An extract from The Death of Bunny Munro, Nick Cave‘s new novel. * Tom McCarthy interviewed (along with Johan Grimonprez) in the summer edition of Bidoun: “There’s a kind of beauty that terrorizes us, a kind of terror that is beautiful. After September 11, people like Stockhausen — who called it “the greatest work of art imaginable for the whole cosmos” — got into so much trouble for drawing attention to the most blatantly, glaring obvious aspect of the event, which was its aesthetic dimension”. * Whatever happened to the avant garde? * Gordon Burn 1948-2009 (Ben Myers on Burn’s Born Yesterday: The News as a Novel) * Why can’t art simply shock? (More on Dash Snow here) * Travis Jeppesen on Gilbert & George in Berlin. * Barry Gifford & Rue 89 talk Sailor & Lula. * Justin Taylor‘s Codex Seraphinianus, follow-up. * Seth on classic cartoonists & illustrators. * Bookmunch interview Patrick Neate. * Download the first issue of The Kakofonie, a new European cultural review (based in Germany and edited by John Holten) which publishes work in various languages. It includes a great piece by 3:AM‘s Karl Whitney on Georges Perec and the Rue Vilin. * The always very entertaining Jean Hannah Edelstein on Opium Magazine‘s first London Literary Death Match (which 3:AM was initially meant to take part in). * Tao Lin guest blogging over at It’s Nice That. * Jay Farrar & Ben Gibbard collaborate on a Jack Kerouac project. * Jeffrey Eugenides‘ Virgin Suicides at sweet 16. * Siouxsie and the Beeb. * On Lolita and how George Weidenfeld defied the sceptics. * Don’t touch A Moveable Feast. * Arabic title turns “gay” to “pervert”. * How to arrange your books (see also, On Arranging Books by Color) * WellMedicated ‘s 45 beautifully designed book cover picks. * Printed blogs are the future of publishing. Again. * Ridley Scott: “After 2001: A Space Odyssey, science fiction is dead.” * Couplandisms. * Tjinder Singh (of Cornershop): “The health benefits of a good tea cup are continually applauded & demoted, but I certainly feel tanned. However, due to the tonnage that I drink I’m a furry old, copper kettle myself, still longing for Lyons tearooms to return as much as vinyl records and Willie Rushton”.
First posted: Thursday, July 23rd, 2009.