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“Criticising consumerism is what people do when they can’t quite stomach criticising capitalism.”

What you (may have) missed on 3:AM recently:

Fiction: ‘Black Holes’ by Eric Beeny

Poetry: ‘Four Poems’ by Rob Plath

Reviewed: Max Dunbar on Neal Lawson’s All Consuming, Jonathan Woods on Megan Abbott’s Bury Me Deep & (courtesy of 3:AM Brasil) Guy Burton on Eduardo Galeano’s Open Veins of Latin America

Non-fiction: Sophie Parkin’s column from Rotterdam, Zan on Xmal Deutchsland for ‘Friday I’m in Love’ & Andrew Stevens spends ‘Saturday Night at the Movies’ with Franco Rosso’s Babylon

Interviewed: Andrew Stevens talks to Owen Hatherley:

I write about the art forms that aren’t generally thought about seriously — about the politics of urban space, architecture, pop music, popular culture — in all of these cases because the level of criticism is usually so low, there’s a generalised belief that these are somehow apolitical forms, that anything that could be said about them ‘goes without saying’.

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And if nothing else, I hope what I do actually inspires people — especially in Britain — to look at their environment as something that exists for a reason, that is the results of particular choices, disputes, policies and ideas, rather than as a neutral, more-or-less annoying backdrop to hard work and equally grinding hedonism. Whether it manages to do that successfully I don’t know, but that I suppose is its ‘project’.

First posted: Sunday, August 16th, 2009.

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