The enigmatic subject of women turning away. * László Krasznahorkai‘s anxiety. * Ruined language in Hungarian literature. * Paul Celan reading his poetry, 1954-1968. * Sam Jordison on Modernism’s first wave. * Why do we burn books? * David Winters: “As with many students of Lish, the influence of [Sam] Michel’s mentor looms large over his prose: every sentence in Strange Cowboy seems to summon up a new world, tied inside a taut knot of surging, swerving syntax”. * An interview with Gordon Lish, 1994. * Dennis Johnson and Valerie Merians of Melville House interviewed. * Dennis Johnson pays tribute to Jakob Arjouni. * Lars Iyer in Full Stop: “Blogging allowed me to write of my sense of failure. Perhaps if I hadn’t spent so much time at my blog writing about my failure, I wouldn’t have been a failure! On the other hand, writing about my failure became a certain kind of success”. * Philosophers’ novels. * All This Can Happen: a movie that retraces the footsteps of Robert Walser‘s narrator in The Walk. * Loneliness in literature. * Dead authors do tweet. * A great review of Deborah Levy‘s superb Black Vodka. * Writing about what haunts us. * On Vanishing Land: Mark Fisher and Justin Barton‘s new audio-essay. * Industrial chic. * The street names of Las Vegas. * HMV’s flagship store on London’s Oxford Street in pictures. * On d’Annunzio. * Debussy plays Debussy. * Douglas Glover interviews William Gass. * Plaza Joe Strummer. * Bertrand Russell in Bollywood, 1967. * Alan Bennett in Family Guy! * The Writers No One Reads 2013 book preview list. * The novel that reinvented fiction: “Virginia Woolf remarked that Middlemarch was one of the very few novels written for grown-up people. In The Portrait, however, fiction itself grew up” (John Banville). * Birthday tributes to Jonas Mekas. * New exercises in style à la Queneau. * Devo live at Max’s Kansas City, 1977. * Devo do Hendrix. * The sound of red. * Man Ray documentary. * Excerpts from The End of Oulipo?. * TS Eliot: employee of the month. * On Steampunk. * On Anthony Asquith‘s Underground, 1928. * Kurt Schwitters in Britain: “The Dada rebel who had found London too quiet somehow found a new spiritual home in the land of Peter Rabbit and Mrs Tiggywinkle”. * Alex Ross interviewed in the Financial Times: “[W]hat strikes me is that there is not the same sense of a colossus needing to be overthrown as there was in Germany, the need to break away from a giant like Wagner. Even Birtwistle, a more radical voice, somehow has a rooted Englishness about him. The pressure to reinvent the musical language was simply not so strong”. * Four Pieces by Lydia Davis. * WG Sebald‘s writing tips: “It’s very good that you write through another text, a foil, so that you write out of it and make your work a palimpsest. You don’t have to declare it or tell where it’s from”. * The rise of the TwitCrit. * Sheila Heti: “The novel should only do what the serial drama could never do”. * Britain in the 80s: “Is Martin Amis‘s gaudy 1984 novel Money, as Stewart interprets it, simply about “the corrupting influence of — the world the Tories were supposedly encouraging” — or are its brash sentences also suggesting that Thatcher’s Britain was rather more exciting than what had gone before?”
First posted: Monday, January 21st, 2013.