s Downtown classic Kill Kill Faster Faster has been given the big screen treatment, which could well propel the book into the commercial big league. It may be difficult for some to believe that the Downtown scene of the 70s and 80s ever existed, but developments such as these do much to keep its lineage alive.

Laurie Anderson, Trisha Brown, Gordon Matta-Clark: Pioneers of the Downtown Scene, New York 1970s
3 March 2011 – 22 May 2011
Barbican Art Gallery
Tickets: £8 online/£10 on the door

Tandeta: Jones, Bolaño, O’Brien, Cossery, Dick (published )


R.I.P. Diana Wynne Jones (read Neil Gaiman‘s moving tribute) / Roberto Bolaño remembers the books he stole / ‘Insults’ from authors / “Alongside Joyce the Father, & Beckett the Son, [Flann O’Brien] remains the Holy Ghost in the machine.” / Translator Anna Moschovakis on Albert Cossery‘s The Jokers / “We’re now all the children of Philip K Dick.”