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The Missing Links (published 18/03/2012)


“There is no such thing as the literary establishment. I know this because I am part of it.” Geoff Dyer. * John Ingham on the punk years. * James Bridle on Visual Editions’ iPad version of Marc Saporta‘s Composition No 1. * Iain Sinclair‘s wonderful Stone Tape Shuffle album, released by Test Centre. * 10 contemporary American essayists you should be reading. * Javier Marías on the Western, “a relic of a more credulous, more innocent, more emotional age”. * Tom McCarthy talks about his “burn prose”. * Kafka‘s Zurau Aphorisms with commentary. * On Edouard Levé‘s Autoportrait. * David Webster‘s Dispirited. * A Spanish interview with Stewart Home. * Steve Buscemi will direct Queer, the story of William S. Burroughs. * Bret Easton Ellis‘ notes for an American Psycho sequel. * “I wanted ATTA to engage a younger audience beyond forty-somethings gleaning potential insights about the perils of married life and parenthood from the latest 700 page book by Jonathan Franzen.” Jarett Kobek interviewed. (See also, 3:AM‘s interview with Kobek.) * Edgar Allan Poe & the art of squalor. * George Craig on translating Beckett. * A review of the new, forthcoming Monochrome Set album. * What can novelists learn from neuroscience? * “I think all interesting forms of spirituality are forms of passive, nihilistic withdrawal from a world that seems to be out of control.” Simon Critchley. * The irredeemably boring egotism of Cindy Sherman. * Unseen Monroe. * The racial politics of punk. * Punk rock in oppressive regimes. * Collection of Richard Hell-era Television sessions (via UbuWeb). * Stop calling it curation. * Virginia Woolf & Vanessa Bell play cricket. * Jack Kerouac‘s play Beat Generation to premiere in US. * H.P. Lovecraft‘s afterlife of influence. * Jacques Derrida interviews Ornette Coleman [PDF]. * A literary tour of Paris. * “By 2015, we’ll hopefully have published the Joyce of the twenty-first century. Failing that, we’ll publish the real Joyce.” Interview with the editors of The White Review. * A documentary devoted to Bob Gruen. * Tim Parks on the “catharsis of exhaustion” & not finishing reading books. * In Search of Mœbius, BBC documentary on iconic French comic book artist (R.I.P). * [Pictured above] ‘Big Little’ comic books of the 1930s/40s (via @tomgauld).

The Missing Links (published 12/03/2012)


Jacob Mikanowski on Bruno Schulz, Jindřich Štyrský, & the modernist masters of matter. (See also, Darran Anderson on Schulz.) * A very interesting interview with Geoff Dyer. * From melancholia to Prozac. * Christer Strömholm‘s 1950s/60s photographs of Parisian prostitutes. * Ewan Morrison on factual fiction. * “We’re all W. & Lars now”, Steve Mitchelmore on Lars Iyer‘s Dogma. * 3:AM‘s Andrew Gallix on Dogma. * Gus Van Sant adapts William S. Burroughs in early experimental film. * William Burroughs & J.G. Ballard. * “Syntax is not a crude tool: it permits completion, incompletion, varieties of register, varieties of pitch & musical phrasing. It permits of density, association, enigma & echo. A little of it can go quite a long way.” George Szirtes on the telegraphese of Twitter. * When writers censor themselves. * Dave Markey‘s The Slog Movie, 1982. * Brian Hodgson and the Radiophonic Workshop. * Christopher Stevens on Joe Orton and Kenneth Williams (podcast). * Is Pinterest the new Tumblr? * Songs about books. * A musical overview of Bret Easton Ellis‘ oeuvre. * Paul Weller interviewed. * Introducing The Slate Book Review. * Vile International: summer 1976 double issue. * Lolita redesigned. * Carl Kohler’s author protraits. (See also, 3:AM‘s piece on Kohler.) * The flâneur goes to the mall, the slacker in modern fiction. * Slow cinema. * Philosophers ponder the afterlife. * Where is the obituary for philosopher Ruth Barcan Marcus? * 10 best fictional bookshops in popular culture. * The NME at (almost) 60. * The making of W.G. Sebald‘s Rings of Saturn. * Adam Gopnik‘s favourite essay collections. * From a certain perspective, Virginia Woolf did not write criticism at all. * When writers become verbs. * Edgar Allan Poe‘s stranglehold on popular culture. * Chelsea Hotel, 1981 Arena documentary. * Balthus‘s studies of girls in often stilted poses are certainly timeless in their strangeness, their evocation of a pre-adult world of dark childhood reverie. Now, Japanese photographer Hisaji Hara has made a series of images that meticulously recreate some of Balthus’s most famous paintings.