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William Gass on Musil and the hovering life. * William Gass interviewed by Douglas Glover (audio). * Rorschach Audio on the radio transmissions in Cocteau’s Orphée. * The only surviving recording of Virginia Woolf, 1937. An interview with Micheline Aharonian Marcom. * Deborah Levy in The Observer. * Peter Greenaway‘s portrait of John Cage (via). * Philip Glass speaks. * An interview with Steve Reich. * A portrait of composer Eliane Radigue. * The correspondence between Nabokov and Hitchcock. * Nabokov‘s notecards for Lolita. * Borges‘s lecture on the metaphor delivered at Harvard in 1967. * Metaphor as extratemporal moment in Proust and Musil. * A Laszlo Krasznahorkai reading list by Stephen Sparks. * On misunderstanding WG Sebald. * Ben Marcus interviewed in The Rumpus. * Stuart Hall R.I.P. * Sean O’Hagan on the gentrification of British culture. * Simon Critchley and the late Philip Seymour Hoffman happy talk. * Celebrating Derek Jarman. * Inside Derek Jarman. * Clarice Lispector TV interview. * Nicholas Shakespeare on Clarice Lispector. * Anti-Oedipus, 40 years on. * An interview with Perry Meisel about “imitation modernism” and the state of critical theory. * Johnny Rotten recording the vocals for “Anarchy in the UK“. * Who remembers John Lydon on the revived Jukebox Jury in 1979? * When we were still Surrealists. * Why read literature in the digital age? * Greil Marcus on Bookworm, 1989. * Nico. * The pram in the hall. * I predict a Pussy Riot. * Exene Cervenka. * Ben Lerner on the framing of art and life in The Flamethrowers: “‘There is no way you can frame it’ — part of the achievement of The Flamethrowers is to frame the liberatory and dangerous energies that attend breaking down the frame that separates art and life. In a sense, this is the novel at its most traditional: Miguel de Cervantes warns us against mistaking courtly romances with real life in Don Quixote (1605); Gustave Flaubert’s Madame Bovary (1856) updates that theme”. * Rachel Kushner in The Quietus. * Leaving the Atocha Station reviewed. * The infamy of literature. * Broken Dimanche Press: “ * Brian Dillon in The Brooklyn Rail. *
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On Thursday 13th March from 6-7.15pm Michael Horovitz and Barry Miles will present an exploration of the life and work of William S Burroughs at the Gower Street branch of Waterstones (corner of Malet St, opposite the University of London Union building), with special reference to Miles’ William S Burroughs: A Life which was published by Weidenfeld & Nicolson on February 5th, Burroughs’ 100th birthday.
3:AM is listed among PolicyMic‘s “10 Literary Blogs Every 20-Something Should Read“. This is how Daniel Lefferts describes us:
3:AM has everything — fiction, flash fiction, poetry, interviews, criticism — but its sensibility is consistent throughout: blunt, funny, angrily academic. Their tagline says it best: “Whatever it is, we’re against it.”
Nicholas Rombes interviewed. * Tony White‘s mini readings. * Ben Lerner on the virtuality of literature. * Narcissus and ego: poets and the novel. * John Ashbery’s silences sampled. * Ujana Wolf‘s white-outs. * Erased and doctored pages. * More words written and unwritten. * The last page of Proust‘s manuscript. * An interview with Craig Dworkin. * Silke Otto-Knapp‘s washing-up paintings. * Brian Dillon on the Archive of Modern Conflict. * Spotlight on Christine Brooke-Rose. * A 1957 interview with Carl Jung (video). * Official trailer for Matt Wolf‘s Teenage, based on Jon Savage‘s book. (See my interview and article.) * Jon Savage on the betrayal of British teenagers. * Linder Sterling interviewed. * Will Self on Patrick Keiller (he references Andrew Stevens‘s 3:AM interview). * Will Self on how England has changed since his 1994 essay. * On Michèle Bernstein‘s novels. * Stewart Home’s possible appointment with Michèle Bernstein. * The strange story of “Louie Louie“. * John Brosio. * Clarice Lispector, the biography. * Toibin reviews Clarice Lispector‘s The Hour of the Star. * Conversations with Krasznahorkai. * The most exclusive room in London. * Evan Lavender-Smith interviewed by David Winters. * David Winters reviews D.N. Rodowick‘s Elegy for Theory. * A short story by Gordon Lish. * Jason Schwartz interviewed. * An interview with Ben Marcus. * Ben Marcus on Kafka. * Benjamin Myers has a new website. * Platinum blonde Syvia Plath. * From Ashes to ashes: Virginia Woolf playing cricket. * An extract from John Holten‘s Oslo, Norway. * J. G. Ballard. * Was Walter Benjamin a jerk? * Berlin’s zombie dawn. * Building Fritz Lang’s Metropolis. * Can films be artworks? * Masha Tupitsyn on Robert Bresson. * On Kenneth Anger. * Rock as minimal modernism. * Inside Seditionaries, 1977. * CBGB TV, 1981. * The Kinks in Paris, 1965. * Samuel Beckett Tumblr. * Gilles Deleuze, Pataphysician of the Posthuman. * A review of Rachel Shihor‘s Stalin is Dead. * Burroughs the photographer. * The debut authors of 2014. * Moby Dick. * Martin Vlach. * An interview with Nick Laird. * Serge Gainsbourg. * Yé-yé girls. * Musidora. * An interview with Vic Galloway. * Selections from Josef Winkler‘s Graveyards of Bitter Oranges, translated by Adrian Nathan West. * Susan Sontag. * Susan Sontag on Simone Weil. * Trailer for the January issue of Asymptote. * Literary journalism (podcast). * An interview with Adam Thirlwell. * Stig Saeterbakken‘s Through the Night reviewed. * The Dead Boys, 1977. * On Raymond Queneau and jogging. * The Sarah Records documentary. * Shooting Cocteau‘s Beauty and the Beast. * Wire‘s reunion gig, 1985. * Thurston Moore‘s 38 all-time favourite songs. * Kim Gordon interviews Raymond Petitbon. * On the films of Nicholas Roeg. * Russ Meyer‘s Fanny Hill, 1964. * Günter Grass gives up writing. * An interview with Hanif Kureishi. * On Jarett Kobek‘s BTW. * L’amour est mort. * The diaries of L’Obscurier, modernist genius and arsehole. * Lydia Davis. * Lydia Davis on Osama Alomar. * The Redskins. * McKenzie Wark interviewed. * The Pop Group live review. * To all those who hate work. * What is a minor literature? * The return of The Trip. * An interview with Tom Lutz. * Photographed Hopper. * William Eggleston. * Heroin and creativity. * 1960s recordings. * Howard Devoto. * Wallace Stevens reads. * Wallace Stevens and the absolute. * Damon Albarn‘s 10 finest moments. * Stop creating. * Kenneth Goldsmith on the poetry of archiving (video). * Beckett’s half-buried women. * An introduction to the Dark Enlightenment. * Eugene Thacker interviewed. * Read women 2014. * Joanna Walsh on translated fiction. * Jonathan Lethem on his musical influences. * Marc Bolan‘s 1977 TV show. * The FBI files on being and nothingness. * Nabokov‘s 1969 BBC interview. * Writers and drinking. * Robert Walser. * “The World Without Me” by me. * [Pic]
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The first, hotly-anticipated issue of gorse — Susan Tomaselli and David Gavan‘s twice-yearly print journal — is out this month. Contributors include Darran Anderson, arguing that modernism is ancient, Anna Aslanyan (fiction), Kevin Breathnach on Cartier-Bresson, Stephen Crowe (graphic novel), Rob Doyle on Houellebecq, SJ Fowler (poetry), David Gavan interviews Jesse Jones, Colin Herd (poetry), Desmond Hogan (fiction), John Holten (fiction), Matthew Jakubowski (fiction), Richard Kovitch on the films of Nicholas Roeg, Julie Reverb (fiction), Susan Tomaselli interviews Adam Thirlwell, Joanna Walsh, David Winters, who interviews Evan Lavender-Smith, and Karl Whitney on Queneau and jogging.
You can buy the inaugural issue here.
3:AM associate Stephen Barber‘s new novel of England’s future corporate/digital disintegration and the fall of its cities, England’s Darkness, is published this month in the US by Sun Vision Press and distributed in the UK by Turnaround, acclaimed by the likes of David Peace.
The two Kings of Leeds had met for profound discussions of the future, in a palatial, thickly-curtained annex of the asylum, first embracing one another warmly, then stood together, Sutcliffe’s head turned attentively to Savile, two eager interpreters beside them, as though only irreconcilable idioms of madness could be voiced. But they remained silent, as though in anticipation of being photographed, like two dictators, though no image was to be made of that meeting, and its memory subsisted solely in the pixellated hallucinations of a soon-to-be-culled rebel boy, standing in front of the pornography cinema’s screen, in the semen-preserved grandeur of the Assembly Rooms, his delirium now drained, but his throat still convulsing with the effort to expectorate, at last, a myth, an origin. Finally, via that throat, Savile calmly spoke just one phrase: ‘The North Will Rise Again.’ Exhausted, his throat’s membrane seared, the rebel fell to the ground. From that moment, the South was doomed.
You can read an excerpt here.
Courtesy of Thames & Hudson we have a copy of Derek Jarman’s Sketchbooks to give away to one lucky 3:AM reader.
The first entry pulled out of a flat cap wins – enter by emailing here.
Wonderful piece on Nick Land: “His work still poses acutely — in a variety of forms — the challenge of thinking contemporary life on this planet: A planet piloted from the future by something that comes from outside personal or collective human intention, and which we can no longer pretend has anything to do with reason or progress” (via). * On Nick Land’s two new pamphlets. * An introduction to speculative realism. * The Tel Quel group in 1963 (video). * Brian Dillon on Hannah Höch. * Linder‘s collages. * Maurice Blanchot‘s Desperate Clarity reviewed. * 3:AM and Gorse‘s Susan Tomaselli on the potential of literature in translation. * On Raymond Queneau in translation. * On Lydia Davis‘s Proust. * An interview with Noy Holland. * Richard Skinner on Erik Satie. * Max Richter on recording The Blue Notebooks. * Steve Reich‘s writings on music. * Bad Brains, 1979. * Texts in WG Sebald‘s The Rings of Saturn. * Debbie Juvenile. * Will Self on Germany, and the words of the dead. * Will Self and John Gray discuss JG Ballard‘s work. * J. G. Ballard: “I’m never happier than when I can write about draining swimming pools and abandoned hotels”. * A rare recording of Beckett from NotFilm. * Rachel Kushner profiled in the New York Magazine. * Neurotic Disneyland. * Tim Parks on literature without style and being trapped inside the novel. * James Wood on the fictions of life and death. * Stig Sæterbakken‘s Through the Night reviewed. * Johnny Rotten. * Regular 3:AM contributor Sophie Parkin is relaunching the legendary Colony Room. * The books Stephen Sparks did not read in 2013. * Apollinaire in the dock. * Mick Jones. * A literary dinner with Margaret Thatcher. * Unlocking the Truth interview Richard Hell (and vice-versa). Also see this video. * Jordan. * American Apparel gif (Jessie Andrews). * Odysseus’s journey. * A map of London’s independent bookshops. * On Gerald Murnane‘s Inland. * Christine Schutt speaks to 3:AM‘s David Winters. * Brooklyn 1970s apartment life. * Sam Jordison reviews Concretopia. * A radio interview with Eimear McBride. * My first Kafka. * Max Ernst working in his studio. * Robert Altman in Carver country (documentary). * Pinhole cameras. * Bus window abstract. * Gary Winogrand retrospective. * More from the great Brian Dillon, on the great Saul Leiter this time. * Memoriography. * The only chippie in Paris. * Adrian Tahourdin on Orangina. * Maripol‘s Polaroids. * Julian Barnes on John Williams’s Stoner. * Dennis Cooper interviewed on The Believer‘s website. * A scene in between. * Man Ray‘s The Starfish (1928). * Jacqueline Valencia on Stan Brakhage‘s Mothlight (1963). * Ed Wood‘s Plan 9 From Outer Space (1959). * Indoor clouds. * Masha Tupitsyn on the 1990s in films. * Colin Wilson‘s obituary in The Telegraph. * Tao Lin and Mira Gonzales in Dazed & Confused. * Peter O’Toole and Ronnie Biggs R.I.P. * The late Peter O’Toole’s career in clips. * Navel torture session with Stewart Home. * Arthur Cravan writes to Mina Loy. * The Feelies. * The writerly physique. * Lucian Freud remembered. * The joy of solitude. * Another great picture of Jordan, King’s Road, 1975. * Richard Brautigan reading from his work (video). * How to walk in a city. * David Rose‘s Posthumous Stories reviewed. * Big Brother is watching you e-read. * Collective Twitter fiction curated by Teju Cole. * Walter Isaacson doesn’t want to write his new book. * Darran Anderson on how Modernism is ancient.
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