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“I went in search of myself and never did a day’s work I regret.” (published 13/01/2014)

Courtesy of Thames & Hudson we have a copy of Derek Jarman’s Sketchbooks to give away to one lucky 3:AM reader.

The first entry pulled out of a flat cap wins – enter by emailing here.

The Missing Links (published 11/01/2014)

Wonderful piece on Nick Land: “His work still poses acutely — in a variety of forms — the challenge of thinking contemporary life on this planet: A planet piloted from the future by something that comes from outside personal or collective human intention, and which we can no longer pretend has anything to do with reason or progress” (via). * On Nick Land’s two new pamphlets. * An introduction to speculative realism. * The Tel Quel group in 1963 (video). * Brian Dillon on Hannah Höch. * Linder‘s collages. * Maurice Blanchot‘s Desperate Clarity reviewed. * 3:AM and Gorse‘s Susan Tomaselli on the potential of literature in translation. * On Raymond Queneau in translation. * On Lydia Davis‘s Proust. * An interview with Noy Holland. * Richard Skinner on Erik Satie. * Max Richter on recording The Blue Notebooks. * Steve Reich‘s writings on music. * Bad Brains, 1979. * Texts in WG Sebald‘s The Rings of Saturn. * Debbie Juvenile. * Will Self on Germany, and the words of the dead. * Will Self and John Gray discuss JG Ballard‘s work. * J. G. Ballard“I’m never happier than when I can write about draining swimming pools and abandoned hotels”. * A rare recording of Beckett from NotFilm. * Rachel Kushner profiled in the New York Magazine. *  Neurotic Disneyland. * Tim Parks on literature without style and being trapped inside the novel. * James Wood on the fictions of life and death. * Stig Sæterbakken‘s Through the Night reviewed. * Johnny Rotten. * Regular 3:AM contributor Sophie Parkin is relaunching the legendary Colony Room. * The books Stephen Sparks did not read in 2013. * Apollinaire in the dock. * Mick Jones. * A literary dinner with Margaret Thatcher. * Unlocking the Truth interview Richard Hell (and vice-versa). Also see this video. * Jordan. * American Apparel gif (Jessie Andrews). * Odysseus’s journey. * A map of London’s independent bookshops. * On Gerald Murnane‘s Inland. * Christine Schutt speaks to 3:AM‘s David Winters. * Brooklyn 1970s apartment life. * Sam Jordison reviews Concretopia. * A radio interview with Eimear McBride. * My first Kafka. * Max Ernst working in his studio. * Robert Altman in Carver country (documentary). * Pinhole cameras. * Bus window abstract. * Gary Winogrand retrospective. * More from the great Brian Dillon, on the great Saul Leiter this time. * Memoriography. * The only chippie in Paris. * Adrian Tahourdin on Orangina. * Maripol‘s Polaroids. * Julian Barnes on John Williams’s Stoner. * Dennis Cooper interviewed on The Believer‘s website. * A scene in between. * Man Ray‘s The Starfish (1928). * Jacqueline Valencia on Stan Brakhage‘s Mothlight (1963). * Ed Wood‘s Plan 9 From Outer Space (1959). * Indoor clouds. * Masha Tupitsyn on the 1990s in films. * Colin Wilson‘s obituary in The Telegraph. * Tao Lin and Mira Gonzales in Dazed & Confused. * Peter O’Toole and Ronnie Biggs R.I.P. * The late Peter O’Toole’s career in clips. * Navel torture session with Stewart Home. * Arthur Cravan writes to Mina Loy. * The Feelies. * The writerly physique. * Lucian Freud remembered. * The joy of solitude. * Another great picture of Jordan, King’s Road, 1975. * Richard Brautigan reading from his work (video). * How to walk in a city. * David Rose‘s Posthumous Stories reviewed. * Big Brother is watching you e-read. * Collective Twitter fiction curated by Teju Cole. * Walter Isaacson doesn’t want to write his new book. * Darran Anderson on how Modernism is ancient.

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Queer Pagan Punk (published 08/01/2014)

The BFI has announced Queer Pagan Punk: Derek Jarman, a major two month film retrospective at BFI Southbank in February/March 2014. This will be the largest retrospective of Jarman’s films ever mounted in the UK, celebrating the prolific, iconoclastic and hugely influential film-maker and marking the 20th anniversary of his death. The season is programmed by William Fowler, curator, Artists’ Moving Image, BFI National Archive and will feature many rare films and special guests and introductions alongside new digital restorations of two key films: Sebastiane (1976) and Caravaggio (1986). Toyah Willcox, John Maybury, Jenny Runacre, Dexter Fletcher, Isaac Julien, Tariq Ali, James Mackay, Keith Collins and Don Boyd and are among the invited guest speakers. The climax of the season will be a one-off screening of Jarman’s Blue in the breath-taking vastness of the BFI IMAX cinema and a special presentation of key short works and videos in the London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival.

Among the season’s highlights are archival re-discoveries such as Jarman’s earliest known film, long thought lost, Electric Fairy (1971); a rarely seen documentary The Royal Ballet in Rehearsal: Jazz Calendar (1968) featuring a production designed by a young Jarman; and films by friends, collaborators and key influencers of his career such as Kenneth Anger – Invocation of My Demon Brother (1968) and Anthony Balch – The Cut-Ups (1967) giving a rich context to themes and subjects which would reappear in Jarman’s own films.

The season is part of a wider celebration entitled ‘Jarman 2014’ which includes an exhibition at BFI Southbank showcasing part of the BFI’s extensive Jarman collection and screenings and events with a wide range of partners including a major focus at King’s College, Derek Jarman: Pandemonium. Along with official media partner thequietus.com, 3:AM will run various competitions and features during the season.

Related: The London Night – Andrew Stevens interviews film director Ron Peck