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Adrian Nathan West on Marianne Fritz. * Adrian Nathan West reviews Houellebecq‘s Submission. * Benjamin Noys on R.D. Laing and anti-psychiatry. * 3:AM‘s Joanna Walsh on Leonora Carrington. * Linder Sterling: “My mother has Alzheimer’s, and in her mind it is perpetually 1974. Somehow being in that flat, it felt like I was in the same place as my mother”. * Lydia Davis on Lucia Berlin: “These stories make you forget what you were doing, where you are, even who you are”. * Clarice Lispector and Elizabeth Bishop‘s fraught relationship. * Benjamin Moser on Clarice Lispector. * Nein. A Manifesto reviewed: “There are many amateur and professional humorists out there writing tweets, and there are many political and cultural theorists writing books, but there is no one who is producing anything comparable to these incisively self-critical prose poems”. * Lee Rourke interviewed by Liam Jones. * The future ain’t what it was: Mark Fisher interviewed.  * Joy Williams interviewed by Dan Kois: “When I asked Williams what she wants out of a great story, she replied, ‘’I want to be devastated in some way'”. * Joy Williams‘s Paris Review interview. * Eyes for blowing up bridges. * Punk five years on. * Malcolm McLaren‘s subversive strides. * Eileen Myles interviewed by Ben Lerner: “There’s a whole female industry engaged in materially supporting the illusion that the artist doesn’t work directly on his legacy, his immediate success. He’s just a beautiful stoner boy or an intellectual”. * Ben Marcus review Joy Williams‘s The Visiting Privilege: “Hotel Haunting” by 3:AM‘s Joanna Walsh who is interviewed in the Paris Review: “Homes have a lot of blank spaces. It’s easy to get lost there“. * Joanna Walsh‘s Hotel is reviewed in the Financial Times: “‘We must live up to our hotels. We’re on display; we’re what’s being sold,’ she writes. ‘Hotels are for those who understand performance: ghosts, actors, women.'” * Adam Biles in conversation with Max Porter at Shakespeare and Co. You can also hear Porter on this Guardian podcast. * And here’s another excellent interview with Max Porter. * Max Richter talks about Sleep. * 10 questions for Max Richter. * Max Richter interviewed by Tobias Carroll. * Walter Benjamin‘s legacy. * The urban world accoding to Walter Benjamin: “Benjamin was always drawn to these outmoded utopias, the formerly state-of-the-art technology, the ruins of progress – since they encoded, he thought, the delusions that capitalism instilled in its victims”. * Simon Critchley on Frank Cioffi: “David Ellis tells a story of when Frank was in hospital, and a friend came to visit him. When the friend could not find Frank’s room, he asked a nurse where he might find Professor Cioffi. ‘Oh,’ the nurse replied, ‘you mean the patient that knows all the answers.’ At which point, a voice was heard from under some nearby bedclothes, ‘No, I know all the questions.'”  * Justin Taylor on Sam Lipsyte‘s prose: “(Any gambler will tell you the best moment is not the moment when you hit the jackpot, but the moment before that, when you could)”. * Bridget Alone by Donari Braxton. * Nicholas Rombes on Wes Craven: “Like punk, Craven’s 1970s films Last House on the Left (1972) and The Hills Have Eyes (1977) were vicious assaults on the 1960s counter-culture, the hippies; a harsh look at the hazy narcissism that lay at the center of it all. […] Wes Craven’s movies were about movies, even when they weren’t”. * William Fowler on post-punk cinema. * Wim Wenders on the music in his movies. * Viv Albertine talks to Ian Rankin at the Edinburgh Book Festival (audio). * Too much fighting on the dance floor. * The brilliant first issue of The Scofield is devoted to David Markson. * John Biguenet wonders if silent reading really is that silent. *  Lee Miller by Man Ray. * “Candor” by Anne Carson. * The return of Eimear McBride. * Blixa Bargeld goes back to school. * Will Self interviews Rachel Howard. * Will Self on Jeremy Corbyn. * The reinvention of black. * Sheila Heti: “I like inventing the self that makes that book” (video). * Band cameos in 90s teen movies. * Modernist architecture on film (via gorse). * Darran Anderson on imaginary London (audio). * England in the 50s. * Renata Adler on sadness, selfies, and losing (audio). * Mira Gonzales and Tao Lin on their Selected Tweets (audio). * Philip Glass: taxi driver (audio). * NYC hardcore revisited. * On John Cheever‘s “The Swimmer”. * Italo Calvino on the films of his youth. * An interview with Buzzcocks‘ John Maher. * Antonin Artaud‘s legacy. * An Yves Klein page. * How Dennis Cooper turns GIFs into fiction. * Jello Biafra for mayor. * Don DeLillo: anatomising the everyday terrors of American life. * Susan Dunne: “On the many days I spend alone I forget how to talk”. * Harriet Alida Lye on living at Shakespeare & Co: “The whole world comes here, it seems, and then the whole world leaves”. * Andy Warhol and the Factory in pictures. * Rachel Cusk and Medea. * “Vespa,” a short story by Tim Parks. * On J.G. Ballard‘s inner space.

First posted: Sunday, October 11th, 2015.

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