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The Missing Links (published 12/12/2011)


Glenn O’Brian‘s TV Party. * R.I.P. Christa Wolf & Gilbert Adair. * James Bridle on the New Aesthetic. * The New Pamphleteers, how the e-book might be “a whole new literary form”. * French Theory Today pamphlet series. * Lynne Tillman on Diane Arbus‘s writings. * The herstory of Riot Grrrl. * When Freud met Bacon, British postwar painters in pictures. More Freud. * Walking in the footsteps of W.G. Sebald. * Mapping Michel Houellebecq, a retrospective. * A documentary about Le Palace nightclub. * In praise of piracy. * Best Sid Vicious documentary ever. * The Sex Pistols and Ramones as Hanna-Barbera cartoons. * “I had no idea you were so handsome. Why you haven’t been offered the lead in some sexy movies I can only attribute to the basic stupidity of the casting directors.” Groucho Marx writes to T.S. Eliot. * On Mallarmé. * On Clarice Lispector. * JG Ballard on Desert Island Discs, 1992. * A Ballardian bestiary. * LA punks: a news report, 1983. * Bruce McAllister‘s symbolism survey (to Kerouac, Rand, Mailer, Ellison, Updike, Bellow). * It’s the end of the world. * People who do noise. * A brief history of garage rock. * For sale, J.D. Salinger‘s library slip. * The best libraries in literature. * The library phantom. * Billy Idol raps for IKEA. * Neuroscience and economics. * French psychologists try to ban film on autism. * Footage of James Joyce in Paris. * Joyce reading from Finnegans Wake. * Matthew Picton‘s 3D map of 1904 Dublin built from the pages of Ulysses. * Protecting Oscar Wilde’s tomb from kisses. * Gary Pearce on Wilde. * Runnin’ Riot. * Curiouser and curiouser, Marina Warner on Lewis Carroll, Tenniel, and the Alice drawings. (See also, 3:AM‘s interview with Marina Warner.) * John Berger on Bento’s Sketchbook in the Paris Review. * Teju Cole on John Berger. * “Few novels have sought to improve America as radically as Edward Bellamy‘s bestseller Looking Backward.” * Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose: Has literature stopped evolving? * Full Stop‘s ‘Situation of American writing’, based on a 1939 Partisan Review questionnaire. * “We have lost something that used to be considered fundamental in the world of literature, which is the role of the critic.” Nicole Krauss. * Evelyn Waugh lambasts the “gibberish” written by modernist writers. * Paul Auster & Don DeLillo on New York City. * Doppelgängers, Jenny McPhee on Mary Shelley & Muriel Spark. * “Place the casserole dish in a cold oven. Place a chair facing the oven and sit in it forever. Think about how hungry you are. When night falls, do not turn on the light.” The Jean-Paul Sartre cookbook. * Barry Humphries (Dame Edna Everage), collector of fin de siècle writings, Arthur Machen‘s horror stories & erotica “of a superior kind”. * [Image: Wacky Stuff]

The Missing Links (published 06/12/2011)


Andrew Motion on WG Sebald‘s poems. * PDFs of Breton, Soupault and Aragon‘s Dada journal Littérature. * Tim Parks on the second volume of Beckett‘s letters in the LRB. * Parks on translating poetry. * Wittgenstein Jr. * Terry Taylor‘s Baron’s court, All Change republished. * Philip Glass on Sesame Street, 1979. * Five years in NYC that changed music forever. * London Belles, 1973 (featuring Vivienne Westwood). * God save the Sex Pistols’ doodles. More here. * Is there a crisis in literary criticism? * Owen Jones on the new age of rebellion. * Writers’ toilets. * Mick Jagger‘s first TV appearance at the tender age of 15. * Rolling Stones Rice Krispies commercial, 1964. * A dissolving dictionary. * David Bowie home movie, 1965. * Lee Rourke. * Brian Eno‘s big theory of culture. * Jacques Testard on Houellebecq. * Jan Svankmajer. * Nicholas Blincoe on Jack Kerouac’s lost novel. * Bukowski and the making of Barfly. * The Beatnik scene for squares. * More on WG Sebald‘s poetry. * On JG Ballard. * Download every NME cassette compilation from the 80s. * Watch Ken Russell‘s The Devils. * Kermode on Russell. * Songs for a future generation: more B-52’s goodness. * Shelagh Delaney RIP. * Nicholas Lezard on Sherlock Holmes, the “only intellectual this country has ever taken to its bosom”. And also on Claude Lévi-Strauss. * A history of social housing. * Lee Miller by Man Ray. * The Jello Biafra bobbing head doll. * Footage of the Dead Kennedys in the studio, 1981. * Total surveillance. * Facebook’s broken privacy promises. * L’histoire d’Anne Pigalle. * The British Newspaper Archive goes digital. * Tom McCarthy‘s desktop. * Surrealist films by Joseph Cornell. * Goethe snuffs it. * A documentary on French composer Pierre Henry. * 10 lost novels the world found again. * 10 synonyms for being a wanker. * Brian Eno‘s speech at Moogfest 2011. * Confessions of a MILF. * When Sparks met Jacques Tati, 1974. * Neuroscience and economics. * Laura Kennedy (of the Bush Tetras) RIP. * Geoff Dyer on Diane Arbus bio. * Geoff Dyer by Jonathan Lethem. * Dinner with Georges Perec. * Roxy Music‘s album covers. * The restored Finnegans Wake. * Authors ranked by beard weight.