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Five for: Paul Kavanagh (published 26/05/2011)


1) What are you working on at the moment?
Kitchen Sink. A redbrick tale filled with wonder. Bear with me. Imagine the 1977 cast of Coronation Street suddenly finding itself on the set of Soap, Hilda Ogden and Stan Ogden playing Mary Campbell and Burt Campbell.

2) What’s the most overused word about your work?
Coruscate or obfuscate.

3) Which painting, or other piece of art, best describes you?
Any postcard designed by Donald McGill. I have the face.


4) Which literary character do you most identify with?
Martin Eden. I have a spine-breaking fear of water.

5) One book you wish you had written, and why?
The Kama Sutra. It would have been great fun.

Paul Kavanagh‘s The Killing of a Bank Manager is out now.

Five for: Michael Pedersen (published 23/05/2011)


In advance of the Neu! Reekie! / 3:AM evening of poetry, animation & drink (Friday 27th of May), poet & co-host Michael Pedersen has chosen five ‘sage and savant’ poems representative of the spirit of the Edinburgh night.

Norman MacCaig – After His Death – for Hugh MacDiarmid

… the government decreed that
on the anniversary of his birth
the people should observe
two minutes pandemonium.

Tom Buchan Here we go on the roller-coaster

Here we go on the roller-coaster hold on
hold on tight the guy on the lever
has gone for a drink and woops
here we go down down faster and faster and even
more faster…

Robert Burns – Ode to Spring

There Damon lay, with Sylvia gay,
To love they thought no crime, Sir:
The wild-birds sang, the echoes rang,
While Damons arse beat time, Sir.

Edwin Morgan – One Cigarette

Let the smoke lie back in the dark.
Till I hear the very ash
sigh down among the flowers of brass

Ted Hughes – Lovesong

In their entwined sleep they exchanged arms and legs
In their dreams their brains took each other hostage

In the morning they wore each other’s face

The Missing Links (published 22/05/2011)


Non-time and hauntology. More on Mark ‘K Punk’ Fisher‘s recent NYC talks here. * The rise of faux-vintage photography. * Ira Cohen‘s psychedelic photography. * This is a message from Persons Unknown… * Preston is my Paris. * Las Vegas time-lapse video. * The B-52s live in Atlanta, 1978. * Dennis Cooper celebrates Lynne Tillman. * Can you teach creative writing? * Tim Parks on the Dull New Global Novel. * Nick Lezard on Rilke. * Art and love. * Egon Schiele’s women (gallery here). * Lost gems in the Anthony Burgess archive. * 3:AM Chief Editor Susan Tomaselli‘s great new tumblr. * Fantômas. * Simon Reynolds on boogie. * Get ready for Simon ReynoldsRetromania. * Derek Jarman‘s film for Marianne Faithfull‘s Broken English. * Film directors’ cameos. * Sarah Churchwell: “We all know that language is mutable, that it must either evolve or wither away: there’s no language so pure as a dead one. Babylonian is untroubled by the intrusion of new slang, as it is untroubled by speakers”. * Patti Smith, Richard Hell and Jim Carroll sale. * Chitty Chitty Bang Bang up for auction. * Lars Iyer‘s Spurious reviewed at the Cherwell. * National identity and the internet. * Laconia: 1,200 Tweets on Film. * Saul Bass’s designs for Vertigo. * Thurston Moore‘s video for “Benediction“. * Listen to Thurston Moore‘s new album, Demolished Thoughts. * Why steampunk’s time has come. * Nothing. * Sam Lipsyte interviewed in Wag’s Revue. * Sam Leith’s top 10 alternative realities. * Adam Ant to buy Ringo Starr‘s birthplace. * Adam Ant live review. * Nihilism in fantasy. * Pulp, No Sleep Till Sheffield, 1995. * Writers at their typewriters. * The world’s most inspiring bookshops. * Continental Realism by Paul Ennis. * Fukuyama reviewed. * The life and art of the Velvet Underground‘s first drummer. * A review of Vila-Matas‘s Never Any End to Paris. * Iain Sinclair’s London. * Michel Foucault, “Of Other Spaces,” 1967. * Binge thinking. * On rediscovering The Fall. * Flamin’ Groovies TV promos. * Morrissey on the monarchy. * The disappearing face of New York. * David Lodge on Nabokov. * Alan McGee interviewed. * William Burroughs publisher faces obscenity charges in Turkey. * Michael Loughrey‘s 3:AM story selected for Most Notable Story of 2010 award. * Before and after: 20 classic pin-ups [see pic].