Joe Orton and the Sex Pistols. Also: the Pistols’ first interview. * Will Self does Richmond. * Check out the interviews not included in Jon Savage‘s fascinating The England’s Dreaming Tapes. * David Peace interviewed in the Times: “After that he has a plan for one more book that he won’t discuss and then will stop. ‘I would hope I would be finished by the time I’m 50. I’m 42 now. I think 12 novels is more than enough.’ He might ‘do something completely different. Might become a priest.’ Seriously? “Kind of. …’”. * Mick Jones‘s Rock’n'Roll Public Library. More here. * ‘As I Lay Down’, a short story from Erotomania author Francis Levy (via @TwoDollarRadio) * An interview with Dalkey Archive‘s John O’Brien: “We hit upon the word “subversive” because we were frequently asked to describe the fiction we publish and both of us felt that it was in fact “traditional,” if one considers the history of fiction. We might appear to be “avant-garde” only in comparison to what is popular or taken seriously in the last several decades, but we are not avant-garde if you think of such writers as Cervantes or Laurence Sterne. If Sterne were writing today, he would be labeled a postmodernist, but what sense would that make, given when he was actually writing? But I absolutely do not think of a Sterne or a Joyce as “experimenters”: they didn’t experiment, they made these remarkable books whose ingenuity and art are rarely seen in other writers or matched. Their works are finished and complete achievements, not experiments.” * The Wizard of Oz at 70. * Stewart Home reminisces: “I don’t remember what I did that New Year, my recollection of the following one is much better since I was back at the Electric Ballroom to see in 1980 with a double-bill of The Lurkers and Adam & The Ants. Musically this was a much better night than Brian James and The Police a year and two days earlier. That said, while the Ants were playing a girl who was standing close to me tried to pull Adam off-stage, and rather than taking it out on her, the bouncers beat me up. Then, because I looked a mess with my bloodied face, I got pulled by the filth on my way home”. * Thomas Pynchon‘s Inherent Vice reviewed: “Pynchon, although most literary critics still insist that he is the one, has become a relic – the man formerly known as the greatest living novelist, revered but not read. Yet he seems more alive, more of our time, than Roth”. Don’t miss 3:AM‘s exclusive interview with Pynchon, coming soon. * François Gallix (3:AM editor Andrew Gallix‘s father) discovers an unpublished, albeit unfinished, Graham Greene: “It was a gem of a find, a long-lost unfinished murder mystery tale containing the classic ingredients of a country house, a dead body, bloodied weapon and a cast of upper-class suspects. It was also handwritten in Graham Greene’s distinctive scrawl and included the Catholic themes that were hallmarks of much of his work. Just one problem: the novel didn’t have an ending”. * Big Rich Kids retrospective over at Punk 77. * Richard Williams on how Miles Davis‘s A Kind of Blue became one of the most influential recordings of all time. * An interview with Leonard Cohen: “Non, je ne regrette rien. I’m blessed with a certain amount of amnesia and I really don’t remember what went down.” * A new movie adaptation of Knut Hamsun‘s Hunger set in modern Hollywood (via @millerwalks). * Jeremy Clarkson solves Britain’s overcrowding problem: “My gut reaction is that we must at least consider the possibility of conquering France. There are good reasons for this. First of all, we can be assured the French will not put up much of a fight — they never do — so casualties would be small. And second, the fact is they don’t need all that space. And we do. Certainly, I can’t see any reason why they don’t hand over Lesser Britain, or Brittany, as they insist on calling it”.
First posted: Tuesday, July 28th, 2009.