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The Missing Links (published 22/07/2013)

A present moment always vanishing. * Failure to fail. * What your unread books list reveals. * Literature R.I.P.. * Mayakovsky reading his poetry. * Rewriting Andy Warhol‘s a: A Novel. * On Flaubert‘s gueuloir. * On Alain Badiou. * John Cooper Clarke: “Happiness is the target one only has to aim at in order to miss”. * The rise of the fragmented novel. * Writing outside discourse, outside language. * On artist novels. * Anne Carson on Bookworm (audio). * 3:AM‘s Greg Gerke on Gertrude Stein. * Why do writers drink? * Adam Thirlwell on Bohumil Hrabal. * Contained selves. * David Mitchell, translator: “As a writer I can be bad, but I can’t be wrong. A translator can be good, but can never be right”. * An interview with George Szirtes. * Hannah Arendt — the movie. * French author Jack-Alain Léger commits suicide. * The Returned. * A desert modernism timeline. * Richard Rogers at 80, by Owen Hatherley. * Will Self on Tarkovsky‘s Solaris. * Four films by Richard Kern. * Lydia Lunch discusses Richard Kern‘s photography. * The last Crass shows, 1984. * Rachel Kushner on Deleuze. * Geoff Dyer, born-again smiler. * Michael Layne Heath on Kevin Ayers. * Tao Lin and alt lit. * Taipei reviewed in The Observer. * Nicholas Lezard puts the case for professional critics. * Poetry’s punk moment. * Ian Dury‘s artwork. * Buzz Aldrin: “Words don’t do justice to being on the Moon — the feeling of desolation”. * Ben Myers on one of his favourite short stories. * Brian Dillon on Littell on Bacon. * Dead interviews. * Houellebecq sous influences. * On shyness. * Masha Tupitsyn interviewed in Continent. * Ben Marcus on Bookworm, 2002. * Colorado, Nevada, and Utah. * Hardcore punk in Salt Lake City. * Sin City in pictures. * Nicholas Royle on the state of British short fiction.

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London Films Me (published 21/07/2013)

From September 13 to October 1, the Barbican special season ‘Urban Wandering – Film and the London Landscape’ will explore London on film, with a particular focus on the Barbican’s neighbouring boroughs in the East End. As well as showings of A Clockwork Orange, Bronco Bullfrog and Mike Leigh’s Naked, curated highlights include:

Iain Sinclair on It Always Rains on Sunday
Chris Petit on Surveillance, London Labyrith and Unrequited Love
Will Self and Lynsey Hanley on Estate
Owen Hatherley and Travis Elborough on Ian Nairn
Ron Peck on Nighthawks
Patrick Keiller on London

The Missing Links (published 17/07/2013)

The Feelies in The Paris Review. * Nicholas Rombes on Shirley Jackson‘s Hangsaman. * Bobbi Lurie interviews Don Draper. * Donald Barthelme‘s Snow White. * Celebrating The Raincoats. * László Krasznahorkai doesn’t need anything from here. * Adorno: lectures, interviews, and music (audio). * In the Ocean, a film about the classical music avant garde. * Kenneth Goldsmith: “The Internet is the greatest poem ever written”. * Literary theory via Beck. * Beckett directing Godot, 1985. * Deleuze on translation. * Michel Foucault: Beyond Good and Evil, 1993. * On Craig Dworkin‘s No Medium. * Douglas Gordon and Mogwai talk Zidane. * David Lynch‘s guide to filmmaking. * An excellent interview with Amy Sackville. * Hannah Arendt, TV interview, 1964. * Joanna Walsh in Granta. * An interview with Dennis Cooper. * “Skull” by David Markson. * John Barker on bloody Taylorism. * When Britain went pop!. * The only surviving recording of Virginia Woolf. * Girls having fun on stairs, 1920s. * Further materials towards a theory of the Man-Child. * Further materials towards a theory of the Hot Babe. * A documentary about Helmut Newton. * The Chap Olympiad, 2013. * In praise of the unlived life. * César Aira on “The New Writing“. * The Lyons teashop lithographs. * Simon Critchley and Jamieson Webster (his missus) discuss The Hamlet Doctrine (podcast). * Simon Critchley interview in Naked Punch. * Ian Curtis: “…I decree that this LP [Closer] is a disaster”. * Ben Myers‘s Snorri & Frosti. * Sam Jordison‘s holiday reads. * A conversation between Alan Moore and Iain Sinclair (podcast). * Geoff Dyer on Andy Murray. * On Robert Doisneau’s picture of Emma Smith (see above). * Alistair McGowan on Erik Satie. * An infantile disorder. * Geoff Dyer on Mike Brodie‘s photographs. * Wilko johnson, guitar hero. * Maud Newton on Joan Didion. * An interview with Kele Okereke (Bloc Party). 3:AM published one of his stories back in 2011. * Iain Sinclair life in 70 films. * We fell in love in a coded place. * Is coding the new second language? * What is this review interested in? * How selfies became a global phenomenon. * A review of Imre Kertész‘s Dossier K. * Why Roberto Bolaño became a literary superstar posthumously. * Michel Houellebecq: when the enfant terrible was kidnapped. * Jean-Luc Godard‘s 1971 commercial for men’s aftershave. * Time warped. * Brian Eno interviewed in Dazed & Confused: “When I started working on ambient music my idea was to make music that was more like painting. When you put a painting into a room, you don’t sit for four hours looking at it, do you? You have it in the room and it’s part of the space”. * William Gass reading, 1998 (video). * Jonathan Coe on Boris “Not B.S.” Johnson and anti-establishment comedy. * Bastille Day and the French obsession with authority. * The democracy of objects. * Two documentaries on Borges. * Tour de France diary at n+1. * Geoff Dyer: “If I’ve sat on my arse all day — and it’s definitely my English arse I sit on, not an American ass — then what I most want to do come evening is sit on it some more”. * On Coetzee and Murnane. * Annotated photographs of the Beats. * Jean Cocteau speaks to the year 2000. * 10 articles for the next hipster intellectual journal. * Knausgård doesn’t, as the cliché goes, wring meaning out of everyday life, he frees everyday life from the responsibility of having to seem meaningful. It is what it is.” * Robert Macfarlane goes underground. * Congratulations to Tony White. * The difference between voice and style. * Crunching literary numbers. * David Foster Wallace‘s love of language. * The indefinable Leigh Bowery.

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summer reading at 3:am: david winters (published 15/07/2013)

David Winters, 3:AM’s co-editor in chief (twitter: @davidcwinters):

My summer reading got off to a good start, with Sergio De La Pava’s A Naked Singularity (yes, I know; I came late to this one) followed by Rachel Kushner’s rousing The Flamethrowers (I have a short review of this coming soon). Like Greg, I’ve also been revisiting Guy Davenport and Hugh Kenner—especially A Homemade World, which has helped consolidate my plans for a long-term writing project on innovative American fiction.

Speaking of which, the appearance (or more aptly, the apparition) of Jason Schwartz’s John the Posthumous marks, for me, the publishing event of the summer. Schwartz is without doubt the most challenging author I’ve ever tried to review; truly, a prose stylist without example. Two recent reprints also warrant attention: Dawn Raffel’s landmark short story collection In the Year of Long Division, now available from Dzanc (review forthcoming) and Scott Bradfield’s The History of Luminous Motion, from Calamari.

As for philosophy and theory, I’ve enjoyed Tom Eyers’ rigorous reconstruction of the neglected connections between French structuralism and earlier modes of rationalist epistemology. A review of his book, Post-Rationalism, will appear at some point. So, too, will a double review of Franco Moretti’s new books, The Bourgeois and Distant Reading (of these, I greatly admired the former, and disagreed with aspects of the latter). Spurred on by Joseph Tanke’s review in the LA Review of Books, I’m about to start Jacques Rancière’s magnum opus, Aisthesis. And digging deeper into the TBR pile, I look forward to finally reading György Lukács’ Soul and Form.

Apart from that, it looks like I’ll spend much of the next month or two getting to grips with Niklas Luhmann’s daunting Art as a Social SystemMeanwhile, my shamefully half-read copy of Gass’s The Tunnel mocks me from my windowsill.