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The Missing Links (published 16/10/2011)


Best of luck to Dan Treacy. * Kenneth Goldsmith interviewed in The Believer. * Geoff Dyer on writing: “Was ever a writer so consumed by the things he couldn’t do? Stitch together all the things Kafka couldn’t do and you have a draft of War and Peace. The corollary of this is that what he was left with was stuff no one else could do — or had ever done”. * Invisible Stories. * On the public commodification of privacy. * An interview with the wonderful Viv Albertine. * Joe Orton and Kenneth Halliwell‘s defaced books. * Stewart Home on Santiago Sierra‘s art pranks. * Occupy Wall Street. * Zizek at OWS. * How to occupy an abstraction. * David Bowie on Brixton banknote. * Jonathan Lethem: postmodernism as Liberty Valance. * Haruki Murakami: “Every day I go to my study and sit at my desk and put the computer on. At that moment, I have to open the door. It’s a big, heavy door. You have to go into the Other Room. Metaphorically, of course. And you have to come back to this side of the room. And you have to shut the door. So it’s literally physical strength to open and shut the door. So if I lose that strength, I cannot write a novel any more”. * An interview with Jeffrey Eugenides. * Patti Smith’s pictures of Rimbaud‘s spoon, Bolano‘s chair and Woolf‘s chair. * Gertrude Stein: The Vichy Years. * More on vintage French radicalism. * 3:AM‘s Karl Whitney on Perec, the Situationists and Belleville. * Jarvis Cocker recruited by Faber. * Tim Parks on the Nobel Prize in literature. * Patty Hearst’s fairytale wedding. * The end of Sonic Youth? * Brian Eno and David Michell in conversation. * Brian Eno, Polly Eltes and Judy Nylon in 1974. (See 3:AM‘s interview with Judy Nylon.) * Deborah Levy‘s wonderful Swimming Home reviewed. * Psychic Life (including Jah Wobble and Keith Levene). * The strangeness of Peter Pan. * Owen Jones on Britishness. * Gavin James Bower‘s Made in Britain captures the “hopeless beauty of the familiar and forgotten landscape that traps you,” according to Jenn Ashworth in the Guardian. * Raymond Chandler interviewed by Ian Fleming (BBC, 1958). * On WG Sebald. * Grant Gee and Sebald. * Abbie Hoffman and the theatre of revolution. * Rockaway Beach, 1950. * Will Self on the symphony and the novel. * Will Self and Iain Sinclair‘s respective forewords to London Unfurled. * The Lloyd’s building (more). * Jayne Joso on note-taking and the influence of the Welsh landscape on her writing: “It is harder to track where the pre-notes ever begin, for there is nothing to lock them down, and I suppose that is ultimately the beauty of them. They are a liberation”. * Kung Fu Pindar: Bruce Lee, the poet. * In praise of Flann O’Brien. * Damo Suzuki doing his thing. * How The Smiths changed our lives. * Boy George on the birth of the New Romantic movement: “We thought we knew it all and could change the world with a lick of eyeliner and a dash of rouge. Of the new romantic moment I have always said, ‘It was all Bowie’s fault’, but factor in Lou Reed, Iggy Pop, Marc Bolan, Quentin Crisp, Sally Bowles, and a whole daisychain of others who made us dream of a magical world without rules where there really was a wizard behind the curtain. The 70s were the best time ever to be a teenager”. * Jennifer Egan‘s Look at Me reviewed. * On Jesse Glass. * First public reading of Allen Ginsberg‘s Howl. * “When a novel has you laughing during a funeral scene, you know you are in the company of a master.” Steve Finbow on Michel Houellebecq‘s The Map and the Territory .

A microurban slideshow (published 12/10/2011)

Jon Cotner, co-author with Andy Fitch of Ten Walks/Two Talks, has been busy:

The BMW Guggenheim Lab have posted a slideshow made by Jon and his fiancée Claire Hamilton, called Local Worlds: A Bedford Avenue Slideshow.


Jon tells us: “We walked a 3-mile stretch of Bedford Avenue (Brooklyn’s longest street), and documented our encounters with people and places along the way. We saw many different local worlds. This piece hovers somewhere between Basho’s travel diaries and Stephen Shore‘s American Surfaces.

Also: Urban Omnibus recently posted an interview with Cotner, in which he discusses mobile poetic forms, microseconds, wakefulness, neighborliness, introspection, dialogue, and love:

Let me put it this way: I’m particularly interested in forms that capture the motion, the momentum of New York. I don’t want an excessively ponderous form. The nice thing about dialogue is that it always moves; slideshows move too, from one image and caption to the next.

There’s a recent article about Cotner’s ‘Spontaneous Society’ walks, from the New Yorker Book Bench blog, here.