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24/01/20: Republic of Consciousness Prize Longlist

The Republic of Consciousness Prize longlist was unveiled today:

Broken Jaw by Minoli Salgado (The 87 Press)
Love by Hanne Ørstavik, tr. Martin Aitken (And Other Stories)
Leonard and Hungry Paul by Ronan Hession (Bluemoose Books)
Aliasing by Mara Coson (Book Works)
We are made of Diamond Stuff by Isabel Waidner (Dostoevsky Wannabe)
Animalia by Jean-Baptiste Del-Amo, tr. Frank Wynne (Fitzcarraldo Editions)
Patience by Toby Litt (Galley Beggar Press)
Under Pressure by Faruk Šehić, tr. Mirza Purić (Istros Books)
That Lonesome Valley by Melissa Lee-Houghton (Morbid Books)
Fatherhood by Caleb Klaces (Prototype Publishing)
El Llano in Flames by Juan Rulfo, tr. Stephen Beechinor (Structo Press)
The Red Word by Sarah Henstra (Tramp Press)

23/01/20: Galley Beggars in Paris

Eloise and Sam aka Galley Beggar Press in Paris, following Lucy Ellmann‘s wonderful appearance at Shakespeare and Company yesterday.

01/01/20: Call for Fiction


For the month of January, 3:AM Magazine will be open for fiction submissions that are 1,000 to 5,000 words in length, double-spaced, and in Word format. For qualitative guidance, consider the stories we published in 2019. Send your work to mark.desub@gmail.com; if we are interested in publishing your story, you will hear from us no later than April.


Mark de Silva
Fiction Editor
3:AM Magazine

02/12/19: Transgressive Cultures Conference in Paris

Transgressive Cultures 2019, schedule.
5th December, 2019.
9:00 Welcome coffee and introduction Jack Sargeant Phd
Session One:
9:15 Jeremy Bell Eros noir: On the Aesthetic Anthropology of Transgression
9:55 Laurence Thompson SELVA OSCURA Dante and the Shadow Canon
10:35 Nicholas Martin The Downtown Collection: Experimental, Outsider and Transgressive Cultures at NYU Libraries.
Break 11:10 – 11:20
Session Two:
11:20 Jack Sargeant, The Ritual.
11:55 Matthew Worley, Whip In My Valise: British Punk and the Marquis de Sade.
Lunch 12:35 – 2:00
Session Three:
2:00 Film Screening: Tom Garretson A Baroque Grotesque
2:40 Donna K. The Dinner, The Prayer, The Culture, The Camera: Animal Slaughter in Documentary Film
Break 3:20 – 3:35
Session Four:
3:35 – Ilaria ‘Ila Pop’ Novelli, Artist’s Talk.
4:15 Marek Pytel, Chemistry and Bewitchment The Lost Erotic Photography of Henryk Parvese (1852-1918)
Special Event:
7:30 The Flying Luttenbachers live
9:00 end

Transgressive Cultures 2019, schedule, day two.
6th December, 2019
9:00 coffee
Session One:
9:15 Tom Garretson, Some Thoughts on Reading Sade
9:55 Prof. Isil Bas, (Re)Reading Mishima Reading Sade: An Aesthetics of Transgressive Feminine Sexuality
10:35 – 10:45 Break
Session Two:
10:45 Jean Foubert Phd Body, Film and Excess: A Few Remarks on Linda Williams Film Writings and the Marquis de Sade
11:25: Gary Parsons, Guido Crepax and the influence of de Sade in Italian Fumetti
12:05: Oriol Rosell From Sade to Analacrobats.com: How Capitalism Stole The Ass (video presentation)
12:25 – 1:25 Lunch
Session Three:
1:25 Film Screening.
2:00 Steve Finbow, The Mindshaft—the practice of sadomasochism in the clubs and arts in late-1970s New York City.
2:40 Prof. Dr. Marcus Stiglegger, Hollywood Transgressor: Revisiting William Friedkin’s CRUISING on its 40th anniversary.
3:20 – 3:40 Break
Session Four:
3:40 Johannes Grenzfurthner Context Hacking and its Transgressive Potential
4:20 Jasmin Hagendorfer Sexuality and Politics Seen Through the Pornographic Lens
5:00 Mycelium Yet Another Effort, Deviants, If You Would Become Free
Closing Discussions.

26/10/19: The Missing Links

According to Rob Doyle, Serotonin “reanimates the long-felt suspicion that each Houellebecq novel is an instalment in the biography of the author’s penis”. * Eimear McBride on why the novel matters: “The novelist must never deceive themself with the idea that they are in charge: the novel is. And this is not always an easy role to accept when the demands of the industry and the readership and the ego are so great”. * Matthew Turner on the architecture of fascism in Ingeborg Bachmann’s Malina. * Nice John Cale retrospective. * Ben Lerner: “It’s one thing to depict a very particular place vividly, but how do you capture the absence of particularity, the phenomenology of standardization?” * Camille Paglia on BBC Radio 3. * Richard Lea interviews Nicole Flattery (audio). * Lavinia Greenlaw on Pamela Hansford Johnson: “Johnson’s men tend to think of themselves as more substantial than they really are. She does not correct them”. * Michel Houellebecq: best interview ever. * Kevin Breathnach interviewed by Martin Doyle at the Irish Times (podcast). * An interview with Lars Iyer. * Chris Power on Gerald Murnane. * Siri Hustvedt: “‘A male novelist hardens and dignifies the form, while a female novelist is doubly penalised as a woman working in an unserious form,’ she says. The distinction, she thinks, may explain why male writers have an equal number of men and women readers, while female writers are read primarily by women”. * John Robb in conversation with Viv Albertine. * Diana Athill RIP: “Reading was what one did indoors as riding was what one did out of doors”. * Rachel Cusk at Shakespeare and Company (video). * Fredric Jameson reviews Knausgaard. * Luke Haines on The White Album 50th anniversary reissue: “A new Beatles emerged out of the dank and the murk, and they spooked us. As brilliant as they had been in color, they were even better in black and white, and especially white. For that is what The White Album is. White as the walls of a gallery, white as heroin, white as cocaine, white as drugs, white as a ghost, and white as nothing”. * Chrissie Hynde: “‘I’ve never had anyone help me get to the top, so to be suddenly this anti-feminist…’ She shakes her head. ‘Go fuck yourselves.’” * Ben Myers on Paul Ewen’s Francis Plug: Writer in Residence: “Plug is a Wetherspoons Wodehouse, a dole-queue Defoe, a pissed-up Pepy“. * Rachel Kushner: “Success is for losers”. * Lauren Elkin on Virginie Despentes. * Wendy Erskine on home and Sweet Home: “I may enjoy the eloquent writing of the person who frames his or her experience through reference to continental philosophy but someone on the Jeremy Kyle Show has no less intensity of feeling”. * A micro interview with Anne Carson. * Short stories inspired by Unknown Pleasures. * Sophie Mackintosh on her story based on ‘New Dawn Fades’. * Don Letts celebrates 50 years of Trojan Records. * Richard Hell, man of letters. * Denmark Street. * Colin Lane on the cover of The StrokesIs This It? * Anne Enright on Sally Rooney’s Normal People.

29/09/19: Love Bites Launch!

Love Bites (Dostoyevsky Wannabe), edited by Tomoé Hill, C.D. Rose and yours truly, will be launched in Manchester (where else?) next week. Hosted by the mighty C.D. Rose himself, there will be readings from @emmaZbolland, @JonathanMKemp, @zimZalla, @CuriosoTheGreat and more. Be there or be sober!

When: Saturday 5th October 6.30-11 pm.
Where: Gullivers, 109 Oldham Street, M4 1LW Manchester, United Kingdom.

05/09/19: Love Bites

Love Bites, edited by Tomoé Hill, C.D. Rose and yours truly, is out now!

It contains 35 short stories inspired by the late Pete Shelley and Buzzcocks by Emma Bolland, Victoria Briggs, Tobias Carroll, Shane Jesse Christmass, David Collard, Sarah-Clare Conlon, Lara Alonso Corona, Cathleen Davies, Jeremy Dixon, Sharron Duggal, Wendy Erskine, Gerard Evans, Javi Fedrick, Mark Fiddes, Andrew Gallix, Meave Haughey, Tomoé Hill, Richard V. Hirst, David Holzer, Andrew Hook, Tom Jenks, Jonathan Kemp, Luke Kennard, Mark Leahy, Neil Nixon, Russell Persson, Hette Phillips, Julie Reverb, C.D. Rose, Lee Rourke, Germán Sierra, Beach Sloth, NJ Stallard and Rob Walton.

23/07/19: Please Help

Matthew Wascovich of Scarcity of Tanks, one of the original members of the 3:AM Magazine team, informs us of the bad news that his bandmate Andrew Klimeyk has suffered a stroke. Please help him if you can by donating here.

22/07/19: S for SKP

More here.

05/07/19: A Night of Pure Moby Dickery

David Collard, the genius behind Finneganight — which celebrated 80 years of Finnegans Wake — wants “to change the way that we talk about books”. Help him do so by attending A Night of Pure Moby Dickery in London on 27th July. Tickers are on sale here.

A Night of Pure Moby Dickery is prompted by the 200th birthday this year of Herman Melville. No better setting can be imagined for a celebration of his salty maritime epic — a boat in a church in a landlocked London borough. There will be lashings of grog and cocoa and ginger cake, followed by sea shanties, poetry, performance and the celebrated Settee Salon, from which Jen Hodgson and her guests will hack at the cultural blubber surrounding the text in search of critical ambergris. (You may also find out what a ‘pattie slapper’ is, and does.)

Artists confirmed for the night are:

* Will Barrett – musician, songwriter and maker of musical instruments.

* Robert Cohen – writer and performer.

* David Collard – author, critic, literary hack.

* John Dobson – actor, recently seen in Six Bad Poets by Christopher Reid .

* Henningham Family Press – artist collaborators David and Ping Henningham.

* Howard Horner – actor and writer.

* Will Eaves – novelist, poet and teacher; author of the prize-winning Murmur (Canongate, 2019)

* Jen Hodgson – writer, critic and editor of The Unmapped Country (And Other Stories).

* Jessica Kinsey – recently played Cordelia and the Fool in The Yard Players’ production of King Lear.

* Melissa McCarthy – author of Sharks, Death, Surfers – an illustrated companion (Sternberg Press).

* Matt Prendergast – actor.

* Tony White – author of The Fountain in the Forest (Faber) and publisher (Piece of Paper Press).

* Eley Williams – prize-winning author of Attrib. (Influx Press).

Other names to be confirmed . . .

Then, after a short interval (and more grog) Part 2 will be something utterly astonishing.

A Drama in Two Acts by ORSON WELLES

Produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

A rehearsed reading of a play last performed in Britain in 1955. That was a short West End run at the Duke of York’s Theatre, starring Welles as Ahab and an extraordinary cast (Patrick McGoohan, Joan Plowright, Gordon Jackson, Peter Sallis and — improbably — Kenneth Williams). Our cast of ten, every bit as dazzling, will be revealed on the night.

Welles spent eight years adapting Melville’s novel for the stage and his text is simply astonishing – much of it in blank verse. There could be no better setting for this one-off revival than The Tin Tabernacle – be sure not to miss it, and brag about it to friends in the years to come!

This will be followed by the draw for our fund-raising raffle. All proceeds go to the climate change campaigners Extinction Rebellion Scotland. Prizes will have a maritime theme.

Bring your own booze if you don’t like rum (there will be plenty of rum, and cocoa for those who prefer it).