Jacob Mikanowski on Bruno Schulz, Jindřich Štyrský, & the modernist masters of matter. (See also, Darran Anderson on Schulz.) * A very interesting interview with Geoff Dyer. * From melancholia to Prozac. * Christer Strömholm‘s 1950s/60s photographs of Parisian prostitutes. * Ewan Morrison on factual fiction. * “We’re all W. & Lars now”, Steve Mitchelmore on Lars Iyer‘s Dogma. * 3:AM‘s Andrew Gallix on Dogma. * Gus Van Sant adapts William S. Burroughs in early experimental film. * William Burroughs & J.G. Ballard. * “Syntax is not a crude tool: it permits completion, incompletion, varieties of register, varieties of pitch & musical phrasing. It permits of density, association, enigma & echo. A little of it can go quite a long way.” George Szirtes on the telegraphese of Twitter. * When writers censor themselves. * Dave Markey‘s The Slog Movie, 1982. * Brian Hodgson and the Radiophonic Workshop. * Christopher Stevens on Joe Orton and Kenneth Williams (podcast). * Is Pinterest the new Tumblr? * Songs about books. * A musical overview of Bret Easton Ellis‘ oeuvre. * Paul Weller interviewed. * Introducing The Slate Book Review. * Vile International: summer 1976 double issue. * Lolita redesigned. * Carl Kohler’s author protraits. (See also, 3:AM‘s piece on Kohler.) * The flâneur goes to the mall, the slacker in modern fiction. * Slow cinema. * Philosophers ponder the afterlife. * Where is the obituary for philosopher Ruth Barcan Marcus? * 10 best fictional bookshops in popular culture. * The NME at (almost) 60. * The making of W.G. Sebald‘s Rings of Saturn. * Adam Gopnik‘s favourite essay collections. * From a certain perspective, Virginia Woolf did not write criticism at all. * When writers become verbs. * Edgar Allan Poe‘s stranglehold on popular culture. * Chelsea Hotel, 1981 Arena documentary. * Balthus‘s studies of girls in often stilted poses are certainly timeless in their strangeness, their evocation of a pre-adult world of dark childhood reverie. Now, Japanese photographer Hisaji Hara has made a series of images that meticulously recreate some of Balthus’s most famous paintings.
First posted: Monday, March 12th, 2012.