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Deborah Levy and Olivia Laing in conversation. * Olivia Laing and Ali Smith in conversation. * David Hayden on the women who influenced his writing. * On Eugene Thacker‘s Infinite Resignation. * For Saul Leiter, “simply looking at the world was enough”. * Lauren Elkin on the new motherhood books. * How auto is autofiction? * Amy Liptrot on her pregnancy: “Thinking can be overwhelming – this unexpected baby changes everything and the mysteries of life are happening inside my body – and I just need to be a wild beast, a physical being using my senses”. * The strange brilliance of Gerald Murnane. * More Gerald Murnane. * Glen Matlock’s London. * On Schopenhauer. * On Heidegger. * Remember the Offbeat Generation? * Glenn Branca RIP. * The New York Times on the late Glenn Branca: “Many of his works are meant to be performed at high volumes, partly so that the overtones of his amplified guitars would linger and pile up, creating a phantom layer of harmony beyond what the musicians were playing, and partly as a purely tactile element, meant to both envelop and physically shake his listeners”. * The Quietus on Glenn Branca. * The Guardian, Rolling Stone and Libération on Glenn Branca. * The Situationists and May 68. * “You are fucking cosmic.” Congratulation to Charlotte Amelia Poe. * Irmin Schmidt of Can interviewed. * Nuit Chris Marker. * Patricia Lockwood on Rachel Cusk‘s trilogy: “The step down isn’t there. Reality ruptures”. * Rachel Kushner, Spinoza with lipstick. * Rachel Kushner interviewed in Interview. * Back to the literary future with Michael Caines. * Brian Dillon on In the Dark Room. * Brian Dillon at Shakespeare and Company. * Brian Dillon on female essayists. * Edmund White on Arthur Cravan. * On Modernism’s belatedness. * An interview with Andrew Latimer of Little Island Press: “Your favourite qualities in a person? The propensity for self-effacement”. * The great Viv Albertine interviewed: “Now, everyone has gone to music school and they all play brilliantly and you think, Why are they even playing live? It’s all so bloody middle class now”. * Viv Albertine on Front Row. * Geoff Dyer on Garry Winogrand. * Geoff Dyer interview. * Geoff Dyer on “the dental equivalent of the end of history”. * Chris Power on book reviews. * Blyth Power. * Our very own Eley Williams interviewed in The White Review. * Tony White on Little Atoms (Resonance FM) and on the Guardian‘s books podcast. * On lost books. * The collected writing of Robert Smithson. * Juliet Jacques, Jonathan Coe and Jennifer Hodgson on British experimental fiction. * Ann Quin reading from Three. * Jennifer Hodgson on Ann Quin, plus an interview here. * Jennifer Hodgson on Quin’s Berg. * Jonathan Coe (quoting Stewart Home!) on Ann Quin. * Josie Mitchell on Ann Quin. * Deborah Levy on Ziggy Stardust: “In my view, Bowie was a great writer. He has influenced me more than Tolstoy ever will do”. * Joanna Walsh on literary necrophilia in the 21st century. * Joanna Walsh on Front Row. * Joanna Walsh on Monocle 24. * Claire-Louise Bennett in Le Monde. * Lauren Elkin on the women of surrealism: “in gazing too much at these women, we avoid looking directly at their art”. * Georges Perec‘s Les lieux d’une fugue (film, 1979). * Marguerite Duras on translation. * Unpublished Roland Barthes! * Nicholas Blincoe on Nick Land. * The story of David Bowie on BBC6 Music. * Mark Stewart interviewed by Mark Fisher. * ITV News commemorates punk’s 40th anniversary. * Regarding the em dash. * Will Self: Years ago, I said [novel-writing] would become a conservatoire form, like easel painting or the symphony, but I didn’t quite understand how all of these kids in creative writing programs, and their constant focus-grouping, would create a new form that’s halfway between hobbyism and literature. It’s an occupation for wealthy Western youth who are marking time. Because there are more writers than readers now, it’s decoupled from any conversation. It’s like a great internal rumination”. * Will Self on Walbersick. * 3:AM‘s Tristan Foster on Gerald Murnane: “In Gerald Murnane’s infamous archives, the reclusive Australian writer has files titled ‘I give up writing fiction — again!’, ‘(Yet again) why I stopped writing’, and ‘Should I tell Literature to get fucked?’” * Emmett Stinson on Gerald Murnane. * The New York Times on Gerald Murnane. *  They were the mods, they were the mods, they were, they were, they were the mods. * On Raymond Radiguet. *

First posted: Friday, August 3rd, 2018.

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