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The Missing Links (published 16/12/2014)

Crazy in love. * Elena Ferrante: “I didn’t choose anonymity; I chose absence”. * An interview with Laure Prouvost. * Tom McCarthy on reality, realism, and the real. * Tom McCarthy on Gravity’s Rainbow. * Simon Critchley: suicide — a defence. * Erasing Duchamp. * An interview with Cioran. * Paul Muldoon on Beckett. * An interview with Béla Tarr. * A celebration of Lynne Tillman. * Lydia Davis interviews Dan Gunn. * Jacques Mesrine‘s death instinct. * An answer to the novel’s detractors. * Seventies throwback fiction: “How sad does one have to be to want to resuscitate the era of stagflation?” * CD Rose on the art of biography. * An interview with CD Rose. * Failure is our muse: “[B]usinessmen are only amateurs at failure, just getting used to the notion. Writers are the real professionals”. * Tore Renberg‘s “5 Albums That Sadly Do Not Exist’. * Kafka: what kind of funny is he? *  Nicholas Rombes on Joan Didion. * Roberto Acestes Laing interviewed by Nicholas Rombes. * Nicholas Rombes‘s Reasearch Notes. * Nicholas Rombes interviewed and profiled here. * Selfies without the self. * Iain Sinclair on the obsessions of Werner Herzog. * A great review of the Bolano biography. * Lynne Tillman on the politics of pants. * Wonder Woman, the feminist. * A Winged Victory for the Sullen live in London (video). * Simon Critchley on Bowie (video). More here. * Atticus Lish interviewed. *An interview with 3:AM‘s genius co-editor in chief David Winters. * 3:AM Poetry Editor extraordinaire, Steven J. Fowler, has a new website. * Gorse – the number 2 launch (video). * Nina Manandhar on What We Wore (which includes several pictures of yours truly, including a little photobooth number on the cover). * Paul Gorman on What We Wore. * An interview with Greil Marcus. * Will Self on library lust. * Will Self on the Tate Modern extension: “The new Tate Modern will thus be not an art gallery per se, but a sort of life-size model of what an art gallery might be should our culture have need of one. Since it doesn’t, but rather has a requirement for visitor attractions that reify the ever‑widening gulf between haves and have-nots, I’m absolutely certain it will prove an outrageous success”. * Will Self interviewed by Interview: “You can look at the proliferation and the way in which DSM [the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders] is used in psychiatry as a kind of brutal heuristic for understanding what, at best, is incoherent and, at worst, is kind of unknowable“. * Will Self: Shark is like Janet and John compared to Ulysses. * On a sentence by Robert Walser. * John Ashbery: “In a 1956 letter to Kenneth Koch, John Ashbery wrote: ‘I hate all modern French poetry, except for Raymond Roussel’, specifying: ‘I do like my own wildly inaccurate translations of some of the 20th-century ones, but not the originals'”. * Jean-Luc Nancy, The Inoperative Community. * Why read new books? * On Tim Parks‘s NYRB essays. * Knausgaard interviewed: “I feel the novel is very much like a room, or rooms: that you’re in this room or that room, and that the whole aim of writing is to create a room where you can say something. And that’s what writing is about”. * Knausgaard‘s Boyhood Island reviewed by Stuart Evers. * Knausgaard at the London Review Bookshop. * Ed Wood‘s erotica is back in print. * Iain Sinclair on London’s lost cinemas. * George’s Perec‘s lost novel. * Jean-Paul Sartre: more relevant than ever? * The bonfire of the humanities. * More Moore. * The Elena Ferrante phenomenon. * The Joan Didion documentary trailer. * This is England. * What heartbreak looks like (including Christiana Spens). * Jonathan Coe on Robert Wyatt. * Robert Frank at 90.* William Klein: “Everyone started out on the Lower East Side. They became embourgeoisé and would move to the Upper West Side. Then if they’d make money they’d move to Park Avenue. Their kids would become artists and move down to the Lower East Side and the Village. There was a triangle. That’s the story of New York”. * Godard‘s Goodbye to Language. * Worth linking to again: William Gass‘s “The Hovering Life”. * Nicholas Lezard looks back on Gass‘s In the Heart of the Heart of the Country. * The power of nostalgia. * On Darby Crash. * Billy Name and Andy Warhol. * This is not a writer’s room. * Borges and God. * On Wim Wenders‘s Paris, Texas. * Jim Jarmusch the musician. * Viv Albertine‘s memoir reviewed in the New York Times. * Jörg Fauser by Niall Griffiths. * Three rare films by Susan Sontag. * An exhibition of Carlo Mollino‘s Polaroids. * Photography is art. * Don Delillo‘s annotated Underworld. * Flann O’Brien. * Jah Wobble. * Adorno and protest music. * Skinheads circa 1970. * John Berger. * How the Victorians invented the future. * Biography’s Victorian values. * A weapon for readers. * The living death of Alt lit.

Pic by Paolo Reversi.

top-reads-of-2014 curated by 3:AM’s K. Thomas Kahn (published 15/12/2014)

contributing and reviews editor K. Thomas Kahn has asked fellow writers, critics, editors, and translators to choose the best books they read in 2014.

This series kicked off today with Kahn’s own choices, and will continue—on his Tumblr and his Twitter feeds—likely through the end of next week.