[Pic by Derek Ogbourne.]
On Erik Satie: “There are many kinds of eccentric and Satie was most of them”. * Malcolm McLaren‘s Paris: Capital of the XXIst Century. * An interview with Joshua Cohen: “One thing I did — which, if we tried it, would make this interview a lot easier for me, and a lot more difficult for you — was to write the answers first, and then write the questions second”. * Jaws — 40 years on. * Brian Dillon on curiosity (audio). * John Cheever reads “The Swimmer“. * New Rema-Rema releases here. See our interview with Gary Asquith. * Claire-Louise Bennett: “I began to write — not to make sense of things, the opposite in fact. I wrote in order to keep rationality and purpose at bay, to prolong and bask in the rhythmic chaos of existence, and luxuriate in the magnificent mystery of everything”. * Claire-Louise Bennett interviewed. * A review of Claire-Louise Bennett‘s Pond. * Rediscovering Brigid Brophy. * Joanna Walsh on Christine Brooke-Rose (audio). * Christine Schutt discusses Nightwork (video). * An introduction to Georges Bataille. * Last Best Hiding Place. * Hari Kunzru on László Krasznahorkai‘s Seiobo There Below: “As the worthy winner of this year’s Man Booker International prize, Krasznahorkai throws down a challenge: raise your game or get your coat”. Another review here. * Everything you need to know about László Krasznahorkai. More here. * An interview with Adam Thirlwell. * On Adam Thirlwell‘s Lurid & Cute. * PiL: the Ritz riot show. * An extract from Brian Dillon‘s The Great Explosion. * The daily life of gods. * Rediscovering Dorothy M Richardson‘s Pointed Roofs: “Its charm cannot be communicated”. * Suzanne Scanlon interviewed by Kate Zambreno. * Tim Parks: “At one point Mendelsund posits the idea that perhaps we read in order not to be oppressed by the visual, in order not to see”. * Le Corbusier and body fascism. * An interview with Todd Cronan. * Six new tracks by Mick Jones. * An interview with Tim Parks. * The novel’s forking path. * Experimental fiction now by Daniel Green. * Daniel Green‘s review of 3:AM Co-Editor-in-Chief David Winters‘ brilliant Infinite Fictions. * 3:AM Magazine‘s K. Thomas Kahn reviews Nicolas Rothwell’s Belomor. * Awesome interview of 3:AM‘s Poetry Editor SJ Fowler: “The traditional, dominant mode of poetry is founded upon the notion that the poet can control language to represent the profound experiences of life. In so doing they employ means which are less than the things they wish to represent. In anecdotes, observation and conversation, and with sentiment, they reduce the world onto their pages. They transfuse life. Faced with overwhelming complexity, the response is assuredness. This is disingenuous at best, ignorant at worst. The contemporary, or what is called experimental poet, is making what is immensely complex in existence equally complex in language. This is what my work is about”. * The rise of Tom Drury. * An interview with Lydia Davis. * John Cooper Clarke on Vorticism. * The Manifesto of Futurist Woman. * The Association of Autonomous Astronauts. * The eeriness of the English countryside. * What knowledge do novels have? * Marshall McLuhan: “I read only the right-hand pages of serious books”. * New Orleans literature. * Henri Lefebvre’s archive of absence. * Jem Cohen profiled, and interviewed here. * The life of Saul Bellow: “Leader’s idea seems to be that if you lay the various fictions on top of each other, palimpsest-style, the repetitions and approximations will produce a reasonably good image of the truth – there will be a kind of darkening towards fact”. * Anne Carson on eclipses. * The Viagra Man. * A portrait of Frank Auerbach: “He says the obligation to take account of the art that has gone before carries two demands: ‘first that you attempt to do something of a comparable scale and standard, which is impossible; second that you try and do something that has never been done before, that is also impossible. So in the face of this you can either just chuck it in, or you can spend all your energy and time and hopes in trying to cope with it. You will fail. But as Beckett very kindly said for all of us, ‘try again, fail better’, and painting just took me over'”. * Gentrification. * The history of glitch art. * The story of Alice. * Michel Foucault‘s “The Culture of the Self” lecture, 1983. * Foucault and Blanchot. * The perfect martini according to Buñuel. * Malcolm McLaren. * Philip Glass on his legacy (podcast). * Gary Lutz‘s flailing phrases. * Technology and the occult. * Leonora Carrington’s Google Doodle. * Leonora Carrington: wild at heart. * Geoff Dyer on today’s underground culture. * Deborah Levy and Kirsty Gunn on short-story writing (LRB podcast). * La Coupole: “a cemetery with cocktails” * Olivier Assayas interviewed. * How the language you speak changes your view of the world. * The secret life of the cycle courier. * The Village Voice and the birth of rock criticism. * Networks of sounds. * Crass and MI6. * Blondie against nuclear power. * Sex on the beach. * On Matthew De Abaitua‘s Self & I. See the excerpt we recently published in 3:AM. There’s also an extract in Five Dials. * Milan Kundera‘s reputation reassessed. * Unseen Garry Winogrand. * James Bridle on the launch of MacGuffin. * On Alfred Hitchcock.
Greenwich Book Festival
Old Royal Naval College
Friday, 22 May 2015 from 7pm onwards
Paul Ewen (pictured), author of Francis Plug – How To Be A Public Author, recently longlisted for the Gordon Burn Prize is very proud to host an evening with three of the UK’s most unconventional writers, all working outside the literary ‘scene’.
Simon Crump is the author of four books, including My Elvis Blackout and Neverland. He is an internationally exhibited artist, and has lectured in fine art and photography.
Stewart Home has authored 15 published novels, one book of short stories, and six books of cultural commentary. He works across various aesthetic mediums, and has completed numerous one-man art shows.
Frank Key is a writer of comic fiction who, according to The Guardian, “can probably lay claim to having written more nonsense than any other man living”.
Tickets can be bought via Eventbrite.
(image via The Guardian)
I woke up to the same Britain as everyone else this morning, one I’d hardly expected. A Conservative majority had overturned predictions of a minority Labour government.
The people of Britain had voted to dismantle their lives.
The government’s arts budget – reduced by 36% since 2010 – is likely be cut by the same again during the next parliament, in order to achieve the £12bn departmental savings the Conservatives promise. The number of arts teachers in English schools has fallen by 11% since 2010. But Conservative cuts will hit us not only as artists, but as parents, as children, as workers, as benefit claimants. They will hit us in our hearts and minds, in our friendships and love affairs, in our family relationships. If we’re sick, or poor or disabled, they will hit us right where it hurts. They will be body blows. These changes will feel personal – as though we made the wrong decisions, as if we weren’t clever, or careful, or strong enough – but they will be political.
What can we do today? Very little, it seems. As we are writers, we can at least let our voices be heard.
All day I’ll be publishing pieces of prose, poetry and opinion, written on this day by UK authors.
3:AM says ‘Whatever it is, we’re against it'; perhaps, especially, this.
– Joanna Walsh – Fiction Editor, 3:AM
The redoubtable, multi award-winning poet and translator George Szirtes says:
“A bigger loss than anticipated.
You ask yourself where you live. It is a country of raised eyebrows, deep scepticism, and of keeping things as they are in case they get worse. It is a country that believes in the NHS but will risk its future because it is sceptical about threats to demolish it. It is a country with a fragmented working class base with a fragmented sense of identity. It has no great opinion of itself but will not be told by others that it should have a low opinion of itself. Fuck you, it replies. It is several countries not one. Its sleep too is fragmented. In the morning it raises its eyebrows while one part then another breaks off. It needs to be addressed patiently, with deadly honesty, with some appreciation of its intelligence, even with some affection, especially by those who want it to change, to move from acts of individual altruism (of which it has plenty) to one of socially cohesive altruism. It needs stop raising its eyebrows. It needs to see the greater good against the cost. It needs to say, now and then, fuck the cost. The gain is greater.
Go on Labour! Address it!”
Tuesday 28th May 2015, Institute of English Studies, Senate House, University of London
A Brunel Centre for Contemporary Writing & MCFSN Symposium & Public Event to celebrate the life and work of celebrated, award-wining novelist and biographer, Jonathan Coe, on the occasion of the twenty-first anniversary of the publication of his novel, What a Carve Up! (1994) which remains one of the best modern British satires written in the last 50 years.
17.00 – 17.30 Guest Speaker: David Quantick on Coe & Humour
17.30 – 18.45 Jonathan Coe: reading, talk, and Q & A
Chair: Philip Tew (Brunel University London)
Additional questions from: Vanessa Guignery, Merritt Moseley & David Quantick
£20 (standard fee); £15 (Concessionary fee: retired, unemployed, students, IES and Brunel staff /students/members): includes wine reception
For registration credit cards can be used here.
Words without Borders is currently seeking a fresh batch of bright and eager reviewers to review world literature in English translation.
See the call for submissions here for more information, including contact info — and please be sure to help spread the word to other writers, reviewers, translators, authors, and publishers of translated literature!
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.