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19/01/18: Dysfunctional Male

Fernando Sdrigotti, Le Rostand, Paris

16/01/18: Pondering

Claire-Louise Bennett at Le Rostand, Paris

13/01/18: Reggae at 3:AM

To coincide with the Sound System Outernational ‘Strictly Vinyl’ Weekender at Goldsmiths (CAYA Soundsystem pictured), here’s a collection of early 3:AM interviews by Greg Whitfield.

Aba Shanti – ‘Dub Wisers’ (April 2003)

Don Letts – ‘The Rebel Dread’ (June 2003)

Tessa Pollitt – ‘Earthbeat’ (November 2003)

Keith Levene – ‘Looking For Something’ (May 2004)

DJ Scratchy – ‘Roots and Wanderings’ (November 2004)

10/01/18: Rebel Threads

£5 non-members
61-63 Shaftesbury Ave, London W1D 6LQ

The Sohemian Society are delighted to have been asked to host a series of special events at the Century Club, starting with longstanding ally and sartorial hero ROGER K BURTON of THE HORSE HOSPITAL (scene of 3:AM’s first-ever event in 2003) and CONTEMPORARY WARDROBE COLLECTION. Cathi Unsworth will be discussing Roger’s landmark countercultural style tome REBEL THREADS in an illustrated conversation with Roger on Tuesday 23 January at 6.30pm. The event is open to non-members for the entrance fee of £5.

The recently published Rebel Threads features over 1,300 examples of rare vintage clothing, some of which will be shown as images on a screen at the event, from the swing, counterculture and blank generation eras, detailed photographs and factual stories of the clothes origins, alongside many previously unseen fashion and film stills. The book traces how these distinct street punk styles were originally put together and worn by the predominant teenage sub-cultures that emerged between 1940-1980, and set these kids apart from mainstream fashion.

With 50 years’ experience collecting vintage street fashion, costume designer, stylist and former mod, the author, supplied original mod clothing for the 1978 cult film Quadrophenia, before establishing the Contemporary Wardrobe Collection, to provide street fashion for TV and Film. He went on to dress literally hundreds of influential bands, from David Bowie to the Rolling Stones. The archive now exceeds some 20,000 items and serves as a valuable resource for leading fashion and film stylists, designers and important museums around the world.

06/01/18: The Digital Critic: Literary Culture Online

OR Books Going Rogue

The Digital Critic: Literary Culture Online’ with Houman Barekat, Joanna Walsh and Robert Barry
Wednesday 10th January, 7pm

Entry £3, redeemable against any purchase

Our guests take stock of the so-called Literary Internet up to the present moment, and considers the future of criticism: its promise, its threats of decline, and its potential mutation, in a world of Facebook likes, Twitter wars, and Amazon book reviews.nbsp;

What do we think of when we think of literary critics? Enlightenment snobs in powdered wigs? Professional experts? Cloistered academics? Through the end of the 20th century, book review columns and literary magazines held onto an evolving but stable critical paradigm, premised on expertise, objectivity, and carefully measured response. And then the Internet happened.

From the editors of Review 31 and 3:AM Magazine, The Digital Critic (OR Books, 2017) brings together a diverse group of perspectives—early-adopters, Internet skeptics, bloggers, novelists, editors, and others—to address the future of literature and scholarship in a world of Facebook likes, Twitter wars, and Amazon book reviews. It takes stock of the so-called Literary Internet up to the present moment, and considers the future of criticism: its promise, its threats of decline, and its mutation, perhaps, into something else entirely.

With contributions from Robert Barry, Russell Bennetts, Michael Bhaskar, Louis Bury, Lauren Elkin, Scott Esposito, Marc Farrant, Orit Gat, Thea Hawlin, Ellen Jones, Anna Kiernan, Luke Neima, Will Self, Jonathon Sturgeon, Sara Veale, Laura Waddell, and Joanna Walsh.

About the Speakers

Houman Barekat reviews for the TLS, Literary Review, the Irish Times, Prospect and the London Magazine, and contributes to online journals including 3:AM, Full Stop and the Los Angeles Review of Books. He is the founder and managing editor of the online literary journal Review 31.

Joanna Walsh is the author of Hotel, Vertigo, Grow a Pair and Fractals. She writes literary and cultural criticism for The Guardian, the New Statesman and other magazines. She edits at 3:AM Magazine and Catapult Magazine, and runs @read_women, described by the New York Times as “a rallying cry for equal treatment for women writers.”

Robert Barry writes for publications such as The Wire, Frieze, The Atlantic Monthly, BBC Music, Fact, The Quietus, Thump, Wired, and Art Review. He is the visual art editor at The Quietus and technology and digital culture editor at Review 31.

03/01/18: A Literary Event About Loving

Stephen Barber / Eley Williams / Marina Lambrou


Rose Theatre Kingston, 24-26 High Street, Kingston KT1 1HL

The theme for this event is Loving. Each of the three speakers will respond as they see fit to the theme – with a new piece of literature or an informal talk, an academic lecture or a performance. They might shape or excerpt a previous work for the night or create brand new fiction, non-fiction, theatre or poetry. Their choice of medium is as creatively free as their choice of message.

Writer’s Centre Kingston is Kingston University’s literary cultural centre dedicated to creative writing in all its forms, with an annual programme of events from talks to workshops and festivals.

27/12/17: Under The Paving Stones

19th February @ The Social, 5 Little Portland St, W1

Faber Social and Tony White Present:

UNDER THE PAVING STONES: A Night of Experimental Fiction

Featuring readings from:


‘Gunn’s prose is accomplished, poetic, and haunting.’ Times Literary Supplement


‘A serious, engaging voice of the modern city’ Guardian


‘Stewart Home is one of our most important and interesting novelists.’ New Statesman


‘Joanna Walsh is clever, funny and merciless.’ Yuri Herrera


‘One of London’s most potent secrets.’ Iain Sinclair


She has in common with George Saunders the ability to be both playful and profound, and we are lucky to have her.’ Sarah Perry


16/12/17: Bob Hale RIP (1945-2017)

Sad news. The philosopher Bob Hale has died. He had been a British Academy Research Reader (1997-9), was a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (elected 2000), was President of the Aristotelian Society in 2002-3, and a Leverhulme Major Research Fellow (2009-11). He became an emeritus professor at Sheffield University in 2011.

Much of his work was in the philosophy of mathematics. During a long and continuing collaboration with Crispin Wright, he defended an approach to the foundations of mathematics inspired by Frege, combining a deflationary version of platonism with a form of logicism, according to which mathematical knowledge can be grounded in logical knowledge together with definitions of fundamental concepts. His research as British Academy Reader was mainly in this area, one product of it being the first published neo-Fregean construction of the real numbers. His other main research interest was in the metaphysics and epistemology of modality – the theory of necessity and possibility and related notions.

His published work includes ‘Abstract Objects‘ (Blackwells 1987), ‘The Blackwell Companion to the Philosophy of Language‘ (1997, co-edited with Crispin Wright) and ‘The Reason’s Proper Study: Essays towards a Neo-Fregean Philosophy of Mathematics (OUP 2001, jointly written with Crispin Wright), together with numerous articles in journals and edited collections. His most recent book – ‘Necessary Beings: an Essay on Ontology, Modality, and the relations between them’ (Oxford 2013) – was largely written during his recent Leverhulme Fellowship.

His 3:AM interview is here, and is one of the best we’ve done.

04/12/17: Cracks and Reforms: The City Under Stress

Friday 15th December, 10am – 6pm, Common Ground, Institute of Advanced Studies, UCL South Wing

Department of English Language and Literature – Symposium on the City

Keynote: Iain Sinclair, ‘The Sickness and the Shadow: Living with Dead Buildings’

No need to book – Full programme available here.

02/12/17: Jerry Fodor RIP 1935 – 2017

I met him in New York some time before interviewing him for the End Times series. I was doing a Beckett talk at Rutgers and on a whim dropped him a line and said I’d be passing through NY on my way home and would he like to meet up. He straight away replied and we had a coffee in the Lincoln Centre and talked opera and philosophy. I was nervous because he was known to be a no-nonsense ball-breaker. Well, we chatted away and it was great. He was smart and hilarious. And a few months later I asked him to do an interview for 3:AM and he did. Here it is. One of the giants.