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Criticism » Raw Power (published 07/11/2013)

What’s most interesting about Science Fiction, some would say, is its dystopian bent. The genre twitches if not bulges with works containing a pulse-pounding progressive inclination complete with overarching themes that speak of anxieties about and enthusiasms for the unraveling of society. Eschewing pseudo rationality and techno fetishism such works deal not so much with prediction, but instead hold a mirror up to the present. Radical ideas are applied to fantastic narratives by writers like Orwell, Dick, and Dave Wallis (Only Lovers Left Alive). But the grooviest, hottest and horniest of these is surely Robert Anton Wilson, high and fly and way too wet to dry.

So, why is the late RAW largely forgotten and overlooked these days? This is the teasing question raised by John Higgs, the main speaker at a recent event at London’s Horse Hospital to celebrate Wilson’s life and achievements.

By Richard Cabut.

Buzzwords » Free Market Brigandage (published 01/10/2013)

3:AM‘s ever-stylish Richard Cabut at The Clash pop-up store and exhibition in London.

Buzzwords » The Missing Links (published 09/05/2012)

The wonderful Deborah Levy interviewed on France 24 (video). *A review of The Space Between curated by Michael Bracewell. * Robert Walser‘s Thirty Poems to be published by New Directions later this month. * Quentin Meillassoux‘s The Number and the Siren (on Mallarmé) reviewed. * László Krasznahorkai interviewed: “You will never go wrong anticipating doom [...]

Nonfiction » Boiling a Kettle Coldly (published 25/10/2011)

13We were certainly not poets of the dispossessed. We strutted our Billy-the-Kid sense of cool — bombsite kids clambering out of the ruins — posing our way out of the surrounding dreariness. We were living in our own colourful movie (an earlyish Warhol flick we liked to think), which we were sure was incomparably richer, more spontaneous and far more magical than the depressing, collective black-and-white motion-less picture that the 9-5 conformists, or those that stumbled around with their booze-fuelled regrets, had to settle for.

Richard Cabut reminisces about Brigandage.

Nonfiction » Music I Listened to in My Head While Walking Around the Jean-Michel Basquiat Exhibition (published 01/02/2011)

richardcabut…and Pretty Funny Thing by Brigandage and Living In The Ghetto by Purple Image and Ain’t It Strange by Patti Smith and Smokebelch 1 by The Sabres Of Paradise and Let We Go (Villalobos Remix) by Rhythm & Sound and Skin I’m In by Chairmen Of The Board and Life Is Just a Moment by Roy Ayers and Spliff Dub (Sukh Knight Remix) by Zomby Fucked-Up…and Pendulum by DJ Krush and The Guardian Angel Is Watching Over Us by Golden Flamingo Orchestra and Ghost Town by Kode9 & The Spaceape and Buffalo Stance by Neneh Cherry and Clap your hands and stomp your feet by Bonni St. Claire and Morning has broken by Cat Stevens and sun worshippers by Diana Brown & Barrie K Sharpe and From The Heart by Generation X and Slang Teacher by Wide Boy Awake…

By Richard Cabut

Buzzwords » Untypical Girl (published 21/10/2010)

[pic: Ian Dickson] This morning I heard it through the online grapevine that Ari Up (née Arianna Forster) had done a runner at the age of 48. News of her death, yesterday — following “a serious illness” — was posted on John Lydon’s website this morning (Lydon was her stepfather). Ari Up was the original [...]

Buzzwords » Rot’n'Roll (published 19/01/2010)

A gig by Brigandage from 1986, including 3:AM contributor Richard Cabut on bass.

Buzzwords » 3:AM Reloaded (published 08/11/2009)

What you (may have) missed on 3:AM recently: Fiction: Excerpt; Agnómia by Róbert Gál Poetry: ‘Four Poems’ by Will Stone Interviewed: Susan Tomaselli talks to Tosh Berman, Richard Cabut meets Jah Wobble: To be invited to meet an ‘English eccentric’ these days is to experience a sinking feeling as some lame-o weaves into view. Too [...]

Interviews » Some Kind of Noble Savage (published 03/11/2009)

4072713980_bb03c28b77‘None of those fuckers thought I had a book in me because they write the books,’ he says. ‘When I tell them that I’ve written a book, the response is: Oh – and the conversation is abruptly changed.

‘They like to believe that you are some kind of noble savage with some intuitive grasp of something. They always deny the fact that you’ve worked very hard. They never realised I could go and write a book…’

But a book Wobble most assuredly has written. One that is eccentric, bolshie and in your face. One that will, if you’re not careful, give you a right slap.

Richard Cabut interviews Jah Wobble.

Buzzwords » The Missing Links (published 19/09/2009)

Jean-Philippe Toussaint interviewed in Le Monde. His new book (La Vérité sur Marie) is reviewed in Libé. * The background to Lindsay Anderson‘s If….. * Steve Aylett is good for you (BBC World Service interview). * Twitterature. * In praise of depression. * The road to recovery for Edwyn Collins. * Welcome to Word Dissolution. [...]