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The Missing Links (published 07/09/2014)

Brian Dillon on his Curiosity exhibition: “I think of essay writing as a kind of collage or curating of various kinds of knowledge, narrative, etc. One of the things that Cabinet does in its written contributions as well as its design, its curation of exhibitions, its presentation of images is to give this sense that the essay as a form has a material and curating element about it”. * Lee Rourke discusses Vulgar Things and Southend (audio). * Lee Rourke and Eimear McBride in conversation. * On Didier Bay’s photographic sociology of post-1968 Paris. * “The world needs its Artauds more than ever”: unhappy birthday, Antonin Artaud. * The art of distraction. * Creativity creep. * 50 years of Entertaining Mr Sloane. * Wonderful 60s snapshots of London. * The Bechers’ industrial photographs. * Paul Jasmin‘s photographs. * The history of Leica. * Updating Ways of Seeing. * Deleuze and Plato. * Kenneth Goldsmith interviewed by Sheila Heti. * Will Self in conversation with Will Self. * Shark reviewed. * Frank Auerbach, a painter’s painter. * On plotless novels. * When Ginsberg met Michaux. * Judith Wolfe on Heidegger‘s Black Notebooks. * Untranslatable words. * Conversations with Werner Herzog. * A celebration of Robert Walser. * “Full” by Robert Walser. * W. G. Sebald: a German genius in Britain. * The shock of the new (audio). * On Boyhood. * Why shorter can be better. * Douglas Coupland in London on 23 September. * Get Carter and the birth of British noir. * The art of spam in The Paris Review (my 2008 Guardian piece on spam lit is referenced). * Thomas Pynchon‘s script edits for The Simpsons. * Umberto Eco on Peanuts. * “Why I write” by Barry Hannah. * Nick Lezard reviews Boy About Town by Tony Fletcher (of Jamming fame). * Punk poster collection at Stanford. * Richard Hell and punk (audio). * Noise and power. * Are today’s intellectuals too obedient? * “The Adolescents” by Rachel Kushner. * Ben Lerner interviewed by Tao Lin: “…the nonfiction kid is waking up. And it’s my turn to change her”. * The New York Times on Ben Lerner‘s 10/04“Formally “10:04” belongs to an emerging genre, the novel after Sebald, its 19th-century furniture of plot and character dissolved into a series of passages, held together by occasional photographs and a subjectivity that hovers close to (but is never quite identical with) the subjectivity of the writer. Its nearest relative is the work of Teju Cole, with whom Lerner shares an interest in art and the social fabric of cities. More confessional than Cole, it also shares much with Chris Kraus’s “I Love Dick” and Sheila Heti’s “How Should a Person Be,” and it is occasionally reminiscent of the work of Geoff Dyer, who will turn an essay on D. H. Lawrence or Tarkovsky into an occasion to dissect the oddities of his own personality”. * More here.