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3:AM Asia: Like Someone in Love (published 29/06/2013)

Akiko, a student juggling money problems, exams, a visiting grandmother and a clinging boyfriend, is reluctantly persuaded by her bar-proprietor boss to go and spend the evening with an elderly man of some importance. She expects him to expect sex… This being a Kiarostami film, however, things aren’t that simple. Consistently engrossing and intriguingly ambiguous from beginning to astonishing end, this account of a brief, maybe fateful encounter has a surpassing subtlety of expression and delicacy of tone, even as it touches lightly but tellingly on a range of themes to do with relationships and age, truth and falsehood, adversity and acceptance. The performances – some by first-timers – are terrific, but it’s the sly script, exquisite visuals and elegant, imaginative direction that are most impressive. Another daring and quietly brilliant work from a master of cinema.
France-Japan 2012. Dir Abbas Kiarostami. With Rin Takanashi, Tadashi Okuno, Ryo Kase. 109min. Digital. EST. A New Wave release. NEW PRINT

In association with BFI Southbank, 3:AM can offer a pair of tickets to Like Someone in Love for its end of run at the BFI Southbank next week (until July 4). To enter, email us with the name of Kiarostami’s 2010 film starring Juliette Binoche and your preferred showings — first correct entry wins.

Sleepingfish 12 coming soon (published 26/06/2013)

Forthcoming from Calamari Press: a special 10th anniversary issue of Sleepingfish. Includes new writing by 3:AM favourites Gary Lutz, Julie Reverb, Miranda Mellis and many others. Available in late July; more info here.

Two weeks in July (published )

S.J. Fowler‘s Enemies project continues with one exhibition and eight events at the Hardy Tree Gallery, July 6th to 20th, London.

Lutz’s Partial List of People to Bleach: expanded (published 21/06/2013)

From Future Tense Books:

Partial List of People to Bleach (expanded 2013 paperback edition)
By Gary Lutz

Even as a chapbook, it was one of Time Out New York’s Ten Best Books of 2007, and now we’re proud to publish an expanded paperback edition of Partial List of People to Bleach, with six previously uncollected pieces, including the provocative and now-classic essay “The Sentence Is a Lonely Place,” and a foreword by Gordon Lish.

Partial List of People to Bleach is at once cruelly honest, precisely painful, and beautifully rendered.” —Brian Evenson

“Gary Lutz is a master—living proof that, even in our cliché-ridden, denial-drenched, hype-driven age, true originality is still an American possibility.” —George Saunders

Get your copy here.

Check out 3:AM‘s interview with Lutz, and our review of his last collection, Divorcer.