Robert Coover on “The Colonel’s Daughter“. * Psychedelic Furs frontman turned painter Richard Butler interviewed. * The artist formerly known as Captain Beefheart. * Seamus Heaney R.I.P.: “‘The gift of writing is to be self-forgetful,’ he told me, ‘to get a surge of inner life or inner supply or unexpected sense of empowerment, to be afloat, to be out of yourself.’” * Future fictions. * Beckett’s obsession with chess. * An extract from Mark Fisher‘s long-awaited Ghosts of My Life: “Count back twenty-five years from 1980, and you are at the beginning of rock and roll. A record that sounded like Buddy Holly or Elvis in 1980 would have sounded out of time. Of course, such records were released in 1980, but they were marketed as retro. If the Arctic Monkeys weren’t positioned as a ‘retro’ group, it is partly because, by 2005, there was no ‘now’ with which to contrast their retrospection”. * Mark Fisher in conversation with Franco ‘Bifo’ Berardi. * Rachel Kushner and the Great American Novel. * Rachel Kushner in conversation with Laura Owens. * The Book I Never Read is out of print. * The lives and deaths of fictional artists. * Sarah Gerard on keeping a notebook. * Are we really all Mods now? * The making of Ready, Steady, Go. * Faces in the Crowd. * Marcel Duchamp in Herne Bay. * Are Andy Warhol‘s 15 minutes over? * Kenneth Goldsmith on John Cage. * An interview with Derek White of Calamari Press. * Barry Hannah. * 3:AM‘s David Winters on Gordon Lish: “Informed by the ideas of Gilles Deleuze and Julia Kristeva, he preached what his student Gary Lutz has called a ‘poetics of the sentence’ — an almost mystical attunement to language’s hidden rhythms and resonances”. * 3:AM‘s Greg Gerke on Louise Glück‘s poetry. * The Jean-Paul Sartre cookbook. * The poetics of sleep. * JM Coetzee on Paul Celan: “Does poetry offer a kind of knowledge different from that offered by history, and demand a different kind of receptivity? Is it possible to respond to poetry like Celan’s, even to translate it, without fully understanding it?” * Chris Power on Juan Rulfo: “‘In my life there are many silences,’ Susan Sontag quotes him as saying. ‘In my writing, too’.” * The making of Ezra Pound‘s “Make it new“. * 100 years of Dada. * Andrew Hodgson on Alexander Trocchi. * Lars Von Trier‘s early, experimental films. * Ever heard of Daniil Kharms? * Soviet space programme posters. * A penchant for Proust. * On RD Laing. * Nabokov‘s hand-drawn map of Joyce‘s Ulysses. * Nabokov reading from Lolita. * Geoff Dyer: “Longing is not always oriented toward the future. It can as easily be retrospective. You can long for what you have already experienced. Sexual fantasies, for example, are memories (sometimes slightly improved on) as often as they are inventions, albeit memories that are in danger of fading even as they are summoned. Nor is longing always person- or object-specific. You can be in a state of generalized longing without knowing quite what it is that you long for. This might be the purest form of longing, the most difficult to assuage, the least susceptible to being brought to an end, the kind capable of lasting longest — so much so that it can become all but indistinguishable from a generalized condition of existence”. * Bobby Gillepsie (Primal Scream): “Punk did something to my mind. It really spoke to me; it was mine. If punk hadn’t happened, I probably would have just had a job in a factory — quite a sad fucking life”. * Marguerite Duras, the philosopher. * The Clash on London Calling. * JG Ballard‘s High Rise to be adapted to the screen. * Jonathan Lethem on reading matters. * A France Culture programme devoted to Georges Bataille. * Minor Threat live at CBGB’s, 1982. * Harry Matthews on translation. * On turning life into art. * Jenny Diski: “What if you answered the question ‘What do you do all day?’ with ‘Nothing’?”. * How to quit your job like Sherwood Anderson. * An interview with Marjorie Perloff. * Chris Marker The Owl’s Legacy. * The films of Guy Bourdin. * Walter Lure interviewed. * “Family Planning” Donald Duck-style by Walt Disney, 1967.
First posted: Saturday, August 31st, 2013.