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Read Andrew Stevens' review of the Sex: Too Fast To Live Too Young To Die compilation which is made up of songs which were on the jukebox in Malcolm McLaren and Vivienne Westwood's legendary King's Road boutique back in the 70s. Toby Litt reviews the latest JG Ballard. There's an interview with the author here. Britain's glorious binge drinking culture. The Rapture on Radio One. An extract from John Fowles' diary. Alan McGee of Creation Records and Death Disco fame claims that "Rock'n'roll is the new dance music" and praises the current crop of Brit bands. Artless artists piping to the spirit ditties of no tone in Paris. Drawings and paintings by contemporary writers including Dave Eggers and Will Self. Brits and the Internet. Ali Smith reviews the new Chuck Palahniuk. Baby meerkats abandoned by sunbathing mum! Watch the trailers advertising Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill (released in October). Is sex the same the world over?

SLOW TOE EVENTS 09/18/2003

3am's Matthew Wascovich is gearing up for two events organised by his very own Slow Toe Publications. On 27 September, there's a poetry and prose reading featuring Matthew Wascovich, Todd Dills and Joe Meno at Mac's Backs Paperbacks in Cleveland. The February '03 book launch will take place at the Bowery Poetry Club (New York City) on 18 October. The readers will be Todd Colby, Alex Gildzen, Thurston Moore and, of course, the great Matthew WascovichTyondai Braxton, Christiina Carter, Maria Chavez and Thurston Moore. Details here.


Are you ready for Ulysses the film? On the subject of James Joyce, Nosey Flynn, the "daily Joyce journal" has moved. Emily the Strange rocks! Stephen Fry has made a film adaptation of Evelyn Waugh's Vile Bodies under the title Bright Young Things (release date in Britain: 3 October). Daren King's Jim Giraffe blog. The Post Punk Kitchen! The strange tale of the Karma Army. Poor old Adam Ant seems to have lost it again (link via the groovy Litmus Papers). Chrissie Hynde on the day she almost married Sid Vicious and growing old: "'I grew up in the Sixties, and there was a huge divide between youth culture and old people, the heads and the straights. And the motto then was 'never trust anyone over 30'. Now I would say 'never trust anyone under 30!' And also, getting old is fantastic. Why anyone has a problem with getting older I don't understand. The more experience you have, the more interesting life is. The principle of life is to enjoy it.'" Woo-hoo!: more praise for 3AM Magazine. Destino, the short animation film on which Walt Disney and Salvador Dali had collaborated in 1946 before the project was shelved due to lack of funds has been completed. The Guardian's Pixies quizz. Italy's ugly club. Salon raves about Jonathan Lethem's The Dreamer of Brooklyn. The Slate book club. Reading Lolita in Tehran. The Stuckists (see our interview with Charles Thomson) are hosting an exhibition of Larry Dunstan's photographs (ends 27 September). Helge Nowak on the differences between the British and American editions of A.S. Byatt's Possession (link via the Literary Saloon, Languagehat and Transblawg). How the Americans almost changed the title of Monica Ali's Brick Lane because people over there have never heard of the place! How do you learn anything with that sort of narrow-minded attitude?! Brick Lane makes it on to the most exciting Man Booker shortlist ever. Our favourite remains, by far, DBC Pierre's mighty Vernon God Little. Here's to the "year of David, not Goliath"! The link between reality dating shows and 19th century literature. The truly great Spike Magazine has been updated, and Spike's Stephen Mitchelmore is contributing to a new literary blog called In Writing.


It's Gerard (George Berger)'s birthday today: many happy returns mate! You're a great bloke and I hope you know it. Gerard's anarcho-disco outfit Flowers in the Dustbin is back from Germany. You can get the lowdown here: "This version of flowers is so much better than previous ones. . . . We used to name records 'Freaks Run Wild in the Disco': now the freaks really are running wild in a disco of their own making -- the punk rock disco. This is the map becoming the territory". Catch them on the Pop Muzik Tour (summer 2004) which will take Flowers to New York, London, Paris and Munich.


Catalonia is becoming the European California: "Why is this Euro-migrant fever happening now? The timing coincides with the global revolution in communications. Namely, the internet; cheap international phone calls; and a dramatic rise in low-cost scheduled flights. It is in the past couple of years that the revolution has reached maturity and that all three elements have come together and touched the lives of just about everybody in the Eurozone." The official Andy Capp website. Stuart David's wonderful Nalda Said has, at last, been published in the US. Find out what's on Tibor Fischer's bookshelf in The Financial Times (link via the Literary Saloon). The American Apparel phenomenon and the rise of 'ethical chic'. Tama Janowitz in The Observer: "I consider giving up writing on a daily basis. Writer's block is real and it's not about waiting for the perfect word or the perfect sentence, or the muse. I hit rock bottom every day. But I don't know how to do anything else any more. Maybe I could have been a painter a long time ago, but I wrote instead." She looks quite stunning at 46 which can probably be explained by her admission that she "absolutely" believes in plastic surgery! Jeffrey Eugenides's pearls of wisdom in last week's Observer: "People accuse you of things they're guilty of themselves. Adulterers accuse you of adultery, drunkards of drunkenness. The innocent are rarely the accusers", "In the 70s, the emphasis was that we should be as emotional and sensitive as possible, but actually the men that women seemed to prefer were not the most sensitive, and it's only become worse since then. I became increasingly less sensitive as I came out of college. There was a time in my mid-twenties when I was lifting enormous weights and building myself up and suddenly I became far more popular with women", "I've always had a sense that disaster is looming, though it's become better over the years. When I was growing up in Detroit, a city that was basically falling apart, I took that as the natural course of things, that the natural state of the world was entropy and falling apart. It gave me an elegiac sense of the world", "I keep banker hours when I'm writing", "Life is a dress rehearsal and death closes the show before the opening night". A future Miss World? Spiked are holding a conference on the blogging phenomenon (London, 17 September). The Adam Smith Institute has launched its own blog! At Mastication Is Normal, books are judged by their covers. Jim Giraffe, Daren King's forthcoming "novel for grown-ups". Nick Cave and Damien Hirst have both got one: The Independent on Sunday analyses the houseboat vogue. Mary Shelley gets a blue plaque: "Plans to place a commemorative plaque on the side of the house where she died in Belgravia, central London, were first mooted in 1975. However, they were shelved indefinitely after the building's then resident, a Rev DB Tillyer, objected to the unholy name 'Frankenstein' being written on the wall of his vicarage."


This month's Nerve Photo Contest: "The sexiest photo of someone - or many people - cooking eggs"! Tibor Fischer on New York. Nick Cave pays tribute to Johnny Cash. Sam Leith on sex in fiction in The Daily Telegraph. The Mirror launches a £1,000 short story competition in conjunction with The Columbia Journalism review on online magazines.


3am's HP Tinker has a short story entitled "In the Days Before the Revolution" in the September issue of "Increasingly my life resembled a work of bargain bin airport fiction, the plot unravelling in my hands, the narrative slipping round my ankles. Looking out of my skull, down at my body, I could never quite recognise the clothes I was wearing…" Vintage Tinker. The new Weird Soup will be published here in next to no time.


Check out The Rapture's new cool video. Thirteen: watch the trailer. Read AL Kennedy's "On Being a Writer" speech delivered at the Edinburgh Book Festival. Punk legend Marco Pirroni (who was in the crowd at 3AM's summer bash) has checked into hospital due to "extreme exhaustion". Adam Thirlwell on comedy. Pete (Doherty) Libertine is sentenced to six months in the slammer!

3AM TOP 5 09/07/2003

Antony Harding's July Skies will soon release their new album entitled The English Cold. Harding is currently listening to:
  1. "In a Beautiful Place Out in the Country", In a Beautiful Place Out in the Country -- Boards Of Canada:
    "Magnificent dreamy track from their ep of the same name. This track conjures up bleached wheat fields at the height of summer in the 1970's as the sun drops low. A string of sad electricity pylons catching the light of the sun, lost friends and fashion -- spellbinding stuff.
  2. "Remote Canals", Reckless Engineers -- epic45:
    "A great band that, while heavily influenced by the English landscape, actually manage to capture their aspirations on record so well. Beautiful songs all about the seasons, fields, pylons, lost loves etc."
  3. "February", Test Card Music Volume 1 -- The Polish Radio Orchestra:
    "This for me is the sound of childhood wet Tuesday afternoons in the early 1980's … what seemed like endless loops of Ceefax news pages while waiting for the afternoon children's programmes. Amazing strings, bass and gorgeous floaty female vocals from another era."
  4. "Tropic of Cancer", The Loss of Our Winter -- Below The Sea:
    "A beautiful instrumental that just glides along with shimmering frosty guitar work recalling past winters and heavy snowfalls."
  5. "Tour de France Etape 2", Tour de France Soundtracks -- Kraftwerk:
    "Everything about Kraftwerk's music is forged to perfection: every beat and sound has its place, there is nothing unnecessary and the end result is clean, minimal and very effective."


Fay Weldon reviews Tama Janowitz's new novel. France's answer to the Sex Pistols, Métal Urbain, are back and Seventeen Records will release their back catalogue in November. A short history of literary hoaxes. The best songs since Johnny Rotten roared. The latest edition of Steve Almond's "The Tip" is now online. Kylie underwear. An interesting interview with Martin Amis.


If you're in London on Tuesday 23 September, check out Maggie Fortune Presents, a night of spoken words and punky sounds. It's at Indo: 133 Whitechapel Road, London E1. Entry is free and it kicks off at 8pm. This event is highly recommended by 3AM Magazine.

PICTURE THIS 09/07/2003

3am collaborator and all-round good bloke Guillaume Destot has launched a first-rate Fotolog. Check it! (Pic: Yours Truly by Mr Destot.)


Erotic author Mitzi Szereto, who took part in this summer's Leaving the 21st Century 3AM bash, is editing an anthology of erotica "featuring famous historical characters": "The focus of this collection of speculative erotic fiction will be on famous characters throughout history from ancient times through the 20th Century. What did Napoleon and Josephine really get up to? Was Cleopatra as hot as everyone says? What went on backstage with the Bard and his actors? How much of a sexpot was Mae West? Did Elvis have much of a pelvis?" Manuscripts (no more than 6,500 words) are to be sent in by 1 December. For more details, send an e-mail here.


3am's George Berger is taking his band to Germany. Tonight Flowers in the Dustbin showcase their new brand of disco-punk at a benefit gig for children with AIDS in Hannover. Ex-Flowers guitarist Antje Klaehn is also on the bill; she'll play a solo set.


The one and only Jarvis Cocker talks about John Currin in The Guardian. Two exhibitions of the American painter's works are on in London at Sadie Coles HQ and the beautiful Serpentine Gallery (see pictures in the 3AM Fotolog). If you live (or like) South East London you'll probably be interested in a great little local Internet radio station called MeanTime Radio. Peter Wild of Bookmunch is guest blogger at Bookslut this week. He has also penned a great review of Tibor Fischer's Voyage to the End of the Room (see Alistair Gentry's review in as well as the Guardian's assessment). Tibor Fischer is interviewed in The Observer. Support the Save Our Short Story campaign! The lovely Charlotte Cooper has updated her fine site. Her cute Bad Toons collection is also well worth a look-see. Tony Wilson in the Independent: "Unless you lived through the horror and boredom of the early 1970s, it is unimaginable how bad it was. The idea that there was some music, some expression, that was going to destroy all this Rick Wakeman bollocks and bring back the reality was the cause that united us all around whatever this punk thing was." Paul Morley in "Most famous author I've met who acted like an idiot: Jackie Collins. I interviewed her at The Ritz, and she idiotically refused to let us conduct the interview in the shower. I thought, in the light of her books, that this was appropriate. She did not. Also, she refused to teach me how to write, and got her PR to throw me out of her suite when I asked her about the nature of the hard-on. I thought that this was also appropriate. She did not." Back to school time: the Sex Pistols lunch box. Are The Playwrights any cop? The New Yorker Festival runs from 19 to 21 September. Neal Pollack interviewed by " Some days I write for eight hours. There is no set schedule, and I don't see writing as some sort of holy act. When the phone rings, I answer it." His novel, Never Mind the Pollacks, will come out at the end of the month in the US. Robert Birnbaum interviews Douglas Coupland for the Morning News. Who are the sexiest New Yorkers? All the latest action in Paris. The promise of promiscuity. The Daily Telegraph analyses the art of the rejection letter. The Literary Saloon's review of Adam Thirlwell's Politics. There's an extract from DBC Pierre's brilliant, Booker-shortlisted Vernon God Little in today's Guardian.


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