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infinite fictions: “a desire for the unorthodox” (published 19/01/2015)


Infinite Fictions, a collection of critical essays on literature and theory by 3:AM co-editor-in-chief David Winters, is available to buy now from Zero Books. From the back cover:

David Winters has quickly become a leading voice in the new landscape of online literary criticism. His widely-published work maps the furthest frontiers of contemporary fiction and theory. The essays in this book range from the American satirist Sam Lipsyte to the reclusive Australian genius Gerald Murnane; from the “distant reading” of Franco Moretti to the legacy of Gordon Lish. Meditations on style, form and fictional worlds sit side-by-side with overviews of the cult status of Oulipo, the aftermath of modernism, and the history of continental philosophy. Infinite Fictions is indispensable reading for anyone interested in the forefront of literary thought.

And here’s what people are saying:

David Winters is a brilliant young literary critic. His literary essays, which have appeared in a vast range of publications, both on- and offline, go far beyond the usual precis-and-evaluation typical of book reviews. He is unique in the philosophical subtlety and depth he brings to his work, and in the striking authors he covers.

Lars Iyer, author of Spurious, Dogma, and Exodus

David Winters is an exceptional talent in literary criticism. He combines a vivid, accessible style of writing with deep erudition and great intellectual precision. Ranging from popular works of fiction to difficult philosophers, he is always able to cut through the jargon and make the reader engage with the heart of the matter. Indeed, Winters is that rare thing: a young intellectual who is able to speak to the general reader while contributing to the academic conversation as well.

Martin Hägglund, Yale University

David Winters is the smartest young critic to emerge in recent years. His writing is marked by a desire for the unorthodox, and an attention to our most daring logophiles—Lish, Lutz, Marcom, Schutt—so often overlooked by others. An intimacy with continental philosophy and literary modernism elevates his work well beyond the obvious exegetical formulas of mainstream criticism, and yet it always remains eminently readable and accessible, eminently fun. In Winters I’ve found a critic whose writing I can read without having to chalk it up to a guilty pleasure—he makes me smarter, there’s no doubt about it.

Evan Lavender-Smith, author of Avatar and From Old Notebooks

David Winters is a massively intelligent, erudite and inquiring analyst of American letters, especially American modernism, Gordon Lish, and Lish’s vast influence on the contemporary writing scene. I read his essays avidly, and always find fresh insights and fresh connections. He’s describing the furniture in the room—a lot of other critics haven’t found the door yet. Winters writes with élan, complexity and thoughtfulness. I haven’t come across another new critic I like so well.

Douglas Glover, author of Attack of the Copula Spiders

Whenever I read David Winters’ thoughts on a book, it is as though I am seeing that book anew, no matter how well I thought I already knew it. He is rigorous, broad-minded, generous, and courageous—qualities that cannot be taught, but are of essential importance for a critic to have. I look forward to reading him for years to come.

Scott Esposito, co-author of The End of Oulipo

David Winters has become a prominent figure in a new generation of young intellectuals. His literary criticism resists the temptation of liberal humanism and its narrow conception of literature; it interrogates the nature of the novel in a philosophically radical fashion, and sheds light on the alternative voices that are routinely ignored by the mainstream.

Carl Cederström, co-author of Dead Man Working

David Winters’ meditations on the literary experience dance with intelligence and beauty. Powerful and penetrating, his essays turn other writers’ writing into new, exciting pieces that spark the writerly imagination and leave you wanting more. A leading critic.

Susana Medina, author of Philosophical Toys

David Winters is the most exciting critic out there. Each of his essays starts from scratch, as he looks for a new vocabulary and a new form to talk about each new book. In a sense, his reviews are often even more fascinating than the books themselves—demonstrating how great a writer he truly is.

Andrew Gallix, 3:AM Magazine

Literature 2.0: Criticism in the Digital Age (published 10/01/2015)

A public event celebrating the recent boom in online criticism, and encouraging readers to get involved in the growth of digital literary culture.

Editors from three leading online literary reviews, 3:AM Magazine, Review 31 and Berfrois, will participate in a panel discussion exploring:

– the current proliferation of online reviews and magazines, and its implications for contemporary literary culture
– the democratisation of criticism in the online landscape: in a world without journalistic gatekeepers, can anyone be a critic?
– the distinctive challenges and opportunities facing the new generation of online literary journals

Following the panel discussion, an extended Q&A session will enable the audience to join the debate.


David Winters is co-editor in chief of 3:AM Magazine, and a researcher at Cambridge University. His writing has appeared in the Guardian, the Times Literary Supplement, the LA Review of Books and elsewhere. A collection of his essays, titled Infinite Fictions, is forthcoming from Zero Books in January 2015.

Robert Barry is a contributing editor at Review 31, covering books pertaining to technology and digital culture. He is also a contributor to Frieze, Wired, Art Review and The Wire.

Marc Farrant is a senior editor at Review 31, and a researcher at Goldsmiths College, University of London. He has written for the Times Literary Supplement, The New Inquiry, openDemocracy, the LA Review of Books and others.

Russell Bennetts is the founder and editor of Berfrois magazine. He has written for a variety of literary publications including The Honest Ulsterman, HTML Giant and Pank Magazine.

Tariq Goddard is a novelist and publisher. He founded Zero Books in 2007, and left in 2014 to begin a new imprint in association with Watkins, REPEATER. He is currently writing his sixth novel, Nature and Necessity.

Michael Bhaskar is a digital publisher and author of The Content Machine, a book outlining a theory of publishing in the digital age. He is currently working on a new book about the idea of curation.

7th February 2015, 4pm

Upstairs at the Duke of York pub, Rathbone Street,
London W1T 1NQ

Admission is free. Nearest tube stations are Warren Street & Goodge Street.

infinite fictions / grave desire: london launch (published )

Please join us to celebrate the publication of David Winters’ Infinite Fictions and Steve Finbow’s Grave Desire, both available now from Zero Books. David and Steve will be joined by special guests Lee Rourke, Jonathan Gibbs and Paul Ewen for an evening of drinks and literary discussion.

23rd January 2013, 7pm

The Function Room, Phoenix Road, London

Call for review submissions (published 09/01/2015)

Call for review submissions

I particularly want to read critics and criticism of books from my side of planet Earth — everything from Kiribati to Kazakhstan. You do not need a lengthy bibliography behind you to be considered for publication — you have to start somewhere and, in fact, it’d be a thrill if that start was here — but I ask that you familiarise yourself with the criticism 3:AM favours — it’s honest, adept, fearless, and so, at times, contrary — and have something ready to show me when submitting or pitching (3:AM’s submission guidelines).

Who am I? My name is Tristan Foster — I’m a writer from Sydney, Australia, a long-time reader of 3:AM Magazine and subscriber to its ethos. Best way to introduce myself is to link to the pieces I’ve had published by 3:AM — Chest Open; on Trieste. Maybe they’re an indication of the kind of writing — the critical as well as the critiqued — that will most readily grab my attention — but maybe not. We’ll see. Let’s go.