Believe in the ruins. * Robert Walser and the art of staring straight ahead. * Gavin James Bower on Claude Cahun. * Tim Parks argues that e-books “bring us closer than the paper book to the essence of the literary experience”. * Tariq Goddard interviewed. * Jah Wobble and Keith Levene on PiL‘s Metal Box. * Can live, 1972. * David Winters on Malcolm Bull‘s Anti-Nietzsche and Gerald Murnane‘s Barley Patch. * The Modernist Journals Project. * On new literary magazines. * Simon Reynolds interviews Greil Marcus: “At once epic and fragmentary, the book [Lipstick Traces] argues for the Sex Pistols as the culmination of ‘an unheard, invisible tradition’ of apocalyptic protest-poetry stretching back via Situationism and Dada all the way to medieval millenarian sects like the Brethren of the Free Spirit. ‘Johnny Rotten is speaking for himself but all those other voices are in there speaking with him too. All kind of demands on society, on life, on ontology, on epistemology are present in the noise of punk and in that vocal sound, boiled down on to a little 7-inch piece of plastic’. * Punk flyers as Swiss modernism (via Jason Diamond). * Essential reading: Tom Bradley‘s A Pleasure Joint With One of the Sex Workers Who Don’t Exist in the People’s Republic of China. * The Catcher in the Rye illustrated. * The Saints interviewed, 1977 (video). * The cult of Sherlock Holmes. * Michael Cunningham‘s library. * Juan Gabriel Vasquez on how to read novels. * “The first secret, shared only by the initiated, is that [Thomas] Bernhard is very funny.” * In Search of Haruki Murakami, a 50 minute documentary. * Mary Talbot on her, & Lucia Joyce‘s, father/daughter narratives. * Finnegans Wake read in its entirety. * Joyce’s children’s story. * Umberto Eco‘s children’s book. * An interview with George Craig. * Fake movie and TV bands. * “Whatever people may say about my books, the epigraphs have always been top-drawer.” Geoff Dyer. * Sukhdev Sandhu reviews Zona. * The White Review on how Zona poses an alternative model for the academic essay. * Adam Ant: “[N]ew romantic was nothing to do with Adam and the Ants. The Ants was a punk band, or a post-punk band if anything, and so historically it’s inaccurate”. * Martin Amis‘ classic guide to arcade games revisited. * An interactive Paris street art map. * Doisneau’s 50 best Paris photos. * Viva downtown Las Vegas. * Blake Butler interviewed. * On Donald Barthelme‘s reading list. * Talking Heads live in Germany, 1980. * Iconic writers on symbolism, 1963. * A review of Ben Jeffery‘s Anti-Matter: Michel Houellebecq and Depressive Realism. * Michael Davis (MC5) obituary. * Cartographies of Time. * Worldscribe Press. * Coum Transmissions. * Throbbing Gristle films, 1984-2005. * Jon Savage interviews Iggy Pop. * The London’s Lost Rivers exhibition (including work by Jon Savage). * Luis Bunuel makes a dry martini. * Thomas Bernhard bursts into flames. * The Crass/Mickey Mouse T-shirt. * Steve Ignorant video. * New Order live in NYC, 1981. * Librarian pornography (see pic).
First posted: Monday, February 20th, 2012.