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Blunt, Funny, Angrily Academic (published 28/01/2014)

3:AM is listed among PolicyMic‘s “10 Literary Blogs Every 20-Something Should Read“. This is how Daniel Lefferts describes us:

3:AM has everything — fiction, flash fiction, poetry, interviews, criticism — but its sensibility is consistent throughout: blunt, funny, angrily academic. Their tagline says it best: “Whatever it is, we’re against it.”

The Missing Links (published 24/01/2014)

Nicholas Rombes interviewed. * Tony White‘s mini readings. * Ben Lerner on the virtuality of literature. * Narcissus and ego: poets and the novel. * John Ashbery’s silences sampled. * Ujana Wolf‘s white-outs. * Erased and doctored pages. * More words written and unwritten. * The last page of Proust‘s manuscript. * An interview with Craig Dworkin. * Silke Otto-Knapp‘s washing-up paintings. * Brian Dillon on the Archive of Modern Conflict. * Spotlight on Christine Brooke-Rose. * A 1957 interview with Carl Jung (video). *  Official trailer for Matt Wolf‘s Teenage, based on Jon Savage‘s book. (See my interview and article.) * Jon Savage on the betrayal of British teenagers. * Linder Sterling interviewed. * Will Self on Patrick Keiller (he references Andrew Stevens‘s 3:AM interview). * Will Self on how England has changed since his 1994 essay. * On Michèle Bernstein‘s novels. * Stewart Home’s possible appointment with Michèle Bernstein. * The strange story of “Louie Louie“. * John Brosio. * Clarice Lispector, the biography. * Toibin reviews Clarice Lispector‘s The Hour of the Star. * Conversations with Krasznahorkai. * The most exclusive room in London. * Evan Lavender-Smith interviewed by David Winters. * David Winters reviews D.N. Rodowick‘s Elegy for Theory. * A short story by Gordon Lish. * Jason Schwartz interviewed. * An interview with Ben Marcus. * Ben Marcus on Kafka. * Benjamin Myers has a new website. * Platinum blonde Syvia Plath. * From Ashes to ashes: Virginia Woolf playing cricket. * An extract from John Holten‘s Oslo, Norway. * J. G. Ballard. * Was Walter Benjamin a jerk? * Berlin’s zombie dawn. * Building Fritz Lang’s Metropolis. * Can films be artworks? * Masha Tupitsyn on Robert Bresson. * On Kenneth Anger. * Rock as minimal modernism. * Inside Seditionaries, 1977. * CBGB TV, 1981. * The Kinks in Paris, 1965. *  Samuel Beckett Tumblr. * Gilles Deleuze, Pataphysician of the Posthuman. * A review of Rachel Shihor‘s Stalin is Dead. * Burroughs the photographer. * The debut authors of 2014. * Moby Dick. * Martin Vlach. * An interview with Nick Laird. * Serge Gainsbourg. * Yé-yé girls. * Musidora. * An interview with Vic Galloway. * Selections from Josef Winkler‘s Graveyards of Bitter Oranges, translated by Adrian Nathan West. * Susan Sontag. * Susan Sontag on Simone Weil. * Trailer for the January issue of Asymptote. * Literary journalism (podcast). * An interview with Adam Thirlwell. * Stig Saeterbakken‘s Through the Night reviewed. * The Dead Boys, 1977. * On Raymond Queneau and jogging. * The Sarah Records documentary. * Shooting Cocteau‘s Beauty and the Beast. * Wire‘s reunion gig, 1985. * Thurston Moore‘s 38 all-time favourite songs. * Kim Gordon interviews Raymond Petitbon. * On the films of Nicholas Roeg. * Russ Meyer‘s Fanny Hill, 1964. * Günter Grass gives up writing. * An interview with Hanif Kureishi. * On Jarett Kobek‘s BTW. * L’amour est mort. * The diaries of L’Obscurier, modernist genius and arsehole. * Lydia Davis. * Lydia Davis on Osama Alomar. * The Redskins. * McKenzie Wark interviewed. * The Pop Group live review. * To all those who hate work. * What is a minor literature?  * The return of The Trip. * An interview with Tom Lutz. * Photographed Hopper. * William Eggleston. * Heroin and creativity. * 1960s recordings. * Howard Devoto. * Wallace Stevens reads. * Wallace Stevens and the absolute. * Damon Albarn‘s 10 finest moments. * Stop creating. * Kenneth Goldsmith on the poetry of archiving (video). * Beckett’s half-buried women. * An introduction to the Dark Enlightenment. * Eugene Thacker interviewed. * Read women 2014. * Joanna Walsh on translated fiction. * Jonathan Lethem on his musical influences. * Marc Bolan‘s 1977 TV show. * The FBI files on being and nothingness. * Nabokov‘s 1969 BBC interview. * Writers and drinking. * Robert Walser. * “The World Without Me” by me. * [Pic]

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gorse (published 16/01/2014)

The first, hotly-anticipated issue of gorseSusan Tomaselli and David Gavan‘s twice-yearly print journal — is out this month. Contributors include Darran Anderson, arguing that modernism is ancient, Anna Aslanyan (fiction), Kevin Breathnach on Cartier-Bresson, Stephen Crowe (graphic novel), Rob Doyle on Houellebecq, SJ Fowler (poetry), David Gavan interviews Jesse Jones, Colin Herd (poetry), Desmond Hogan (fiction), John Holten (fiction), Matthew Jakubowski (fiction), Richard Kovitch on the films of Nicholas Roeg, Julie Reverb (fiction), Susan Tomaselli interviews Adam Thirlwell, Joanna Walsh, David Winters, who interviews Evan Lavender-Smith, and Karl Whitney on Queneau and jogging.

You can buy the inaugural issue here.

‘The North Will Rise Again’ (published )

3:AM associate Stephen Barber‘s new novel of England’s future corporate/digital disintegration and the fall of its cities, England’s Darkness, is published this month in the US by Sun Vision Press and distributed in the UK by Turnaround, acclaimed by the likes of David Peace.

The two Kings of Leeds had met for profound discussions of the future, in a palatial, thickly-curtained annex of the asylum, first embracing one another warmly, then stood together, Sutcliffe’s head turned attentively to Savile, two eager interpreters beside them, as though only irreconcilable idioms of madness could be voiced. But they remained silent, as though in anticipation of being photographed, like two dictators, though no image was to be made of that meeting, and its memory subsisted solely in the pixellated hallucinations of a soon-to-be-culled rebel boy, standing in front of the pornography cinema’s screen, in the semen-preserved grandeur of the Assembly Rooms, his delirium now drained, but his throat still convulsing with the effort to expectorate, at last, a myth, an origin. Finally, via that throat, Savile calmly spoke just one phrase: ‘The North Will Rise Again.’ Exhausted, his throat’s membrane seared, the rebel fell to the ground. From that moment, the South was doomed.

You can read an excerpt here.