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

Fiction: ‘America Means’ by D.E. Oprava & ‘The Empiricists’ by Tiff Holland

Poetry: ‘Four Poems’ by Justin Hyde & ‘Four Poems’ by Ed Makowski

Interviewed: Alan Kelly puts five questions to Rue Morgue‘s Jovanka Vuckovic

Reviewed: Max Dunbar on the Tindal Street Press anthology Roads Ahead

Non-fiction: Andrew Stevens on The Exploited’s ‘UK82′ for ‘Friday I’m in Love, Roland Kelts on Yoshiyuki Tomino & AKB48 (courtesy of 3:AM Asia) & James Maker spends ‘Saturday Night at the Movies’ with Harmony Korine’s Gummo:

Landing the Critic’s Prize at both the Venice and Rotterdam film festivals, Korine’s first directorial effort is set in his hometown of Xenia, Ohio — themed here as a tornado stricken dystopia in the Rust Belt. Gummo is a coruscating montage of Wild America’s feral, aimless, K Mart bound youthdom. We’re journeying into the inverse world of the Great American Dream. Of course, we’ve ventured down the crooked road to Weirdsville before, except that with Korine it feels like a genuine visitation.

In contrast, the contorted biology of Cronenberg’s metanarratives or Lynch’s preoccupation with the dualities of American society are intrigues of dark fiction. Korine is American Verité to their American Gothic. His dispossessed exist entirely within a recognisable landscape. If Korine is indebted to anybody, it is to the European auteurism of directors such as Jean-Luc Godard and Rainer Werner Fassbinder.

First posted: Sunday, September 27th, 2009.

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