Arena’s A Genius Like Us: A Portrait of Joe Orton (1982), directed by Pamela Brighton & Nigel Williams (via Darran Anderson).
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A Genius Like Us (published 30/09/2011)
The Missing Links (published )
The origin of ‘Moby Dick’. * An interactive look inside Samuel Beckett’s notebooks (via @RhysTranter). * Out of the shadows, Uwe Schütte on W.G. Sebald (via Bookslut). * Fernando Pessoa playing cards (via @seventydys). * Tom McCarthy on “dodgem jockeys”. * Clarice Lispector resurrected (see also, Lispector as 3:AM Cult Hero). * French writers look beyond Paris to create a literature “of the real” (via @Litblog). * A fictional map of L.A. * Paul McDonagh‘s New York (1968-1978). * Primitive London, a look at the city’s beatniks, mods & rockers (1965). * The future is in the past, a celebration of the cassette (via @johnrobb77). * The life & times of Serge Gainsbourg (via The Morning News). * Dai Vaughan on Jean-Pierre Melville‘s dreamtime. * “[Hemingway's] suicide could be seen as an act of weakness, even moral weakness, a sudden revelation of it in a man whose image was of boldness and courage, but Hendrickson’s book is testimony that it was not a failure of courage but a last display of it.” James Salter (via chris_power). * Anthony Burgess explains Finnegans Wake (via same). * Enid Starkie on Arthur Rimbaud & Paul Verlaine (via Maud Newton). * Patti Smith‘s handwritten notes for her interview with Michael Pitt. * Posters from the 1968 Student Strike in Paris (pictured above & via @largeheartedboy). * Counter-culture colophon, a history of the Grove Press. * Pádraig Ó Méalóid talks to Kevin O’Neill about Alan Moore & League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. * Vintage Russian animation shorts.
Literature & violence (published 29/09/2011)
There’s a longer interview with Tom McCarthy on literature and violence at Historiesofviolence.com.
Again, A Time Machine (published )
A Stewart Home retrospective:
From his earliest work Stewart Home has expressed an avantgardist desire to write himself into the archive of culture. Mixing myth and polemic, with plagarism and a savage ideological critique, the parodic manifestos of Generation Positive, progressed into the self-historicising magazine Smile, the Neoists, and finally The Art Strike – an aggressive appropriation of Gustav Metzger’s strike proposal. Home’s return to anti-art practice saw the publication of a rash of polymorphous perversities, including Red London, and Defiant Pose, exhibitions at City Racing, workfortheeyetodo, and with Imprint 93, as well as ongoing performance, prank and film work. His cultural output now forms a significant archive of counter-cultural activities, not only written into the archive of culture, but networked across it, in a practice which seamlessly moves between unearthing unknown radical histories such as Black Mask – Up Against the Wall Motherfuckers, reworkings of Lettrist Cinema, and writing projects, such as Book Works‘ recent Semina series.
Presented as part of Again, A Time Machine, alongside the ongoing A Poster Project by Jonathan Monk, this is the first US retrospective of Home’s work and features a selection of artwork, including Art Strike Bed, Vermeer II and Becoming (M)other, publications and ephemera and a live performance with Kenneth Goldsmith.
Performance by Home & Kenneth Goldmsith 22 October @ 6.30pm
The Missing Links (published 27/09/2011)
“One of the great productions of literary scholarship of our time,” the Beckett letters (via @seanjcostello). * Who is César Aira? * An encounter with the keepers of the Flannery O’Connor legacy. * Inside William Faulkner‘s drinks cabinet. * F. Scott Fitzgerald‘s guide to the good life. * The receipe for Anthony Burgess‘ infamous cocktail Hangman’s Blood. * From Baggot Street Bridge, a Patrick Kavanagh app. * When T.S. Eliot met Ezra Pound. * “I have been boiled in a hell-broth.” T.S. Eliot writes to Virginia Woolf. * “This kind of long gestation period is pretty typical for America’s corps of young, elite celebrity novelists. Jonathan Franzen took nine years…Donna Tartt vanished for a decade…Michael Chabon has gone seven years between major novels.” * DBC Pierre & Nicholson Baker‘s fictional excesses. * On “great American cynic” Ambrose Bierce (via Vol. 1 Brooklyn). * Los Angeles, London, New York: when fiction makes real-world cities “better than real” (via @maudnewton). * “I’m a big visualiser when writing.” Scott Walker. * Tom McCarthy on Gerhard Richter‘s photo-paintings. * “Pollution and mutation and the folly of grand projects…the beauty of corruption – something like that.” Tom McCarthy on his new novel, working title Satin Island. * Hope Mirrlees and the forgotten female Modernists. * The immaculate conception of Andy Warhol’s women. * What record stores looked like in the ’60s. * Punk, the Sex Pistols first TV documentary (1976). * Is heavy metal the only rebellious youth culture left? * David Foster Wallace, Jonathan Franzen & Kurt Vonnegut exchange views on writing & art (via @benjohncock). * David Winters‘ ‘syllabus’ on literary theory for The Millions. * Andrew Gallix‘s ‘Celesteville’s Burning’ in The White Review. * Stephen Crowe tells Her Royal Majesty why he’s illustrating Finnegans Wake.
Paris Calling (published 26/09/2011)
Bare Essentials (published )
Bare Essentials: the Best of Nude Magazine brings together some of the best articles published by the UK-based, internationally-distributed indie and counterculture magazine, Nude, during the seven years of its existence. Also included are five new features and a bonus 16-page insert produced in conjunction with London’s prestigious Central St Martins College.
From lowbrow art to indie crafting, via street art, outsider art, comics, illustration, cult fiction, outré architecture, indie crafting, photography, indie and underground film, tiki, burlesque, designer toys, steampunk and leftfield music… Nude covered it all over the course of seventeen fabulously eclectic issues.