Chris Gray leaves the 21st century (more links to be found here). * James Wood on Quadrophenia: “[S]ometimes, now, at the age of 43, it feels strange to enter its world. Quadrophenia is itself a nostalgic album — it wants to be there, back on those beaches and in those Soho clubs of the early 60s. So when I listen to the album now, nostalgia is doubled, since I am looking back at my own youth, and also back at the Who’s youth, at an era when I was not even born. I become nostalgic for a rebellion I never experienced and for an England I never knew. But if this seems merely touching, and even a bit silly, is it clear that conformity and ‘settling down’, whatever that would mean, is the better alternative? Is it hypocritical to be old while also singing ‘But thank God I ain’t old’? I don’t think so”. * Discovering Gerard Evans (aka George Berger). * Orton in Brighton. * Neu!. * “Social change seems to be driving everyone bonkers.” Scarlett Thomas reviews the new Sarah Waters in the NY Times * Ed Champion reviews Palahniuk‘s Pygmy for the Chicago Sun-Times * Walrus talk to Reif Larsen * An interview with Tana Janowitz: “Many things have happened [on a book tour] but one thing that stands out is I was in Minneapolis and there were three people who came to hear me read/speak and there were many, many chairs set up and the staff disappeared and then the fourth person arrived and he resembled a murderer or serial killer and he sat in the front row and he had a metallic suitcase and I began to read and he opened his suitcase and I thought now he will take out a gun or knife. But instead he took out a book and began to read it. But it was not my book and he was not reading along to himself with what I was reading. It was a completely different book by a different person.” * The LRB has a brand spanking new blog. * Jake Arnott talks to Scotland on Sunday: The Devil’s Paintbrush seems more self-consciously literary than The Long Firm, perhaps a deliberate attempt to move away from the crime writing label. “One of the advantages of people pigeonholing you is that you can try to avoid it,” admits Arnott. “I have never wanted to be stuck in any particular period or genre.” So is it important to him to have an intellectual strand to his writing? “I’d love to be able to jettison it. I do want to be driven by the emotional.” In fact, he says, there is a need as a writer to embrace things that are illogical or absurd, or, like the occult, hidden. * Joe Meno in Identity Theory * Interview with painter and writer Harland Miller * The Fiction Desk remember Rebel Inc: “Rebel Inc. started in 1992 as a magazine, founded by Kevin Williamson, intended to bring the DIY punk ethos to Scottish literature. The magazine provided a voice for a new generation of Scottish writers, including Irvine Welsh, and within a few years had moved to publishing books.” * Ferlinghetti: A documentary * Saving Salt publishing: just one book * The Tao Lin shitstorm * Back to 1989.
First posted: Saturday, May 30th, 2009.