“Negative Emotions” and “The Seals” (extract) by Lydia Davis. * “Preface” by Darran Anderson. * Three early poems by Albert Cossery. * László Krasznahorkai‘s Seiobo There Below reviewed. * Kenneth Goldsmith on the artful accidents of Google Books. * The great dramas of 20th century publishing revealed in the marks left behind by typewriters, fountain pens and telegram operators (video). * Brian Dillon on fountain pens. * Brian Dillon on David Bowie (extract). * “The Gun Room” by Jason Schwartz. * Notes on Satango. * Witold Gombrowicz on French TV, 1969. * Jacqueline Valencia on retyping Joyce‘s Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. * Listen to a 35-hour reading of Finnegans Wake. * Le bateau ivre, 1977. * An interview with John Lydon. * Something Andrew Stevens once said. * Jim Jarmusch‘s Only Lovers Left Alive trailer. * The origial Clash line-up. * Fans queuing up to see The Clash at the Rainbow, 1977. * Laurie Anderson‘s tribute to her husband, Lou Reed. * Nicholas Rombes not writing about Lou Reed. * Lou Reed and Paul Auster in conversation. * Geoff Dyer on Albert Camus. * Walter Benjamin: culture and revolution. * On Primo Levi. * J. M. Coetzee: universities face extinction. * Paul de Man‘s Messenger Lectures, 1983. * Neglected books. * The Anti-Canon series. * A Q & A with Brian Eno. * A Q & A with Joshua Glenn. * On the extraordinary Berberian Sound Studio. * W. G. Sebald and writing. * Grant Gee‘s Patience (After Sebald). * Jan Svankmajer‘s Faust. * Knausgaard: “These thoughts were too big for me”. * Mary Ruefle. * Leonora Carrington‘s “The Beloved“. * Laure Prouvost wins the Turner. * French primitivism. * Punks, 1977. * The novels of James Purdy. * Beyond Bet Lynch. * Siouxsie diving into a swimming pool. * On Malaparte‘s The Skin. * Television rehearsing (with Richard Hell). * Richard Hell in Beautiful Savage magazine. * NaNoWriMo. More here. * Burn your novel. * Cosey Fanni Tutti interviewed. * George Saunders on the art of the sentence. * Harry Mattews‘s Paris Review interview. * Donald Barthelme, “Not-Knowing“. * Susan Sontag. * Moz reviewed by Gwendoline Riley. * An “adult” film by Georges Méliès. * Is that ok, Mr Beckett? * New Wave artists ageing gracefully (?). * The Sid Vicious march, January 1980. More here. * Posing down the Roxy and Vortex. * Punk collage, Sounds, April 1977. * Stuart Snelson in The Bohemyth. * Lana Del Rey‘s Tropico.
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Pic: Viv Albertine and Liam Gillick in Joanna Hogg‘s forthcoming Exhibition.
To coincide with the release of Leytonstone Film Club co-founder John Rogers‘ This Other London, there’s a screening of Patrick Keiller‘s London in Leytonstone Library tomorrow night, from 7.45pm (details). A 3:AM review of Keiller’s collection of essays, The View from the Train: Cities and Other Landscapes, is forthcoming. You can also hear him on Radio 4′s ‘Start the Week’ yesterday, here.
Saul Leiter, in memoriam (see picture). * Teju Cole on the late Saul Leiter. * A bibliography of boredom. * Borges as professor. * A library of the mind. * Nicholas Roeg in conversation. * Cézanne: “The artist must avoid thinking like a writer”. So should the writer. * Tom McCarthy on the quasi-religious fethishism of writers’ “relics”. * Richard Lea on Proust. * Alex Ross on Vinteuil and other fictional composers. * Maps of imaginary worlds. * Fake whiteboard lectures. * Elbert Hubbard’s blank book. * Jean Keller‘s The Black Book. * Laurence Sterne‘s black page. * Virginia Woolf on Tristram Shandy. * Bobbi Lurie. * Neo-classical music. * The BBC Radiophonic Workshop. * Paul Celan reads “Todesfuge“. * A J. G. Ballard interview. * The three archives of Gerald Murnane. * Zadie Smith: man vs. corpse. * On Joanna Hogg‘s Exhibition. * An interview with Dan Holloway. * Paul Auster on Beckett‘s humour as coping mechanism. * Paul Auster‘s Paris Review interview. * David Shields on plagiarism. * All writing is cut-ups. * Dead interviews. * An interview with Sophie Calle (extract). * Cinema is another life. * Mumblecore. * Brian Eno interviewed. * Zizek at the BBC, on If , and Starbucks. * How to sit like a lady: the latest installment in Donari Braxton‘s how to be alone series. It’s a little gem. * Defacement. * A father photographs the world of his autistic son. * Lars Iyer at Goldsmiths (video). * Poet Tim Wells to stand as a Class War candidate. * Anarcho-populism. * Mark Fisher on exiting the Vampire Castle. * Patti Smith mourns Lou Reed. * Lou Reed and Paul Auster. * If I could walk away from me. * So long, Lou. * Lou Reed on Poe. * Hilary Mantel on Doris Lessing. * Punk survivors. * Punk photography. * The best punk single record sleeves. * Rachel Kushner‘s Little Italy. More here. * Lucid Stead. * Will Self on the Thames. * Will Self‘s Flytopia (film). * Will Self on Guy Debord. * On the Passage of a few People through a Rather Brief Moment in Time. * Guy Debord‘s Refutation of All Judgements, 1975. * Jon Hamm interviewed. * Kandinsky at work, 1926. * Photos of NYC’s subway in the 80s. * Is nonfiction more relevant than fiction? * On the art of re-enactment. * Ivan Vladislavic‘s Double Negative reviewed. * Pop-culture librarians. * Vintage ads starring famous authors. * Terry Eagleton on Morrissey: “If he could get treatment for his addiction to alliteration and stop using phrases like ‘for you and I’, this prodigiously talented small boy of 52, as he described himself two years ago, could walk away with the Booker prize”. * A video interview with Giorgio Moroder. * Hamlet on the couch. * The making of Naked. * A new documentary on Beckett‘s only film. * A vintage interview with Marguerite Duras. * Jason Schwartz‘s John the Posthumous reviewed. * BS Johnson and the amniotic fluid of words. * The miraculousness of the commonplace. * Social media and helplessness. * Selfie is word of the year. * You looking at me? * Terry Southern. * An interview with Nicholson Baker. * Rough Trade opens a shop in NYC. * An interview with Alan Moore. * Harry Dean Stanton interviewed. * Vivienne Westwood‘s career in pictures. * Donald Barthelme: the trial of Bill the Dwarf. * Talking Heads live in Rome, 1980. * Paris in 1946. * Derek Jarman‘s Wittgenstein, 1993. * Heidegger on Truth and Art. * A warm welcome to Riposte magazine. * An (almost) interview with Iain Sinclair. * Excerpts from Jarett Kobek‘s BTW. * A review of Masha Tupitsyn‘s Love Dog. * Wallace Stevens: “On the Surface of Things”. * Dirty dying. * In the prime of death. * Is anyone you know getting involved in post-structuralism? * A revival of Leos Carax‘s Mauvais Sang, 1986.
Eimear McBride‘s A Girl Is A Half-Formed Thing has won the first Goldsmiths Prize. The £10,000 prize is given to “recognise published fiction that opens up new possibilities for the novel form”. Galley Beggar co-director Sam Jordison told 3:AM: “We’re honoured and delighted to have published a book that has done this well. Fucking honoured, and fucking delighted. And Eimear is a genius. Woohooo!”
Penned in the Margins have just brought out a new book by SJ Fowler, 3:AM‘s extraordinary poetry editor. Iain Sinclair lui-même describes Enemies as an “overwhelming assault. The geography is unnerving, almost familiar, then stinging in its estrangement. Intensity crackles. Tension teases. At what point does collision become collaboration? When do the bandages come off?”
SJ Fowler has Enemies. And the Enemies of his Enemies are his friends.
This ground-breaking, multi-disciplinary collection is the result of collaborations with over thirty artists, photographers and writers. Diary entries mingle with a partially-redacted email exchange; texts slip and fragment, finding new contexts alongside prints, paintings, diagrams, Rorschach blots, YouTube clips and behind-the-scenes photographs at the museum.
The Enemies are:
Tim Atkins, David Berridge, Cristine Brache, Patrick Coyle, Emily Critchley, Lone Eriksen, Frédéric Forte, Tom Jenks, Samantha Johnson, Alexander Kell, David Kelly, Sarah Kelly, Anatol Knotek, Ilenia Madelaire, Chris McCabe, nick-e melville, Eiríkur Örn Norðdahl, Matteo X Patocchi, Claire Potter, Monika Rinck, Sam Riviere, Hannah Silva, Marcus Slease, Ross Sutherland, Ryan Van Winkle, Philip Venables, Sian Williams
Back in the distant recesses of 3:AM history (after the reverential/pointless anthologies, but before the server crash), we ran a half-decent curated regular feature where our editors, writers and friends supplied commentary on favourite/seminal film and music YouTube clips, ‘Friday I’m in Love’ and ‘Saturday Night at the Movies’ (though as me and Gallix are both dutiful Specials fans we could have probably done them together as ‘Friday Night, Saturday Morning’…)
Anyhow, for the first time, these are now collected here with more fan-nerd gusto than the late night schedules of BBC2 or Channel 4 circa 1993, where you can view the assembled brain-dump of a largely male (with several glamorous exceptions) cohort of @niven_govinden, @gavinjamesbower, @iamtonyoneill, @benmyers1, @stewarthome1, @owenhatherley, as well as the largest agglomeration of twitter-less Travis’ outside of a trailer park or NASCAR event, Elborough and Jeppesen. Possibly the only known platform where Elvira and Jean-Luc Godard can ever receive (never mind seek) anything approaching equivalence.
Wonderful news: Open Road Media have just reissued Odditorium, Inner Tube, and Cardinal Numbers, by the brilliant (and neglected) American author Hob Broun.
From Open Road’s website:
“Hob Broun was the son of Heywood Hale Broun and the grandson of Heywood Broun, the newspaper columnist. After publishing his first novel, Odditorium, Broun underwent a spinal surgery that saved his life but left him permanently paralyzed from the neck down. By blowing through a tube connected to a specially outfitted keyboard, Broun was able to complete his second novel, Inner Tube, and write the short stories of Cardinal Numbers. He was at work on a third novel when he died at age thirty-seven in 1987.”
Also, read 3:AM‘s David Winters on Broun, earlier this year, at Writers No One Reads.
The fourth issue of this wonderful film journal, edited by Adrian Martin and Girish Shambu, is now out. There are four pieces dedicated to the cinema of Brian DePalma, a great article called ‘The Cinema of Compassion by Amelie Hastie, where she mixes the words of Virginia Woolf, Gaston Bachelard, and herself with the images of The Thin Red Line, Whale Rider, and Winter’s Bone, as well as Sam Roggen’s piece on CinemaScope. Check it out…
When Mallarmé reimagined the book. * A review of Meillassoux‘s The Number and the Siren. * The young William Gaddis. * Congratulations to our friend Benjamin Myers, who has landed the inaugural Gordon Burn prize. * What Gordon Burn taught Benjamin Myers. * Travis Jeppesen to read his new novel The Suiciders in its entirety at the ICA in London. * On Karl Kraus. * Kevin Nolan reviews Jason Schwarz‘s John the Posthumous. * One of the very first reviews of Joyce‘s Ulysses. * Flann O’Brien‘s short fiction reviewed. * Beckett’s search for a form. * Blanchot on Beckett. * The myth of Orpheus through the ages. * Charlotte Bracegirdle‘s chopped Penguins. More here. * 1977: Bazooka take over Libération. Background here. * On Television‘s Marquee Moon. * Time Out are rude to Sam Jordison. * “I’m up to my ears in unwritten words.” * An interview with Anne Carson and Robert Currie. * Wallace Stevens‘s The Necessary Angel. * Arthur Cravan est vivant! * Lots of Andrei Codrescu stuff, including an interview. * Clash tales. * Adrian Tahourdin on Camus. * PUSH 7 includes interviews with David Peace and Jenni Fagan. * Meret Oppenheim by and with Man Ray. * Paul Klee. * Morrissey trivia. * The 10 funniest bits in Morrissey’s biography: “The morning after the Whistle Test, I present 50 pence at Rumbelows in Stretford Precinct and I ask for the New York Dolls single. ‘See,’ said one fat assistant to another, ‘I told you someone would buy it’. At last I am someone!” * Morrissey reviewed. And again. * An interview with Donna Tartt. * Donna Tartt‘s The Goldfinch reviewed. * An interview with Douglas Coupland. * Elli & Jacno. More here. * Back to the Four Aces (spot the picture of me in my punk days on the website’s banner). * In praise of the flâneur. * Joanna Walsh‘s Fractals is available now from 3:AM Press. * “Love in the Garden” by Zadie Smith. * Nicholas Blincoe on Bob Stanley‘s Yeah Yeah Yeah: The Story of Modern Pop. * Blake Butler on Harry Matthews. * John Ashbery‘s stuff. * Bookshops and libraries in fiction. * An interview with Jonathan Lethem. * Nine unusual author deaths. * Henry Rollins selling ice cream, 1981. * [Pic.]
The first decade of the new millennium witnessed a range of exciting developments in contemporary writings in English. From innovations in recognised forms such as the novel, poem, play and short story to developments in digital writings, creative writings and genres. Alongside these developments, the publishing industry also changed, with technological advances giving rise to the dawn of the eBook and corporate sponsorship igniting debates about the usefulness of literary prizes and festivals.
As the first Research Centre dedicated to the study of twenty-first century writings, Centre 21, based in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Brighton, UK, unites researchers who work on a variety of twenty-first century writings from the contemporary novel, poems and plays to hypertext, digital gaming and contemporary creative writing and visual narratives, journalism and illustration. Operating at the intersection of creative and critical practice, the Centre promotes innovative and original research, utilising staff and student teaching and research as a foundation for a new and engaging intellectual environment.
Centre 21 is run in mutual affiliation with Bloomsbury, a leading independent publishing house. The Centre is also informed by a steering group drawn from publishing, writing and educational professionals including 3:AM Magazine, the Higher Education Academy, Gylphi, New Writing South, Myriad, Fiction Uncovered, Contempo and the C21 Literature journal.
The Centre has its own journal, C21 Literature, that aims to create a critical, discursive space for the promotion and exploration of 21-st century writings in English. It addresses a range of narratives in contemporary culture, from the novel, poem and play to hypertext, digital gaming and contemporary creative writing. The journal features engaged theoretical pieces alongside new unpublished creative works and investigates the challenges that new media present to traditional categorizations of literary writing.
Centre 21 also offers consultancy services within the HEI sector, as well as to government departments and corporate organisations. From bespoke curriculum and resource design, to curriculum and evaluation services and CPD, training and workshops for practitioners, students and the public, we provide a varied and unique range of services to inspire individuals and institutions to think about the role and function of writing in the twenty-first century, as well as twenty-first century writings.
In April 2014, Centre 21 will host the Bloomsbury C21 Conference, a two-day event dedicated to examining developments in writings across the first thirteen years of the twenty-first century. The conference will unite academics, publishers and creative writers to consider twenty-first century literary developments and how they have changed what we write and read today and the future of literature in the new millennium. As part of the conference, 3:AM Magazine will be chairing a panel on C21 Journalism.
Anyone interested in submitting a 15-minute paper for this, or for the wider conference programme, should check out the webpage and get in touch by email. We look forward to seeing lots of 3:AM readers there!
Dr Katy Shaw
Head of Centre C21: Centre for Research in Twenty-First Century Writings;
Principal Lecturer in English Literature,
University of Brighton