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Unfair! (published 22/09/2011)

B.S. Johnson‘s Unfair! (1971), his response to the Conservative Governments Industrial Relations Bill (via @DougLain). See also, B.S. Johnson, Brutalist, Sukhdev Sandhu on the films of B.S. Johnson.

3:AM Asia: Bunga Bungaku (published 21/09/2011)


The Daily Yomiuri reports: The publisher of a noted Japanese literary magazine has begun to publish online English translations of fiction related to the March 11 Great East Japan Earthquake by 15 authors. Waseda Bungakukai, the publisher of literary magazine Waseda Bungaku, allows visitors to its site to download and read the stories for free, but urges them to make a monetary donation to help disaster victims.

The stories, which originally appeared in the latest issue of the annual literary magazine, are intended to convey the current state of affairs regarding the earthquake and tsunami disasters to a worldwide readership, according to Waseda Bungakukai. The 15 writers, including Akutagawa Award winners Kazushige Abe and Mieko Kawakami, wrote their works after the March 11 disaster and allowed the publisher to use them for free.

Three stories are currently available on the Waseda Bungakukai Web site. More will follow. The three are ‘Ride on Time’ by Abe, ‘Poola’s Return’ by Hideo Furukawa and ‘Almost Everything in the World’ by Shin Fukunaga.

When Allen met Joe (published 19/09/2011)


From the Allen Ginsberg Project:

“I was listening to a lot of punk, and I’d heard about The Clash from Steven Taylor. I went backstage once at their 17-night gig at Bonds Club on Times Square and Joe Strummer said, ‘We’ve had somebody say a few words about Nicaragua and (El) Salvador and Central America, but the kids are throwing eggs and tomatoes at ‘im. Would you like to try?’ I said, ‘I don’t know about making a speech, but I’ve got a punk song about that.’ Simple chords, we rehearsed it five minutes and got it together.. They led me onstage at the beginning of their second set, and we launched right into the guitar clang. It’s punk in ethos and rhythmic style for abrupt pogo-dancing, jumping up and down, but elegant in the sense of having specific political details. First stanza drags a little, but there’s one point where we all get together for two verses, an anthem-like punk song. Only one tape exists taken off the board. They gave me a copy and it’s been sitting around all these years like a little toy.”

The collaboration appeared on Ginsberg’s Holy Soul Jelly Roll: Poems & Songs 1949-1993, and Ginsberg performed on Combat Rock‘s ‘Ghetto Defendant’.

The Missing Links (published 18/09/2011)


Hari Kunzru on postmodernism. * An excerpt from Kenneth Goldsmith‘s Uncreative Writing: “The world is full of texts, more or less interesting; I do not wish to add any more”. * Blake Butler interviewed: I think every sentence I’ve written was trying first to be a knife, and now it just sits there”. * Sam Cooper interviews McKenzie Wark. * Geoff Dyer on “Tarkovsky time”. * Leigh Bowery interviewed by Gary Glitter. * Eight Cuts and the cyber-bullies. * Stuart Hall on the march of the Neoliberals. * Sheffield’s Park Hill Estate. * Save St Mark’s Bookshop: sign the petition here. *Rimbaud‘s Illuminations translated by John Ashbery. * Steampunk arts. * Roald Dahl‘s dark side: “He’s one of the few children’s authors who’s actually killed people. That is going to have an effect on how you see people and the world”. * Mark Fisher on the privatisation of stress. * Moscow’s first McDonald’s, 1990. * Burning Man at 25 (in pictures). * Johnny Stiletto‘s Vintage 80s street pictures. * Novels that zip along. * James Bond’s guns. * BBC National Short Story Award 2011 shortlist. * Andrei Tarkovsky‘s first film, 1960. * Adam Biles on Paris. * Is translation an impossible art? * Pioneering synthpunk from Futurisk. * Publishing industry: great digital expectations. * A history of grunge. * A Virgin Prunes primer. * We are all Charlie Brown. * A nice interview with Shaun Ryder. * Richard Hamilton RIP. (Bryan Ferry‘s tribute.) * On the essays of Borges. * An interesting interview with Christopher Boucher. * Finnegans Wake read in its entirety. * Joyce in Paris, 1920s. * Joyce and Beckett play pitch’n’putt. * The Irish Times run a selection of the Beckett Letters. * Circle Jerks live on TV, 1985. * Walking down Carnaby Street, 1968. * Lou Reed, John Cale and Nico live in Paris, 1972. * Craig Taylor (editor of Five Dials) on his forthcoming book, Londoners (Granta). * Victorian street photography. * Footage of the Lower East Side, 1967. * Warhol “superstar” Baby Jane Holzer. * On Georges Perec. * De La Warr pavilion.

Soho Noir (published 15/09/2011)


The Bishopsgate Institute in the City of London is holding a series of ‘London in Fiction’ talks this autumn of obvious interest to 3:AM readers. To celebrate Gerald Kersh‘s Centenary and the new edition of The Angel and the Cuckoo from London Books, Paul Duncan, who has been researching Kersh for over a decade, will talk about Kersh’s extraordinary life and work (27 September), while Cathi Unsworth and Paul Willetts, whose books have sought to portray the seedy allure of mid-20th century Soho, will be discussing Soho writing in general and James Curtis in particular (20 October). Finally, on 13 December Ken Worpole discusses Simon Blumenfeld’s novel Jew Boy and the representation of the Jewish East End with Rachel Lichtenstein. You can buy tickets for all three here.

The Metallization of a Dream (published )

Eduardo Paolozzi and the Independent Group. See also, Rick Poynor on Paolozzi and Bookkake on The Jet Age Compendium.