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summer reading: david winters (published 30/06/2014)

By David Winters, Co-Editor-in-Chief

It’s that time of year again: over the next week or so, we’ll be running a series of posts detailing what 3:AM’s editorial team are reading over the summer. We’ve recently recruited some brilliant new editors, including Joanna Walsh and K. Thomas Kahn, so you’ll be hearing from them, as well as from other 3:AM regulars. I’ll kick off the series (and being as I’m mainly reading academic books at the moment, I hope this won’t be too boring!)

Right now I’m halfway through Knox Peden’s Spinoza Contra Phenomenology (Stanford), a bold reinterpretation of the intellectual history of postwar French philosophy. Peden’s project is a little like that of Tom Eyers‘ last book, at least insofar as both are concerned to reconstruct the neglected legacy of rationalism in recent French thought.

Raymond Geuss’s latest essay collection, A World Without Why (Princeton) is as excellent as his others, and often bleakly witty (for a brief taste of that, watch this video clip.) If you’ve never read Geuss, his demolition of Rawls in Philosophy and Real Politics is well worth your time. And his undergraduate lectures on Nietzsche recently went online.

I’ve also been dipping into Roberto Casati and Achille Varzi’s Holes (MIT), an exploration of the philosophical problems raised by, as the authors put it, “absences, nonentities, nothingnesses, things that are not there.” I bought this as a result of my research into Gordon Lish–it’s one of many interesting texts he recommended to his students.

Perhaps predictably, binge-watching True Detective led me to look into the German neurophilosopher Thomas Metzinger; I’ve just finished his The Ego Tunnel (Basic Books), and would like to find the time to try his much-discussed magnum opus, Being No One (MIT), though I doubt I’ll understand it…

I also want to point people toward Peter Lamarque‘s The Opacity of Narrative (Rowman & Littlefield), a characteristically lucid and incisive read, from one of the more interesting analytic philosophers of art. While I’m at it, do read the lovely essay on Eric Rohmer that Lamarque co-wrote with Peter Goldie.

Earlier in the summer I re-read Peter de Bolla’s Art Matters (Harvard), which was so good that I’ve now ordered his new book, The Architecture of Concepts (Fordham), on the conceptual history of human rights. I’ll probably complement that with Samuel Moyn’s new essay collection, Human Rights and the Uses of History (Verso).

Several friends have recommended Howard Eiland and Michael JenningsWalter Benjamin: A Critical Life (Harvard) so, time permitting, that’s near the top of my “to read” list. I try to keep up with the best books on Benjamin; Eli Friedlander‘s last one was a recent favourite of mine.

Over the last few years I’ve also become increasingly interested in the sociological and institutional contexts of contemporary writing, so I’m keen to read Sarah Brouillette‘s new book, Literature and the Creative Economy (Stanford).

Fiction-wise, I enjoyed reading Marcos Girralt Torrente’s Paris (Hispabooks), and I’m looking forward to getting lost in Gerald Murnane’s A Million Windows (Giramondo). Barton Midwood‘s almost completely forgotten short story collection Phantoms (Dutton, 1970) was a lot of fun, and May-Lan Tan‘s new collection, Things to Make and Break (CB Editions) was very impressive indeed.

Finally, I hear at some point there’ll be a reissue of Jason Schwartz‘s extraordinary debut, A German Picturesque (Knopf, 1998), with a new foreword by Ben Marcus. That’s one to watch out for: a modern classic.

The Missing Links (published 29/06/2014)

Kenneth Goldsmith on the poetics of appropriation (video). * Edouard Levé‘s Oeuvres. * An interview with Simon Critchley. * Lydia Davis: “Often, I immediately fictionalized something real in my own situation, as practice, or as a way of starting on a story”. * The William H. Gass interviews. * Kevin Breathnach on not reviewing William H. Gass’s On Being Blue. * Roland Topor‘s illustrations. *  3:AM‘s David Winters reviews Gabriel Josipovici’s Hotel Andromeda. * New 3:AM editor K. Thomas Kahn on reading Doris Lessing. * An extract from Joanna Walsh‘s Break.up. * Brian Dillon interviewed over at Gorse. * Brian Dillon in conversation with Lauren Elkin. * Georges Perec and the void. * Marina Abramovic‘s row over ‘nothing‘. * Stephen Sparks interviews Stanley Crawford. * Karl Ove Knausgaard on the other side of the face. * Knausgaard (audio). * Knausgaard in conversation with Eugenides (video). * Sheila Heti on Knausgaard. * The Knausgaard phenomenon (audio). * Knausgaard in Brooklyn. * Danny Byrne reviews My Struggle. * Welcome to the summer of nothingness. *  Tim Parks on authors’ personal archives. * Jenny Offill interviewed by Edward Champion (audio). * The Blank Generation abecedary. * The first Generation X. * Kathy Acker interviews William Burroughs. * John Deakin‘s Soho photography. * The slow death of Wimpy. * Brutalism. * Matthew Weiner in the Paris Review. * On Heart of Darkness. * An interview with Joanna Hogg. * Nabokov documentary. * Multilinguals have multiple personalities. * Why the world looks the same in any language. * The white picket fence. * An essay on WG Sebald. * Hannah Arendt TV interview, 1964. * Adorno‘s aphorisms. * More Adorno. * Will Self on Manchester. * Will Self on smartphone journalism. * Will Self on London’s high-rise future. * William Burroughs‘s The Cut Ups, 1966. * Wallace and Gromit: behind the (plasti)scenes. * Why are novelists so bad at killing off their careers? * Is Irish literature too local to have philosophical heft? * Morrissey‘s first solo gig, 1988. * An interview with Geoff Dyer. * Not writing what you’re writing about. * How the novel made the modern world. * Modernist revival. * The irresistible rise of the short story. * A review of Jonathan Meades‘s autobiography. * La Commune. * An interview with Gabriel Josipovici. * Rachel Kushner in the company of truckers. * What would Lynn Tillman do? * On Chris Marker. * Jean-Luc Godard‘s letter to the Cannes Film Festival. * The Velvet Underground live, shot by Andy Warhol. * The story of Postcard Records. * We’ve linked to it before, but here it is again: Anne Carson‘s “The Albertine Workout“. * Anne Carson performing Antigonick. *  Viv Albertine‘s great biography reviewed. * 60s supercomputers. * A conversation about John Cage and William Gedney‘s Iris Garden. * An interview with Lars Iyer. * A 2012 interview with Giorgio Agamben. * Rob Doyle interviewed by Susan Tomaselli. * Is it still art if no one sees it? * The Nova Convention. * Walking and writing. * Michael Bracewell: how pop art became art pop. * Viv Albertine talks about her wonderful memoir (video). * Did you catch this interview with Viv Albertine on Channel4 News? * Viv Albertine in the Telegraph. * The Ladybird book of postwar rebuilding. * The fine art of mooning.  * Poetry is felt, not fathomed. * Eimear McBride wins another prize!. More here. * Eimear McBride interviewed. * Eimear McBride (video). * Eimear McBride on Dubliners. * More drunk texts from famous authors. * On Larry Clark‘s photographs. * What causes the smell of old and new books? * David Lodge on Nabokov‘s sexual style. * The dawn of NYC punk.

The Rottweiler’s Guide to the Dog Owner (published 27/06/2014)

3:AM‘s Poetry Editor extraordinaire, SJ Fowler has published a new collection:

A groundbreaking, aberrant but ever ebullient love letter to those who deserve it, The Rottweiler’s Guide to the Dog Owner refracts marriage, death, friendship, violence and love through SJ Fowler’s modernist poetic in an attempt to encapsulate the Poundian enterprise of all experience, no matter its grandiosity or banality, as feed for poetry. Utterly contemporary, rapid, concise, this collection of poetry suites is a massive, savage world of language and meaning miniaturised and recapitulated – this is a poetry of disjunctive affection, misshapen intimacy and the awkward music of our daily lives.

The Rottweiler’s Guide to the Dog Owner is made up of 13 different sequences or commissions, including works written for VerySmallKitchen, Zimzalla, The Enemigos project, Lush & the Wortwedding gallery, and features works that call on, or celebrate, the poetry of Anselm Hollo, Tom Raworth & Jack Spicer.

“While the prolificacy of SJ Fowler is terrifying — six books in four (???) years — I think his output is increasingly revealed as a coherent and necessary project: an important demonstration of a poet’s practice as directly antagonistic towards the notion that, if they are to be seriously considered, a poet must wait for the poems to come to them, and so publish a slim volume of careful verse every half decade. His work is exuberant, challenging and inclusive, and will likely be seen as a significant landmark in years to come.”Sam Riviere

“SJ Fowler’s poems deal with disjunctions and interjections. They present us with a world that moves fast and often violently, where the lyrical impulse flowers, breaks and flowers again, too briefly to assert its full syntactic argument. We have to trust our ears, both the music and the rush of fragments. Individual poems and sequences deal with personal feeling, with politics, and, are often engaged with other writers, other places. Fowler’s poetics are an open space packed with brilliant intensities. The reader has to live among them not to get blown away.’ – George Szirtes