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Under the paving stones, the beach (2) (published 18/07/2011)


Andrew Gallix: I’ve just finished reading Shane Weller‘s Modernism and Nihilism (Palgrave Macmillan) — highly recommended. I’ll be doing a lot of translation and research work over the summer, but apart from that I really look forward to reading Gavin James Bower‘s second novel, Made in Britain (Quartet Books), Robert Coover‘s Pricksongs & Descants (in the new Penguin Modern Classics edition), Owen Hatherley‘s Uncommon, as well as Enrique Vila-Matas‘s Montano’s Malady (New Directions), which I’ve been meaning to read for several years.

Colin Herd: Never mind summer, for the rest of my life I think I’ll be reading the recently published and utterly breathtaking collected poems of Tim Dlugos, A Fast Life (Nightboat Books). Other poetry titles I’m excited to read are Evie Shockley‘s The New Black (Wesleyan University Press), Astrid Lorange‘s Eating and Speaking (Tea Party Republicans Press), Jeremy Reed‘s Bona Vada (Shearsman) and Stephen Ratcliffe‘s Conversation (Bootstrap Press). In fiction, I’m about to start Ben BrooksGrow Up and after that Doug Nufer‘s By Kelman Out of Pessoa. Finally, I want to read everything I can by Oulipian Herve Le Tellier, and luckily the Other Press brought out Enough About Love in February and Dalkey Archive have A Thousand Pearls and The Sextine Chapel forthcoming this summer.

Mira Mattar: Late to the party as usual I will be finally finishing Swann’s Way, and plan to spread the next volumes over future holidays. I can’t recommend Mary Midgley‘s The Myths We Live By highly enough – a completely refreshing take down of the omnicompetence of science. Having recently fallen hard for Janet Frame I’ve had to ration her remaining books and next month I get to read The Carpathians, about which I am very excited. I will probably also do my annual re-read of Jane BowlesTwo Serious Ladies and/or Plain Pleasures and If I have the stamina I’ll also read Genet‘s Prisoner of Love. Plus I’ll continue with Mute‘s wonderful anthology, Proud to be Flesh (though this is more of a dip-into read).


Kerry Ryan: I’ll be reading David Lodge‘s novel about the life of H.G. Wells, A Man of Parts. The reviews have been mixed but I want to see for myself what Lodge has made of one of my favourite authors. Plus, I’m looking forward to reading Sophie Mayer‘s new poetry collection, The Private Parts of Girls.

Susan Tomaselli: Variations on a theme, as I’m rereading Virginia Woolf‘s Mrs Dalloway, To the Lighthouse and The Waves, reading Hesperus‘ re-issue of Richard Kennedy‘s A Boy at the Hogarth Press and Alexandra HarrisRomantic Moderns: Artists & the Imagination from Virginia Woolf to John Piper. I’ve also got my eye on Gordon Bowker‘s new biography of Joyce, but doubt that I’ll get through that in one sitting, so I’ll be dipping into Conor Fennell‘s A Little Circle of Kindred Minds: Joyce in Paris. After that, it’ll be David Rose‘s Vault: An Anti-Novel, Lars Iyer‘s Spurious, Verso‘s Restless Cities, Peter Ackroyd‘s London Under and, before I go anywhere near Ghost Milk, I ought to finish Iain Sinclair‘s Hackney: That Rose-Red Empire.

Karl Whitney: This summer I’ll be reading cyclist David Millar‘s confessional memoir (about how he doped and why) Racing Through the Dark: The Fall and Rise of David Millar (Orion), a refreshingly leftist perspective on Ireland’s financial collapse from Conor McCabe, Sins of the Father (The History Press Ireland), McKenzie Wark‘s book on the Situationist International, The Beach Beneath the Street (Verso) and two new titles from the excellent Wakefield Press: Paul Scheerbart‘s The Perpetual Motion Machine: The Story of an Invention and Benjamin Péret‘s The Leg of Lamb: Its Life and Works. I also got a copy of Joe Brainard‘s I Remember (Granary Books), which I’ll be dipping into from time to time. In addition, two recent books in French: Connaissez-vous Paris? (Gallimard), selected columns, in question and answer format, by Raymond Queneau for the newspaper l’Intransigeant, originally published between 1936 and 1938, and, from the author of The Invention of Paris, Eric Hazan‘s Paris sous tension (La Fabrique).

Under the paving stones, the beach (1)

Painted black (published 15/07/2011)


At the Forbidden Planet blog, Pádraig Ó Méalóid talks to Alan Moore about the much-anticipated second volume of League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Century – 1969, a companion interview, if you like, to the 3:AM interview in March:

“Other things that I remember from the 1960s was how all the psychedelic culture, yes, it crossed over with mystical culture, it also crossed over with criminal culture, as perhaps best exemplified in films like Performance. What we’ve got in 1969, in keeping with the League‘s usual practice, is that we’ve got a world entirely composed of references to the culture of that period, or around that period. So we’re taking bits from various films, television series, books, comics, any culture of that time we’re working into the fabric of our story, and me and Kevin personally think that this is the best League episode yet, and the job that Ben Dimagmaliw has done on the actual colour is wonderful, and Todd Klein’s done his usual marvellous job on the lettering. So it’s looking wonderful.

I hope that people will have as much fun digging out the various references as we had putting them in there, and there’s also the second chapter of Minions of the Moon, which I think develops nicely, and there some… as with the first part, we’ve tried to work in a number of different lunar fictions, so if you can think of lunar fictions that we haven’t included, then do please send them in, in time for part three, in about a year’s time. Yeah, it’s going to be a very, very good issue, and Kevin’s artwork is exquisite, and I’ve also seen the first eight or nine pages of 2009, so he’s banging on with that, and that looks like it’s going to be incredible, so, yeah, we’re very pleased with it.”