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#currentlyreading (published 15/01/2013)

Owen Martell’s Intermission. From wordsofmercury:

The relationship between music and language is intuitively close, but fiendishly difficult to understand. Rhythm, metre, cadence, intonation, and interplay all serve and are served by both. Structurally, too, there are analogies between pieces and poems, stories, novels, collections. Yet to move beyond analogy and metaphor to any actual affinity between music and language, music and writing, the experience of listening to music and that of reading literature, is a challenge. Thus to attempt in a novel to both capture something of the nature of jazz in one’s prose and structure, and to explore the minds of four people, one of whom was something of a genius in his field, is a tall order. Perhaps too tall.

the fundamental question is one of life, of how to live, precisely, in music.

Sunday at the Village Vanguard and Waltz for Debby are widely acknowledged to be two of the greatest live jazz albums. Both emerged from sets played by the Bill Evans Trio at the Village Vanguard in New York on 25th June 1961. Evans at the piano, Scott LaFaro on bass, Paul Motian on drums: each attuned and in melodic sympathy to the other two, pushing forward with their material as only this trio could. Ten days later LaFaro died in a car accident. Evans was devastated by the loss of someone with whom he had so deep a musical communion. In Intermission Owen Martell addresses what happened next as Evans is passed like a theme between his brother Harry, his mother Mary, and father Harry Sr, before the devastated pianist completes the quartet. Each has their own baggage: a less talented older brother, an unhappily married wife, a father who has retired and lost his purpose. Bill’s presence seems to absorb the cares of others, bringing them either to consummation or to crisis.

Further: Bookmunch‘s review / Martell’s book of a lifetime / Short interview with Martell.

The Missing links (published 13/01/2013)

Marinetti recorded in 1935. * The spectacle of disintegration. * A Crass documentary. * Utopian for beginners. * The phantom phone booth. * On Mary Ruefle. * Mary Ruefle: “I know now I continue to write because I have not yet heard what I have been listening to”. * Back to Berlin. * The novel that reinvented fiction. * How Bowie made The Next Day. * Eight films by Gordon Matta-Clark, including Food (1972). * The psychoanalysis of Mars. * Edward Hopper as home and homesickness. * Deborah Levy in Fleeting Magazine: “I’m not sure where we land when we fall out of love”. * Delta 5. * Nothing” by Ben Marcus. * Louis Malle‘s adaptation of Drieu La Rochelle‘s Le Feu Follet. * The Broken Dimanche Press Manifesto. * Juliet Jacques‘s Manifesto for Confessional Journalism. * Nicholas Royle on the allure of the first novel. His seventh novel — First Novel — is reviewed here. * Teddy boys on the loose, 1977. * Robert Walser street art. * Delia Derbyshire Day. * Hauntology revisited. * John Foxx and friends discuss music and identity in the digital age. * Musique concrète soundtracks to short films, 1956-1978. * A documentary about Pierre Henry. * Brian Dillon on Aspen Magazine. * An interview with the very talented Viv Albertine: “To be this age and to have not played for twenty-five years, I had to absolutely start from zero, from standing still”. (Watch her latest Christmas song here. Cool live version of “Hookup Girl” there.) * TV Smith‘s tour diaries. * John Ashberry interviewed in the New York Observer. * On Philip Glass‘s The Perfect American. * Vini Reilly‘s financial woes. * James Joyce in Trieste. * In praise of Anna Karina. * Books in movies. * Paper labyrinths. * Stewart Home on his new novel. * Nina Power on the pessimism of time. * Hanif Kureishi reads Kafka‘s “A Hunger Artist”; Will Self reads Borges‘s “On Exactitude in Science” in the Guardian. * Will Self on J.G. Ballard. * Will Self on the US publication of Umbrella. * Will Self‘s terminal thoughts: “This may seem rather shocking to you, but I’m expecting to kill myself”. * Will Self and Nicholas Lezard do opera. * The Secret Files of Gilbert & George, 2000. * OMD on “Enola Gay“. * An interview with Michael Taussig. * Photographer Joe Stevens has revamped his website. * Johnny Rotten at Gunter Grove, 1978. * Wire live in Germany, 1979. * Kurt Schwitters collages. * Blondie on Merv Griffin, 1980. * An audio interview with Christine Schutt. * Gertrude Stein‘s alphabet book. * Hitchcock and suspense. * The truth about Hitchcock? * The roots of The Smiths. * Johnny Marr on his first solo album. * How to be a pseudo-intellectual. * The importance of note-taking. * An interview with Zadie Smith. * Zadie Smith vs Thomas Aquinas. * For the love of forgery. * Skinny jeans. * Joe Milutis on the transformation of “junk text” into poetry. * Nico and Iggy Pop in “Evening of Light”, 1969. * An interview with Marianne Faithfull. * A László Krasznahorkai reading list. * László Krasznahorkai‘s “lyrical essay about the terrible meeting between boorishness & aggressiveness”. * Steve Mitchelmore revisits Knausgaard. * The creative writing controversy. * Dalkey Archive’s modest proposal. * Masha Tupitsyn: “[T]he camera “saw” what no one else could see, even redefining the requirements for seeing”. * Django Rechained. * Tarantino: “I’m shutting your butt down”. * Young Marble Giants Peel Session, August 1980. * “Reading Platonov is a reminder of alternatives to Franzenish pleas for real people, real feelings, real lives.” More here. * Joanna Walsh‘s gorgeous drawings of author photos. * Chuck Berry unimpressed by punk and new wave, 1980. * David Sadaris reads Fifty Shades of Grey. * Slavoj Žižek profiled. * Shaun Ryder at 50.

3:AM Awards 2012 (published 11/01/2013)

3:AM Novels of the Year 2012
Keith Ridgway’s Hawthorn & Child (Granta)
Christine Schutt’s Prosperous Friends (Grove/Atlantic)

3:AM Poetry Book of the Year 2013
Adelle Stripe‘s Dark Corners of the Land (Blackheath Books)

3:AM Non-fiction Book of the Year 2012
Simon Sellars & Dan O’Hara’s Extreme Metaphors: Interviews with J.G. Ballard (4th Estate)

3:AM Graphic Novel of the Year 2012
Chris Ware’s Building Stories (Jonathan Cape)

3:AM Album of the Year 2012
David Byrne & St. Vincent’s Love This Giant (4AD/Todo Mundo)

3:AM Film of the Year 2012
The Turin Horse, dir. Béla Tarr

3:AM Magazine of the Year
The New Inquiry

3:AM Publisher of the Year
Sylph Editions

3:AM Website of the Year
Los Angeles Review of Books


(See the 3:AM Awards 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011.)