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Interviews » Embracing the Bull: An Interview With Lydia Lunch (published 05/10/2008)

05.jpgYou have to figure out a way because there will be so many things always against you, against the individual, against someone who wants to radically create. It’s going to be the few who make a career out of complaining about everything that pisses them off, and there is only room for maybe one or two of us. I’d encourage everyone to do it, but to make a career out of it? Good fucking luck! So, in other words, do as I have done: create without a budget and find a way to get it out. You’ve just got to be stubborn. I don’t care what your age is, you’ve got to be a fucking bull. Embrace the bull. Take the bull by the horns, cut its balls off, sew them on to the fucking base of your spine and get going. It’s that easy.

Simon Friel talks to Lydia Lunch.

Essays » Reactionary Sentimentalism (published 14/07/2017)

Lydia Lunch relates the broader cultural impact of the moment: “I wasn’t expecting the toilets at CBGB’s to be the bookends of Duchamp’s urinal, but then again maybe 1977 had more in common with 1917 than anyone at the time could’ve imagined. The anti-art invasion of Dada… & the Surrealist pranksters who shadowed them had a blast pissing all over everybody’s expectations. The anti-everything of No Wave was a collective caterwaul that defied categorisation, defiled the audience, despised convention.”

Louis Armand on the passing of the New York moment.

Essays » Lumpenproletariat. Writing Attack/Antisystem/Subliterature (published 03/01/2017)

These are properly “deconstructive texts” in the sense that they burlesque rather than conventionally critique: they occupy the very language of disenfranchisement that is otherwise employed to demonstrate that they do not really exist. There is nothing of a Foucauldian paradigm here: this is not some pretence to an authentic voice of the excluded, a critique of the history of reason from the POV of the madwoman in the attic. The truly subversive character of the sublit project is that it is first and foremost a “locus” of détourning action – a radical poetics – a tropism. While the theorisers of the recuperated avantgarde toil to contain and expropriate the thing they imagine subliterature to be, their grasp necessarily comes up empty: there’s nothing to grasp, in any case, but a hologram of their own transgressed image, which they are more than adept at attending to.

Louis Armand on the Sublit Project.

Reviews » Sounds » Post Punk Then and Now: a review (published 22/12/2016)

Post-punk is a term that most immediately relates to a period of cultural production that ran from the late 1970s to the mid 1980s. A difficult term to pin down in the categorising stakes, ‘post-punk’ most specifically recalls a musical genre typified by agitated and spiky sounds. While this can be attributed to innumerable bands (Magazine, The Fall, Gang of Four) it is the hollow and haunting soundscapes of Joy Division that exemplify the resonance of Fisher’s term Capitalism Realism.

Guy Mankowski reviews Post-Punk Then and Now.

Buzzwords » Hot on the Heels of Lunch (published 03/11/2014)

Following on from Lydia Lunch‘s recent reading in the series at the University of Chicago Center in Paris, on November 25 Jack Sargeant will talk about William Burroughs in the World Beyond Literature and screen Andre Perkowski’s Nova Express. Based on William S. Burroughs’ quasi-science fiction cut-up novel of the same name, the film is […]

Buzzwords » No London (published 18/08/2013)

Occasional 3:AM contributor, interviewee and general force of nature Lydia Lunch will be appearing at London’s Borderline on August 19 in her Retrovirus guise. Having worked with everyone from Nick Cave to Sonic Youth, expect electrifying material from Lydia’s classic units Teenage Jesus and the Jerks, 8-Eyed Spy and Shotgun Wedding, as well as touching […]

Buzzwords » The Missing Links (published 22/07/2013)

A present moment always vanishing. * Failure to fail. * What your unread books list reveals. * Literature R.I.P.. * Mayakovsky reading his poetry. * Rewriting Andy Warhol‘s a: A Novel. * On Flaubert‘s gueuloir. * On Alain Badiou. * John Cooper Clarke: “Happiness is the target one only has to aim at in order […]

Fiction » Ghost Town (published 16/07/2013)

Never answer the door at 5:45 AM on a Sunday morning. Either somebody’s too high, somebody has just died, or somebody has just arrived who wants to kill you.

By Lydia Lunch.

Essays » No New York: A Jade Anniversary (published 12/03/2013)

The ones that claim total recall, well, suffice it to say they’re lying. They have to be. For No Wave was the one, true Blank Generation. Yes. It took Aristotle’s tabula rasa, and with one flailing swipe per Attali, all the rest was noise. Noise being code for negation — a deliberate dithering of all things affirmative — No Wave is then best described not by what it was, but instead by what it wasn’t: no shirt, no shoes, no problem. No fucking future. None at all.

Logan K. Young on No New York.

Buzzwords » I confess (published 22/02/2013)

Friend of 3:AM Tony O’Neill reads with Lydia Lunch and Bibbe Hansen at The Bowery Electric, as part of Shayni Rae‘s Truckstop Salon Sunday. The skinny: Two trouble making bad ass babes riddled with chemical and hormonal imbalance and a survivor of the methadone clinics, shooting galleries, crack-houses, and flophouse hotels of Los Angeles and […]