What you (may have) missed on 3:AM recently:
Reviewed: Max Dunbar on David Aaronovitch’s Voodoo Histories, Pete Carvill on Jon Hotten’s The Years of the Locust, Beth Harrington on Tahar Ben Jelloun’s Leaving Tangier & Charles Thomson on Jane Kelly’s Inside
Non-Fiction: Ewan Morrison on How Not To Be a YBA:
I was there, I saw it. I saw Damon Albarn schmooze with Tony Blair, I saw Damien Hirst on a magazine cover against the British flag. I saw the great, old, dead empire try to rise again and proclaim the Young British Artists proudly as it’s own. To be honest I wasn’t quite there. I was, usually, a good few hundred feet away but I witnessed many of my friends, enemies and drinking buddies become YBA stars, and, in retrospect, I am glad that I dropped out. All the hysteria was too much for my paranoid self and all very confusing; I took to my bed for several years in the early 90s as the media proclaimed a renaissance in British Art and so am glad not to have suffered the complex burden of being a success of any kind.
First posted: Sunday, May 31st, 2009.