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01/04/19: April Call for Submissions: Prose Fiction

As the new fiction editor of 3:AM, I invite you to submit, throughout the month of April, work of one thousand to five thousand words that not only formally intrigues, but has, in that vague and indispensable phrase, something to say—something, I hope, at least as venturesome as its style.

I’m keen to see what comes in.

Mark de Silva

25/03/19: Finneganight

Let us propel us for the frey of the fray! Us, us, beraddy!

Finneganight is on Saturday 4th May (the actual publication date of James Joyce’s Finnegans Wake in 1939).

It is a gathering of enthusiasts, sceptics and the well-disposed uncommitted who would all like to celebrate the world’s most difficult book.

This is emphatically not an academic bunfight. Finneganight is a one-off pop-up Dadaist cabaret, created to mark the 80th anniversary of the publication by Faber & Faber of Joyce’s astonishing masterpiece. It’s an antidote to the garish commercial cavortings of Bloomsday but is nevertheless likely to get a bit rowdy. There will be live music, readings, performance, film, and a panel discourse.

It’s a wonderful venue but space is limited. Tickets will be issued on a first-come first-served basis. There is no reserved seating and some of you will have to stand some of the time. There is no access for wheelchair users and you’ll need to be able to manage stairs.

Taking part will be an illustrious cohort of poets and performers, musicians, artists and other luminaries, from Dublin, Paris, the United States and London. Currently confirmed are:

Alba Arikha London-based writer and musician. Her latest novel is Where to Find Me (Alma Books, 2018).

June Caldwell Irish author whose debut short story collection is Room Little Darker (New Island Books, 2017)

David Collard London-based reviewer, critic and literary hack, author of About a Girl (CB editions).

Sarah Davis-Goff co-founder of Dublin’s Tramp Press and author of Last Ones Left Alive (Tinder Press, 2019).

Jennifer Hodgson editor of The Unmapped Country: Stories and Fragments by Ann Quin (andotherstories, 2018).

Michael Hughes actor and author of Countenance Divine and Country (Hodder & Staughton, 2018).

Dan O’Brien American poet and playwright. His most recent poetry collection is Scarsdale (CB editions).

Amy Shaughnessy American singer and musician now resident in London.

Jessica St Clair American actress and improvisational comedian from the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre.

Susan Tomaselli Founder and editor of gorse magazine, Ireland’s leading literary journal.

13/03/19: An evening of Sex & Politics with Lucy-Anne Holmes and Robert Woodshaw

IN-STORE EVENT at HOUSMANS

Wednesday 27th March, 7pm – tickets in advance from HERE
£3 redeemable against any purchase on the night

Join Lucy-Anne Holmes and Robert Woodshaw as they delve into the passions and frustrations that led them to write about sex and politics.

With dramatised readings*, author interviewing author, and a frank Q and A, this going to be unlike any author event you’ve been to.

Lucy-Anne Holmes, award-winning rom-com writer and founder of the successful No More Page 3 campaign, talks about her memoir Don’t Hold My Head Down. The story of how she found feminism through sex and took on The Sun over Page 3.

And Robert Woodshaw talks about his debut novel, The Iron Bird, which takes the premise of Animal Farm and applies it to the life of Margaret Thatcher, a bird of prey. What animal is David Cameron? And why would Baroness Thatcher want to inspect an organ that has been inserted into the mouth of a pig?

Both books are published with Unbound, the world’s leading crowdfunding publisher.

*clothes will remain on at all times

: ‘Bad Girls: The Rebels and Renegades of Holloway Prison’ with Caitlin Davies

IN-STORE EVENT at HOUSMANS

Wednesday 20th March, 7pm – tickets in advance from HERE
£3 redeemable against any purchase on the night

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Society has never known what to do with its rebellious women.

Those who defied expectations about feminine behaviour have long been considered dangerous and unnatural, and ever since the Victorian era they have been removed from public view, locked up and often forgotten about. Many of these women ended up at HM Prison Holloway, the self-proclaimed ‘terror to evil-doers’ which, until its closure in 2016, was western Europe’s largest women’s prison.

First built in 1852 as a House of Correction, Holloway’s women have come from all corners of the UK – whether a patriot from Scotland, a suffragette from Huddersfield, or a spy from the Isle of Wight – and from all walks of life – socialites and prostitutes, sporting stars and nightclub queens, refugees and freedom fighters. They were imprisoned for treason and murder, for begging, performing abortions and stealing clothing coupons, for masquerading as men, running brothels and attempting suicide. In Bad Girls, Caitlin Davies tells their stories and shows how women have been treated in our justice system over more than a century, what crimes – real or imagined – they committed, who found them guilty and why. It is a story of victimization and resistance; of oppression and bravery.

From the women who escaped the hangman’s noose – and those who didn’t – to those who escaped Holloway altogether, Bad Girls is a fascinating look at how disobedient and defiant women changed not only the prison service, but the course of history.

‘Insightful and thought-provoking and makes for a ripping good read’ JEREMY CORBYN

‘A much-needed and balanced history’ OBSERVER

‘Davies explores how society has dealt with disobedient women – from suffragettes to refugees to women seeking abortions – for decades, and how they’ve failed to silence those who won’t go down without a fight’ STYLIST

05/02/19: ASTRAL LOOP: White Owl Call for Submissions

Somewhere in an ancient part of the oldest European forest extending its quiet wilderness between the Eastern border of Poland into deep deep Belarus the Earth Pig, White Owl and Marilyn Monroe descended onto a narrow path covered in a layer of fresh snow. At first no one knew about their arrival but quickly happy go lucky, brave and easygoing Earth Pig, together with wise, and visionary White Owl, made an ice chamber featuring a triple-queen-size-ice-bed to celebrate Marilyn’s Lunar Return aka her Aquarius MoonDay, which called the attention of the fiery tongued dragon known to the locals as Jupiter.

Once he learned such dignitaries appeared on their land, he hearkened all the forest animals to greet them.

And when they all gathered around Marilyn’s triple-queen-size-ice-bed, the guest of honour, New Moon in Aquarius, descended from the nightly sky peering into the chamber.  

At which point Marilyn commenced her speech:

“In astrology, New Moons symbolise a new lunar cycle. This New Moon in 15 degree of future-oriented Aquarius occurring in early February brings us a chance to start visionary projects. With the conjunction of the Sun, Moon and Mercury, the intellectual energies are running high, further augmented by the sextile with Jupiter – she then winked at the dragon – in his own sign of Sagittarius opening the gates to the higher realms of thinking, philosophy, religion and ethics.”

Glittering moonlight filled the chamber with mercurial sparkles, fiery-tongued dragon Jupiter offered Marilyn, who in all honestly seemed to look like the most refined version of the Ice Queen, a collective gift from the forest animals: portable-crystal-ball-laptop with its own satellite Urania. Marilyn clapped her hands; she was delighted how modern this device felt compared to her black rotary telephone that suddenly felt so XX century and which used to limit her to one on one conversations.

Overflowing with inspiration she said:

“I was the feminine icon of the 20th century but so few knew I was also a poet!”

She looked at the White Owl who was her spirit animal, as well as a psychic confidante capable of translating her deepest emotional states into fluent verse. Even more, she was able to dive into collective subconscious or the underworld, gathering sacred knowledge that could transform pain into ecstasy.

Suddenly, without warning, The White Owl swooped over the crowd, landed on Marilyn’s shoulder and read their recent collaborative poem, inspired by shadowy eclipses of January, and all the pain caused by Plutonian urges. Marilyn nodded, giving the bird a sign to start while looking far away into the past and possibly seeing her own death caused by the conjunction of her progressive Sun and the natal Pluto. And so The White Owl recited:

she is
living out the consequences
of decisions she forgot

then comes a trigger point
& a man too rigidly convinced of nothingness

becomes her distraction
                            letting him drift apart from inner and outer
                            blindly pursuing
                            everything he is not

to feel
we play
like all spirits that go too far inside

so he faced the truth of meaningless suffering
turned it into hope
into dream
into something greater than reason

turned it then into a maddening passion
sweetness and fullness
transfigured sensuality
annihilating his face
in the first-ever selfie, murmuring
“mirror mirror of the soul
who is? and who suffers most?”

into nights, and the portrait becomes misery
caught in a frozen shard of ice.
It was Nietzsche who whispered

“the shadows of emotional excess
suit you best”  and the mirror replied
just like this.

the truth melted the shadow
the truth being unreasonable

& from that moment
the man abandoned the impersonal and the universal
ridiculed knowledge
and wooed an aesthetic
which was all ecstasy
and was her

All the animals fell silent, feeling perhaps slightly unsettled, with expectations for more of a party than a reading, but then the Earth Pig jumped on Marilyn’s triple-queen-size-ice-bed, and everyone noticed a sudden shift in emotions on Marilyn’s face; a couple of tears running down her cheeks, freezing and transforming into pearls,  which she then picked up to fed the Earth Pig.

“Ah thank you, thank you my dear animals – her voice resonating within the dank forest canopy, and sounding pure and exalted – we are here to announce our new project! A poetry collection that all of you female-identifying animals are invited to submit to!”

Her new portable-crystal-ball-laptop with its own satellite Urania lit up and in an ai-processed voice announced:

“Open Submission:

Women who turn the dusty philosophical volumes into verses, knowledge into magic, hermeneutic prose into sharp as a thorn poetica. Neptunian sirens, Pallas Athenas, those unruly intellects of the Aquarian Moon who master the thoughts systems pouring their wisdom into the collective… We are calling upon you to write and submit your philosophy-inspired poetry to be published in a collection henceforth known to all worlds as “White Owl”.

Please send your submission and a short bio to:

redtemplepress@gmail.com

Closing date:

1st March 2019”

Marilyn’s new portable-crystal-ball-laptop with its own satellite Urania added:

“White Owl is edited by Marilyn Monroe channelled through the astro-seance by Jana Astanov, and with philosophical insights, and at times even support, of Richard Marshall and EJ Spode. The editors will choose 20-30 of what they consider to be the best submissions for publication.”

After she stopped her transmission, the fiery-tongued dragon Jupiter, whose family run their own publishing house, as well as their own organic seaweed farm, raised a toast to the new venture, and the animals sipped on the New Moon elixir made of melted snow and Slavic Goddesses ambrosia. Marilyn then proceeded to walk around chattering and chirping and gifting away her chapbooks.

Well past midnight the Earth Pig said “oink, oink” and the ice chamber departed on an around the world literary tour, throwing cut-up poetry confetti made of farmed seaweed waffles, whenever they would go go!

 

Image “Ganymede’s Reverie” by DocR0cketArt

29/01/19: Jonas Mekas (1922 – 2019)

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In 2005 3:AM interviewed the godfather of American avant-garde filmmaking:

“When I came to the United States I had to go to Chicago. That was my destination. But then we came by boat with my brother and we landed in New York. And right there, on pier 21 or whatever, we looked at Manhattan and we said, “We are in Manhattan, we are in New York. Wouldn’t it be stupid to go to Chicago?” We stayed in New York, and never went to Chicago. Of course, had we gone to Chicago we would have been very good bakers!”

Read the interview here.

(As an aside, Carter was the cover name for Richard Marshall at the time!)

Watch his film of the Velvets’ first appearance.

20/01/19: Gary Gutting (1942-2019)

Gary Gutting, emeritus professor of philosophy at the University of Notre Dame, has died.

Professor Gutting worked on philosophy of religion, philosophy of science, contemporary French philosophy, and contemporary analytic philosophy. He was well-known for his substantial work in public philosophy, authoring several columns and conducting a number of interviews with philosophers for The Stone feature in The New York Times. Also, he was the creator and a long-time co-editor of Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews (NDPR). More here at Daily Nous and Leiter Reports.

An extract from his 3:AM interview:

 

‘I have always been interested in skeptical challenges to philosophy itself. Here Richard Rorty has been a major influence, though my book on the topic, What Philosophers Know, turned out to be much less Rortyan than I had expected. Of course, philosophy as a discipline doesn’t know the answers to the fundamental questions (God, freedom, morality, etc.) that define its cognitive enterprise. But why think that our beliefs on such topics require a philosophical foundation? To take Rorty’s example, we don’t need a philosophical guarantee that democracy is a value worth fighting for. The same is true for our deepest ethical and religious (or secular) commitments. If we need philosophical justifications, then we aren’t entitled to any such beliefs, since the justifications aren’t there. But it would be absurd to think that we have no right to the fundamental convictions that define our moral self-identity – our souls, if you will. Rorty’s conclusion from this seems to be that philosophy isn’t important for most people but is more a specialised interest for certain types, perhaps like an interest in fine wine or avant-garde literature. I disagree. Our fundamental beliefs don’t need intellectual justification, but they do need intellectual maintenance. We need to understand their implications, modify them to eliminate internal contradictions, defend and perhaps modify them in response to objections. Over its history, philosophy has accumulated an immense store of conceptual distinctions, theoretical formulations, and logical arguments that are essential for this intellectual maintenance of our defining convictions. This constitutes a body of knowledge achieved by philosophers that they can present with confidence to meet the intellectual needs of non-philosophers. Consider, for example, discussions of free will. Even neuroscientists studying freedom in their labs are likely to offer confused interpretations of their results if they aren’t aware of the distinction between caused and compelled, the various meanings of “could have done otherwise”, or the issues about causality raised by van Inwagen’s consequence argument. Parallel points apply for religious people thinking about the problem of evil or atheists challenged to explain why they aren’t just agnostics. Philosophers can’t show what our fundamental convictions should be, but their knowledge is essential to our ongoing intellectual engagement with these convictions.’

05/01/19: ASTRAL LOOP. From mundane to extraordinary – new year new visions.

Subsequent to LIVEWIRE, where I reported on the local NYC underground performance art scene, now as Yannanda The One That Speaks With The Stars, I will decipher the Universe one shadowy layer at a time! @JanaAstanov

 

New Moon/Solar Eclipse in 15º Capricorn: 5, 6 January 2019

The Great Mother, personified by the Moon, is eclipsing the Sun on January 5th at 8:28pm Eastern Time (January 6th 1:28 UTC), overshadowing the Capricorn’s business as usual with Cancerian longing for family’s warmth, and a hint of magic from the sextile with Neptune in Pisces. Moon, Sun, Pluto and Saturn create stellium, opposing the North Node in Cancer. Feelings of restriction and limitation will resurface, making us realize that we need to change structures that outlived their purpose. The essence of this eclipse is to transform the shadow within our psyche, surrounding the themes of emotional comfort, family, children and home.

“Sounds like the perfect moment to end the wall nonsense and stop imprisonment of immigrant children! The only way to overcome the recent hijacking of the executive branch, is to repudiate the US Government shutdown, by building bridges and not walls.” says Mary Kosciuszko, presidential candidate 2020, with her prophetic campaign slogan “Building Bridges”.

What is a Solar Eclipse?

A Solar Eclipse can only occur on the New Moon (Sun Moon conjunction) when the Moon comes between the Sun and the Earth. If the Moon’s shadow falls upon Earth’s surface at that time, part or all of the Sun’s disk is covered or ‘eclipsed’ by the Moon.  In mundane astrology, which predicts world affairs and events, the Sun represents the leaders, the Moon rules the people – the general population, the common person and its position in a chart will often indicate upon what the public’s attention is focused. With a Solar Eclipse the people overshadow the leaders!

Saturn and Pluto are cold and limiting. Now they met in the middle of the winter, in the sign of calculative and ambitious Capricorn, their structures oppress, their presence puts everyone down, and thus these two will use the whole arsenal of astral weaponry to make us feel irrelevant: Saturn will instill inferiority complex and Pluto will use cruelty. Stella of Sun, Moon, Saturn and Pluto is in opposition to The North Node conjunct the 4th of July,  America’s Birthday! What does it mean for the kids imprisoned on the US border? Will they be relocated to Florida, where the camps are larger and better, or will the democratic majority finally put the end to this all?! The greatness of the empire should be defined by how it treats its citizens and not by the expansion of its corporate interests. This Solar Eclipse is an opportunity to redefine American values that will culminate when Saturn and Pluto conjunct on 12th January in 2020 within 22nd degree of Capricorn.

If your birthday, like the USA, is on any of the following dates, you will experience this eclipse with more intensity:
December 31 to January 10
March 31 to April 10
July 3 to 13
October 3 to 13

More on eclipses: http://www.janaastanov.com/the-demons-who-caused-the-eclipse/

To feel into the Neptunian sextile of this eclipse, read the interview with Jodie Lyn-Kee-Chow: https://www.3ammagazine.com/3am/multicultural-patterns/ while listening to the recording from the space flights of Voyager I & II launched in 1977.

03/01/19: Love Bites: Call for Submissions

Fiction inspired by Pete Shelley and Buzzcocks, Love Bites is a collection of solicited and unsolicited work published online and offline at Dostoyevsky Wannabe and 3:AM Magazine.

In the first part, the editors approched a range of writers and asked them to respond to particular songs by Buzzcocks and Pete Shelley with a work of short-fiction/prose. Please see below for details of the second part of the book, the open submission.

Open Submission:

For sale: Spiral Scratch 7-inch single. One careful owner.

Inspired by the immediacy and brevity of the 3-minute pop song, the two-note guitar solo, and in keeping with the book’s theme, please send us your flash-fiction (150-500 words). The editors will choose 25-35 of what they consider to be the best submissions for publication in either the book itself or on 3:AM Magazine.

Please send your submission and a short bio to:
dwbuzzcocksantho@gmail.com

Closing date:
31st Jan 2019

Important Note:
Please DO NOT use Pete Shelley or Buzzcocks lyrics in your submission, this is a zero-budget operation and we can’t go paying vast sums of money to music publishers.

Love Bites is guest-edited by Andrew Gallix, Tomoé Hill and C.D.Rose.