“There is no such thing as the literary establishment. I know this because I am part of it.” Geoff Dyer. * John Ingham on the punk years. * James Bridle on Visual Editions’ iPad version of Marc Saporta‘s Composition No 1. * Iain Sinclair‘s wonderful Stone Tape Shuffle album, released by Test Centre. * 10 contemporary American essayists you should be reading. * Javier Marías on the Western, “a relic of a more credulous, more innocent, more emotional age”. * Tom McCarthy talks about his “burn prose”. * Kafka‘s Zurau Aphorisms with commentary. * On Edouard Levé‘s Autoportrait. * David Webster‘s Dispirited. * A Spanish interview with Stewart Home. * Steve Buscemi will direct Queer, the story of William S. Burroughs. * Bret Easton Ellis‘ notes for an American Psycho sequel. * “I wanted ATTA to engage a younger audience beyond forty-somethings gleaning potential insights about the perils of married life and parenthood from the latest 700 page book by Jonathan Franzen.” Jarett Kobek interviewed. (See also, 3:AM‘s interview with Kobek.) * Edgar Allan Poe & the art of squalor. * George Craig on translating Beckett. * A review of the new, forthcoming Monochrome Set album. * What can novelists learn from neuroscience? * “I think all interesting forms of spirituality are forms of passive, nihilistic withdrawal from a world that seems to be out of control.” Simon Critchley. * The irredeemably boring egotism of Cindy Sherman. * Unseen Monroe. * The racial politics of punk. * Punk rock in oppressive regimes. * Collection of Richard Hell-era Television sessions (via UbuWeb). * Stop calling it curation. * Virginia Woolf & Vanessa Bell play cricket. * Jack Kerouac‘s play Beat Generation to premiere in US. * H.P. Lovecraft‘s afterlife of influence. * Jacques Derrida interviews Ornette Coleman [PDF]. * A literary tour of Paris. * “By 2015, we’ll hopefully have published the Joyce of the twenty-first century. Failing that, we’ll publish the real Joyce.” Interview with the editors of The White Review. * A documentary devoted to Bob Gruen. * Tim Parks on the “catharsis of exhaustion” & not finishing reading books. * In Search of Mœbius, BBC documentary on iconic French comic book artist (R.I.P). * [Pictured above] ‘Big Little’ comic books of the 1930s/40s (via @tomgauld).
First posted: Sunday, March 18th, 2012.