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21/11/15: my brooklyn writer friend

Former 3:AM fiction editor Greg Gerke‘s debut short story collection is out now from Queen’s Ferry Press.

From the publisher’s page:

“These swift, swervy, nervous fictions—as often as not about writers in antic crisis with the language, lovers in trouble with their loves—are heartachingly hilarious and stocked from margin to margin with agony-born brilliances fresh and revitalizing. Greg Gerke’s endearingly self-questioning narrators worry their doubts into a make-do grace that leaves a reader sweetened too.”
—Gary Lutz, author of Stories in the Worst Way

“Greg Gerke writes like an anthropologist of love, or like a Brooklyn-based Sigmund Freud, walking down a Mobius boulevard, finding the truth as it flowers in the cracks of the sidewalk. Honest, deadpan, personal and smart, these stories conspire, like a dream, to create a world both uncanny and familiar, delirious and quotidian, funny and sad and completely mesmerizing.”
—John Haskell, author of I am Not Jackson Pollock and American Purgatorio

“Greg Gerke is a short-form wizard; dark, funny, and seriously sly. His book will deliver you to strange new thought and feeling.”
—Sam Lipsyte, author of The Ask

Read an interview with Greg at Electric Literature.

11/10/15: The Missing Links


Adrian Nathan West on Marianne Fritz. * Adrian Nathan West reviews Houellebecq‘s Submission. * Benjamin Noys on R.D. Laing and anti-psychiatry. * 3:AM‘s Joanna Walsh on Leonora Carrington. * Linder Sterling: “My mother has Alzheimer’s, and in her mind it is perpetually 1974. Somehow being in that flat, it felt like I was in the same place as my mother”. * Lydia Davis on Lucia Berlin: “These stories make you forget what you were doing, where you are, even who you are”. * Clarice Lispector and Elizabeth Bishop‘s fraught relationship. * Benjamin Moser on Clarice Lispector. * Nein. A Manifesto reviewed: “There are many amateur and professional humorists out there writing tweets, and there are many political and cultural theorists writing books, but there is no one who is producing anything comparable to these incisively self-critical prose poems”. * Lee Rourke interviewed by Liam Jones. * The future ain’t what it was: Mark Fisher interviewed.  * Joy Williams interviewed by Dan Kois: “When I asked Williams what she wants out of a great story, she replied, ‘’I want to be devastated in some way'”. * Joy Williams‘s Paris Review interview. * Eyes for blowing up bridges. * Punk five years on. * Malcolm McLaren‘s subversive strides. * Eileen Myles interviewed by Ben Lerner: “There’s a whole female industry engaged in materially supporting the illusion that the artist doesn’t work directly on his legacy, his immediate success. He’s just a beautiful stoner boy or an intellectual”. * Ben Marcus review Joy Williams‘s The Visiting Privilege: “Hotel Haunting” by 3:AM‘s Joanna Walsh who is interviewed in the Paris Review: “Homes have a lot of blank spaces. It’s easy to get lost there“. * Joanna Walsh‘s Hotel is reviewed in the Financial Times: “‘We must live up to our hotels. We’re on display; we’re what’s being sold,’ she writes. ‘Hotels are for those who understand performance: ghosts, actors, women.'” * Adam Biles in conversation with Max Porter at Shakespeare and Co. You can also hear Porter on this Guardian podcast. * And here’s another excellent interview with Max Porter. * Max Richter talks about Sleep. * 10 questions for Max Richter. * Max Richter interviewed by Tobias Carroll. * Walter Benjamin‘s legacy. * The urban world accoding to Walter Benjamin: “Benjamin was always drawn to these outmoded utopias, the formerly state-of-the-art technology, the ruins of progress – since they encoded, he thought, the delusions that capitalism instilled in its victims”. * Simon Critchley on Frank Cioffi: “David Ellis tells a story of when Frank was in hospital, and a friend came to visit him. When the friend could not find Frank’s room, he asked a nurse where he might find Professor Cioffi. ‘Oh,’ the nurse replied, ‘you mean the patient that knows all the answers.’ At which point, a voice was heard from under some nearby bedclothes, ‘No, I know all the questions.'”  * Justin Taylor on Sam Lipsyte‘s prose: “(Any gambler will tell you the best moment is not the moment when you hit the jackpot, but the moment before that, when you could)”. * Bridget Alone by Donari Braxton. * Nicholas Rombes on Wes Craven: “Like punk, Craven’s 1970s films Last House on the Left (1972) and The Hills Have Eyes (1977) were vicious assaults on the 1960s counter-culture, the hippies; a harsh look at the hazy narcissism that lay at the center of it all. […] Wes Craven’s movies were about movies, even when they weren’t”. * William Fowler on post-punk cinema. * Wim Wenders on the music in his movies. * Viv Albertine talks to Ian Rankin at the Edinburgh Book Festival (audio). * Too much fighting on the dance floor. * The brilliant first issue of The Scofield is devoted to David Markson. * John Biguenet wonders if silent reading really is that silent. *  Lee Miller by Man Ray. * “Candor” by Anne Carson. * The return of Eimear McBride. * Blixa Bargeld goes back to school. * Will Self interviews Rachel Howard. * Will Self on Jeremy Corbyn. * The reinvention of black. * Sheila Heti: “I like inventing the self that makes that book” (video). * Band cameos in 90s teen movies. * Modernist architecture on film (via gorse). * Darran Anderson on imaginary London (audio). * England in the 50s. * Renata Adler on sadness, selfies, and losing (audio). * Mira Gonzales and Tao Lin on their Selected Tweets (audio). * Philip Glass: taxi driver (audio). * NYC hardcore revisited. * On John Cheever‘s “The Swimmer”. * Italo Calvino on the films of his youth. * An interview with Buzzcocks‘ John Maher. * Antonin Artaud‘s legacy. * An Yves Klein page. * How Dennis Cooper turns GIFs into fiction. * Jello Biafra for mayor. * Don DeLillo: anatomising the everyday terrors of American life. * Susan Dunne: “On the many days I spend alone I forget how to talk”. * Harriet Alida Lye on living at Shakespeare & Co: “The whole world comes here, it seems, and then the whole world leaves”. * Andy Warhol and the Factory in pictures. * Rachel Cusk and Medea. * “Vespa,” a short story by Tim Parks. * On J.G. Ballard‘s inner space.

28/09/15: Suck my keyboard: call for submissions

                                            60X1.com by Kenneth Tin-Kin Hung (2003)

My (ironic) aversion to dialectical readings of contemporary literature situates my critical disposition as resistant to Jamesonian interpretations of a historically-determined consciousness. For better or for worse, such a position is not as niche now as it once was on the leftfield wing of literary criticism, particularly since the arrogation of techno-digital models of analysis for the project of the literary theorist, apropos the fascinating work emanating from the Stanford Lit Lab and UC Berkeley’s Townsend Centre for Humanities. As a result, the prospective 3:AM writer shall note my personal interest in soliciting submissions for perspectives on ‘Surface Reading’ and quantitative methods of literary analysis – ‘Machine Reading’, if you will. Along this vein, I’m also interested in critical examinations of computational methods of literary composition and the intrusion of the ‘digital’ into the aesthetic subconscious amid the continuing expansion of techno-capitalist discourse networks.

More broadly, I am always interested in submissions that concern the study of the following subjects:

  • Alt Lit
  • Hyper-consumerism
  • American Minimalism
  • Dada/Surrealism/Existentialism
  • Post-structuralism
  • Cybernetics & Network Theory
  • Anti-historicism
  • Literary forms of political resistance
  • Digital-aesthetic practices of cultural criticism

As well as English, I will accept submissions in Italian or Russian, and shall translate as necessary. Please also observe the following formal guidelines:

  • Submissions under 3,000 words.
  • No footnotes/endnotes – any essential extra-textual references to be included as hyperlinks please.
  • Please provide a short biographical sketch along with an ‘author’s photo’ to accompany your piece.

Please send your submissions to this email address. Should you have any general questions or proposals, please don’t hesitate to contact me. I look forward to reading your work.


Samuel Stolton.

08/09/15: call for submissions

Crescent of Houses

Egon Shiele’s Krumau – Crescent of Houses (The Small City V), c. 1915


“Whatever it is, we’re against it”; so proclaims 3:AM’s masthead, and this call to arms is one I am happy to take up in the capacity of contributing editor. Far from being contrarian for contrarian’s sake, these words represent, for me, a commitment to fierce, far reaching criticism of classic and avant-garde literatures—something 3:AM continues to deliver with erudition, verve, and no small amount of style.

With those words—and that tradition—in mind, I’m happy to announce a call for submissions. In particular, I’d love to see work that engages with the following:

  • British literary modernism
  • Postmodern American fiction
  • Literatures of obscurity
  • Literatures of failure
  • The technology of literacy
  • The ontology of memory
  • Literary diarists
  • Cultural criticism (of the Frankfurt School variety)

Work that experiments with, blends, or destroys formal constraints altogether is as welcome as more traditional essays, reviews, and criticism.

Don’t hesitate to reach out with any pitches, questions, or ideas—I look forward to reading your best work.

All best,
Dustin Illingworth

07/09/15: what 3:AM’s editors have been up to


Leonid Pasternak’s The Passion of Creation, c. 1880s

Co-editor-in-chief and founder Andrew Gallix recently published two pieces on Roland Barthes in the Guardian and the Los Angeles Review of Books, to commemorate the centenary of his birth. The latter focuses on the recent exhibition at the Bibliothèque nationale de France. An in-depth interview Gallix conducted with the Argentine novelist Luis Chitarroni will appear in the forthcoming fourth issue of  gorse.

Co-editor-in-chief David Winters spent the summer conducting research at the archive of Gordon Lish, who has appointed him as his authorized biographer. Winters’s forthcoming essays and reviews will cover books by Jeremy Davies, Noy Holland, Rita Felski, and others. He was recently interviewed by co-editor Andrew Gallix for BOMB Magazine.

Editorial Director K. Thomas Kahn published several hybrid pieces synthesizing criticism, poetry, and memoir, including a piece on snoring, sleep (and the lack thereof), and the consolations of reading at the end of a relationship in The Rumpus, and a piece on digital culture, intimacy, and unplugging in Berfrois. Recently, he wrote on British novelist Elizabeth Taylor’s work for Full Stop, and on Tomas Tranströmer’s poetics for The Quarterly Conversation; some of his poems and prose poems also appeared in Numéro Cinq.

Fiction Editor Joanna Walsh is currently in Mexico as part of the British Council Literature’s #UKMX15. Her book Hotel will be published by Bloomsbury in the US in September, and in the UK in November. Vertigo will be published in the US in October, and in the UK and Ireland in 2016. Grow A Pair will also be published in October. Flavorwire says “Walsh’s Vertigo may redistribute the possibilities of contemporary fiction, especially if it meets with the wider audience her work demands.” There’s a little more about her forthcoming books here.

Poetry Editor SJ Fowler‘s recent work includes: a performance at Tate Modern; a solo exhibition in Kings Cross Gallery; the publication of his 7th poetry collection, {Enthusiasm}; a residency at Wellcome Collection: Hubbub; a program of performances in collaboration with Wellcome Library entitled Soundings; and tours of Wales and Croatia. See his blog post on giving 34 readings in 51 days.

Reviews Editor Tristan Foster had short fiction published in BerfroisThe Learned Pig, and Tincture Journal, and also reviewed Enrique Vila-Matas’s The Illogic of Kassel for Words Without Borders.

Contributing Editor Andrew Hodgson recently submitted a PhD entitled ”Aberrant Experiments”: Reading Society in the Experimental Novel of Britain and France, 1945-1975. He’s currently sifting through a series of fragments written in Livorno entitled Fragments from Foghorn with fellow editor Fernando Sdrigotti, to be illustrated by Reperfusion designer David Pfifferling.

Contributing Editor Fernando Sdrigotti had fiction published with Numéro Cinq and Jotters United. He also published a piece with The Guardian on a legal battle over Jorge Luis Borges’s The Aleph, a piece on aerophobia for The Descrier, and an essay on the futility of writing for gorse.

Contributing Editor Samuel Stolton spent the summer engrossed in research, concentrated primarily to studying the parallels between Gilles Deleuze’s approach to a pragmatics of difference and the elucidation of minor expressionisms within insurrectionary movements. He has also produced and published the most recent edition of the acclaimed Inky Needles literary journal, entitled Celebrity and Speed, and has been working as a co-editor on Penny Ante‘s forthcoming Modern Behaviours Anthology.

And finally, incoming Contributing Editor Dustin Illingworth—whom 3:AM is honored to welcome on board!—recently helped launch The Scofield, a literary magazine focused on the work of underappreciated authors. Issue One is on David Markson, while Issue Two (publishing in October) will showcase Kay Boyle. He reviewed Robert Burden’s Travel, Modernism, and Modernity for The Times Literary Supplement in August, and also wrote a literary history of the nose for Literary Hub. His piece on Witold Rybczynski’s new essay collection, Mysteries of the Mall, is both in-print and online for the September issue of The Brooklyn Rail.

01/09/15: Establishing connections — A call for submissions


Let’s practise a bit of cultural decentering.

I’m very keen on reading outstanding critical submissions that deal with Global South cultures. 3:AM Magazine is an excellent space and I want to use it to create connections that might help erode notions of centres and peripheries. Fuck centres and peripheries, what we need is a bit of cross-contamination, in every direction.

I want pieces like this one, this one, and this one. I’m not interested in travelogues a la Charles Darwin in Patagonia, acritical pieces about your holidays in [insert favourite exotic place here] and how cool the locals were, or jargony academic writing about the use of the comma in 17th century Brazilian poetry.

Some quick guidelines:

* All subs under 3,000 words; in English; one piece per submission.

* Attach your piece as a doc or docx or pages file.

* Add a short bio at the end of the piece, in the style of the mag. Include links, Twitter handle, etc. You know the drill.

* Give me up to six weeks to get back to you. If you haven’t heard back from me by then, please assume I won’t take your work this time. I try to respond to all my emails but this is not always possible.

* Simultaneous subs are fine. But do let me know if your piece is accepted elsewhere, please!

* Submit by email. Look for my contact details here.

No payment. Everything at 3:AM Magazine is done for free:by the authors, by the editors, and for the readers.

Looking forward to reading your work.

— Fernando Sdrigotti, Contributing Editor


02/08/15: The Missing Links


Encountering otherness with Merleau-Ponty. * Against happiness. * Devaluing the dirty war by Adam Thirlwell. * “When we go out of our mind, where do we go?”: on dementia and the arts. * Launch of Darran Anderson‘s Imaginary Cities. * How Flaubert changed literature. * Worrying — a cultural history. * Dustin O’Halloran on his influences. * Not writing. * “Clandestine Happiness” by Clarice Lispector. * “Report on the Thing” by Clarice Lispector. * Nell Zink interviewed. * Michael Caines and others on Christine Brooke-Rose (audio). * Siouxsie and the Banshees on Something Else, 1979 (with Robert Smith). * Remembering Jo Brocklehurst. * CD Rose talks about his Biographical Dictionary of Literary Failure on Canadian radio (audio). * BS Johnson the poet. * Susan Sontag: critic and crusader. * Tim Parks on the key to rereading. * When punk was a work in progress. * Terry Eagleton on the death of god and the war on terror (video). * On quaaludes. * Joseph Cornell: Wanderlust. * Joseph Cornell: freedom in tiny spaces. * 3:AM‘s K. Thomas Kahn review Elzabeth Taylor‘s A View of the Harbour. * K. Thomas Kahn on his nights reading alone. & To Gethsemane. * Theshort life and mysterious death of Bobby Fuller. * The ecstatic writing of Qiu Miaojin (audio). * The Slash magazine (1977-80) archive is now online. * How Stephen Shore saw America in colour. * Translating Djuna Barnes to the screen (via). * Wilko Johnson‘s future. * Bowie and 430 King’s Road. * Revisiting John Barth‘s last novel. * John Ashbery‘s Breezeway reviewed. * New PiL album. * On Kafka‘s Metamorphosis. * Will Self on Kafka’s Prague. * Will Self and Andrew Keen on the internet (audio). * Will Self and others on Jaws. * Will Self reads “Architectural Salvage”. * Barthes and you. * Lydia Davis on shaping messy material (video). * A story by Christine Schutt. * Happy birthday, Chris Marker. * Samuel Beckett and Buster Keaton‘s Film. * Nabokov in America. * The death of postmodernism and beyond. * John Cooper Clarke and the joys of the British seaside. * Lee Miller and Picasso. * Michel Foucault: soon in La Pléiade. * Blur. * Lenin was a mushroom. * Abandoned New Orleans. * Mister Fincher and Monsieur Dreyer by Greg Gerke.

[Pic: Danny Heller.]

14/07/15: Reviews – A call for pitches / submissions

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3:AM Magazine seeks pitches and submissions of high quality literary criticism in all its forms.

See our preferred publishers list for an idea of what we want reviewed, and our extensive criticism section for examples of the writing we favour.

If there’s a particular title you want to review, check with either K. Thomas Kahn or Tristan Foster to make sure it’s not yet being covered. See the contact page for our individual areas of interest so you can direct your pitch or piece to the editor best suited to the text.

P.S. Fiction editor Joanna Walsh has also posted a call for diverse and experimental fiction submissions.

12/07/15: Fiction – A call for submissions


(photo shows Ann Quin reading her own work)


3:AM is opening fiction submissions for a short period. I’m looking for innovative, linguistically or formally experimental new writing. The opening date is today: 13th July 2015, and the closing date/time is midnight on 31st July (GMT).

Joanna Walsh, Fiction Editor.


Please read the guidelines carefully:

    • Under 3000 words, please. Standalone extracts from larger works are welcome, as well as short fiction in any form. Pieces should be previously unpublished in English. Submit no more than one piece of work per call for submissions.


    • Please send your writing as an attachment, with your name + title in the file name: e.g. Stein_Tenderbuttons.pdf, or AutobioAliceBT_Stein.doc. Please do not paste your piece into the body of your email.


    • Before sending your piece, you could have a look at some of the work 3:AM has published before – click on the Fiction tab at the top of this page.


    • It goes without saying that I want to encourage diversity in submissions, but I think I have to say it anyway, so DIVERSE SUBMISSIONS: YES, PLEASE!


    • I particularly welcome submissions in translation (with the written permission of original writer/publisher).


    • Please include a very short biography in your accompanying email (not in any accompanying attachment). This will go on the website if your piece is published, so keep it concise, and include links, if possible, to your personal site or whatever.


    • If you have sent me work while submissions were closed, please re-send during the open submissions period or I will not be able to consider it.


    • Depending on submission volume, I hope to be able to send acceptances by early September. Due to the volume of submissions I won’t be sending individual rejection notes. If you haven’t heard by the end of September I’m afraid it’s unlikely we’ll be using your piece. It’s fine to submit simultaneously to other magazines etc, but I would be grateful if you could let me know if your submission is accepted for publication elsewhere.


    • No payment (sorry). 3:AM is currently a labour of love for both contributors & editors. Submit by email (click on my name here.)


10/07/15: Philosophical Toys Launch!

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Susana Medina‘s brilliant Philosophical Toys will be launched on Friday 17th July at the Cock Tavern’s Function Room (23 Phoenix Rd, Kings Cross, London NW1 1HB). Introduced by Lorna Scott Fox and Joanna Walsh; followed by a screening of Susana Medina and Derek Ogbourne‘s Leather-Bound Stories. Be there or be sober!