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17/04/14: The Missing Links

The International Necronautical Society’s Statement on Digital Capitalism. * The miracle of analogy: “Photography is — as I hope to demonstrate — radically anti-Cartesian. It shows us that there really is a world, that it wants to be seen by us, and that it exceeds our capacity to know it”. * Teju Cole interviewed by Aleksandar Hemon. * Why Duchamp? * The ‘not’ of speculative realism. * Dark Deleuze. * Nick Land‘s lure of the void. * Michel Foucault: the lost interview. * Jonathan Gibbs on Christiana Spens‘s illustrations for 3:AM Press book covers. * Christiana Spens’s moving tribute to her late father. * 3:AM Editor-in-Chief David Winters in conversation with Ben Marcus. * Donald Barthelme, 1981: “Everybody’s a realist offering true accounts of the activity of mind. There are only realists”. * Speaking silence. * Harold Bloom interviewed by Douglas Glover, 1994. * Chris Marker, phantom of the cinema. * On Chris Marker‘s Commentaires. * More on Chris Marker. * Stanley Crawford‘s Travel Notes reviewed: “Few, if any, other authors sell shallots alongside books on their website”. Another fine review here: “Words fall subject to the same entropic forces ravaging the body; the only certainty is where both of them will inescapably end up”. * Penguin want to pulp satirical Peter and Jane book. * Trailer for Joanna Hogg‘s Exhibition. * An interview with Joanna Hogg. And another. Plus this one. * An excellent review of early Levy. * The Hilda Hilst roundtable. * Lars Iyer interviewed at Biblioklept: “It turned out that what I thought of as a kind of comic strip, light relief from my ‘real’ writing, was the writing”. * Geoff Dyer on having a stroke: “There’s a line in Tarkovsky’s Solaris: we never know when we’re going to die and because of that we are, at any given moment, immortal. So at this moment it feels pretty good, being where I’ve always longed to be, perched on the farthest edge of the western world. There’s a wild sunset brewing up over the Pacific. The water is glowing turquoise, the sky is turning crazy pink, the lights of the Santa Monica Ferris wheel are starting to pulse and spin in the twilight. Life is so interesting I’d like to stick around for ever, just to see what happens, how it all turns out”. * Jenny Offill interviewed by John Self. * The self-portrait. * Rachel Kushner‘s world. * John Berger‘s Ways of Seeing BBC series, 1972. * On Knausgaard in the New Republic: “Indifferent to food, clothes, and money, Knausgaard the character often resembles a recognizable type: the creative guy who views family as an obligation to be kept at the margins so he can get back to the studio, because the real business of living is work. But the books themselves represent a decision that the real business of living is living”. * Knausgaard’s Nordic existentialism. * The horror of the body. * Herta Müller‘s language of resistance. * Writers who hate writing. * New Romantics and the King’s Road, 1981. * John Deakin’s Soho. * The disappearing face of NYC. * Visiting South Pigalle. * Thurston Moore: “Punk rock was an artist’s music”. * Books bound in human skin. * Early Polaroids. * On Retronauting. * Taking a class with Lydia Davis. * The art of Marguerite Duras. * Henri Matisse‘s cut-outs. * On Polish post-punk. * Regine Olsen and Søren Kierkegaard. * How Kafka actually lived. * The aesthetes of Tangier.

14/04/14: Philosophy at 3:AM

Some of Richard Marshall‘s End Times interviews have now been collected in a book entitled Philosophy at 3:AM (Oxford University Press):

The appeal of philosophy has always been its willingness to speak to those pressing questions that haunt us as we make our way through life. What is truth? Could we think without language? Is materialism everything? But in recent years, philosophy has been largely absent from mainstream cultural commentary. Many have come to believe that the field is excessively technical and inward-looking and that it has little to offer outsiders.

The 25 interviews collected in this volume, all taken from a series of online interviews with leading philosophers published by the cultural magazine 3ammagazine.com, were carried out with the aim of confronting widespread ignorance about contemporary philosophy. Interviewer Richard Marshall‘s informed and enthusiastic questions help his subjects explain the meaning of their work in a way that is accessible to non-specialists. Contemporary philosophical issues are presented through engaging but serious dialogues that, taken together, offer a glimpse into key debates across the discipline.

Alongside metaphysics, philosophy of mind, epistemology, logic, philosophy of science, philosophy of language, political philosophy and ethics, discussed here are feminist philosophy, continental philosophy, pragmatism, philosophy of religion, experimental philosophy, bioethics, animal rights, and legal philosophy. Connections between philosophy and fields such as psychology, cognitive science, and theology are likewise examined. Marshall interviews philosophers both established and up-and coming.

Engaging, thoughtful and thought-provoking, inviting anyone with a hunger for philosophical questions and answers to join in, Philosophy at 3:AM shows that contemporary philosophy can be relevant — and even fun.

25/03/14: INS Statement on Digital Capitalism

Kunsthalle Düsseldorf welcomes INS General Secretary Tom McCarthy and INS Chief Philosopher Simon Critchley to deliver a statement.

Rendezvous: 1900h, Friday 4 April 2014, Salon des Amateurs, Grabbeplatz 4, 40213 Düsseldorf

[Pic: Tom McCarthy by Andrew Gallix.]

22/03/14: The Missing Links


B’dum B’dum: “I thought of it as an attack, but not in any straightforward, upfront ‘I’ll show you my fists’ man sort of thing. It was just an attempt to step sideways and shadow-box with a few phantoms” (Howard Devoto, 1978). * A preliminary phenomenology of the self-checkout. * Lydia Davis interviewed in the Quarterly Conversation, and in BOMB: “My father wore trifocals — the ultimate English professor”. * Justin Taylor reviews the new Lydia Davis. * 3:AM‘s David Winters on Lydia Davis‘s The End of the Story. * Three new poems by John Ashbery. * Fredric Jameson responds. * The Antinomies of Realism symposium. * Teju Cole:“‘[T]he novel’ is overrated, and the writers I find most interesting find ways to escape it”. * The covers of Deborah Levy‘s books. * Clarice Lispector‘s last interview. * Nina Hagen. * Walter Benjamin‘s afterlife. * The strange case of Paul de Man. * Gainsbourg interviews Antoine Blondin, 1989. * L’instant qui précède. * Brian Dillon reviews William H. Gass‘s On Being Blue. * Excellent Financial Times video on Ruin Lust. Review of the exhibition here. * Berlin: city of decay. * Rachel Kushner in the company of truckers. * Rachel Kushner interviewed on  KQED. * John Lydon, 1980. * Brian Dillon on The Hamlet Doctrine. * Mark Fisher on depression. * Futurist cooking. * Degenerate art. * Some writer’s shed. * On Nanni Belestrini‘s Tristano: “When Balestrini realised that digital printing technology had advanced to the stage where his dream of a novel with a huge number of possible variations was now feasible, he and his son came up with a system which would regulate the dismantling and re-ordering of the original Tristano, every time producing a different novel with its own individually-numbered cover”. * Ray Brassier on accelerationism. * More accelerationism. * A kind of permission. * Writers into saints. * On Knausgaard. * Americans in Paris. * Andrew Hussey‘s The French Intifada. Review here. * Kim Gordon profiled. * Conceptual writing. * Psychedelic Mad Men. * Alain Resnais obituary. * Henri Cartier-Bresson: “All human life is here, but everyone seems distracted by something other than the main event. It takes a while to register that this is the real subject matter: Cartier-Bresson is telling us that life is always elsewhere, even as he is recording it unfolding”. More here. * Pictures of Henri-Cartier Bresson by fellow photographers. * Christiana Spens reviews the Cartier-Bresson exhibition. * Darran Anderson reviews the David Lynch exhibition in Paris. * In search of Arthur Scargill. * A Q & A with Carl Barat. * Robert Stone and Rachel Kushner (video). * Rachel Kushner on the writing process (video). * Rachel Kushner: By the Book. * An excellent interview with Rachel Kushner in Guernica. * Rachel Kushner in The Nation. * Jim Jarmusch. More here. * Burroughs at 100. * Alain Resnais Day. * Beautiful People. * Audio Ammunition (documentary on The Clash). * The Clash live in Munich, 1977. * The Clash live in Paris, 1980. * Punk sociology. * Vivienne Westwood on her early days. * Vivien Goldman on jews in punk. * The Screamers‘ 1977-78 demos. * Can writers make ends meet? * Gary Numan on “Are ‘Friends” Electric?” * Sex and literature: Edwarda. * Simon Callow reviews Edmund White‘s Inside a Pearl. * Derek Jarman‘s legacy. * Ben Marcus in the Guardian: “For Marcus, the attraction of maths is that it requires no external exposition. ‘There’s not a subordinate language you use to describe it to lay people. It’s a pursuit that has no literary criticism, an explicator. It’s defined by itself. I admire the purity of that. When someone asks my dad what he does, he can give the label for it. If someone says to me, ‘What’s your story about?’, unfortunately, there is an accepted language for that. I just can’t stand it. But there is one. Whereas there isn’t one for him. There’s no way to present this deluded, distorted version of it in plain speech’.” * Walter Benjamin‘s writing tips. * Hari Kunzru, Deborah Levy and others on liberty. * Zadie Smith‘s first-person plural. * Scarcity of Tanks. * Remembering the early days of the World Wide Web. * Michael Caine on The Ipcress File, 1965. * Nicholas Rombes on trailers. * Oliver Harris and Sam Jordison discuss William Burroughs. * William Burroughs and the death of the image. * Translating Lorem Ipsum. * How they made Wallace and Gromit and Breaking Glass. * How New Orleans got its groove back. * The battle of the banlieues. * The books that influenced Jenny Offill‘s Department of Speculation. * Ben Marcus interviewed. * Bobbi Lurie and Marcel Duchamp. * In praise of Ivor Cutler. * The Bohemyth‘s all-female issue. * On Bill Drummond‘s art.

15/03/14: Girl U Want

(c) Erich von Götha – Robin Ray

Ahead of the UK’s biggest comics exhibition to date, Comics Unmasked: Art and Anarchy in the UK, the British Library has unveiled a brand new artwork by ‘Tank Girl’ co-creator, Jamie Hewlett, featuring a new female character.

Comics Unmasked traces the history of the British comic book and explores how comics and graphic novels have uncompromisingly addressed such subjects as violence, sexuality and drugs, breaking social boundaries with the innovative form that marries literature and visual art.

Hewlett will be joined by the original writer of Tank Girl Alan Martin for a special public event, ‘Tank Girl and the Aftermath’, at the British Library on Friday 27 June, 18.30-20.00. More details at the British Library website.

23/02/14: Win copies of Wu Ming’s Altai and Manituana!

3:AM and Verso Books are giving away 5 copies of both of Wu Ming‘s historical epics.

Wu Ming are a collective of Italian writers who have redefined the notions of collaboration and identity in modern literature. Following their bestselling novel Q, the group crafted Manituana — a genre–breaking reimagining of the Revolutionary War. Now comes Altai, a swashbuckling thriller that follows the enigmatic Emanuele De Zante, spy-catcher and secret agent, as he embarks on a trans-European odyssey through the 16th Century.

For your chance to win both these novels, we’ve devised a quick quiz. Every day for 5 days we’ll be releasing a question through our Twitter feed. The questions will focus on Wu Ming’s work and unique writing process. Just send us an e-mail with your answers to all five questions at the end of this week and we’ll notify the 5 lucky winners!

22/02/14: Fractals Paris Launch

Fractals, Joanna Walsh‘s short-story collection, published by 3:AM Press, will be given its Paris launch at Shakespeare and Company on Monday 24 February at 7pm. You can order the book online here.

10/02/14: The Missing Links

William Gass on Musil and the hovering life. * William Gass interviewed by Douglas Glover (audio). * Rorschach Audio on the radio transmissions in Cocteau’s Orphée. * The only surviving recording of Virginia Woolf, 1937. * Mina Loy‘s “Feminist Manifesto” (via). * An interview with Micheline Aharonian Marcom. * Deborah Levy in The Observer. * Peter Greenaway‘s portrait of John Cage (via). * Philip Glass speaks. * An interview with Steve Reich. * A portrait of composer Eliane Radigue. * The correspondence between Nabokov and Hitchcock. * Nabokov‘s notecards for Lolita. * Borges‘s lecture on the metaphor delivered at Harvard in 1967. * Metaphor as extratemporal moment in Proust and Musil. * A Laszlo Krasznahorkai reading list by Stephen Sparks. * On misunderstanding WG Sebald. * Ben Marcus interviewed in The Rumpus. * Stuart Hall R.I.P. * Sean O’Hagan on the gentrification of British culture. * Simon Critchley and the late Philip Seymour Hoffman happy talk.  * Celebrating Derek Jarman. * Inside Derek Jarman. * Clarice Lispector TV interview. * Nicholas Shakespeare on Clarice Lispector. * Anti-Oedipus, 40 years on. * An interview with Perry Meisel about “imitation modernism” and the state of critical theory. * Johnny Rotten recording the vocals for “Anarchy in the UK“. * Who remembers John Lydon on the revived Jukebox Jury in 1979? * When we were still Surrealists. * Why read literature in the digital age? * Greil Marcus on Bookworm, 1989. * Nico. * The pram in the hall. * I predict a Pussy Riot. * Exene Cervenka. * Ben Lerner on the framing of art and life in The Flamethrowers: “‘There is no way you can frame it’ — part of the achievement of The Flamethrowers is to frame the liberatory and dangerous energies that attend breaking down the frame that separates art and life. In a sense, this is the novel at its most traditional: Miguel de Cervantes warns us against mistaking courtly romances with real life in Don Quixote (1605); Gustave Flaubert’s Madame Bovary (1856) updates that theme”. * Rachel Kushner in The Quietus. * Leaving the Atocha Station reviewed. * The infamy of literature. * Broken Dimanche Press: [Tom] McCarthy stated early in his career in no uncertain terms that it was the artworld and not the literary where the committed novelist would find a home. Almost a decade later this is more the case than ever, indeed it feels now that fiction, poetry and a speculative realism that is ready to leave postmodernism to the wayside are all now firmly in the clutches of the international contemporary art machine”. * An extract from an interview with Geoff Dyer. * “Boundaries” by Brian Dillon. * Brian Dillon in The Brooklyn Rail. * Revisiting this interview with Brian Dillon. * Matt Wolf and Jon Savage. * Lewis Carroll’s life in pictures. * Shelagh Delaney. * Hanif Kureishi on what they don’t teach at creative writing school. * Bad Brains, 1980.  * Robert Walser‘s A Schoolboy’s Diary. * Alasdair Gray on his love of fable. * Darran Anderson needs no introduction here. * Darran Anderson on William Burroughs. * Barry Miles’s Burroughs biography reviewed. * Will Self on William Burroughs, and Clapham. * William Burroughs on TV, 1981. * Darran Anderson on David Lynch‘s photography. * Photography and the unseen. * Ruin lust. * Leica turns 100. * Saul Leiter: the anti-celebrity photographer. * Joe Strummer‘s handwritten lyrics for “London Calling“. * Writers and brands. * Gerald Murnane (video). * Who killed the radio star? * London Fictions. * Unfinishable. * Another way of thinking. * Is any word untranslatable? * Rebecca Solnit (podcast). * Paul Auster‘s Collected Prose. * On Blanqui. * Ezra Pound‘s 23 don’ts for writing poetry. * The Swinger. * Jonathan Lethem talks Dissident Gardens. * Jonathan Lethem on Knausgaard. * In the Sontag archive. * A tribute to Snatch (audio). * On California. * Erotissimo, 1968. * The art of Franz Kafka. * The Kafka video game. * On Michel Foucault‘s La Société punitive. * Imagined books and phantom islands. * The truth about the Nordic miracle. * Who stole my ads? * The Belgian Popcorn scene. * Satan bouche un coin, 1968. * Frustration live at the Europunk festival in Paris. * A lengthy interview with Kyle Minor. * Denigrating your enemies Shakespeare-style. * A better tomorrow. * BS Johnson on The Unfortunates (video). * When Jesus danced with the Sex Pistols. * Sheila Heti interviewed. * The secret sex lives of famous people. * The art of tripping. * An interview with Philip Kitcher. * A secret history of Ballardian film adaptations. * Rountable on everydayness and the event (via). * Philip Roth has no desire to write anymore. * Four commercials directed by Ed Wood. * WG Sebald‘s A Place in the Country reviewed. * Mickey Mouse in Vietnam. * Sid Vicious. * The Brits who built the modern world. * TC Boyle reads Donald Barthelme. * James Bridle on Tony White and internet dating. * Scary TS Eliot. * [Pic]

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08/02/14: American Smoke

On Thursday 13th March from 6-7.15pm Michael Horovitz and Barry Miles will present an exploration of the life and work of William S Burroughs at the Gower Street branch of Waterstones (corner of Malet St, opposite the University of London Union building), with special reference to Miles’ William S Burroughs: A Life which was published by Weidenfeld & Nicolson on February 5th, Burroughs’ 100th birthday.

28/01/14: Blunt, Funny, Angrily Academic

3:AM is listed among PolicyMic‘s “10 Literary Blogs Every 20-Something Should Read“. This is how Daniel Lefferts describes us:

3:AM has everything — fiction, flash fiction, poetry, interviews, criticism — but its sensibility is consistent throughout: blunt, funny, angrily academic. Their tagline says it best: “Whatever it is, we’re against it.”