The photography of Wim Wenders. * “The Dreadful Mucamas” by Lydia Davis. * Spiderman and fetish art. * An interview with Peter Markus: “Can fiction do that, make a world that is its own, a world that isn’t anchored down by the world in which it is actually written in? Of course it can“. * 3:AM‘s K. Thomas Kahn reviews Nathalie Léger. * Joe Milutis‘s Bright Arrogance column. * Diane Williams: “A splendid plot cannot rescue a project spoiled by deficient language”. * Plastic words. * Lost Book Found by Jem Cohen. * Otto A Totland and Moon Ate the Dark live. * Anna Rose Carter‘s website. * 43 tracks composed by Friedrich Nietzsche. * Max Liu interviews Ben Lerner. * Jonathan Lethem and Ben Arthur in conversation. * An extract from Adam Kotsko‘s Creepiness. * William Bronk? * Donald Barthelme interviewed by George Plimpton (thanks to HP Tinker). * Mods vs rockers. * Squatting in London. * Jean Améry‘s Suicide Notes. * On Lola Ridge. * Brian Dillon reviews Memory Theatre. * Knausgaard dancing in the dark. * Knausgaard interviewed in The Observer. * An excerpt from My Struggle Book Four. * Another excerpt here. * An interview with Jeremy M. Davies. * The French Intifada. * Deborah Levy, Will Self, and others in Berlin video (thanks to Dirk Felleman). * Will Self on the meaning of skyscrapers. * Will Self and John Gray on freedom and determinism. * Nightwalking. * An interview with Jonathan Meades: “I don’t think you can say anything about the world if you just represent it literally – you have to be at an angle to it”. * Totally Mexico!: “At 10 years’ remove the show [Nathan Barley] seems less a comedy and more a documentary about the future”. * Geoff Dyer on Raymond Williams. * Jeremy M. Davies talks to Scott Esposito: “As much as herding cats, Rumrill’s concerns include such heroic undertakings as ‘leaving the house and buying milk without having a breakdown,’ and I’d be lying if I said that I hadn’t experienced some of his difficulties with the everyday, if in less fanciful form”. * Maggie Nelson interviewed. * The future of loneliness. * Adam Green interviewed. * Genesis P. Orridge (video interview). * Tom McCarthy: a Kafka for the Google age. * Duncan White on Satin Island: “Every chapter – no, every sentence – invites you to plunge deeper into the book’s dark pool, groping for the submerged pattern. It is as if you are trying to read two books at once. There is the conventional one – paper and ink – but this is only the gateway to the second, which is a vast virtual blueprint of the novel’s hidden architecture, detailing its dizzying connections. Reading a McCarthy novel is like being in a McCarthy novel: everything is part of a fizzing network, the scope of which can never be fully apprehended”. * Tom McCarthy in Flavorwire. * Tom McCarthy and the buffer symbol. * Daniel Pierce reviews Satin Island. * Satin Island – The Movie. * Tom McCarthy (audio interview). * Simon Critchley on suicide. * Burning art. * Auto-destructive music. * The strange case of Rachel Kushner. * Audrey Siourd‘s pictures of women reading books in the Paris metro. * Hysterical literature (see photo). * Creative epiphanies. * Stories from small-time America. * On Ackroyd‘s Hitchcock. * An interview with Steve Reich. * A Jewish take on the roots of punks (video). * How will it end for Don Draper? * Don Draper: chronicle of a death foretold. * Mad Men‘s costume designer interviewed. * Princeton acquires Jacques Derrida‘s personal library. * Picasso’s postcards. * An extract from Altman. * Francis Bacon‘s vision of the Crucifixion. * Antoine Volodine: the post-exotic novel wants to destroy reality. * An interview with Renata Adler. * Parklife revisited. * Houellebecq in the flesh. * Beckett in love. * McKenzie Wark and Kathy Acker.
Post-Nearly Press are publishing two volumes of in-depth interviews with Chris Petit and Iain Sinclair, both conducted by Neil Jackson. Only a limited number of copies will be produced. “When they’re gone that’s it,” says Neil, “it’s a theme that crops up in the conversations.”
26 Mar 2015 at 7pm
Studio, ICA, The Mall, London SW1
Coinciding with the publication of his new novel Satin Island, award-winning author Tom McCarthy is hosting a ‘Think Tank’. Here, director of the Weltkulturen Museum, Frankfurt, Dr. Clémentine Deliss, feted media consultant Alfie Spencer and leading critic and novelist Mark Blacklock will discuss the triangle, which is central to McCarthy’s novel, linking anthropology, capitalism and literature within contemporary culture.
The Sohemian Society presents…
at The Wheatsheaf, 25 Rathbone Place, North Soho, W1
Wednesday March 18th, 7.30pm
The Dilly is the first comprehensive examination of male prostitution at London’s Piccadilly Circus from the nineteenth century to the present day. On the fringes of Soho, Piccadilly has long been London’s principal location for the illicit sale of sex, and Jeremy Reed explores the history of rent boys from Oscar Wilde’s notorious attraction to the place to the painter Francis Bacon’s predilection for rough trade. The book includes tales of Soho’s clandestine gay clubs from the days when homosexuality was illegal, the punters inexorably drawn to the area, the development of the secret slang known as Polari or Palare, as well as the Dilly’s influence on pop stars from the Rolling Stones to Morrissey. The author examines the careers of a number of former male prostitutes who worked the infamous ‘Meat Rack’ and investigates what drew them to risk their lives. His study includes a chapter recording his friendship with Francis Bacon and concludes with an account of the demise of the Dilly trade, when male escorts booked online supplanted the boys hanging out on the neon-lit railings.
This is an exhilarating re-creation of the occupation of London’s tourist centre by lawless Dilly boys and a pioneering piece of countercultural history brought vividly to life through the author’s personal engagement – he himself worked as a rent boy in the early 1970s – as well as his strong sense of place, colourful imagery and poetic flair.
Tom McCarthy will be in conversation with Hans Ulrich Obrist at Foyles, Level 6, 107 Charing Cross Road on 10 March, 7-8pm.
[Pic: Tom McCarthy in 2007 by Andrew Gallix.]
3:AM is opening fiction submissions for a short period. I’m looking for exciting, and formally challenging new writing The opening date is 1st February 2015, and the closing date/time is midnight on 14th February 2015, Samoa Time Zone (ST).*
Please send your work to me via the link on the contacts page.
I am very much looking forward to reading!
-Joanna Walsh (Fiction Editor)
*To avoid any quibbles, this is the furthest west inhabited global timezone.
Cinema without people (via Gorse). * An interview with 3:AM legend Richard Cabut. * Brian Dillon on Gerhard Richter. * Brian Dillon on the topless cellist. * Sam Cooper on the novel after its abandonment. * Enrique Vila-Matas in The White Review‘s translation issue. * Translating the untranslatable. * Untranslatability studies. * Towards an alternative ethics of translation. * Anne Carson‘s “Pronoun Envy”. * Rachel Kushner: “My aspiration to spend time at sea as requisite literary training died long ago, as a teenager, on a white-knuckled ferry ride to Elba during a torrential rainstorm”. * Colm Tóibín and Rachel Kushner in conversation. * Roland Barthes born 100 years ago. * The new modesty in literary criticism. * Mark Dery in conversation with Will Self. * In 1977, hope I go to heaven… * Paul Simonon‘s new exhibition gets a pasting. * Paul Simonon in his studio (video). * TS Eliot, 50 years on. * Millions like us. * Nabokov and the movies. * “Short Story Idea (The Macaque)” by Evan Lavender-Smith. * Teju Cole‘s favourite things. * Michel Houellebecq on Soumission. * Lauren Elkin on Georges Perec. * Chris Killen‘s second novel reviewed. * How Tim Parks reads. * What Blake Butler read in 2014. * A place that can’t exist again: Bondie’s New York. * Times Square in the early 80s. * An excellent retrospective of the late Kim Fowley‘s career. * An interview with Michael Hofmann. * Beyond Man Ray. * Adventures of the Black Square. * Ben Lerner. * Ben Lerner‘s latest reviewed. * The history of the number zero. * Irvine Welsh rereads American Psycho. * A few tunes between homicides. * The Observer‘s new faces of fiction 2015. * James Laughlin’s New Directions. * Kafka‘s drawings. * Punks hanging out. * David Bowie: changes. * Michel Houellebecq, France’s literary provocateur. * Rushdie on Charlie Hebdo and freedom of speech. * Tim Parks on the limits of satire. * What we talk about when we talk about Charlie Hebdo. * Jeremy Harding on the historic Paris march. * Adam Thirlwell wonders if art can still shock? * Iain Sinclair on the excavation of London. * On Groucho Marx. * “Andrew’s Blues” * Bez for PM? * Joey Ramone sings John Cage. * Greg Gerke on Mr Turner, Boyhood and criticism. * Giorgio Agamben on the unforgettable. * Three documentaries on Nietzsche, Heidegger, and Sartre. * The mystery of consciousness. * Love sounds. * The wellness ideology. * Expanding the medium of artists’ books. * The golden age of Peter and Jane. * Californian high-school life, 1969. * John Berger goes for a swim. * Van Gogh the preacher?
Illustration: Ekaterina Panikanova.
David Winters has quickly become a leading voice in the new landscape of online literary criticism. His widely-published work maps the furthest frontiers of contemporary fiction and theory. The essays in this book range from the American satirist Sam Lipsyte to the reclusive Australian genius Gerald Murnane; from the “distant reading” of Franco Moretti to the legacy of Gordon Lish. Meditations on style, form and fictional worlds sit side-by-side with overviews of the cult status of Oulipo, the aftermath of modernism, and the history of continental philosophy. Infinite Fictions is indispensable reading for anyone interested in the forefront of literary thought.
And here’s what people are saying:
David Winters is a brilliant young literary critic. His literary essays, which have appeared in a vast range of publications, both on- and offline, go far beyond the usual precis-and-evaluation typical of book reviews. He is unique in the philosophical subtlety and depth he brings to his work, and in the striking authors he covers.
Lars Iyer, author of Spurious, Dogma, and Exodus
David Winters is an exceptional talent in literary criticism. He combines a vivid, accessible style of writing with deep erudition and great intellectual precision. Ranging from popular works of fiction to difficult philosophers, he is always able to cut through the jargon and make the reader engage with the heart of the matter. Indeed, Winters is that rare thing: a young intellectual who is able to speak to the general reader while contributing to the academic conversation as well.
Martin Hägglund, Yale University
David Winters is the smartest young critic to emerge in recent years. His writing is marked by a desire for the unorthodox, and an attention to our most daring logophiles—Lish, Lutz, Marcom, Schutt—so often overlooked by others. An intimacy with continental philosophy and literary modernism elevates his work well beyond the obvious exegetical formulas of mainstream criticism, and yet it always remains eminently readable and accessible, eminently fun. In Winters I’ve found a critic whose writing I can read without having to chalk it up to a guilty pleasure—he makes me smarter, there’s no doubt about it.
Evan Lavender-Smith, author of Avatar and From Old Notebooks
David Winters is a massively intelligent, erudite and inquiring analyst of American letters, especially American modernism, Gordon Lish, and Lish’s vast influence on the contemporary writing scene. I read his essays avidly, and always find fresh insights and fresh connections. He’s describing the furniture in the room—a lot of other critics haven’t found the door yet. Winters writes with élan, complexity and thoughtfulness. I haven’t come across another new critic I like so well.
Douglas Glover, author of Attack of the Copula Spiders
Whenever I read David Winters’ thoughts on a book, it is as though I am seeing that book anew, no matter how well I thought I already knew it. He is rigorous, broad-minded, generous, and courageous—qualities that cannot be taught, but are of essential importance for a critic to have. I look forward to reading him for years to come.
Scott Esposito, co-author of The End of Oulipo
David Winters has become a prominent figure in a new generation of young intellectuals. His literary criticism resists the temptation of liberal humanism and its narrow conception of literature; it interrogates the nature of the novel in a philosophically radical fashion, and sheds light on the alternative voices that are routinely ignored by the mainstream.
Carl Cederström, co-author of Dead Man Working
David Winters’ meditations on the literary experience dance with intelligence and beauty. Powerful and penetrating, his essays turn other writers’ writing into new, exciting pieces that spark the writerly imagination and leave you wanting more. A leading critic.
Susana Medina, author of Philosophical Toys
David Winters is the most exciting critic out there. Each of his essays starts from scratch, as he looks for a new vocabulary and a new form to talk about each new book. In a sense, his reviews are often even more fascinating than the books themselves—demonstrating how great a writer he truly is.
Andrew Gallix, 3:AM Magazine
A public event celebrating the recent boom in online criticism, and encouraging readers to get involved in the growth of digital literary culture.
Editors from three leading online literary reviews, 3:AM Magazine, Review 31 and Berfrois, will participate in a panel discussion exploring:
– the current proliferation of online reviews and magazines, and its implications for contemporary literary culture
– the democratisation of criticism in the online landscape: in a world without journalistic gatekeepers, can anyone be a critic?
– the distinctive challenges and opportunities facing the new generation of online literary journals
Following the panel discussion, an extended Q&A session will enable the audience to join the debate.
David Winters is co-editor in chief of 3:AM Magazine, and a researcher at Cambridge University. His writing has appeared in the Guardian, the Times Literary Supplement, the LA Review of Books and elsewhere. A collection of his essays, titled Infinite Fictions, is forthcoming from Zero Books in January 2015.
Robert Barry is a contributing editor at Review 31, covering books pertaining to technology and digital culture. He is also a contributor to Frieze, Wired, Art Review and The Wire.
Marc Farrant is a senior editor at Review 31, and a researcher at Goldsmiths College, University of London. He has written for the Times Literary Supplement, The New Inquiry, openDemocracy, the LA Review of Books and others.
Russell Bennetts is the founder and editor of Berfrois magazine. He has written for a variety of literary publications including The Honest Ulsterman, HTML Giant and Pank Magazine.
Tariq Goddard is a novelist and publisher. He founded Zero Books in 2007, and left in 2014 to begin a new imprint in association with Watkins, REPEATER. He is currently writing his sixth novel, Nature and Necessity.
Michael Bhaskar is a digital publisher and author of The Content Machine, a book outlining a theory of publishing in the digital age. He is currently working on a new book about the idea of curation.
7th February 2015, 4pm
Upstairs at the Duke of York pub, Rathbone Street,
London W1T 1NQ
Admission is free. Nearest tube stations are Warren Street & Goodge Street.
Please join us to celebrate the publication of David Winters’ Infinite Fictions and Steve Finbow’s Grave Desire, both available now from Zero Books. David and Steve will be joined by special guests Lee Rourke, Jonathan Gibbs and Paul Ewen for an evening of drinks and literary discussion.
23rd January 2013, 7pm
The Function Room, Phoenix Road, London