[31.7.05] [Andrew Gallix]
THE MISSING LINKS
I've just been sent a copy of an American magazine called Verbicide which covers all things independent from punk bands to underground writers. 3:AM's mighty Matthew Wascovich, the one-man underground scene from Cleveland, is profiled in the latest (fourteenth) issue, and there's also a story by Vladik Cervantes, another 3:AM contributor. Buy it now! * Popmatters, Number One Hit Song, Literary Kicks and others review Richard Hell's new novel. * Make Doherty History? * Playwright Mark Ravenhill in today's Observer: "'An al-Qaeda bomb, or planes going into a tower, doesn't have a story, unlike an IRA bomb. That had a story, in that the IRA would say, 'This is going to happen', then there would be a bomb, and afterwards there would be a claim saying, 'Yeah we did it, and we want troops out of Ireland'. That's your beginning, middle and end. But with al-Qaeda, there's nothing like that, they just do it. I think that's one of the things that unsettles us, because we want a story. So my character tries to give suicide bombing a story". * iJamming! has been revamped, and there's a great interview with Mick Jones in there. * A review of Mark Morton's Dirty Words: The Story of Sex Talk: "I doubt that this is the perfect book for lovers, but it's certainly the perfect book for anyone who can imagine themselves enlivening a dull dinner party by saying: 'Did you know that the word felch denotes the act of sucking one's own semen out of another person's buttocks?'" (more here). * A site dedicated to dedications found in second-hand books (via Four-Eyed Bitch). * The Bookcrossing phenomenon gathers pace: "Bookcrossing started in April 2001 in Missouri, and now has 350,000 members in 90 countries who have liberated more than two million books in dozens of different languages. In the UK there are 4,000 bookcrossers who have established 'Crossing Zones' (places where you can find abandoned books)". * Billingham's finest, Maximo Park, are in The Indie: "'One of the few songs that is not about relationships is the b-side of 'Gone Missing', which is called 'A19','says Smith. 'It is named after a road that leads from Billingham to Newcastle. It is about being stuck in a place. If I had never travelled on that road, I would never have found new horizons'". This is, incidentally, the very same road where 3:AM's Andrew Stevens used to live. * Nicholas Clee in The Times on Nerve's Henry Miller Award: "The Literary Review Bad Sex Award is a reliably entertaining fixture in the literary calendar, offering the welcome chance to see lionised writers being made to look silly. Nerve, a website devoted to sexual writing, is attempting to redress the balance with the Henry Miller Award for outstanding sex scenes in fiction. Among the nominees are novels by Paul Theroux, Jeanette Winterson and Kathryn Harrison. The trouble is that sex scenes quoted out of context usually appear ridiculous. The extracts on Nerve's site might all be strong contenders for The Literary Reviewprize." * Once upon a time local councils in England tried to ban punk concerts. * The Guardian discuss the life and legacy of Dorothy Parker. * Londonist tip their hat in our direction (or however you describe a mention without saying 'Big up'...) and also towards the excellent Short Term Memory Loss. * "Books have become the new rock'n'roll, goes the thinking. But in reality books are a solitary pleasure while rock'n'roll is messy, loud and communal. That's why Glastonbury is a riot of mud and mayhem and the Hay festival is all straw hats and civility," according to The Observer's review of Port Eliot, while The Times settle for Giles Coren: "Woken by drum 'n' bass being played so loud that the mud in my tent is shaking. Get up, cross ten yards of sludge in horizontal rain to the next huddle of tents from ours and demand to know who is making this racket. It is Gavin Turk." * The Seven Wonders of South London. * Brace yourselves for Spike: The Book to coincide with the brilliant site's 10th anniversary next year! * Belle and Sebastian launch ringtone shop. Surely, that can't be right! * Michael Holroyd: "I can see signs of this impatience in my latest book, Mosaic. For example, it begins with the words 'The End'. That was premature. And then each opening sentence of every chapter except the last contains that same word 'end' in it. Finally, in my impatience, I forgot to write 'The End' at what was actually the end, and have had to add this for the paperback edition of the book so as to reassure readers who have reached that far that there will be no sequel." * Iconic rock moments. * 3:AM Chief Editor and brilliant webmaster Jim Martin fronts a kick-ass Canadian punk combo called Johnny Incognito now have a cool MySpace page. * Suicide Notes interviews Aisle 16, who went down a storm at this year's Port Eliot. Also via Suicide Notes/Four-Eyed Bitch: The Bedsit Journal. * The 2005 Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest. * Philosophical problems.