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A Richard Hell reading in New York on 13 September. * Roy Hattersley on the late Keith Waterhouse: “Waterhouse’s father was said to have been a drunk. If so, his son must have inherited some sort of antibody. I have never known a man who could consume so much alcohol without falling down. He had a special enthusiasm for champagne. But his addiction was writing”. More here, here, here and here. * The Free Word Festival (London, 16 September-9 October). * Remembering Steven Wells. * Paul Morley on Cornershop: “Their new album Judy Sucks A Lemon For Breakfast still shows facetious, fascinating intelligence at work in and around the recording studio as the group work out just where they belong by imagining a 1970s soundscape that could only exist round about now. …This was in the end why they didn’t really break through, because they weren’t a square, humourless reminder of the Beatles as cosy souvenir of the 1960s but an abstract, witty up-dating of the abstract, quick witted originality of the Beatles”. * Gavin James Bower on the 3 valuable lessons he learned from his modelling days: “One, I look good in my underwear. Two, the most important thing in life, no matter what you’re doing, is to enjoy it. And the third thing? Mums always know best”. * Carlos Ruiz Zafón dismisses the divide between high and low art as “cultural fraud”. * Too old to wear a miniskirt? * The gay South Park? * Jack Kerouac: Québécois? * Geek Love author Katherine Dunn‘s long, slow bout with words. * A road trip through literary California. * More on the Cultural Dictionary of Punk. * Naked book covers. * Covers of vintage children’s books. * A book lover’s guide to IKEA seating. * Brian Evenson’s playlist for Fugue State. * The return of glue-sniffing? * James Kelman rages at the “genrefication” of Scottish literature. * The new grand-daddy of American letters? Stuart Evers on Nicholson Baker. * The aforementioned Nicholson Baker appears at the Brooklyn Book Festival along with Tao Lin. * In search of The Great Rock Novel. * 6 essential rock fiction reads. (The list includes Tony O’Neill‘s Down and Out.) * The hairy prospect. * Michael Holroyd on Oscar Wilde. * Huw Nesbitt interviews Christiana Spens in The Quietus: “Reading Dorian Gray put all that angst on ice and poured the gin in – and suddenly the adolescent experience, all the prohibited temptation of it – became something enjoyable – the cocktail and the cure”. * Chatting to a pretty woman is bad for a man’s brain. * Choose what you read. * Nick Cave at the Southbank Centre in London on 9 September. The evening is chaired by no other than Mr David Peace himself. * David Oprava interviewed about his new Grievous Jones press: “[I]t’s funny how sometimes a single picture of a naked woman holding a gun over her vagina can capture the essence of someone’s poetry, in this case, it definitely did”. * The return of Lorrie Moore. * Umberto Eco leads writers’ revolt against Berlusconi’s attempt to gag press. * Dictator-lit. * Tintin to be sued for “racist” Congo book. * Iggy Pop, Sonic Youth and Genesis P-Orridge in new William Burroughs documentary. * James Joyce does not exist. * Sam Jordison on Simon Crump‘s Neverland. * Mott the Hoople 40 years on. * Punky reggae Notting Hill. * Warp. * Jeremy Page on being a weekend dad. * Neil Gaiman’s bookshelves. * John Carey on William Golding. * Happy birthday to Beat the Dust. * The Observer‘s Polaroid Project. More here: “In the early to mid-70s, with the advent of the now familiar SX-7O camera, the Polaroid became the film of choice for actual swingers whose X-rated bedroom snapshots did not have to be sent off to be developed. By the early 80s, Polaroid found an unlikely champion in the artist, David Hockney, who began creating his huge landscapes such as Pearblossom Highway from photographic collages”. * Burning Man 2009. * Jon Savage on the 60s music press explosion.

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First posted: Sunday, September 6th, 2009.

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