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Interviews » The estate agent’s guide to artisan baking: Iain Sinclair interviewed (published 28/07/2015)

We find a bench that allows me to have the station sign in frame. I go to reference my two pages of typed notes, carefully assembled from a binge back-to-back reading of London Overground and Black Apples of Gower but an easterly gust of wind hoists them into the sky and over the high wall into the garden of the Geffrye Museum. Iain laughs. Don’t worry I assure him, the impressions of both books are firmly stamped on my mind, I probably had too many questions anyway – we’d freewheel it, follow the drift of conversation.

Iain Sinclair returns to 3:AM while John Rogers keeps the camera running.

Interviews » “an accidental novel”: Iain Sinclair interviewed (published 26/11/2014)

The 70 x 70 book is more than just a record of this filmic dérive around London, it is a repertory cinema season on paper, the SCALA brought back to life in print; a revival of the world of wall-charts peppered with classics by Fritz Lang, Douglas Sirk, Godard, unheralded oddities, all-nighters interrupted at 4am by a punk band to keep you awake. But it is also a form of autobiography, weaving a path through Sinclair’s life and work as he discusses the background to each selection, or “an accidental novel”, as he describes it.

John Rogers interviews Iain Sinclair on his 70×70 book.

Interviews » Free-Thinking London Babble: My Fucked Interview With Iain Sinclair (published 11/11/2006)

An easy interview. Iain Sinclair sits genially and talks into the recorder for over an hour, and there’s the sly undercurrent in this of a benign Sir William Gull instructing the ignorant Netley of the ventricles of London, England’s heart, as they turn down Greenwood Road as far as Albion Drive to survey London Fields and the suburb of Hackney containing the overspill of the East End. I’m the duff Netley, the stuttering ignoramus, wrestling with the recording machine and then failing to register its weird failure. Two hours later, speeding away in an unwashed van cluttered with dead paperbacks, used up Costa paper cups and rotten apple cores, I’m clicking the corpse button trying for the replay and finding nothing but white noise.

By Richard Marshall.

Buzzwords » Under The Paving Stones (published 27/12/2017)

19th February @ The Social, 5 Little Portland St, W1 Faber Social and Tony White Present: UNDER THE PAVING STONES: A Night of Experimental Fiction Featuring readings from: KIRSTY GUNN ‘Gunn’s prose is accomplished, poetic, and haunting.’ Times Literary Supplement TONY WHITE ‘A serious, engaging voice of the modern city’ Guardian STEWART HOME ‘Stewart Home is one […]

Buzzwords » Cracks and Reforms: The City Under Stress (published 04/12/2017)

Friday 15th December, 10am – 6pm, Common Ground, Institute of Advanced Studies, UCL South Wing Department of English Language and Literature – Symposium on the City Keynote: Iain Sinclair, ‘The Sickness and the Shadow: Living with Dead Buildings’ No need to book – Full programme available here.

Interviews » Further Conversations: an Interview with Ramsey Campbell (published 09/10/2017)

There’s the antiquarian tale of the supernatural, but for me, the most significant Jamesian writers take his sense of the supernatural and his techniques and develop them in more contemporary settings. L.T.C. Rolt uses industrial landscapes for instance, very much in the James tradition of landscape but simply in a more modern setting. Fritz Lieber uses the contemporary US landscape of Chicago and San Francisco, in Smoke Ghost for example.  Kingsley Amis in The Green Man too, uses Jamesian techniques, that accretion of suggestive detail to convey and unnerve. But, ultimately, the key writers learn that terseness of statement and his sense of the crystallised uncanny.

By Adam Scovell.

Buzzwords » Artists Against Overdevelopment (published 07/10/2017)

Bowater House, Golden Lane Estate, London EC1Y 0RJ. View from Fann Street, EC1. October 5 – December 10. Spectres of Modernism is an installation of protest art banners emblazoned with slogans dreamt up by leading artists and writers including Turner Prize winners Jeremy Deller and Elizabeth Price and Booker Prize nominated author Tom McCarthy. The […]

Reviews » Last Exit to Beckton (published 23/09/2017)

The style aims for T. S. Eliot, recounting lost souls going about their hollow lives in the unreal city, but reads more like J. R. Hartley, betraying his befuddlement at the modern world. And we don’t stop there. Shared desk spaces, that most benign of office space management innovations, are a repeated cause of anger beyond all reason. Yet even worse than the “shared desk digital zombies” are the “phone addicts” with their “smart electronic devices” who are most guilty for the snuffing out of London’s soul. How, why, is never quite made clear.

John P. Houghton reviews Iain Sinclair‘s The Last London.

Buzzwords » The Missing Links (published 14/09/2017)

On Kate Briggs‘s This Little Art. * Emily LaBarge on Mireille Gansel’s Translation as Transhumance. * Brian Dillon on what the essay does. * Brian Dillon reviews Susan Sontag‘s Debriefing: “Proximity to the essay form turns out not to be a failing in fiction, but one of its possible, experimental, tendencies”. * Kate Briggs on […]

Reviews » Men and Women Who Will Not Grow Up (published 25/07/2017)

The novel’s topography is unmistakably London, though it’s difficult to pin down. The Bacchus Bar where the bohemian characters gather is reminiscent of Soho; the nearby school less so. There are echoes of Peter Ackroyd’s theory that holds the place itself, with its demands for sacrificial offerings, responsible for the crimes it attracts. Kersh, however, puts emphasis on ‘a certain midnight’ rather than the place, estimating the balance of probabilities thus: ‘God, as a gentleman, tries to think well of the watchful enemy, but Evil knows all the tricks.’

Anna Aslanyan reviews the reissue of Gerald Kersh‘s Prelude to a Certain Midnight.


 

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