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16/12/14: The Missing Links

Crazy in love. * Elena Ferrante: “I didn’t choose anonymity; I chose absence”. * An interview with Laure Prouvost. * Tom McCarthy on reality, realism, and the real. * Tom McCarthy on Gravity’s Rainbow. * Simon Critchley: suicide — a defence. * Erasing Duchamp. * An interview with Cioran. * Paul Muldoon on Beckett. * An interview with Béla Tarr. * A celebration of Lynne Tillman. * Lydia Davis interviews Dan Gunn. * Jacques Mesrine‘s death instinct. * An answer to the novel’s detractors. * Seventies throwback fiction: “How sad does one have to be to want to resuscitate the era of stagflation?” * CD Rose on the art of biography. * An interview with CD Rose. * Failure is our muse: “[B]usinessmen are only amateurs at failure, just getting used to the notion. Writers are the real professionals”. * Tore Renberg‘s “5 Albums That Sadly Do Not Exist’. * Kafka: what kind of funny is he? *  Nicholas Rombes on Joan Didion. * Roberto Acestes Laing interviewed by Nicholas Rombes. * Nicholas Rombes‘s Reasearch Notes. * Nicholas Rombes interviewed and profiled here. * Selfies without the self. * Iain Sinclair on the obsessions of Werner Herzog. * A great review of the Bolano biography. * Lynne Tillman on the politics of pants. * Wonder Woman, the feminist. * A Winged Victory for the Sullen live in London (video). * Simon Critchley on Bowie (video). More here. * Atticus Lish interviewed. *An interview with 3:AM‘s genius co-editor in chief David Winters. * 3:AM Poetry Editor extraordinaire, Steven J. Fowler, has a new website. * Gorse – the number 2 launch (video). * Nina Manandhar on What We Wore (which includes several pictures of yours truly, including a little photobooth number on the cover). * Paul Gorman on What We Wore. * An interview with Greil Marcus. * Will Self on library lust. * Will Self on the Tate Modern extension: “The new Tate Modern will thus be not an art gallery per se, but a sort of life-size model of what an art gallery might be should our culture have need of one. Since it doesn’t, but rather has a requirement for visitor attractions that reify the ever‑widening gulf between haves and have-nots, I’m absolutely certain it will prove an outrageous success”. * Will Self interviewed by Interview: “You can look at the proliferation and the way in which DSM [the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders] is used in psychiatry as a kind of brutal heuristic for understanding what, at best, is incoherent and, at worst, is kind of unknowable“. * Will Self: Shark is like Janet and John compared to Ulysses. * On a sentence by Robert Walser. * John Ashbery: “In a 1956 letter to Kenneth Koch, John Ashbery wrote: ‘I hate all modern French poetry, except for Raymond Roussel’, specifying: ‘I do like my own wildly inaccurate translations of some of the 20th-century ones, but not the originals’”. * Jean-Luc Nancy, The Inoperative Community. * Why read new books? * On Tim Parks‘s NYRB essays. * Knausgaard interviewed: “I feel the novel is very much like a room, or rooms: that you’re in this room or that room, and that the whole aim of writing is to create a room where you can say something. And that’s what writing is about”. * Knausgaard‘s Boyhood Island reviewed by Stuart Evers. * Knausgaard at the London Review Bookshop. * Ed Wood‘s erotica is back in print. * Iain Sinclair on London’s lost cinemas. * George’s Perec‘s lost novel. * Jean-Paul Sartre: more relevant than ever? * The bonfire of the humanities. * More Moore. * The Elena Ferrante phenomenon. * The Joan Didion documentary trailer. * This is England. * What heartbreak looks like (including Christiana Spens). * Jonathan Coe on Robert Wyatt. * Robert Frank at 90.* William Klein: “Everyone started out on the Lower East Side. They became embourgeoisé and would move to the Upper West Side. Then if they’d make money they’d move to Park Avenue. Their kids would become artists and move down to the Lower East Side and the Village. There was a triangle. That’s the story of New York”. * Godard‘s Goodbye to Language. * Worth linking to again: William Gass‘s “The Hovering Life”. * Nicholas Lezard looks back on Gass‘s In the Heart of the Heart of the Country. * The power of nostalgia. * On Darby Crash. * Billy Name and Andy Warhol. * This is not a writer’s room. * Borges and God. * On Wim Wenders‘s Paris, Texas. * Jim Jarmusch the musician. * Viv Albertine‘s memoir reviewed in the New York Times. * Jörg Fauser by Niall Griffiths. * Three rare films by Susan Sontag. * An exhibition of Carlo Mollino‘s Polaroids. * Photography is art. * Don Delillo‘s annotated Underworld. * Flann O’Brien. * Jah Wobble. * Adorno and protest music. * Skinheads circa 1970. * John Berger. * How the Victorians invented the future. * Biography’s Victorian values. * A weapon for readers. * The living death of Alt lit.

Pic by Paolo Reversi.

15/12/14: top-reads-of-2014 curated by 3:AM’s K. Thomas Kahn

contributing and reviews editor K. Thomas Kahn has asked fellow writers, critics, editors, and translators to choose the best books they read in 2014.

This series kicked off today with Kahn’s own choices, and will continue—on his Tumblr and his Twitter feeds—likely through the end of next week.

05/12/14: Why we Quit: Tariq Goddard on Leaving Zero Books

“Zero books was one of the happiest surprises of my life. It was begun as a gesture with no hope of success, and would have been nothing without the support of John Hunt and a core of singularly talented writers that mainstream publishing had contrived to ignore. The qualified influence Zero has had on cultural life, and the way it has shown that titles that might have been dismissed as crazy can in fact sell in decent quantities, is something I will always regard as an achievement. To walk away from that, even though I spent six of the seven years of its existence rehearsing that scenario daily, has been unpleasant, and I am sorry if I and the gifted team I have been fortunate enough to work with, have let anyone down.

From the start our affiliation with John Hunt Publishing created procedural problems that quickly became personal, John Hunt’s preference for electronic systems that bypassed personal correspondence, authors contributing to their own production costs, and the numerical quantity of releases being prized as an end in itself, were not shared, and became an excuse for a deeper antagonism that grew out of our achieving modest success despite these methods. The discrepancy between our actual impact in the world, modest but marked, and the perception within JHP that we are drain and encumbrance, meant that we were subject to internal attacks that got in the way of our being able to properly fulfil the aims of our project. As attempts to buy Zero out and move elsewhere failed, departure became our only option, however much I tried to resist this obvious conclusion.

REPEATER, the new publishing project that I have begun with the Zero team, will take Zero’s operating principle, to make marginal and excluded points of view mainstream and necessary, to a public we are already fortunate enough to identify with and reach, further. Zero still has dozens of amazing titles we commissioned due for release, and will do so for a while yet, which the team at Repeater will do whatever it can to promote and publicise, but what comes after that will be nothing to do with us. Forgive the indulgent and precious tone of this missive; we all strive to leave our own worlds and reach people, and with Zero our hope was that we were able to do that. Our love and gratitude to the authors, readership, and employees at John Hunt Publishing, that made this all possible.”

- Tariq Goddard, publisher of REPEATER.

02/12/14: #Readwomen2014

3:AM Fiction Editor Joanna Walsh — who curated the #Readwomen2014 project — will be joined on Monday by Deborah Levy, Zoe Pilger, Juliet Jacques, and Rachel Genn to celebrate “a year of reading writing by women”.

Monday, 8 December 2014, 7:00PM
Tickets £3/£5

: Push

18/11/14: Novel of the Year?

Kafka directed by David Lynch doesn’t even come close. It is the most hauntingly original book I’ve read in a very long time. Nicholas RombesThe Absolution of Roberto Acestes Laing is a strong contender for novel of the year.





14/11/14: Kakania

Thanks to the Austrian Cultural Forum, Steven J. Fowler is delighted to announce a new project that celebrates the culture of Habsburg Vienna a century ago, with commissions of contemporary artists from 21st century London. Kakania — over four events, each in different venues, 4 original publications and an array of contemporary artists working in poetry, visual art, sound and conceptual art — aims to not just to evoke the Habsburg era, but to envelope it, to transpose it, to avoid nostalgia and in its stead bring the intensity and innovation that marked the last days of the Habsburg era.

Each artist is creating new work based on one specific figure from that time. The website features an artists section where you can see the full list of commissions, which include Emily Berry on Sigmund Freud, Colin Herd on Oskar Kokoschka, Caroline Bergvall on Gustav Klimt, and George Szirtes on Arthur Schnitzler, amongst many others, including, in time, works on Stefan Zweig, Robert Musil, Egon Schiele, Gustav Mahler, Ludwig Wittgenstein, Alma Mahler, Joseph Roth and many others.

The first event takes place in just over two weeks and is completely free to attend.

November Tuesday 25th – 7.30pm
the Rich Mix Arts Centre – Main space – Free Entry
Featuring brand new commissions from:
Sharon Gal on Anton Webern
Jeff Hilson on Ludwig Wittgenstein
Ariadne Radi Cor & Diane Silverthorne on Alma Mahler
Dylan Nyoukis on Raoul Hausmann
Stephen Emmerson on Rainer Maria Rilke
Maja Jantar on Lou Andreas-Salome

The following three events will take place on:

January Thurs 22nd at the Freud Museum
Featuring brand new commissions from:
Emily Berry on Sigmund Freud
Damir Sodan on Gustav Mahler
Jeff Hilson on Ludwig Wittgenstein
& many more

February Thurs 19th at TBC
Featuring brand new commissions from:
Caroline Bergvall on Gustav Klimt
Stephen Emmerson on Rainer Maria Rilke
Tom Jenks on Otto Gross
Colin Herd on Oskar Kokoschka
Martin Bakero on TBC
Morten Sondergaard on TBC

March Thurs 26th at the Austrian Cultural Forum
Featuring brand new commissions from:
George Szirtes on Arthur Schnitzler
Joshua Alexander on Paul Wittgenstein
Jeff Hilson on Ludwig Wittgenstein
Emily Berry on Sigmund Freud
Marcus Slease on Max Kurzweil
Stephen Emmerson on Rainer Maria Rilke

Kakania is an ambitious project which explores the legacy of the Habsburg past through decidedly contemporary, original works of text and art, which will attempt to be as complex and genre testing as the works, and the people, they are responsive to. Please come out to support the endeavour.

Kakania is also partnered by Pushkin Press, who will have books to sell at the events and who publish vital Habsburg figures like Stefan Zweig.

03/11/14: Hot on the Heels of Lunch

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 a remarkable cinematic realisation of the cult book. More details here.

23/10/14: Lars Iyer and David Winters in conversation: Heffers Bookshop, Cambridge, 30th October

If you’re in (or near!) Cambridge on 30th October, do come along to Heffers Bookshop and see Lars Iyer discuss his new novel, Wittgenstein Jr., with 3:AM’s co-editor in chief, David Winters. Tickets for the event can be bought here. More info from Heffers:

Lars Iyer, in conversation with literary critic David Winters, will discuss Lars’ latest novel Wittgenstein Jr, which concerns the academic career of a group of Cambridge philosophy students, deeply under the influence of their supervisor, whom they nickname Wittgenstein Jr.

Wittgenstein Jr’s austere, exacting philosophy provides a tragicomic counterpoint to the chemical excesses of a student life that takes place in Cambridge locations that will having Cambridge inhabitants laughing out loud in recognition: the college backs, the Maypole, the Copper Kettle, the weekend tourists on King’s Parade…With the wit and linguistic playfulness of Evelyn Waugh and the experimentation of Beckett, the novel moves towards an unexpectedly hopeful and touching conclusion.

“Iyer is an author who rejects the parochialism and timidity we often associate with British novelists in favour of an ugly grapple with the big themes” —The Spectator

“Lars Iyer…has been redefining the existential anti-hero for several years now, combining fiction and philosophy with great wit and invention.” —TLS