Christine Brooke-Rose R.I.P.: “I’ve always tried to avoid the expected word”. From the Guardian: “[A]s her close acquaintance Roland Barthes said, it is only once the voice loses its origin that writing may begin. Was Brooke-Rose ever really with us?” * Antonio Tabucchi R.I.P. * A new biography of Richard Brautigan. * David Lodge reviews Pico Iyer‘s The Man Within My Head. * Great interview with the fascinating Dylan Trigg. * Literary Paris. * Special issue of Modernism/Modernity dedicated to Beckett. * Orson Welles and Kafka. * Forgotten Bookmarks. * Harold Bloom reviews Marina Warner‘s Stranger Magic. * Suburbia gone wild. * Blank City. * 100 Punks Rule. * Ripped & Torn has a revamped website (which includes the Punk: The Early Years and I Swear I was There documentaries). * Jah Wobble and Keith Levene play Metal Box. * The look of music. * The return of Mad Men. * The Los Angeles Review of Books on Mad Men. * The man behind Mad Men. * A literary guide to Mad Men. * Real-life Mad Men-era photos. * Steven Mitchelmore reviews The Art Kettle. * An interview with Mark Stewart of The Pop Group. * Dennis Morris on growing up black. (Wonderful pictures of black London in the 60s and 70s here.) * The mighty Sam Jordison on The Alexandria Quartet. * “London’s Overthrow” by China Miéville. * Screenshots of despair. * How indie labels changed the world. * On Diego Marani‘s New Finnish Grammar. * Richard Hell shirt for sale. * Who has the right to write in the UK today? * Zadie Smith on Gustave Doré‘s illustrations of Dante‘s Inferno: “…line upon line of textured black, a perfect rendition of nothing”. * Life after people. * The 1985 Jesus & Mary Chain riot. * Modern British design. * Umberto Eco: “There is an allure to enumerating how many women Don Giovanni slept with: It was 2,063, at least according to Mozart’s librettist, Lorenzo da Ponte”. * Ho Ryon Lee‘s ‘double exposure’ upskirt paintings (see above).