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Hob Broun reissued at last! (published 29/10/2013)

Wonderful news: Open Road Media have just reissued OdditoriumInner Tube, and Cardinal Numbers, by the brilliant (and neglected) American author Hob Broun.

From Open Road’s website:

“Hob Broun was the son of Heywood Hale Broun and the grandson of Heywood Broun, the newspaper columnist. After publishing his first novel, Odditorium, Broun underwent a spinal surgery that saved his life but left him permanently paralyzed from the neck down. By blowing through a tube connected to a specially outfitted keyboard, Broun was able to complete his second novel, Inner Tube, and write the short stories of Cardinal Numbers. He was at work on a third novel when he died at age thirty-seven in 1987.”

Also, read 3:AM‘s David Winters on Broun, earlier this year, at Writers No One Reads.

Lola Film Journal (published 26/10/2013)

The fourth issue of this wonderful film journal, edited by Adrian Martin and Girish Shambu, is now out. There are four pieces dedicated to the cinema of Brian DePalma, a great article called ‘The Cinema of Compassion by Amelie Hastie, where she mixes the words of Virginia Woolf, Gaston Bachelard, and herself with the images of The Thin Red Line, Whale Rider, and Winter’s Bone, as well as Sam Roggen’s piece on CinemaScope. Check it out…

The Missing Links (published 24/10/2013)

When Mallarmé reimagined the book. * A review of Meillassoux‘s The Number and the Siren. * The young William Gaddis. * Congratulations to our friend Benjamin Myers, who has landed the inaugural Gordon Burn prize. * What Gordon Burn taught Benjamin Myers. * Travis Jeppesen to read his new novel The Suiciders in its entirety at the ICA in London. * On Karl Kraus. * Kevin Nolan reviews Jason Schwarz‘s John the Posthumous. * One of the very first reviews of Joyce‘s Ulysses. * Flann O’Brien‘s short fiction reviewed. * Beckett’s search for a form. * Blanchot on Beckett. * The myth of Orpheus through the ages. * Charlotte Bracegirdle‘s chopped Penguins. More here. * 1977: Bazooka take over Libération. Background here. * On Television‘s Marquee Moon. * Time Out are rude to Sam Jordison. * I’m up to my ears in unwritten words.” * An interview with Anne Carson and Robert Currie. * Wallace Stevens‘s The Necessary Angel. * Arthur Cravan est vivant! * Lots of Andrei Codrescu stuff, including an interview. * Clash tales. * Adrian Tahourdin on Camus. * PUSH 7 includes interviews with David Peace and Jenni Fagan. * Meret Oppenheim by and with Man Ray. * Paul Klee. * Morrissey trivia. * The 10 funniest bits in Morrissey’s biography: “The morning after the Whistle Test, I present 50 pence at Rumbelows in Stretford Precinct and I ask for the New York Dolls single. ‘See,’ said one fat assistant to another, ‘I told you someone would buy it’. At last I am someone!” * Morrissey reviewed. And again. * An interview with Donna Tartt. * Donna Tartt‘s The Goldfinch reviewed. * An interview with Douglas Coupland. * Elli & Jacno. More here. * Back to the Four Aces (spot the picture of me in my punk days on the website’s banner). * In praise of the flâneur. * Joanna Walsh‘s Fractals is available now from 3:AM Press. * “Love in the Garden” by Zadie Smith. * Nicholas Blincoe on Bob Stanley‘s Yeah Yeah Yeah: The Story of Modern Pop. * Blake Butler on Harry Matthews. * John Ashbery‘s stuff. * Bookshops and libraries in fiction. * An interview with Jonathan Lethem. * Nine unusual author deaths. * Henry Rollins selling ice cream, 1981. * [Pic.]

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Introducing Centre 21 (published 22/10/2013)

The first decade of the new millennium witnessed a range of exciting developments in contemporary writings in English. From innovations in recognised forms such as the novel, poem, play and short story to developments in digital writings, creative writings and genres. Alongside these developments, the publishing industry also changed, with technological advances giving rise to the dawn of the eBook and corporate sponsorship igniting debates about the usefulness of literary prizes and festivals.

As the first Research Centre dedicated to the study of twenty-first century writings, Centre 21, based in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Brighton, UK, unites researchers who work on a variety of twenty-first century writings from the contemporary novel, poems and plays to hypertext, digital gaming and contemporary creative writing and visual narratives, journalism and illustration. Operating at the intersection of creative and critical practice, the Centre promotes innovative and original research, utilising staff and student teaching and research as a foundation for a new and engaging intellectual environment.

Centre 21 is run in mutual affiliation with Bloomsbury, a leading independent publishing house. The Centre is also informed by a steering group drawn from publishing, writing and educational professionals including 3:AM Magazine, the Higher Education Academy, Gylphi, New Writing South, Myriad, Fiction Uncovered, Contempo and the C21 Literature journal.

The Centre has its own journal, C21 Literature, that aims to create a critical, discursive space for the promotion and exploration of 21-st century writings in English. It addresses a range of narratives in contemporary culture, from the novel, poem and play to hypertext, digital gaming and contemporary creative writing. The journal features engaged theoretical pieces alongside new unpublished creative works and investigates the challenges that new media present to traditional categorizations of literary writing.

Centre 21 also offers consultancy services within the HEI sector, as well as to government departments and corporate organisations. From bespoke curriculum and resource design, to curriculum and evaluation services and CPD, training and workshops for practitioners, students and the public, we provide a varied and unique range of services to inspire individuals and institutions to think about the role and function of writing in the twenty-first century, as well as twenty-first century writings.

In April 2014, Centre 21 will host the Bloomsbury C21 Conference, a two-day event dedicated to examining developments in writings across the first thirteen years of the twenty-first century. The conference will unite academics, publishers and creative writers to consider twenty-first century literary developments and how they have changed what we write and read today and the future of literature in the new millennium. As part of the conference, 3:AM Magazine will be chairing a panel on C21 Journalism.

Anyone interested in submitting a 15-minute paper for this, or for the wider conference programme, should check out the webpage and get in touch by email. We look forward to seeing lots of 3:AM readers there!

Best wishes,

Dr Katy Shaw
Head of Centre C21: Centre for Research in Twenty-First Century Writings;
Principal Lecturer in English Literature,
University of Brighton

Web: http://arts.brighton.ac.uk/research/c21/bloomsbury-c21-conference-2014
Email: M.R.Duggan@brighton.ac.uk