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The complete Cinema of Transgression. * Nick Zedd’s post-punk movies. * Women in early Soviet cinema. * Gertrude Stein interview, 1934 (audio). * Mairéad Hanrahan on Cioran. * An extract from Susana Medina’s Spinning Days of Night. * Nikesh Shukla talks to Lee Rourke. * Pig Iron book launch pics (read all about Ben Myers‘ Black Flag t-shirt here). * Ben Myers on the one-book bookshop. * The 10 best invisible artworks. * Haunted by lost art. * Erasurist poetry from Taiwan. * Mitchelmore on Enrique Vila-Matas (Dublinesque): “But then it follows that if the everyday of the reader proffers literary correspondences, adding a certain portentous grandeur to ordinary life, the end of literature will mean life disrobed and destitute, leaving him to endure what we might call enchantment hunger (which someone ought to use for a title)”. * China Miéville interviewed. * An extract from A Partial History of Lost Causes. * Béla Tarr retires from film-making: “My fondest hope is that he will create a fanatical, cult-like environment wherein he can hothouse a generation of film-makers as grouchy, misanthropic and visionary as himself, because guys like Tarr are fewer on the ground every day”. * An interview with Penelope Houston of The Avengers. * Jean-Philippe Toussaint’s Reticence reviewed. * Waiting for Godot — the video game. * ESG live. * DBC Pierre’s guide to Mexico City. * John Robb on Creation Records. * R.I.P. Ray Bradbury. More here. * Michael Bracewell’s top 10 art books. * The Book Club’s first anniversary at Le Carmen in Paris — spot Christiana Spens (video). * Brian Eno’s Obscure Records (1975-78). * David Winters reviews Dead Man Working. * The triumph of the left brain? * Roberto Bolaño: “The truth is, I don’t believe all that much in writing”. * Short films by Viennese Aktionist Kurt Kren. The ghost of conceptual writing. * Love lost among the ruins: Brian Dillon’s Sanctuary reviewed. * Brian Dillon on the Patrick Keiller exhibition at Tate Britain. * Daniel Levin Becker on Oulipian Jacques Jouet. * ‘God Save the Queen’ turns 35! * Vegas stripped. * An introduction to Equus Press. * Christopher Plummer re-enacts Nabokov teaching Kafka. * Bill Drummond. * A 1960s student house party. * Student party, Belfast, 1970. * Don Letts’s Subculture series. * John Cooper Clarke: “In the past, he has proposed that, for National Poetry Day, all human affairs be conducted in rhyme, with the exception of the emergency sevices”. * Is nihilism dead? * Anti-humanism and the question of philosophical anthropology. * London in puddles. * Lee Rourke: “Dialogue From a Novel Already Written“. * Gabriel Josipovici on the British novel (audio). * A review of Enrique Vila-Matas’s Dublinesque. * Mary Ellen Bute’s Passages From Finnegans Wake (video). * Passport to Pimlico: a behind the scenes tour. * A plea for folk-philosophy. * Sheila Heti interviewed. * Carl Barat at Paris opera. * Harold Pinter on Samuel Beckett (video). * Top Shelf Products.
Unprinting. * Tom McCarthy and Ben Marcus at the Horse Hospital in London on 7 June. * Ten short films by Stewart Home from the 80s and 90s. * The making of The Rings of Saturn. * Walter Gropius on Utopianism (MP3). * Alain Badiou: a life in writing. * Why Alain Badiou stopped voting. * Five works of theory you should consider reading. * The beginner’s guide to Deleuze. * Boris Groys: under the gaze of theory. * Mitchelmore reviews Gabriel Josipovici’s The Story of a Moment. * McKenzie Wark interviewed. * A tumblr devoted to writers’ routines. * Ten years without Joe Strummer. * Sam Jordison on Hemingway in Paris. * Silver Jubilee Day (The Times). * The Paris launch of Her Royal Majesty 12. * Rosy Lamb paints Harriet Alida Lye (video by Sam Gordon). * Malcolm McLaren’s cowboys t-shirt: mystery solved. * The Washington D.C. punk revolution. * Patti Smith in Warhol’s Interview magazine, October 1973. * A necessarily unfinishable novel. * End of Oulipo, The? * Ben Myers on A Clockwork Orange. * Ben (now Benjamin) Myers interviewed. * A Death in Mexico by Jonathan Woods (trailer). * Donna Summer R.I.P. * Christiana Spens’s daily artworks. * The Smiths dub style. * Epic tea time with Alan Rickman. * Akotombo’s new album, False Positives. * A new Banksy in London. * Banksy artwork destroyed by builder. * Children’s TV shows on the BBC (in pictures). * Jerry Nolan’s Rolling Stone ad, 1969. * Alice Bag profile. * London timelapse. * George Steiner podcast. * An interview with David Arnoff about his punk/post-punk era photographs. * On the new Clarice Lispector translations. * Oldest porn in history? * 1950s Calendar Girls. * Danny Byrne reviews Karl Knausgaard (My Struggle). * John Cheever reading “The Swimmer,” 1977. * Roxy Music, live at the BBC, 1972. * René Clair’s Paris qui dort, 1925. * An interview with Lars Iyer. * Factory Records exhibition. * Alain de Botton: in defence of self-help books. * Bukowski woodcut. * An introduction to phenomenology. * The King’s Road music and fashion trail. * The Fitzgeralds in Hollywood. * Prince Philip’s top 10 gaffes. * Ed Piskor’s Wizzywig (book trailer). * Dennis Hopper and Iggy Pop get their tits out. * Classical nudes get a 21st century makeover (see top pic). * The mermaids of Florida (see other pic). Tom McCarthy in conversation with Marita Gluzberg. * Dylan Trigg on disorientation and uncanniness. * Roland Barthes: myths we don’t outgrow. * 1977: the Queen’s punk jubilee. * Palettes of famous painters. * Three early short films by Peter Greenaway. * Black and white pictures of life inside the Chelsea Hotel. * Stiv Bators interview, 1986 (video). * Henry Miller in Paris, 1969. * In Paris with Malcolm McLaren. * Tin House on the Paris Book Club at Le Carmen. More here. * Paris’s iconic Village Voice Bookshop, which opened in 1982, is to close down. * Where to find a vintage photo booth in Paris. * Walter Benjamin’s “The Task of the Translator” (1923). * The Late Walter Benjamin. * Antiphilosophy. * Vintage lesbian pulp fiction. * Heidi Julavits on The Believer. * An intriduction to Italian neo-realism. * Sid Vicious in Norway. * Portlandia. * Will Self on transvaginal probes. * Will Self on his own “Kafka’s Wound“. * Nicholas Lezard on sex and punishment. * Borges’s Norton Lectures, 1967-8. * Literature: cupcake or cure? * Jenni Fagan on being pregnant. * A review of Ivan Vladislavic’s The Loss Library. * Cooking an ink-black calamari risotto with Einstürzende Neubauten’s Blixa Bargeld. * Climbing Up tights. * Anders Petersen’s photographs of London’s Soho. * Tim Adams on the William Utermohlen retrospective: “A nurse who loved Utermohlen’s work encouraged him to keep working, to try to draw Alzheimer’s from the inside”. * Some of Adrian Sherwood’s best dub productions. * Steve Mitchelmore reviews Knausgaard’s A Time for Every Purpose Under Heaven. * Jean-Philippe Toussaint’s Reticence. * Jacques Lacan, 1972 (video). * Flowchart: what is weird fiction? * Death in the age of Facebook. * Dante’s Circles of Hell in Lego. * A documentary about Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazlewood in Las Vegas, 1973. * Portraits by Man Ray [see Lee Miller above].The wonderful Deborah Levy interviewed on France 24 (video). *A review of The Space Between curated by Michael Bracewell. * Robert Walser’s Thirty Poems to be published by New Directions later this month. * Quentin Meillassoux’s The Number and the Siren (on Mallarmé) reviewed. * László Krasznahorkai interviewed: “You will never go wrong anticipating doom in my books, anymore than you’ll go wrong in anticipating doom in ordinary life”. * Cain Todd on pornography. * The real Cape Kennedy is inside your head (based on Dylan Trigg’s 3:AM essay). * Simon Critchley: “[L]iterature for me, it’s what everything comes back to, it’s essential”. * Marcel Duchamp interviewed by the BBC, 1966. * Four Man Ray films from the 1920s. * The 10 best movie credit sequences. * Will Self on J. G. Ballard (video). * 3:AMer Richard Cabut’s Desert Island Discs. * John Peel’s record collection. * James Bridle on the commercial possibilities of fan fiction. * The sky over Europa. * Derek Jarman: Life as Art, Part 1. * 3:AM’s David Winters reviews Eli Friedlander’s Walter Benjamin: A Philosophical Portrait. * Elif Shafak on Walter Benjamin: “One doesn’t read him to feel better. One reads him to feel”. * Bauhaus: art as life. * The Emperor of Wyoming. * Jonathan Lethem and Andy Zax talk Talking Heads. * The fictitious Parisian address. * Now I wanna sniff some glue. * The myth of the suffering artist. * An extract from The Imposter: BHL in Wonderland. * Saint Etienne. * Teddy boys on the loose. * Terry Richardson’s Lady Gaga photoshoot (”Blank Generation” soundtrack). Jean-Luc Godard’s abandoned 60s manifesto. * Sometimes the only cure is to disappear. * Vanishing films. * A rose is a Christine Brooke-Rose is a Christine Brooke-Rose: “Innovation has a strange way of surviving. In those distant days (the late 1950s), there was active prejudice in England, led by C. P. Snow, against the new fashion from France. But who even mentions Snow now, or his followers? For if the prejudice against experiment persists, the novel nevertheless has changed, and if Robbe-Grillet himself is also perhaps no longer read, some of his technique has insidiously survived, in a way that Snow’s has no”. * Jennifer Egan’s “Notes for Innovative Fiction“. * A blog devoted to John Cage’s writings. * A documentary about Jacques Rigaut (France Culture, 24 April). * On Lars Iyer’s mystical idiots. * On Joseph Roth’s letters. * Iain Sinclair on David Gascoyne: “‘Is it true that you actually knew Max Ernst?’ demands a persistent interviewer, stalking the poet’s stair-lift retreat, on the outskirts of Newport. ‘Knew him? I had him over the back of a grand piano in 1926.’” (See also, Darran Anderson on Gascoyne.) * The Cramps live at a mental asylum, 1978. * Simon Reynolds on Retromania: “But it [the book] also came from everyday use of the internet: downloading out-of-print albums from file-sharing blogs or trawling through YouTube, and entering a state of atemporality where the past and the present are intermingled and indistinguishable, in an eerie way”. * Instagram’s instant nostalgia. * Heidi Julavits on Tumblr. * Tumblr tips for writers. * The Jam, live in Paris, 1981. * Slow Toe. * Two legends: Andrew Klimeyk and Chris Yarmock. * The sound of loneliness. * Wonderful Polaroids. * Julian Barnes revisits Le Grand Meaulnes. * An interview with Ben Marcus. * Stanley Kubrick’s first film, 1951. * Martin Scorsese’s first three (short) films. * Hitchcock’s definition of happiness. * Benjamin, Barthes and the singularity of photography. * Wim Wenders on photography. * Is it still possible to write philosophical novels? * The BBC’s Modern Writers archive. * Writing death. * Joyce collection published online. * The toning down of The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. * The full moon myth. * The editors of The White Review interviewed in Bookforum. * The Gun Club live, 1984.Jon Savage on Subway Sect. * George Steiner’s The Poetry of Thought reviewed in the TLS. * Donari Braxton’s new film, Themes from a Rosary. * The Post-it ghost. * Snatch (see our interview with Judy Nylon). * Simon Critchley interviewed at Full Stop Magazine. * The New Inquiry on Albert Cossery. * Teju Cole on W. G. Sebald’s poetry in The New Yorker. * Introduction to Antiphilosophy. * Will Self: walking is political. * Will Self in conversation with David Tennant. * Darran Anderson’s The Magnetic Mountain book launch (video). * Mary Hawthorne on Robert Walser. * R.I.P. Cynthia Dall and Harry Crews. * Punk and the 60s. * Lars Iyer interviewed. * How to be an academic failure. * Situationist aesthetics. * An interview with Gee Vaucher of Crass (video). * On Blank City. * James Chance & The Contortions, live at Max’s Kansas City, 1979. * Benjamin Walker on Guy Debord’s The Society of the Spectacle (podcast). * PiL go to Heaven. * The Los Angeles Review of Books on Ben Marcus. * Updike vs Wolfe. * A review of Richard King’s How Soon is Now? * I love total destruction. * “I started on the outside, I simply prefer to be independent”: Roger Corman. * An interview with Karl O. Knausgård (video). * A great women in punk blog. * Slavoj Žižek riffs on Kung Fu Panda. * [Pic: Ho Ryan Lee.] Christine Brooke-Rose R.I.P.: “I’ve always tried to avoid the expected word”. From the Guardian: “[A]s her close acquaintance Roland Barthes said, it is only once the voice loses its origin that writing may begin. Was Brooke-Rose ever really with us?” * Antonio Tabucchi R.I.P. * A new biography of Richard Brautigan. * David Lodge reviews Pico Iyer’s The Man Within My Head. * Great interview with the fascinating Dylan Trigg. * Literary Paris. * Special issue of Modernism/Modernity dedicated to Beckett. * Orson Welles and Kafka. * Forgotten Bookmarks. * Harold Bloom reviews Marina Warner’s Stranger Magic. * Suburbia gone wild. * Blank City. * 100 Punks Rule. * Ripped & Torn has a revamped website (which includes the Punk: The Early Years and I Swear I was There documentaries). * Jah Wobble and Keith Levene play Metal Box. * The look of music. * The return of Mad Men. * The Los Angeles Review of Books on Mad Men. * The man behind Mad Men. * A literary guide to Mad Men. * Real-life Mad Men-era photos. * Steven Mitchelmore reviews The Art Kettle. * An interview with Mark Stewart of The Pop Group. * Dennis Morris on growing up black. (Wonderful pictures of black London in the 60s and 70s here.) * The mighty Sam Jordison on The Alexandria Quartet. * “London’s Overthrow” by China Miéville. * Screenshots of despair. * How indie labels changed the world. * On Diego Marani’s New Finnish Grammar. * Richard Hell shirt for sale. * Who has the right to write in the UK today? * Zadie Smith on Gustave Doré’s illustrations of Dante’s Inferno: “…line upon line of textured black, a perfect rendition of nothing”. * Life after people. * The 1985 Jesus & Mary Chain riot. * Modern British design. * Umberto Eco: “There is an allure to enumerating how many women Don Giovanni slept with: It was 2,063, at least according to Mozart’s librettist, Lorenzo da Ponte”. * Ho Ryon Lee’s ‘double exposure’ upskirt paintings (see above). “There is no such thing as the literary establishment. I know this because I am part of it.” Geoff Dyer. * John Ingham on the punk years. * James Bridle on Visual Editions’ iPad version of Marc Saporta’s Composition No 1. * Iain Sinclair’s wonderful Stone Tape Shuffle album, released by Test Centre. * 10 contemporary American essayists you should be reading. * Javier Marías on the Western, “a relic of a more credulous, more innocent, more emotional age”. * Tom McCarthy talks about his “burn prose”. * Kafka’s Zurau Aphorisms with commentary. * On Edouard Levé’s Autoportrait. * David Webster’s Dispirited. * A Spanish interview with Stewart Home. * Steve Buscemi will direct Queer, the story of William S. Burroughs. * Bret Easton Ellis‘ notes for an American Psycho sequel. * “I wanted ATTA to engage a younger audience beyond forty-somethings gleaning potential insights about the perils of married life and parenthood from the latest 700 page book by Jonathan Franzen.” Jarett Kobek interviewed. (See also, 3:AM’s interview with Kobek.) * Edgar Allan Poe & the art of squalor. * George Craig on translating Beckett. * A review of the new, forthcoming Monochrome Set album. * What can novelists learn from neuroscience? * “I think all interesting forms of spirituality are forms of passive, nihilistic withdrawal from a world that seems to be out of control.” Simon Critchley. * The irredeemably boring egotism of Cindy Sherman. * Unseen Monroe. * The racial politics of punk. * Punk rock in oppressive regimes. * Collection of Richard Hell-era Television sessions (via UbuWeb). * Stop calling it curation. * Virginia Woolf & Vanessa Bell play cricket. * Jack Kerouac’s play Beat Generation to premiere in US. * H.P. Lovecraft’s afterlife of influence. * Jacques Derrida interviews Ornette Coleman [PDF]. * A literary tour of Paris. * “By 2015, we’ll hopefully have published the Joyce of the twenty-first century. Failing that, we’ll publish the real Joyce.” Interview with the editors of The White Review. * A documentary devoted to Bob Gruen. * Tim Parks on the “catharsis of exhaustion” & not finishing reading books. * In Search of Mœbius, BBC documentary on iconic French comic book artist (R.I.P). * [Pictured above] ‘Big Little’ comic books of the 1930s/40s (via @tomgauld).
Jacob Mikanowski on Bruno Schulz, Jindřich Štyrský, & the modernist masters of matter. (See also, Darran Anderson on Schulz.) * A very interesting interview with Geoff Dyer. * From melancholia to Prozac. * Christer Strömholm’s 1950s/60s photographs of Parisian prostitutes. * Ewan Morrison on factual fiction. * “We’re all W. & Lars now”, Steve Mitchelmore on Lars Iyer’s Dogma. * 3:AM’s Andrew Gallix on Dogma. * Gus Van Sant adapts William S. Burroughs in early experimental film. * William Burroughs & J.G. Ballard. * “Syntax is not a crude tool: it permits completion, incompletion, varieties of register, varieties of pitch & musical phrasing. It permits of density, association, enigma & echo. A little of it can go quite a long way.” George Szirtes on the telegraphese of Twitter. * When writers censor themselves. * Dave Markey’s The Slog Movie, 1982. * Brian Hodgson and the Radiophonic Workshop. * Christopher Stevens on Joe Orton and Kenneth Williams (podcast). * Is Pinterest the new Tumblr? * Songs about books. * A musical overview of Bret Easton Ellis‘ oeuvre. * Paul Weller interviewed. * Introducing The Slate Book Review. * Vile International: summer 1976 double issue. * Lolita redesigned. * Carl Kohler’s author protraits. (See also, 3:AM’s piece on Kohler.) * The flâneur goes to the mall, the slacker in modern fiction. * Slow cinema. * Philosophers ponder the afterlife. * Where is the obituary for philosopher Ruth Barcan Marcus? * 10 best fictional bookshops in popular culture. * The NME at (almost) 60. * The making of W.G. Sebald’s Rings of Saturn. * Adam Gopnik’s favourite essay collections. * From a certain perspective, Virginia Woolf did not write criticism at all. * When writers become verbs. * Edgar Allan Poe’s stranglehold on popular culture. * Chelsea Hotel, 1981 Arena documentary. * Balthus’s studies of girls in often stilted poses are certainly timeless in their strangeness, their evocation of a pre-adult world of dark childhood reverie. Now, Japanese photographer Hisaji Hara has made a series of images that meticulously recreate some of Balthus’s most famous paintings.Djuna Barnes exhibition (via Paris Review). * “I think I’m writing for somebody - like being the ghostwriter for someone who had a very different life from my life today.” Eileen Myles (see also, 3:AM’s review of Inferno). * On Wallace Stevens, the “magisterial aesthetician, the abstract reasoner, the obsessive formalist endlessly scrutinizing the gulf between language & reality”. * Norman Lebrecht on Stefan Zweig’s suicide, 70 years on. * Ex-Hole’s Eric Erlandson to release Kurt Cobain book. * China Miéville on apocalyptic London. * A visit to the London Library. * Will there ever be another Great American Novel? * Yeats said, more or less, that we can’t articulate the truth, but we can embody it. I think that’s wrong or at least beside the point. What’s of interest for me is precisely how we try to articulate the truth, and what that says about us, and about “truth.” David Shields. * Harry Crews is, was, & always will be a complete and utter badass. * The lost world of Lawrence Durrell. * Unearthed, the 1949 Great Gatsby film. * José Saramago’s ‘lost’ novel published. * Longlist for this year’s best translated books. * Slavoj Zizek & Frederic Jameson disagree about The Wire. * Will Self, professor of contemporary thought at Brunel, on Owen Hatherley. * The Festival of Dangerous Ideas. * Jonathan Lethem & Steve Erickson on The Exegesis of Philip K. Dick. * After Samuel Beckett heard Patrick Magee read extracts form his novel Molloy and From Abandoned Work on the radio, he wrote a one act play specifically for the Northern Irish actor. * John Banville on Beckett’s letters. * Shalom Auslander’s top 10 comic tragedies. * “The ultimate achievement of the career writer, after a lifetime of literary festivals, shortlists and prizes, readings, seminars, honorary degrees, lectures, and, of course, writing is, or would be, to place himself inside “the canon.” But in the publishing culture we have today any idea that a process of slow sifting might produce a credible canon such as those we inherited from the distant past is nonsense.” Tim Parks. * “I had an intuitive feeling of everything being fiction at the moment, everything being stories…I did it because I wanted a kind of freedom in literature, but it ended up being a sort of jail, I think.” Karl Ove Knausgård. * Jonathan Franzen’s female problem. * Gabriel Josipovici on Joseph Roth. * (It was bound to happen) Dana Stevens watches Tarkovsky’s Stalker & reads Geoff Dyer’s Zona simultaneously. * Salvador Dalí & the Chupa Chups lollipop. R.I.P Barney Rosset, William Gay & Dmitri Nabokov. * Vladimir Navokov & Lionel Trilling discuss Lolita. * Barney Rosset on Beckett’s Film. * Alfred Jarry finally appears on UbuWeb. * ZerO Books and radical publishing. * Tony White on “off-Broadway publishing”. * “A flighty mind might be going somewhere”, Hanif Kureishi on the art of distraction. * A hypertext version of Borges’s The Book of Sand. * The making of Trumpton. * Charts and diagrams drawn by famous authors. * New Orleans Mardi Gras. * On August Derleth. * “Curse the snivelling, dribbling, dithering palsied pulse-less lot that make up England today.” D.H. Lawrence (1912). * On Franzen, Wallace and the question of realism. * 2000AD at 35. * Andy Warhol was much more than an icon of modern cool. * Valerie Solanas‘ “edit” of library copy of S.C.U.M. Manifesto. * 10 best slacker novels. * The Chimerist. * Inside David Lynch’s Silencio. * “The rediscovery of Joseph Roth has been one of the happiest literary developments of the last 10 years.”. * “We are always moving towards failure.” Irvine Welsh. * Will Self to become a professor of contemporary thought. * Lars Iyer’s research notes for Dogma. * Lars Iyer reads from Dogma. * “The novel is a very democratic form & the intellectual price of entry is not very high so most novels are pitched low on the level of complexity.” Teju Cole. * Patrick deWitt on Oulipo author Harry Mathews‘ masterpiece of minutia The Journalist. * Patrick deWitt interviewed. * Philp Larkin on vinyl. * John Peel’s record collection to become on-line interactive museum. * 60 years of rock history in NME covers. * Jean-Luc Godard captures The Rolling Stones recording ‘Sympathy for the Devil’ (1968). * William Gibson’s Distrust That Particular Flavor reviewed. * When de Maupassant met Swinburne. * What makes a book a gay book, or a writer a gay writer? Walt Whitman, for all his sizzling erotic verses about men, inisted to the end that he was interested only in women. * NYC phone booths doubling as public libraries. * With all the people hanging around, the place feels a little bit like a very comfortable, more wholesome version of Andy Warhol’s Factory except that Chinese state security agents are waiting just outside the walls and could burst in again at the first hint of subversive behaviour. At home with Ai Weiwei. * Everything there is in Blake Butler’s apartment. * A selection from The Dictionary of Vulgar Tongue. Believe in the ruins. * Robert Walser and the art of staring straight ahead. * Gavin James Bower on Claude Cahun. * Tim Parks argues that e-books “bring us closer than the paper book to the essence of the literary experience”. * Tariq Goddard interviewed. * Jah Wobble and Keith Levene on PiL’s Metal Box. * Can live, 1972. * David Winters on Malcolm Bull’s Anti-Nietzsche and Gerald Murnane’s Barley Patch. * The Modernist Journals Project. * On new literary magazines. * Simon Reynolds interviews Greil Marcus: “At once epic and fragmentary, the book [Lipstick Traces] argues for the Sex Pistols as the culmination of ‘an unheard, invisible tradition’ of apocalyptic protest-poetry stretching back via Situationism and Dada all the way to medieval millenarian sects like the Brethren of the Free Spirit. ‘Johnny Rotten is speaking for himself but all those other voices are in there speaking with him too. All kind of demands on society, on life, on ontology, on epistemology are present in the noise of punk and in that vocal sound, boiled down on to a little 7-inch piece of plastic’. * Punk flyers as Swiss modernism (via Jason Diamond). * Essential reading: Tom Bradley’s A Pleasure Joint With One of the Sex Workers Who Don’t Exist in the People’s Republic of China. * The Catcher in the Rye illustrated. * The Saints interviewed, 1977 (video). * The cult of Sherlock Holmes. * Michael Cunningham’s library. * Juan Gabriel Vasquez on how to read novels. * “The first secret, shared only by the initiated, is that [Thomas] Bernhard is very funny.” * In Search of Haruki Murakami, a 50 minute documentary. * Mary Talbot on her, & Lucia Joyce’s, father/daughter narratives. * Finnegans Wake read in its entirety. * Joyce’s children’s story. * Umberto Eco’s children’s book. * An interview with George Craig. * Fake movie and TV bands. * “Whatever people may say about my books, the epigraphs have always been top-drawer.” Geoff Dyer. * Sukhdev Sandhu reviews Zona. * The White Review on how Zona poses an alternative model for the academic essay. * Adam Ant: “[N]ew romantic was nothing to do with Adam and the Ants. The Ants was a punk band, or a post-punk band if anything, and so historically it’s inaccurate”. * Martin Amis‘ classic guide to arcade games revisited. * An interactive Paris street art map. * Doisneau’s 50 best Paris photos. * Viva downtown Las Vegas. * Blake Butler interviewed. * On Donald Barthelme’s reading list. * Talking Heads live in Germany, 1980. * Iconic writers on symbolism, 1963. * A review of Ben Jeffery’s Anti-Matter: Michel Houellebecq and Depressive Realism. * Michael Davis (MC5) obituary. * Cartographies of Time. * Worldscribe Press. * Coum Transmissions. * Throbbing Gristle films, 1984-2005. * Jon Savage interviews Iggy Pop. * The London’s Lost Rivers exhibition (including work by Jon Savage). * Luis Bunuel makes a dry martini. * Thomas Bernhard bursts into flames. * The Crass/Mickey Mouse T-shirt. * Steve Ignorant video. * New Order live in NYC, 1981. * Librarian pornography.
“Fail better” is now experimental literature’s equivalent of that famous Che Guevara photo, flayed completely of meaning and turned into a successful brand with no particular owner. * Lars Iyer’s top 10 literary frenemies. * Simon Critchley on Oscar Wilde’s De Profundis. * Critchley’s tragedy reading list. * Writings on Joyce. * Joyce & the internet. * “No other writer cops out quite as elegantly as Geoff Dyer.” * “She is a great novelist who looks like a quieter novelist.” Adam Thirlwell’s wonderful 2004 essay on Muriel Spark. * A brief survey of William S. Burroughs references in pop culture. * “‘Is it Cronenbergesque or not?’ It’s nice to be an adjective, but it can also be a trap.” * J.G. Ballard’s hand-edited manuscript of Crash. * Stewart Home’s 10 Greatest Anti-Art Suicides (Before Mike Kelly). * Guy Debord’s sound works, Situationist films & the documentary On the Passage of a few People through a Rather Brief Moment in Time: The Situationist International 1956-1972, all at UbuWeb. * Robert Montgomery’s street poems. * The rise, the fall, & the attempted rise of Stefan Zweig. * “Stories of a man in love with the world, but unable to take part in it.” On Robert Walser’s Berlin Stories. * No one reads Ladislav Klima. * Juan Gabriel Vásquez on his residency in a reconstruction of Joseph Conrad’s Roi des Belges, with music by Andrew Bird. * “The fact that [A Personal Record] is rarely read today confirms Conrad’s reputation as one of English literature’s most “homeless” authors.” * Kevin Breathnach’s speculative criticism uncovers a plot within modernist photography. * The magazines that published the founding texts of modernism are now available in PDF. * Edmund White on his love for Ezra Pound’s translation of ‘Exile’s Letter’ by Li Po. * T.S. Eliot & his happy life as a banker. * Typewriter erotica from the 1920s (above). * On Alan Moore’s claims that prequels & sequels diminish the quality of a literary work. * Sylvain Sylvain interviewed. * James Joyce is out of copyright, but the spats continue. * James Joyce’s Chamber Music. * Is Tony Judt Orwell’s heir? * La Jetée captured. * “David Foster Wallace died, and in the conversation about his death a certain sort of book got elevated, enshrined.” * 2012, the year the David Foster Wallace industry exploded. * “This failure is where Bernhard and Levé begin. Their works, very similar, very different, demonstrate the multiplicity of solutions bestowed by failure. In announcing their failure, both writers renounce it.” “Anyone who believes that you can make art from language is part of a small, nearly-vanishing community, and we should all form a wedge and march on the enemy.” Ben Marcus interviewed. * All the Words from Michel Foucault’s “The Order of Things - An Archaeology of Human Sciences” in Alphabetical Order. * Ewan Morrison on the self-epublishing bubble. * Jonathan Franzen’s warning that e-books are damaging for society. * The Jesus and Mary Chain riot. * Leonard Cohen on how to read poetry. * Everything Woody Allen has ever written has been on a typewriter he bought when he was 16. * Alternative titles for Hitchcock’s Vertigo. * The paranormal Peter Sellers. * The 50 best David Lynch characters. * P.G. Wodehouse’s American Psycho. * The King’s Road in the summer of 1976. * Why Paul Auster isn’t going to Turkey anytime soon. * Folio, the “French equivalent of our Penguin paperbacks,” turns 40. * Gabriel Josipovici on Alfred Jarry. * The very first time the Sex Pistols were mentioned in the press. * Zizek!, a documentary. * The evil genius of David Shrigley. * Jim Jarmusch’s vampire love story. * “I do not listen to music while writing. I feel my own rhythm would go out of tune if I listened to music.” Banana Yoshimoto. * In praise of Mina Loy. * Jeanette Winterson on the male mystique of Henry Miller. * Brendan Behan’s Dublin, a 1966 documentary. * Orson Welles narrates Future Shock. * Madrid’s Raymond Roussel exhibition. * Virginia Woolf’s BBC lecture “Craftmanshp” (audio). * Lydia Davis talks Nabokov’s marginalia & translating Flaubert (video). * James Joyce & Walter Benjamin in Paris. * Georges Perec on how he structured Life A User’s Manual (video). * The memoirs of Richard Seaver recall an avant-garde golden age in Paris. * Keith Haring & William Burroughs‘ collaboration, The Valley. * Michael Levenson’s Modernism reviewed. * A scrupulous fidelity, on Thomas Bernhard’s The Loser. * Geoff Dyer on unusual histories. * “Dyer’s approach to the heaviness of Tarkovskian cinema..is to treat it as lightly as possible.” * A user’s guide to Roberto Bolaño. * “If you have read several books by Don DeLillo, sooner or later you will have a Don DeLillo moment.” * Truth vs. fiction. * The Death of the Cyberflâneur. * February’s Words Without Borders is international graphic novels. * More on the Lloyd Johnson exhibition. * Teju Cole’s small fates. * Paris in children’s books. * The sound of brain waves. * A tribute to Derek Jarman. * Girls and skateboards. * J. G. Ballard on the Disneyfication of museums. * 30 writers talk about God and reason. * The greatest books of all time chosen by 125 authors.An in-depth interview with 3:AM’s one-man avant-garde movement Matthew Wascovich in the Village Voice. * The trouble with productivity. * Back to the Futurism. * David Foster Wallace on the future of fiction in the information age (video). * The phantom metro stations of Paris. * The unknown pleasures of Mickey Mouse. * Ray Bradbury’s 1965 trip to Disneyland. * The 2006 South Bank Show devoted to J.G. Ballard. * Steve Reich’s “Radiohead Rewrite”. * How to piss off the Germans. * What makes a cult author? * The cult books of 2012. * “It’s dangerous to be an artist. That’s what we talk about in Naked Lunch.” David Cronenberg. * “Transition & the old grammar forms no longer useful..” Paris Review excerpt letters of William Burroughs. * Burroughs 23. * More than 100 William Burroughs MP3s. * Patti Smith, the Mother Courage of Rock. * Crass’s Thatchergate tape. * The digital resurrection of Sex and Guts magazine. * Blake Butler on Nikanor Teratologen. * Interesting piece on the legacy of Empire (the band). * More on the Lloyd Johnson exibition in London. * The Ramones on NYC cable TV, 1978. * Mag Resistance. * Soundscapes of North American cities. * Notebook on Cities and Culture. * Momus interviewed. * The Rest is Noise Festival. * Roxana Gay on running a micropress. * What happens to marginalia in the age of the Kindle? * ‘Larkin put considerable effort into establishing his persona…present[ing] himself as a full-time librarian who, at the end of a day’s work, after preparing and eating his solitary dinner and washing up, wrote unpretentious and “unliterary” poems, based on common experiences and the emotions they prompted.‘ * Alain de Botton argues that art should be less ambiguous; Rhys Tranter wonders if he’s right. * Where have all the book illustrators gone? * ‘Belief & Technique for Modern Prose’, Jack Kerouac’s 30-point list of “essentials”. * Pie-chart of Haruki Murakami themes. * Copyrights Wake: SOPA, James Joyce & the future of intellectual property. * Orson Welles narrates animation of Plato’s cave. * Raymond Roussel & the upside of crazy. * Tracing Rimbaud’s mysterious Java journey. * 10 offbeat literary works of non-English writers. * “I have always regarded translation as the best school a novelist can have.” Juan Gabriel Vásquez (& the Room for London project). * Mark Stewart’s new single. * Social networks and the death of privacy. * Lionel Rolfe and literary L.A. * A video tour of Salvador Dali’s house. * Michel Houellebecq on de Tocqueville, Nietzsche and democracy. * A new review of Masha Tupitsyn’s Laconia. * W.G. Sebald, politique de la mélancolie.Marcel Duchamp on French TV, 1963. * A new short story by Lydia Davis. * Tim Parks vs David Shields. More here. * A critique of logocentrism. * Installing the Lloyd Johnson exhibition. * Justin Taylor interviews Gary Lutz. * Unsaid Magazine. * Mark Fisher on the non-places in Steve McQueen’s non-film. * The atemporality of “ruin porn”. * Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! * William Gass. * Hari Kunzru and The Satanic Verses. * Twitter avant la lettre: Félix Fénéon. * Mark Baumer’s 50 books in a year project. * Generation X - live! And on the box (introduced by Marc Bolan). * Ned Beauman on Quentin Meillassoux. * ‘Killing Digital Curation’. * Günter Grass, artist (via @BibliOdyssey). * An extract from Noah Cicero’s The Insurgent. * David Winters on Ben Marcus‘ Flame Alphabet. * Blake Butler interviewed. * Guillaume Apollinaire’s Little Auto reviewed. * The wait for Harry Crews is over. * Trotsky speech in Copenhagen, 1932 (video). * Geoff Dyer’s Zona. * “Powerful documents of 1950s discontent & its alternatives.” The TLS on the newly re-issued Terry Taylor, Colin Wilson & Laura Del-Rivos. * The New Inquiry’s Un(der)known Writers series. * Simon Critchley on the eurozone crisis as Greek tragedy: “Tragedy requires our collusion with that fate. In other words, it requires a measure of freedom”. * Amazing pictures of Hells Angels, 1965. * Alain de Botton attacks art for art’s sake. * An American documentary on David Bowie from 1980. * Kafka’s Modernist lineage. * Roberto Bolaño on Neruda, Kafka, and the abyss. * Luc Sante on Patti Smith. * A Kevin Cummins / Joy Division exhibition. * The Waterstones 11 (includes Jenni Fagan). * Vintage London newsreels. * London’s Soho in 1973. * Robert Birnbaum interviews Russell Banks. * Sport as literature. * Mark SaFranko interviewed. * “Cinema has become more hyperbolic and I think that a lot of movies bludgeon you with, if not simplistic, but simple ideas.” David Fincher. * Will Self on the joy of slow. * Adam Mars-Jones on Jeanette Winterson. * The Last Resort. Catalogue here. A skinhead culture Timblr. * What was J.D. Salinger writing all of those years, and is it any good? * The rise of Groupthink. * An interview with Mark E Smith. * David Foster Wallace’s 10 favourite books.Andrew Gallix on death of literature. * Why write novels at all? * Is literary fiction a sham? * Photography-embedded fiction. * W.G. Sebald’s eleven books to read for a class on major trends in European fiction (via @timesflow). * Why brutality makes David Lynch laugh. * On Bela Tarr’s The Turin Horse. * Inside Billy Childish‘ art studio. * David Foster Wallace’s annotated books. * ‘Invisible Girls & Phantom Ladies’, Alan Moore’s 1983 article on sexism in comics. * Tilda Swinton on Virginia Woolf’s Orlando. * Will Self on psychiatry. * Michel Foucault lectures 1978-80, English & French [MP3]. * “What I cannot understand is your permitting a script which after all had some life and vitality to be reduced to such a flabby mass of clichés, a group of faceless characters, and the kind of dialogue every screen writer is taught not to write.” Raymond Chandler writes to Hitchcock. * Reassessing the Saul Bass & Hitchcock collaboration. * Harry Houdini’s great rope escape [video] * 10 legendary bad boys of literature. * Writing the City. * Dubravka Ugrešić on the writer in exile [PDF]. * Lines that shaped Manhattan, in praise of New York’s 200-year-old grid. * Owen Hatherley on why not all skyscrapers are built by phallic capitalism. * Downton Abbey, a reading list. * Akira Kurosawa’s hand-painted storyboards. * A Clockwork Orange location pictures. * Juan Pablos Villalobos interviewed. * Gerhard Richter, the sublime on a postcard. * 100 essays by Jacques Derrida. * Julian Barnes on Félix Fénéon. * Lee Rourke reviewed. * Paul Mason on Northern Soul. * Trinie Dalton interviewed. * Patti Smith on Rimbaud [video]. * 10 great silent sequences in sound movies. * Velvet Underground vs. Andy Warhol. * Gil Scott-Heron vs. Jim Carroll (via @vol1brooklyn). Modernism and music in 2012. * Remembering Josef Skvorecky & Michael Dummett. * Camus offers half-time analysis of a Paris-Monaco match (not quite Monty Python). * Michael Moorcock on Alfred Jarry, “one of the most influential writers of modern times”. * Details of the three panels to be devoted to Tom McCarthy’s work at the forthcoming Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture. * A Jean-Michel Basquiat interview from 1983. * Nihilists have feelings too, The Millions on Michel Houellebecq. * Wyndham Lewis‘ Tyro 1 & 2 [PDFs]. * “It’s sort of too bad that what once was a safe haven for truly eccentric, outsider artists is no longer that thing.” Adrian Tomine. * A Surrealist party hosted by Salvador Dali. * The Image Bank Post Card Show, 1978. * Travis Jeppesen & Rachel Kendall interviewed at Horror Sleaze Trash.* Iggy Pop and the vacuum (cleaner). * Rhys Tranter asks Robert Darnton if books have a future. * Jenny Diski on the future of publishing. * Can experimentation help print compete with digital? * Sid, Nancy (sounding like Vivienne Westwood) and Stiv Bators on NYC cable TV in 1978. * A Lloyd Johnson retrospective in London. * Youth Culture History. * A Dave Eggers monologue printed on a shower curtain. * Jennifer Miro (The Nuns) R.I.P. * The Pistols, Stranglers and Blondie on Dutch TV, 1977. * EU copyright on James Joyce works ends. * Gordon Bowker on the posthumous power of the (Joyce) literary estate. * The twilight of blues music? (via 3QD). * Where Sibelius fell silent. * Kid literary characters & their grown-up counterparts. * The Rumpus launch letters in the mail. * Natasha Wimmer on translating Bolaño. * Samuel Beckett’s notebooks for Watt. * Harold Pinter in Krapp’s Last Tape. * Slavoj Žižek’s jokes are no laughing matter. * Pingu in The Thing. * F. Scott Fitzgerald’s lost road trip. * When binge drinking used to be the height of fashion. * Christopher Hitchens on Charles Dickens‘ inner child. * A pre-punk Nina Hagen, 1974. * If famous writers had written Twilight. * A brief interview with Richard Hell whose autobiography (up to the age of 34) will be published by Ecco (HarperCollins). More here. * Richard Hell pictures on Tumblr. * Books that are never done being written. * It’s ok to have a point, a defence of literature with an agenda. * Remembering Walter Benjamin on the 120th anniversary of his birth. * “Walser’s work, has come to represent for me language’s failure to adequately represent experience, even as it rails against this.” * A 1966 interview with David Bowie. * On Adam Mars-Jones on Yasujiro Ozu. * Tarkovsky on art. * George Grosz’s drawings for The Good Soldier Švejk. * Lars Iyer on Blanchot & on the situation of American writing. * A literary satellite. * Thanatography. * Words of disorder. * Internalization of crisis. * “The Marbled Swan is something of an homage to Robbe-Grillet, although not in the way you might expect.” Dennis Cooper. * Bob Gruen’s New York Dolls documentary. * “I especially feel sorry for painters, or writers, too, because they don’t get a chance to see their audience.” Laurie Anderson. * Nicholas Lezard on Ellis Sharp’s Intolerable Tongues. * Marc Newson’s tribute to Malcolm McLaren. * Back to 1977. * A Derek Boshier exhibition. * Edmund White: a life in writing. * Daphne Oram & early electronic music. * Man Ray’s home movies (see above pic). Edward Gorey’s animated intro for PBS’ Mystery!. * Ill angelic poetics, a discussion of Edgar Allan Poe’s ‘Dream-Land’. * Portrait of A Bookstore as an Old Man, a 2005 documentary on George Whitman. * Writers & their addictions. * I knew Christopher Hitchens better than you. * When Christopher Hitchens met Jorge Luis Borges. * Samuel Beckett’s BBC Radio Plays, 1958-1991 [MP3]. * Do the classics have a future? * How digital is reviving subscription publishing. * Textal harassment. * Sukhdev Sandhu on his teenage passion for The Smiths. * China Mieville on M.R. James & hauntology. * David Lynch’s Ruth Roses & Revolver. * Ezra Pound’s daughter aims to stop Italian fascist group using father’s name. * Jenny Hendrix on the afterlife of Tintin. * Readings & interviews with Henry Miller. * Interview with Maurice Girodias. * Walter Benjamin’s Paris address book. * Saul Leiter & the typographic fragment. * Teju Cole’s Wall Street & Brooklyn Bridge. * Jamel Shabazz’s street snaps of 80s Brooklyn. * Stuart Kelly on the best books of 1911. Tributes to Christopher Hitchens, George Whitman, Russell Hoban & Vaclav Havel. * Ben Marcus on the singular fabrications on Raymond Roussel. * “If a German book hasn’t got Nazis or the Stasi in it, it’s going to be much harder for it to get noticed.” Stefan Tobler, publisher at And Other Stories. * Shane Meadows on This Is England ‘88. * Adam Curtis on the rise of geezer capitalism in modern Britain. * Alasdair Gray, Will Self et al. design banknotes for the modern world. * Alan Moore’s “magickal” keyboard. * “We are both rather contemptible individuals.” Michel Houellebecq & Bernard-Henri Lévy. * Biblioklept riff on Houellebecq’s The Elementary Particles. * Parodies of modernism. * Paul Auster to publish second memoir. * “I’ve always been a consciously influenced writer.” Jonathan Lethem on writing & concepts of originality. * “I think Sartre is a bag of wind and I am going to give him a good boot.” Orwell. * Lars Iyer’s draft for an essay on Blanchot’s plans for a lit review. * Why you should read W.G. Sebald. * “Virginia Woolf has become the love of my readerly life.” Gary Lutz. * No one reads Marcel Schwob. * Stewart Home remembers the Scala Cinema. * Simon Critchley asks what is normal. * Merry Christmas to you all! Glenn O’Brian’s TV Party. * R.I.P. Christa Wolf & Gilbert Adair. * James Bridle on the New Aesthetic. * The New Pamphleteers, how the e-book might be “a whole new literary form”. * French Theory Today pamphlet series. * Lynne Tillman on Diane Arbus’s writings. * The herstory of Riot Grrrl. * When Freud met Bacon, British postwar painters in pictures. More Freud. * Walking in the footsteps of W.G. Sebald. * Mapping Michel Houellebecq, a retrospective. * A documentary about Le Palace nightclub. * In praise of piracy. * Best Sid Vicious documentary ever. * The Sex Pistols and Ramones as Hanna-Barbera cartoons. * “I had no idea you were so handsome. Why you haven’t been offered the lead in some sexy movies I can only attribute to the basic stupidity of the casting directors.” Groucho Marx writes to T.S. Eliot. * On Mallarmé. * On Clarice Lispector. * JG Ballard on Desert Island Discs, 1992. * A Ballardian bestiary. * LA punks: a news report, 1983. * Bruce McAllister’s symbolism survey (to Kerouac, Rand, Mailer, Ellison, Updike, Bellow). * It’s the end of the world. * People who do noise. * A brief history of garage rock. * For sale, J.D. Salinger’s library slip. * The best libraries in literature. * The library phantom. * Billy Idol raps for IKEA. * Neuroscience and economics. * French psychologists try to ban film on autism. * Footage of James Joyce in Paris. * Joyce reading from Finnegans Wake. * Matthew Picton’s 3D map of 1904 Dublin built from the pages of Ulysses. * Protecting Oscar Wilde’s tomb from kisses. * Gary Pearce on Wilde. * Runnin’ Riot. * Curiouser and curiouser, Marina Warner on Lewis Carroll, Tenniel, and the Alice drawings. (See also, 3:AM’s interview with Marina Warner.) * John Berger on Bento’s Sketchbook in the Paris Review. * Teju Cole on John Berger. * “Few novels have sought to improve America as radically as Edward Bellamy’s bestseller Looking Backward.” * Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose: Has literature stopped evolving? * Full Stop’s ‘Situation of American writing’, based on a 1939 Partisan Review questionnaire. * “We have lost something that used to be considered fundamental in the world of literature, which is the role of the critic.” Nicole Krauss. * Evelyn Waugh lambasts the “gibberish” written by modernist writers. * Paul Auster & Don DeLillo on New York City. * Doppelgängers, Jenny McPhee on Mary Shelley & Muriel Spark.
Jean-Paul Sartre cookbook. * Barry Humphries (Dame Edna Everage), collector of fin de siècle writings, Arthur Machen’s horror stories & erotica “of a superior kind”. * [Image: Wacky Stuff] Andrew Motion on WG Sebald’s poems. * PDFs of Breton, Soupault and Aragon’s Dada journal Littérature. * Tim Parks on the second volume of Beckett’s letters in the LRB. * Parks on translating poetry. * Wittgenstein Jr. * Terry Taylor’s Baron’s court, All Change republished. * Philip Glass on Sesame Street, 1979. * Five years in NYC that changed music forever. * London Belles, 1973 (featuring Vivienne Westwood). * God save the Sex Pistols’ doodles. More here. * Is there a crisis in literary criticism? * Owen Jones on the new age of rebellion. * Writers’ toilets. * Mick Jagger’s first TV appearance at the tender age of 15. * Rolling Stones Rice Krispies commercial, 1964. * A dissolving dictionary. * David Bowie home movie, 1965. * Lee Rourke. * Brian Eno’s big theory of culture. * Jacques Testard on Houellebecq. * Jan Svankmajer. * Nicholas Blincoe on Jack Kerouac’s lost novel. * Bukowski and the making of Barfly. * The Beatnik scene for squares. * More on WG Sebald’s poetry. * On JG Ballard. * Download every NME cassette compilation from the 80s. * Watch Ken Russell’s The Devils. * Kermode on Russell. * Songs for a future generation: more B-52’s goodness. * Shelagh Delaney RIP. * Nicholas Lezard on Sherlock Holmes, the “only intellectual this country has ever taken to its bosom”. And also on Claude Lévi-Strauss. * A history of social housing. * Lee Miller by Man Ray. * The Jello Biafra bobbing head doll. * Footage of the Dead Kennedys in the studio, 1981. * Total surveillance. * Facebook’s broken privacy promises. * L’histoire d’Anne Pigalle. * The British Newspaper Archive goes digital. * Tom McCarthy’s desktop. * Surrealist films by Joseph Cornell. * Goethe snuffs it. * A documentary on French composer Pierre Henry. * 10 lost novels the world found again. * 10 synonyms for being a wanker. * Brian Eno’s speech at Moogfest 2011. * Confessions of a MILF. * When Sparks met Jacques Tati, 1974. * Neuroscience and economics. * Laura Kennedy (of the Bush Tetras) RIP. * Geoff Dyer on Diane Arbus bio. * Geoff Dyer by Jonathan Lethem. * Dinner with Georges Perec. * Roxy Music’s album covers. * The restored Finnegans Wake. * Authors ranked by beard weight.Le Petit Journal des Refusées, San Franciscan pre-Dada absurdist graphic litmag (1896). * Intellectualism is back in vogue, a profile of new litmags on the block The White Review & The Junket. * Gabriel Josipovici reviews The Letters of Samuel Beckett, Volume 2: 1941-1956. * Interview with Dan Gunn, co-editor of Beckett’s letters. * Hubert Selby: It/ll Be Better Tomorrow, a documentary. * Sylvia Plath’s unbearable lightness. * Plath, Gertrude Stein & Kurt Vonnegut’s rejection letters. * “The pain of the writer is that he has to sit still while the critic pokes through the vitals of his work…” A response to Lethem vs. Wood. * Orwell vs. Huxley, an infographic.* Literary horror from the Chapman brothers. * “It’s my blessing & my curse that I write about this stuff.” Dennis Cooper. * Allen Ginsberg’s 1975 lectures on English poetry.* “Probably I will not write another novel, & so mankind will be safe.” Umberto Eco. * Martin Scorsese on Saul Bass. * Boris Vian, the prince of Saint-Germain. * Wallace Berman’s underground (see also, 3:AM’s interview with Tosh Berman, son of Wallace & US publisher of Vian). * Brian Eno & Rick Holland’s poetry music. * The superabundance of cock in [Philip] Roth’s work is more than a stylistic choice aiming to shock & unnerve. It transcends even the fair accusations of chauvinism frequently lobbed at Roth by feminist critics & former lovers. It is his primary state of mind. * Excerpt from Laslo Krasznahorkai’s Satantango. * Wallace Stevens reading from his own work. * Literature’s greatest unseen characters. * Fiddleback #2. * Owen Jones on Occupy London. * The Clash’s Paul Simonon arrested while working as undercover Greenpeace activist. * Neon outpost, Las Vegas from the sky. * “Michel Houellebecq is the most interesting, provocative & important European novelist of my generation. Period. No one else comes close.” Bret Easton Ellis. * On Fiction by Virginia Woolf. * “I think we need a new vocabulary, because everybody wants to be an outsider. When I was one, no one wanted to be one.” John Waters. * [Image: Wacky Stuff] Humbrol enamel wizard and Turner prize contender George Shaw (video interview) * Roberto Bolaño’s “Exiles“. * Mark E Smith interviewed in The Independent. * In the L.A. Review of Books, Jonathan Lethem on being reviewed by James Wood. * A 1956 discussion between Theodor Adorno and Max Horkheimer. * Peelplayer. * Shorties!, a free eComic featuring the best of the Cape/Observer/Comica graphic short story prize. * R. Crumb’s album covers (via @filmdrblog). * Rick Poynor on Continuum’s 33 1/3 series. * Ned Vizzini on the Negropedia. * Occupy the Plutocracy says Brian Leiter. * Lorrie Moore on Werner Herzog’s Into the Abyss. * Klaus Kinski is bored. * Lumière & Company (1995), David Lynch & Wim Wenders‘ short films using the Lumière brothers’ Cinématographe camera. * Les Avortés by Jorge Amat (1970, with a Captain Beefheart soundtrack). * Kenneth Anger exhibition at MOCA (LA). * Andrew Logan and The British Art of Showing Off. More show-offs here. * The hunt for Blue Velvet’s lost footage. * Punk and Beyond exhibition (in London) curated by Gaye Advert. * Brain Pickings on Saul Bass: A Life in Film & Design. * Autism’s early child. * New issue of Five Dials includes pieces on Huysmans, Virginia Woolf in bomb-scarred London plus Raymond Chandler [PDF] * Debbie Harry jeans commercials from 1980. * “There was to be no Dada movement in the UK. Instead we had the comparatively timid experiments of the Sitwells and the Bloomsbury Group — and the Woolfs complaining about their servants! And it’s not so different today. The literary scene in the UK is overwhelmingly dominated by ‘Eng-Lit’ graduates from Oxbridge.” Interview with Alastair Brotchie, the author of a new critical biography of Alfred Jarry. * Blokes of Britain: Kevin Rowland. * A woman’s opinion is the miniskirt of the internet. * A film about original Beats Herbert Huncke and Gregory Corso. * The devilishness of idleness (see also, 3:AM’s interview with Idler editor Tom Hodgkinson). * Sid Vicious the painter. * OWS and the war on the poor. * Noam Chomsky’s address to OWS. * Bartleby reading at OWS. * Oligarchy, American style. * Are rereadings better than readings? * Geoff Dyer is not impressed with Richard Bradford’s biography on Martin Amis (but then, nor was Amis). * A Graham Greene cover gallery. * A brief history of books & booze. * The Smiths‘ John Lewis Christmas advert controversy. * Elizabeth Bachner on Rimbaud (see also, Darran Anderson on A Season in Hell). * In The White Review, Lars Iyer on the death of literature. * And Scott Esposito’s response. * Quadrophenia exhibition (London). * “When someone as smart as [Martin] Amis maintains such a position, it becomes less surprising that this country still considers one of its greatest authors to be JRR Tolkien”: Nicholas Lezard on Gabriel Josipovici’s What Ever Happened to Modernism? * Asian pop record covers from the 60s & 70s (pictured). * Roxy Music’s album covers. * Craig Taylor’s Londoners reviewed. * How to be bored in Paris. * Fake books by TV characters. * Gerhard Richter’s creative process. * Publishing coup of the year. * Les Enfants du paradis. * Writers and their book-collecting habits. The many faces of Mina Loy. * The Letters of Samuel Beckett (Volume Two). * The Language of objects. * Joe Orton TV interview, 1967. * Geoff Dyer on the art of the novel. * Luke Haines’s favourite albums. * Dazed & Confused at 20. * Alan Moore’s Technical Vocabularies now available online. * The Manchester Connection. * Top 10 books about Manchester music. * Alice in Liverpool. * Very short animal stories. * Generation Vexed. * A review of Craig Taylor’s Londoners. * Vintage stripper Polaroids (see pic). * Vintage and pulp covers. * Never mind O.D. * Michel de Certeau’s The Practice of Everyday Life (Pdf). * The wonderful David Winters on Robert Musil. * Burton Pike on Musil. * Tintin’s Brussels. * A new biography of Alfred Jarry. * Only assholes don’t like the mighty B-52s. * Alice Bag’s Violence Girl. * Owen Hatherley on Constructivism. * When Groucho Marx met TS Eliot. * Steve Almond interviewed over at The Rumpus. * Six novels written in less than a month. * The destruction of Oscar Wilde. * Former 3:AMer Kimberly Nichols has relaunched Newtopia Magazine. * Joe Strummer Christmas card. * Music in Jim Jarmusch’s films. * Lee Rourke likes to write with a pen. * A celebration of TV Personalities. * Richard H Kirk looks back on Warp Records‘ 20-year history. * Bruce Lee’s 1965 Green Hornet screen test. * A nice review of Kevin Brooks’s Naked: “The clashing chord refuses to resolve, and its nerve-jangling dissonance lingers in the mind”. Howard Devoto interviewed in The Quietus. * The Marcel Duchamp audio archive. * 10 reasons not to blog. * William Burroughs: “To me, Paris is now one of the most disagreeable cities in the world. I just hate it”. * Launch of A Tale of Three Cities. * Leeds Other Paper. * Dennis Cooper interviewed in the Paris Review. * Ivan Chtcheglov (short film). * Totality for beginners. * Point-Blank!, Jamie Reid and the Nowhere buses controversy. More here. * Jamie Reid’s Peace is Tough exhibition (London). * Saul Bass’s career reviewed. * Quiet Cocteau in quiet London. * Britain’s photograhic revolution. * Nicky Wire’s Polaroids. * Isidore Isou’s Venom and Eternity. * Stewart Home back in the NYC groove! * Stewart Home goes back to the old Electric Ballroom (where I saw my very first punk gig). * The Britpulp! photoshoot. * Jonathan Coe on Marc Saporta. * Erik Satie covers. * The John Cage Tribute. * Jon Savage on Rainbow Corner. * Ben Myers interviewed about his novel Richard. * Digital immortality. * What would Bartleby say? * Yeats reading his poetry (recorded in the 30s). * How The Joy of Sex was illustrated. * Visions of Alice. * Clunk click: Jimmy Saville’s last trip. * Tom McCarthy on Spielberg’s Tintin. * Robert Crumb (pictured): “I’m finished with the Bible. Back to drawing pornography”. The trouble with Will Self’s blood. * More Self: “After all, I can remember times, albeit long gone, when young women, even the occasional man, did reach for my crotch while making cooing noises. True, they didn’t tend to do it in public but it happened nonetheless”. * Did we ever stop being postmodern? * David Forster Wallace, the teacher. * The return of Section 25. * “We all accept liberal democratic capitalism, even during this current pan-European disaster,” Žižek says. “We timidly ask, ‘Oh, can we have a few more rights for minorities? A little more healthcare?’ But nobody questions the frame. And that is the real triumph of ideology.” * Owen Jones on the Occupy movement. * Stop the City, 1984. * Rubber people. * The pleasure of the txt spk. * On translating Madame Bovary. * On translating Albert Cossery. * Libyan author Hisham Matar interviewed by Hari Kunzru. * A Brooklyn teen gang, 1959 (see pic above). * William Boyd on Ian Fleming’s death wish. * A review of Mark Amerika’s remixthebook. * The alien soundtracks of Chrome. * Owen Hatherley on the Lloyd’s building. * Joy Division. * Bauhaus. * Jarvis Cocker goes back to Sheffield. Video here. * The secrets of Pulp’s songs. * Shelagh Delaney (by Ken Russell, 1960). * US commercials from the 50s and 60s. * Bukowski on censorship. * Divine birthday. * Lydia Lunch trailer. * A Short History of Cahiers du Cinéma. * Italo Calvino animated. * The Specials: live review. * Nicholas Lezard on Tintin. * A Sonic Youth playlist. * A Salvador Dali documentary narrated by Orson Welles. * The 10 best lost David Bowie tracks. * Egozine. * NYC 1978-1985.Best of luck to Dan Treacy. * Kenneth Goldsmith interviewed in The Believer. * Geoff Dyer on writing: “Was ever a writer so consumed by the things he couldn’t do? Stitch together all the things Kafka couldn’t do and you have a draft of War and Peace. The corollary of this is that what he was left with was stuff no one else could do — or had ever done”. * Invisible Stories. * On the public commodification of privacy. * An interview with the wonderful Viv Albertine. * Joe Orton and Kenneth Halliwell’s defaced books. * Stewart Home on Santiago Sierra’s art pranks. * Occupy Wall Street. * Zizek at OWS. * How to occupy an abstraction. * David Bowie on Brixton banknote. * Jonathan Lethem: postmodernism as Liberty Valance. * Haruki Murakami: “Every day I go to my study and sit at my desk and put the computer on. At that moment, I have to open the door. It’s a big, heavy door. You have to go into the Other Room. Metaphorically, of course. And you have to come back to this side of the room. And you have to shut the door. So it’s literally physical strength to open and shut the door. So if I lose that strength, I cannot write a novel any more”. * An interview with Jeffrey Eugenides. * Patti Smith’s pictures of Rimbaud’s spoon, Bolano’s chair and Woolf’s chair. * Gertrude Stein: The Vichy Years. * More on vintage French radicalism. * 3:AM’s Karl Whitney on Perec, the Situationists and Belleville. * Jarvis Cocker recruited by Faber. * Tim Parks on the Nobel Prize in literature. * Patty Hearst’s fairytale wedding. * The end of Sonic Youth? * Brian Eno and David Michell in conversation. * Brian Eno, Polly Eltes and Judy Nylon in 1974. (See 3:AM’s interview with Judy Nylon.) * Deborah Levy’s wonderful Swimming Home reviewed. * Psychic Life (including Jah Wobble and Keith Levene). * The strangeness of Peter Pan. * Owen Jones on Britishness. * Gavin James Bower’s Made in Britain captures the “hopeless beauty of the familiar and forgotten landscape that traps you,” according to Jenn Ashworth in the Guardian. * Raymond Chandler interviewed by Ian Fleming (BBC, 1958). * On WG Sebald. * Grant Gee and Sebald. * Abbie Hoffman and the theatre of revolution. * Rockaway Beach, 1950. * Will Self on the symphony and the novel. * Will Self and Iain Sinclair’s respective forewords to London Unfurled. * The Lloyd’s building (more). * Jayne Joso on note-taking and the influence of the Welsh landscape on her writing: “It is harder to track where the pre-notes ever begin, for there is nothing to lock them down, and I suppose that is ultimately the beauty of them. They are a liberation”. * Kung Fu Pindar: Bruce Lee, the poet. * In praise of Flann O’Brien. * Damo Suzuki doing his thing. * How The Smiths changed our lives. * Boy George on the birth of the New Romantic movement: “We thought we knew it all and could change the world with a lick of eyeliner and a dash of rouge. Of the new romantic moment I have always said, ‘It was all Bowie’s fault’, but factor in Lou Reed, Iggy Pop, Marc Bolan, Quentin Crisp, Sally Bowles, and a whole daisychain of others who made us dream of a magical world without rules where there really was a wizard behind the curtain. The 70s were the best time ever to be a teenager”. * Jennifer Egan’s Look at Me reviewed. * On Jesse Glass. * First public reading of Allen Ginsberg’s Howl. * “When a novel has you laughing during a funeral scene, you know you are in the company of a master.” Steve Finbow on Michel Houellebecq’s The Map and the Territory. The origin of ‘Moby Dick’. * An interactive look inside Samuel Beckett’s notebooks (via @RhysTranter). * Out of the shadows, Uwe Schütte on W.G. Sebald (via Bookslut). * Fernando Pessoa playing cards (via @seventydys). * Tom McCarthy on “dodgem jockeys”. * Clarice Lispector resurrected (see also, Lispector as 3:AM Cult Hero). * French writers look beyond Paris to create a literature “of the real” (via @Litblog). * A fictional map of L.A. * Paul McDonagh’s New York (1968-1978). * Primitive London, a look at the city’s beatniks, mods & rockers (1965). * The future is in the past, a celebration of the cassette (via @johnrobb77). * The life & times of Serge Gainsbourg (via The Morning News). * Dai Vaughan on Jean-Pierre Melville’s dreamtime. * “[Hemingway's] suicide could be seen as an act of weakness, even moral weakness, a sudden revelation of it in a man whose image was of boldness and courage, but Hendrickson’s book is testimony that it was not a failure of courage but a last display of it.” James Salter (via chris_power). * Anthony Burgess explains Finnegans Wake (via same). * Enid Starkie on Arthur Rimbaud & Paul Verlaine (via Maud Newton). * Patti Smith’s handwritten notes for her interview with Michael Pitt. * Posters from the 1968 Student Strike in Paris (pictured above & via @largeheartedboy). * Counter-culture colophon, a history of the Grove Press. * Pádraig Ó Méalóid talks to Kevin O’Neill about Alan Moore & League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. * Vintage Russian animation shorts. “One of the great productions of literary scholarship of our time,” the Beckett letters (via @seanjcostello). * Who is César Aira? * An encounter with the keepers of the Flannery O’Connor legacy. * Inside William Faulkner’s drinks cabinet. * F. Scott Fitzgerald’s guide to the good life. * The receipe for Anthony Burgess‘ infamous cocktail Hangman’s Blood. * From Baggot Street Bridge, a Patrick Kavanagh app. * When T.S. Eliot met Ezra Pound. * “I have been boiled in a hell-broth.” T.S. Eliot writes to Virginia Woolf. * “This kind of long gestation period is pretty typical for America’s corps of young, elite celebrity novelists. Jonathan Franzen took nine years…Donna Tartt vanished for a decade…Michael Chabon has gone seven years between major novels.” * DBC Pierre & Nicholson Baker’s fictional excesses. * On “great American cynic” Ambrose Bierce (via Vol. 1 Brooklyn). * Los Angeles, London, New York: when fiction makes real-world cities “better than real” (via @maudnewton). * “I’m a big visualiser when writing.” Scott Walker. * Tom McCarthy on Gerhard Richter’s photo-paintings. * “Pollution and mutation and the folly of grand projects…the beauty of corruption – something like that.” Tom McCarthy on his new novel, working title Satin Island. * Hope Mirrlees and the forgotten female Modernists. * The immaculate conception of Andy Warhol’s women. * What record stores looked like in the ’60s. * Punk, the Sex Pistols first TV documentary (1976). * Is heavy metal the only rebellious youth culture left? * David Foster Wallace, Jonathan Franzen & Kurt Vonnegut exchange views on writing & art (via @benjohncock). * David Winters‘ ’syllabus’ on literary theory for The Millions. * Andrew Gallix’s ‘Celesteville’s Burning’ in The White Review. * Stephen Crowe tells Her Royal Majesty why he’s illustrating Finnegans Wake. Hari Kunzru on postmodernism. * An excerpt from Kenneth Goldsmith’s Uncreative Writing: “The world is full of texts, more or less interesting; I do not wish to add any more”. * Blake Butler interviewed: “I think every sentence I’ve written was trying first to be a knife, and now it just sits there”. * Sam Cooper interviews McKenzie Wark. * Geoff Dyer on “Tarkovsky time”. * Leigh Bowery interviewed by Gary Glitter. * Eight Cuts and the cyber-bullies. * Stuart Hall on the march of the Neoliberals. * Sheffield’s Park Hill Estate. * Save St Mark’s Bookshop: sign the petition here. *Rimbaud’s Illuminations translated by John Ashbery. * Steampunk arts. * Roald Dahl’s dark side: “He’s one of the few children’s authors who’s actually killed people. That is going to have an effect on how you see people and the world”. * Mark Fisher on the privatisation of stress. * Moscow’s first McDonald’s, 1990. * Burning Man at 25 (in pictures). * Johnny Stiletto’s Vintage 80s street pictures. * Novels that zip along. * James Bond’s guns. * BBC National Short Story Award 2011 shortlist. * Andrei Tarkovsky’s first film, 1960. * Adam Biles on Paris. * Is translation an impossible art? * Pioneering synthpunk from Futurisk. * Publishing industry: great digital expectations. * A history of grunge. * A Virgin Prunes primer. * We are all Charlie Brown. * A nice interview with Shaun Ryder. * Richard Hamilton RIP. (Bryan Ferry’s tribute.) * On the essays of Borges. * An interesting interview with Christopher Boucher. * Finnegans Wake read in its entirety. * Joyce in Paris, 1920s. * Joyce and Beckett play pitch’n'putt. * The Irish Times run a selection of the Beckett Letters. * Circle Jerks live on TV, 1985. * Walking down Carnaby Street, 1968. * Lou Reed, John Cale and Nico live in Paris, 1972. * Craig Taylor (editor of Five Dials) on his forthcoming book, Londoners (Granta). * Victorian street photography. * Footage of the Lower East Side, 1967. * Warhol “superstar” Baby Jane Holzer. * On Georges Perec. * De La Warr pavilion. R.I.P. Michael Hart & George Kuchar. * The Philosopher’s Arms. * Rothko and the British. * Happy 5th birthday Oneworld Classics. * James Maker’s Autofellatio is coming soon from BIGfib. * Stephen Crowe continues his Wake in Progress project, illustrating James Joyce’s Finnegans Wake one page at a time.* ‘iAnna’, Will Self’s 9/11 story. * Simon Critchley on 9/11. * Ransom Center restricts part of David Foster Wallace archive (via @litteratured). * J.D. Salinger now threatening legal action from beyond the grave (via @thebookslut). * Long interview with John Banville, in which he says he’d like to write a short biography on Samuel Beckett. * Rare recording of Kenneth Williams reading Gogol’s ‘Diary of a Madman’. * How To Speak Hip, an instructional LP from 1959 (via @ubuweb). * Kraftwerk guest edit Wallpaper magazine (via @johncoulthart). * Hans Henny Jahnn. * A Man Taking Pictures of a Man Taking Pictures, on B.S. Johnson (via @DavidCWinters). * Marquis de Sade, social joker. * Anaïs Nin & Henry Miller (via @darrananderson1). * Ubu’s Almanac, Alfred Jarry & the graphic arts (via Wood S Lot & pictured above). Slavoj Žižek on the meaning of the London riots. * Creative destruction. * A documentary about Lee Miller (via @darrananderson1). * Postmodernism at the V&A. * Sam Jordison reviews Spurious. There’s a new interview with Lars Iyer here. * Nicholas Lezard reviews Jean-Philippe Toussaint’s The Truth About Marie. * Gavin James Bower talks to the Hackney Gazette about his new novel, Made in Britain. (More from GJB here.) * Blake Butler on Zadie Smith’s ten rules for writers. * Watch out kids: here comes Mick Farren again. * Bob Stanley on Northern Soul — the movie. * Don Letts’s Westway to the World. * A tribute to John Peel. * Ken Russell’s famous teddy girl pictures. * The Parisian post-it wars. * The Avant/Garde Diaries brought to you by Mercedes Benz. * Remember Johnny Rotten on Jukebox Jury? * Linder’s “hex factor”. * The unsung work of Mina Loy. * Lindsay Anderson’s The White Bus. * Carnaby Street, 1966. * NYC in 1975. * Willy Deville. * Richard Hell’s shirt and the story of Manic Panic. * Vintage Verlaine and Hell pic. * Rimbaud’s brief career. * David Arnoff’s punk/post-punk photographs. * Contra Mundum Press. * Simon Reynolds on grunge nostalgia. * An interview with McKenzie Wark. * When the future Penny Rimbaud met the Beatles. * [Pic: artwork by Linder, 1977.] Patricia Highsmith, ‘cantankerous old cunt’ or too subversive to be pinned down? * Patrick Neate’s Bookslam is bringing out an anthology. * Heavy metal was also first used to describe ugly guitars. The phrase, of course, originated with William S Burroughs in his 1962 novel The Soft Machine, featuring Uranian Willy, the Heavy Metal Kid. (via Adam Biles) * 10 myths about grunge, Nirvana and Kurt Cobain. * Patti Smith taking Just Kids memoir to big screen (via Side B Magazine) * Visual poetry at UbuWeb (via Stan Carey) * Martyn Waites on Patrick Hamilton (via Richard T. Kelly) * Chris Power on Tadeusz Borowski. * Teju Cole’s top 10 novels of solitude. * Literature & silence, how Libyan writers thwarted the Gaddafi regime (via Max Dunbar) * Jayne Joso’s Perfect Architect reviewed in ICON magazine. * Laurence Cosse & Herve Le Tellier on Oulipo, underrated authors & preserving French language. * Mavis Gallant on memory & invention. * “It never seemed to me that I was slacking.” Geoff Dyer interviewed (via @timesflow) * Dyer’s next book is a detailed study of Tarkovsky’s Stalker. * Peter Ross‘ Burroughs: Objects from the Bunker (via Darran Anderson) * 10 writers of profane prose. * “Rioting has been a London tradition for centuries.” Peter Ackroyd (via John Coulthart) * “He is of course a people’s poet, which is what he would have wanted. But he is also, definingly, a novelist’s poet. It is the novelists who revere him.” Martin Amis on Philip Larkin. * Postmodernism is dead. * Stewart Home on glass ceilings, shredding your own work & the future of publishing. * Arthur Rimbaud’s brief career. (Read Darran Anderson on Rimbaud.) * Raymond Roussel’s extravagant, hermetic universe (via 3QD) * J.G Ballard, whose controversial book Crash involved people getting sexually aroused by real road accidents, secretly beat his own girlfriend and spoke about driving a car into her face, according to a new book. Tom Lutz on the future of books. * Posthumously published NY Times interview with Mark Twain. * German Art Nouveau magazine, Jugend. * The three Vs of Bloomsbury. * Dostoyevsky, a 19th Century writer for our times. * Philip K. Dick’s bible for sale, with holographic notes. * The New Jewish Literature. * Literary friendships. * “Ernest taking me to that bum restaurant” & other references to Hemingway in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s notebooks. * The great Great Gatsby, Robert Fulford on the life & legacy of F. Scott Fitzgerald. * 10 writers who moonlighted as dandies (See also, 3:AM’s interview with Sebastian Horsley). * The Return of the New Flesh: Body Memory in David Cronenberg & Merleau-Ponty [PDF] * Nick Rombes begins his year-long journey through David Lynch’s Blue Velvet, shot-by-shot. * Lynd Ward’s 1939 illustrations for Beowulf. * Who stole Mona Lisa? (See also, Darran Anderson on Apollinaire). * Catch-18? Joseph Heller’s daughter on choosing the enigmatic number. * Why there are no more Joseph Hellers. * “All great talkers have spoken in the language of Sterne, Swift or the Restoration. Even Oscar Wilde.” Djuna Barnes interviews James Joyce for Vanity Fair (March 1922). * Nicholson Baker on House of Holes. * A copy editor’s style sheet for Nicholson Baker’s House of Holes. * Alfred Stieglitz’s 291 journal (1915-1916). * The lost art of postcard writing. * When Willa Cather knew Stephen Crane. * “Writing has nothing to do with self-expression.” Tom McCarthy at the Edinburgh Festival. * “Fiction lives by its stories & the poetry by its music, not its messages.” Gerald Locklin. * Jessica Ferri’s Thomas Bernhard obsession. * Sherlock Holmes banned from reading lists for being anti-Mormon. * On Christopher Isherwood & The Berlin Stories. * McKenzie Wark & Owen Hatherley on the riots. * Former 3:AM-er Susannah Breslin on the world of work at Forbes. * Iain Sinclair interviewed by The Quietus. Transmitting the Image, Rick Poynor on Andrzej Klimowski. * S. T. Joshi on the satirical impulse of Ambrose Bierce [PDF] * Children of Sebald, is W.G. Sebald the reason so many writers are turning to archival sources? * On Mass Observation. * Rhys Tranter on George Craig translating Beckett’s letters. * Archive of hand-lettered book covers (via @brainpicker) .* Writers No One Reads on publisher, novelist, filmmaker & inventor of semantic poetry Stefan Themerson. * The Bell Jar at 40 (via @longreads). * On 100 Myles, the Flann O’Brien conference in Vienna (via @Litblog). * 1960s Ladybird Books set (via @BibliOdyssey). * J.G. Ballard’s hand-written letters on the back of cat photos. * Mazes, Mirrors, Deception & Denial, how Kubrick played spatial mind games with his audience in The Shining (via things magazine ). * How Oscar Wilde painted over Dorian Gray. * Under the Influence, drugs used by authors when writing (via @chris_power). * Walter Benjamin’s hashish, opium & mescaline experiment notes (via @darrananderson1). * 3:AM’s Maxi Kim on Stewart Home. * Is pop culture consuming itself? Simon Reynolds discusses Retromania with The Quietus. * Brian Eno in conversation with David Mitchell in The Believer. * Unite & Take Over, comics inspired by The Smiths. * Harry Clarke’s illustrations for Faust (1925) & Swinburne (via @johncoulthart). * “It still wants currency I think.” Virginia Woolf’s letter to a young poet. * When Muriel Spark fell out with the Poetry Society. * Part two of Words Without Borders‘ Arab Spring. * “[Heinrich Böll's] experiments are nonetheless brave because they are quiet.” (via @olmonthly). * ‘The New Generation’, a previously unpublished Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn story in American Scholar (via Largehearted Boy). * Paul Schrader & Bret Easton Ellis working on “shark-infested psychological horror” (via @harikunzru). * “The difficulty with nonfiction often lies in the resolution. Life tends to withhold solace.” Rupert Thomson on Truman Capote (via @thebookslut). * Carveresque: formerly Hemingwayesque; short sentences about drunk people watching their neighbors. Full Stop demystify book reviews. * In the Independent, 3:AM’s Max Liu reviews Teju Cole’s Open CIty. * S.J. Chambers on “omitted Modernist doyenne” Mina Loy. * Carolyn Burke on the parallels between Loy & Lee Miller (via Bookslut). * The films of ’shoegeezer’ Gregg Araki as Shoegazing 101. * Former 3:AM-er Susannah Breslin on sex workers in The Guardian. * Edgelands author Paul Farley on a mis-spent youth in 1980s London. Shorter than usual: Terry Gilliam is developing a film adaptation of Paul Auster’s Mr Vertigo (via @SeanJCostello) * Thomas Bernhard on self-discipline * “I am fascinated by error, by bad faith and idiocy.” Umberto Eco (via @PDSmith) * Yeats‘ first unpublished play (via Gary Pearce) * Five Dials No. 20 [PDF] * HTMLGIANT on Dennis Cooper & Keith Mayerson’s Horror Hospital Unplugged * Alan Moore’s League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Century: 1969 annotated * Grant Morrison recommends five great superhero graphic novels * “If you love Bukowski, you are going to eat up [Steve] Finbow with a fucking spoon.” * Philosophical underdogs (via David Winters) * Iggy Pop & the Stooges playing at Farmington High School, Michigan 1970 * Salvador Dali’s Disney film * Finally, congratulations to Stuart Evers who has won the London Book Award for Ten Stories About Smoking * Patrick Keiller to create installation for the Tate. Georges Bataille talks about Literature and Evil (video, 1958). * Punk/post-punk graphics 1976-82. * The women of punk. * Marco Pirroni’s boots. * Mark Fisher on communications and late capitalism. * Listen to Mark Fisher’s talk at Virtual Futures here. * Bruce Sterling: “Atemporality for the Creative Artist“. * An excerpt from Retromania in the Los Angeles Times. * Simon Reynolds’s quest for the Sound of Now. * Simon Reynolds on the latest hauntological sounds. * Geoff Dyer’s new NYT Books column. * Chris Petit’s The Unmade Films of JG Ballard, 1990. * Ballard’s terminal documents. * Werner Herzog: “I think there should be holy war against yoga classes. It detours us from real thinking. It’s just this kind of…feeling and floating and meditation and whatever. It’s as tourism in religions. People all of a sudden becoming Buddhist here in Los Angeles”. * David Cronenberg’s A Dangerous Method (trailer). * Modernist resources. * An interview with Slavoj Žižek. * Liminaire on Philippe Vasset’s exploration of the “white zones” on maps. More here. * An interview with Jean-Luc Godard. * Les Inrocks on Maud Molyneux. * Last Year in Marienbad at 50: “…it must have seemed that the only way of getting actors not to look too much like real people was to get them to look like actors not quite up to scratch, producing the tinny laughs and lame gestures of amateurs”. * Lars Iyer interviewed in Biblioklept. * Lee Rourke reading from The Canal. * When Marilyn Monroe was Norma Jeane. * A Bettie Page gallery. * Elbow to launch own beer. * On literary celebrity. * John Kennedy Toole. * Ian Curtis. * Pictures of Tower Bridge under construction. * Vintage Petticoat Lane. * Vintage pin-up alternatives to American Apparel ads. * Tariq Ali on the spirit of cricket. * Will Self on a “tectonic shift” in the media. * The Go-Go’s. * Hanif Kureishi in The Economist. * Jack Kerouac playing pool. * Steampunk Daleks. * Steampunk anthologies reviewed in the Los Angeles Review of Books. * Anton Perich’s pictures of cultural icons partying in 70s NYC. His films can be viewed here. * John Cussans‘ Whitby Weekender (film). * An interview with James Bridle (who designed the latest incarnation of the 3:AM site). * American Polaroids. * Pictures of Hemingway. * A documentary about Alex Trocchi. * Stewart Home on Trocchi. * Carl Barat to play Nero on Paris stage. * An interview with Kathy Acker from 1983. * Why radio is the ideal home for short stories. * How to undress a Victorian lady. * Alan Bennett on libraries in the LRB. * A map of the English school system. * On Salinger’s first Holden Caulfield stories. * What neuroscience cannot tell us about ourselves. * Granta searching for Best of Young Brazilian Novelists. * A review of Tao Lin and Megan Boyle’s new film, Bebe Zeva. * Anti-Americanisms. * David Foster Wallace will appear as a character in Jeffrey Eugenedis’s next novel. * Joe Dunthorne on Björk. * David Bowie’s Lucian Freud wallpaper. Nabokov and the art of the self-interview. * Gabriel Josipovici on how to make a square move. * Write place, write time. * Steve Himmer at the Marketplace of Ideas (audio). * Owen Hatherley on Iain Sinclair’s Ghost Milk. * 5 films by Guy Debord. * Albert Cossery and the political subversion of the transcendent dandy. More on Cossery here and there. * Alex from A Clockwork Orange as a stuffed doll. * Beck to launch his own printing press? * Beckett on YouTube tumblr. * Beckett’s Berlin. * The White Review’s Berlin launch in pictures. * Literary love letters to LA. * Rough Trade Records documentary. * A homage to René Magritte. * The art of cruelty. * After Hegel: an interview with Robert Poppin. * Deleuze and ethics. * Rupert Thomson interviewed. * Jane Scott RIP. * Will Self on Birds Eye’s Traditional Chicken Dinner. * Why the French have fallen out of love with wine. * Richard Nahem on his Paris blog. * Northerners. * Beautiful vintage postcards of Petticoat Lane. * Suffragette surveillance. * Bowie’s first major TV appearance, 1970. * When Bowie met Warhol. * British youth cultures. * Rick Moody on John Lurie. * What Was the Hipster? The Index. * n+1’s first podcast. * An afternoon with Simon Van Booy. * An interview with Kate Pullinger. * Literary rejections on display. * Great parties in literature. * The Dead Kennedys‘ “Too Drunk to Fuck” pulled from beer advert. * On Wilhelm Reich. * Albert Einstein: how he saw the World. * The films of Peggy Ahwesh. * On helicopter parenting. * Old bubblegum trading cards. * Jarvis Cocker on writing and publishing his lyrics (video). * The 100 best opening lines in literature. * An interview with Masha Tupitsyn. * Topman’s Protest March collection. * Translations only represent 3% of all books published in the US each year. * Patrick Winfield’s polaroids. * Hitchcock on working with Dali on Spellbound. * Hari Kunzru on The Pale King. * Ben Myers on working undercover for the News of the World. * A lost Oscar Wilde play. * Queer Kids. * Vintage lesbian pulp fiction. * The genius of Buster Keaton. * The Association of Musical Marxists‘ manifesto. * On the barricades with the bourgeoisie. * Don’t kill the Oxford comma! Mina Loy. * Henry Miller’s Paris (part 2). * Wonderful piece on the wonderful Robert Coover by Hari Kunzru. * Lynne Tillman on her new story collection. * Dennis Cooper on experimental literature. * An interview with Brian Eno. * Iain Sinclair on ghosts and mythologies. * What is hauntology? * Vertigo: then and now. * Malcolm Gladwell’s New Age mumbo jumbo. * How pop embraced performance art. * Gabriel Josipovici reviews New Finnish Grammar. * Mod fashions by Paul Gorman. More here. * Workspaces. * Literature and shoplifting. * Playboy’s body paint issue, March 1968. * David Foster Wallace’s last book is boring. * Fragmentary novels. * Edmund White on Paul Bowles and the desert. * Hemingway in photographs. * Nude self-portraits of George Bernard Shaw. * Gillian Hills, the Beat Girl. * Irvine Welsh on the film adaptation of Ecstasy. * The story of Northern Soul. * The ego trick. * Ray Brassier on the pure and empty form of death. * The Gun Club. * The final hours of Federico Garcia Lorca. * I remember this TV interview with Iggy Pop (conducted by Yves Mourousi, 1977). * Letter from Campbell Soup product manager to Andy Warhol. * The Vorticists: manifesto for a modern world. * Will Self interviewed in The Paris Review. * A mass return to the labyrinth. * The literary tourist’s guide to fictional cities. * On Banana Republic’s Mad Men collection. * Beach, Joyce and Fitzgerald. * The late Peter Falk in Jean Genet’s The Balcony! * The birth of Nick Cave. A fascinating article by Tim Parks: “[I]t seemed that the contemporary writers had already performed a translation within their own languages; they had discovered a lingua franca within their own vernacular, a particular straightforwardness, an agreed order for saying things and perceiving and reporting experience, that made translation easier and more effective. One might call it a simplification, or one might call it an alignment in different languages to an agreed way of going about things. Naturally, there was an impoverishment”. * Anne Carson on the right to remain silent. * Putting language to sleep in Finnegans Wake. * An in-depth interview with Lars Iyer. * Jonathan Lethem’s “The Empty Room” in the Paris Review. * The philosophical possibilities of boredom. * The Blahblah Movement. * Black Flag on US TV, 1980. * Zizek, the hippest philosopher: “Flapping his elbows and lathered in sweat, Slavoj Žižek looks like a man in the final throes of radiation sickness doing the birdy dance” (Telegraph interview). * A tribute to Tony Wilson at Meltdown. * Revisiting Henry Miller’s Paris. * Roland Barthes: j’aime, je n’aime pas. * Sylvia Whitman on Shakespeare & Company. More here. * Rosa Rankin-Gee wins the inaugural Paris Literary Prize (watch video about the prize here/pix here/more info about the authors here/Adam Biles, one of the runners-up). * Toulouse-Lautrec’s portraits of Jane Avril. * The inauguration of Rue Gaston Gallimard. * David Lynch to open Mulholland Drive-style nightclub in Paris. * Fuck yeah Beatniks. * The Daily Mail covers NY’s Mermaid Parade! * The Horrors on their new album. * n+1 on Edouard Levé’s Suicide. * A 1978 video for Suicide’s “Frankie Teardrop“. * The mystery behind Hemingway’s suicide. * Great video interview with Thurston Moore (plus blinding acoustic gig). * 3:AM’s Karl Whitney walks the boundaries of Tallaght. * Former 3:AMer Tao Lin’s “Drug-Related Photoshop Art”. More here. * Gerry Feehily in his goth days back in the day back in Dublin. * And God created Lady Penelope. * Dr Who Girls’ knickers. * The Clash in Manchester, 1977, and on Broadway, 1981. * A history of indie music. * Rebecca West and the Vorticists. More here. * Debbie Harry talks (and models) fashion (video, 1979). * Mutant Disco. * Steve Aylett and Stewart Home at Edinburgh Film Festival. * 33 literary Twitter feeds to follow. * Mad Men: the end is nigh. * Salman Rushdie on TV drama. * Owen Hatherley on Pulp and the death of the “literary-experimental pop tradition“. * 1950s BOAC promo film. * On Heidegger kitsch. * Helmut Newton polaroids. * Polaroid’s SX-70: the art and science of the nearly impossible. * Polaroid masterpieces. * Linda McCartney’s photos. * An interview with the late David Foster Wallace. * Bret Easton Ellis vs David Foster Wallace. * The ghost of The Specials‘ “Ghost Town“. * Abandoned London. * Haunted retro. * More Mark Fisher. * Listen to Molly Bloom’s soliloquy. * It’s a long way back to Germany: The Ramones on German TV, 1978. * How to drink like your favourite authors. * 13 fictional characters and their signature drinks. * Amy Winehouse living up to her name in Belgrade. * Spiderman to be killed off by Marvel, but Batgirl is back. * One for Mr Tinker: three new Morrissey tracks. * Happy 51st Psycho! * Hitchcock ads. * Home movies featuring Andy Warhol. * Julian Temple’s Mantrap (featuring ABC’s Martin Fry). * Writers choose their holiday reads. * Colin Newman of Wire discusses some of his favourite albums. * Will Self on walking. * Libidinising academia with Nick Land. * Simon Reynolds on the CCRU, 2000. More here. * Simon Critchley on critical theory today, 2009. * Tom McCarthy has written the introduction to Deborah Levy’s Swimming Home. * Painting boredom. * Who was David Foster Wallace? * McSweeney’s move into children’s literature. * Alberto Manguel returns to Wonderland. * Zippy RIP. * The White Review’s interview with the late Jorge Semprun. * Ivor Southwood, author of Non-Stop Inertia, on Resonance FM. * The B.S. Johnson Society. * Stockhausen documentary, 1973. * 40 years of Coney Island. * Vintage lesbians . More here (and see pic above). * Lydia Davis on Rimbaud. * On René Magritte. More here. * A documentary about Divine. * Perec reviewed in his own style. * Dennis Bovell and Steve Mason talk ska, dub and reggae. * The new literary omnivores. * Greekish take on the DSK affair. * Enrique Vila-Matas and Paul Auster in conversation. * Suede’s comeback. * Pictures of Brooklyn in the summer of 1974. * Laconia reviewed. * Jenny Diski on the quest for the Northwest Passage: “However much I read of these explorers, I will never understand how it is that, having starved and frozen for two or three years for nothing very much – a mark on a map, a lost foot — they get home, half-dead, and then agree to go back again: for honour, glory or plain Britishness”. * Bilingual brains are healthier. * Matisse’s illustrations for Ulysses. * The art of the novel according to Umberto Eco. * Jayne Joso on writing about London and life in Japan. * The murky world of Pete Doherty. Mark Fisher on “maverick philosopher” Nick Land. Fisher lui-même is interviewed here. * Enrique Vila-Matas interviewed in The Paris Review. * Stoke Newington Literary Festival reviewed in the New Statesman. * Lee Rourke (who was at Stoke and whose novel The Canal is to be turned into a film) interviewed over at the Marketplace of Ideas. * Nice interview with the ever charming Viv Albertine (who was also at Stoke Newington) [video]. * Simon Reynolds on why retromania is all the rage. * Martin Rushent RIP. * An interview with Blake Butler. * Jonathan Lethem on his Marvel years. * Radio interview with Joshua Cohen. * A preview of the second issue of The White Review. * On the new edition of Jacques Rigaut’s Lord Patchogue. * The poetry of dog-eared pages. * The relaunch of Brutus. * Once Upon a Time in New York. * ZE Records. * Kris Needs on NYC music. * The politics of authenticity. * Owen Hatherley on some of the latest releases from Zer0 Books, including Laconia (another review here). * Lapham’s Quarterly tumblr. * The 1951 Festival of Britain in Flux magazine. * The evolution of regional English accents. * John Berger (who now has a slight French accent) on Newsnight. * Gabriel Josipovici interviewed. (More here.) * A brief history of the bikini (in pictures). * The dresses of Marilyn Monroe. * Welcome to The Modernist magazine. * On Chris Kraus’s movies. * Adam Ant in Liverpool. * The mysterious case of the novel-in-stories. * A visual exploration of Infinite Jest. * Maurice Blanchot and Romanticism. * Steve Almond on Gil Scott-Heron. * The New College for the Humanities controversy. * Exene Cervenka and John Doe on TV, 1987. * The 2011 Moby Awards. * Graham Swift on contemporary novels. * “Love Comes in Spurts” covered live by Blondie in 2002. * On “Heart of Glass“. * Chris Stein interviews William Burroughs, 1987. * Chris Stein’s pictures of the last days of CBGB’s. * Chris Stein’s website. * Jean-Luc Godard’s King Lear. * Nuclear age hits female birthrate. * The Summer Bizarre Ball. * Literary feuds. * Kingsley Amis’s “petit bourgeois red-brick Bond“. Simon Reynolds‘ Retromania reviewed. Read an extract from the book here. (Also, Reynolds on Ariel Pink.) * The influence of unread books. * The Atrocity Exhibition (film, 1970). * Adrian Sherwood interviewed. * On Christie Malry’s Own Double Entry. * Lars Iyer at the Marketplace of Ideas. * The Specials live in Japan, 1980. * The Clockwork Orange controversy, 1972 (with Anthony Burgess). * The films of Stanley Kubrick. * The periodic table of storytelling. * Virginia Woolf’s Essays (volume 6). * Sid Vicious interviewed by Judy Vermorel, 1977. * A NYRB Classics tumblr. * Allen Ginsberg’s “celestial snapshots“. * Stickers on the Central Line. * Masturbating to Mary Tyler Moore. * Upside Down: The Creation Records Story. * The Skating Rink reviewed. * The novel is not dead. * Jello Biafra in New Orleans. * Adrienne Rich talks about her influences. * Will Self reviews Jon Ronson’s The Psychopath Test. * Outsider cooking with Luke Haines. * Ready Steady Go!. * Patti Smith on US daytime TV, 1978. * Parisians. * Martin Amis on his father’s English. * Happy birthday Siouxsie Sue. * Geoff Dyer at the Marketplace of Ideas. * Gil Scott-Heron RIP. * The history of the book cover. * Derek Jarman interview. * Peter Saville on his album cover artwork. * The Pylon Appreciation Society. * Bunuel revisited. * Back to the kitchen. * Raves in 90s London. * Nicole Panter. * Marx at the movies by Owen Hatherley. * Freud at the movies. * Naked chess with Marcel Duchamp, 1963. Non-time and hauntology. More on Mark ‘K Punk’ Fisher’s recent NYC talks here. * The rise of faux-vintage photography. * Ira Cohen’s psychedelic photography. * This is a message from Persons Unknown… * Preston is my Paris. * Las Vegas time-lapse video. * The B-52s live in Atlanta, 1978. * Dennis Cooper celebrates Lynne Tillman. * Can you teach creative writing? * Tim Parks on the Dull New Global Novel. * Nick Lezard on Rilke. * Art and love. * Egon Schiele’s women (gallery here). * Lost gems in the Anthony Burgess archive. * 3:AM Chief Editor Susan Tomaselli’s great new tumblr. * Fantômas. * Simon Reynolds on boogie. * Get ready for Simon Reynolds‘ Retromania. * Derek Jarman’s film for Marianne Faithfull’s Broken English. * Film directors’ cameos. * Sarah Churchwell: “We all know that language is mutable, that it must either evolve or wither away: there’s no language so pure as a dead one. Babylonian is untroubled by the intrusion of new slang, as it is untroubled by speakers”. * Patti Smith, Richard Hell and Jim Carroll sale. * Chitty Chitty Bang Bang up for auction. * Lars Iyer’s Spurious reviewed at the Cherwell. * National identity and the internet. * Laconia: 1,200 Tweets on Film. * Saul Bass’s designs for Vertigo. * Thurston Moore’s video for “Benediction“. * Listen to Thurston Moore’s new album, Demolished Thoughts. * Why steampunk’s time has come. * Nothing. * Sam Lipsyte interviewed in Wag’s Revue. * Sam Leith’s top 10 alternative realities. * Adam Ant to buy Ringo Starr’s birthplace. * Adam Ant live review. * Nihilism in fantasy. * Pulp, No Sleep Till Sheffield, 1995. * Writers at their typewriters. * The world’s most inspiring bookshops. * Continental Realism by Paul Ennis. * Fukuyama reviewed. * The life and art of the Velvet Underground’s first drummer. * A review of Vila-Matas’s Never Any End to Paris. * Iain Sinclair’s London. * Michel Foucault, “Of Other Spaces,” 1967. * Binge thinking. * On rediscovering The Fall. * Flamin’ Groovies TV promos. * Morrissey on the monarchy. * The disappearing face of New York. * David Lodge on Nabokov. * Alan McGee interviewed. * William Burroughs publisher faces obscenity charges in Turkey. * Michael Loughrey’s 3:AM story selected for Most Notable Story of 2010 award. * Before and after: 20 classic pin-ups. On Paul Scheerbart’s The Perpetual Motion Machine. * Stewart Home’s 1995 Art Strike Bed. * Early fiction by Osama bin Laden. * Noam Chomsky’s reaction to bin Laden’s death. * Tony White’s excellent “Auto-Destructive Arts Policy,” a Swiftian satire that uses the cut-up technique as a verbal barricade. More here. * The Futurist Manifesto. * Why the Brits don’t like their intellectuals. * Brit intellectuals speak out. * Britain’s top 300 intellectuals. * Subway Sect: “Nobody’s Scared”. * McLaren and Westwood’s Cowboys T-shirt. * La beauté est dans la rue. * Street-fighting men and women. * On Adrienne Monnier. * Bookfuturism. * A tribute to Steve Reich. * Can, live in Paris, 1973. * A brief history of the Minimoog. * The “casual brilliance” of Jennifer Egan. What she reads here. * Splash it all over. * On Donald Barthelme’s “The Balloon”. * Let It Rock and Too Fast to Live Too Young to Die. * Photographs of Napoleon’s veterans. * Vivien Goldman on Poly Styrene. See also this interview in Flux Magazine. * Hunter S Thompson’s final 24 hours. * The rise of British studies. * The uncensored Picture of Dorian Gray. * Jordan. * 1970s surf and skate kids from Venice Beach. * An interview with James Knowlson, Beckett’s biographer. * Holidays in modern architecture. * The Au Pairs. * bookish. * The wonderful George Shaw has been shortlisted for the Turner Prize. * Ezra Pound’s composition exercises for young writers. * Ben Myers interviewed. * Iggy Pop’s jacket: the rock’n'roll shroud of Turin. * Goddesses. Tao Lin: does the novel have a future? * Alfred Hitchcock and the “fright complex“. * On hauntology. * How do you commemorate Cioran’s anniversary? * The Sex Pistols‘ first media exposure. * Wittgenstein the polymath. * Poly Styrene RIP. More here. Zoë Howe’s obituary. Everett True’s tribute. * Samuel Beckett’s public image: “‘All the obituaries said he hated to be photographed,” Dilks says, “but each one had a different photograph of him.’ As Dilks looked into this incongruity, he found that the way Beckett was photographed was similar to that of a movie star — posed and carefully crafted by his personal photographer, John Minihan, to perpetuate an aura of celebrity. Dilks writes that the methods used for these photos ‘documents a moment in his private life in order to reinforce his public image as a man averse to intrusions into his public life’.” * The art of physical criticism. * Dads: the original hipsters. * Ray Davies: “I write songs about people, and I happen to feel that the suburbanite kind of person who’s not much noticed is quite interesting”. * The kid with the replaceable head. * Modern fairy tales. * Pippa Middleton’s bum. * William Burroughs on another Royal wedding. * Beat poet Ira Cohen RIP. * Buddhism and the Beat Generation. * UbuWeb at 15. * On Judy Nylon and Ruth Marten (Savage includes a link to 3:AM’s interview). * Gabriel Josipovici’s Only Joking reviewed: “As he says about Mallarmé, Hofmannstahl, Kafka and Beckett — words that may apply as well to Josipovici — they all feel impelled to write, this being the only way they know to be true to their own natures, yet at the same time they find that in doing so they are being false to the world–imposing a shape on it and giving it a meaning which it doesn’t have — and thus, ultimately, being false to themselves”. * Mid-60s Sunset Strip. * Morrissey in Penguin Classics? * Why George Formby was the first pop star. * The secret life of libraries. * Bookshelves of creative people. * Is Will Self like a medieval tyrant? * Cat’s Eyes. * Jon Savage on Berlin as sexual playground. * The metaphysics of crackle. * On The Monkees‘ Head. * After the death of David Foster Wallace. * Bookish band names. * An in-depth interview with PJ Harvey. * The blossoming of Bloomsbury. * The amortals. * On a similar subject: “Forty Tiddly Winks“. * Top 10 British indie labels. Nabokov’s drawings of butterflies / Werner Herzog & Cormac McCarthy talk science & culture [via @Moloch50] / Ezra Pound, Elizabeth Bishop & the madhouse [via Bookslut] / This is not a biography, Jacqueline Rose on her conflict with the Sylvia Plath Estate [via @thebookslut] / William Burroughs, Gus Van Sant & the discipline of ‘do easy’ / “Loathe as I am to agree with Zadie Smith, it’s kind of a big deal.” Bookmunch on Tom McCarthy’s Remainder (reissue) / How Avant Is It? The Millions on Zadie Smith, Tom McCarthy & the novel’s way forward / “My ears have undergone some evolution in the process.” Electric Eden author Rob Young / On ‘Bygonese’, dialogue in historical fiction, with reference to David Mitchell / “To collect detritus is to preserve a wistful recollection of the recent past.” On Kurt Schwitters / First 9 volumes of Little Review (1914-1922) at Modernist Journal’s Project (includes 23 installments of James Joyce’s Ulysses). “I still love literature and reading but I am more difficult to please now than I was twenty years ago. And what I want has changed. I want more philosophy and metaphysics more quickly - and less entertainment.” The Rumpus interview Geoff Dyer / “I liked the idea of someone swimming in big modernist and postmodern theory and still making room for human feeling, but a page - sometimes even a sentence, or an essay title - [of David Foster Wallace] brings me out in hives.” Geoff Dyer [via @TheBrowser] / DFW as Bartleby? “The writer who cannot will himself to complete the act of writing,” Tom McCarthy on The Pale King [via @drmabuse] / DFW & the problem of being bored [via @LeeRourke] / “To be modern is one thing; to know what to do with that is quite another.” Morgan Meis on Rimbaud’s Illuminations / The brief, bohemian transit of Modigliani [via @aldaily] / 15 most famous cafes in the literary world [via @largeheartedboy] / Collecting the Bloomsbury group / How Visual Editions brought Jonathan Safran Foer’s die-cut novel Tree of Codes to life / “A style that tries to unbury the dead through syntax.” A.D. Miller on W.G. Sebald [via @EliseBlackwell] “Exile is courage. True exile is the true measure of each writer.” Excerpt from Roberto Bolaño’s Between Parentheses / Melville House publishes Imre Kertész’s "missing" novel Fiasco / Langston Hughes & Pablo Neruda on film [via @PoetryFound] / Marketplace of Ideas on the uncompromising novels of David Markson / David Lynch & Marilyn Manson unite for an uncanny exhibition [via @RichardKovitch] / Civil war lit, how the war between the states changed American literature [via @3QD] / Dada Magazine, issues 1-3 (1917-1918) / William S. Burroughs‘ NYC apartment [via openculture] A short guide to books about Finnegans Wake [via timesflow] / Woody Allen & the Windsor typeface [via @RhysTranter] / James Salter’s notes & scribblings in coming up with the title for Light Years / Yahoo Answers readers not impressed by first page of Infinite Jest when it is presented for review anonymously / Unfinsihed novels / Random House relaunches the Hogarth Press [via @olmonthly] / IMPAC prize shortlist fails fiction in translation / Mark Twain’s letter to Walt Whitman on his 70th birthday, May 1889 [via OUPAcademic] / James Baldwin in London. Alternative Ulster. * Robinson in Ruins. * The Brixton riots, 1981. * America’s thriving literary journals. * “The Substitute” — a short story by Lynne Tillman. * Lynne Tillman animated. * Jean-Michel Basquiat’s Gray. * In search of David Foster Wallace’s The Pale King. * DFW’s collection of self-help books. * More on The Pale King. * Artist Karen Green on her late husband DFW. * Jennifer Egan wins the Tournament of Books. * A documentary about Maurice Blanchot from 1998. * The official Jesus and Mary Chain tumblr. * Finnegans Wake. * DBC Pierre: “Reality has overtaken it, to a degree. The form of the novel is too quaint, too fabulous. You can’t resonate off a core set of values now in the way you once could”. * The significance of The Mob. * Blake Butler interviewed in Bookslut (new story here). Another interview there. * Beautiful rebels. * Punk in London. * The history of the Chelsea Boot. * David Shields: “These writers are nostalgia merchants. We need to call total bullshit on it and say — this is not literature”. * John Ashberry on translating Rimbaud. * George Condo documentary with Burroughs and Ginsberg. * The William Burroughs scarf. * God save Poly Styrene. * An interview with Desmond Hogan, “probably the most famous Irish writer you’ve never heard of”. * Ian McKellen and the Fleshtones at Warhol’s Factory, 1987. * Autism on film. * Another kind of blues. * Famous authors and their typewriters. * Dennis Hopper and Iggy Pop get their tits out. * Who enjoys shopping in IKEA? * Woody Allen. * Top 10 deranged characters. * Abandoned American theatres. * Neuroscience fiction. * Adam Ant and Boy George perform “Young Parisians”. * A forthcoming Adam Ant documentary. * Hauntology. * An interview with Death. * The ever flamboyant Philip Sallon. * What’s on Don Quixote’s iPod? * Women in cages. * Already a year ago: Malcolm McLaren. * Alain Badiou’s response to Jean-Luc Nancy. * Fluxus anthology. * The Trafalgar Square street protests. * Part 6 of Mick Middles’s Manchester punk diaries. * French philosophy since 1960. * Lene Lovich live at Studio 54 in 1981. * Marcel Duchamp on “The Creative Act”. * 200 years of police surveillance of French writers. * Gavin James Bower on his favourite books. * Lewis Carroll’s photographs. * Lars Iyer interviewed. Luc Sante on Geoff Dyer’s Otherwise Known as the Human Condition (UK, Working the Room) / Criticism & The Pale King /The White Goddess in Twin Peaks / Not the 50 books you must read before you die / ReadySteadyBook interview Spurious author Lars Iyer / John Self on Anna Kavan’s Ice / New Perec website [via @spikemagazine / RSB] “Reality has overtaken it, to a degree. The form of the novel is too quaint, too fabulous. You can’t resonate off a core set of values now in the way you once could.” DBC Pierre in The White Review / James Salter month / Why we read Don Quixote / Henry James & the joys of binge reading / BBC opens online archive of The Listener, for which Virginia Woolf, Phillip Larkin & T.S. Eliot wrote [via @seanjcostello] / Mylesday, a “celebration in Guinness” of Flann O’Brien / Nabokov had the butterfly blues [via @CormacKinsella] The London walks of Virginia Woolf / The ethics of David Foster Wallace [via @maudnewton] / A bookless library [via @CriticalCookie] / Zadie Smith in defense of libraries / In praise of little magazines / The beauty of Bruno Schulz’s prose. “Herzog likes to respond to and collaborate with his subjects; if he bends fact – by inventing dialogue, for instance – it is to the ends of ‘truth’.” / The Mark E. Smith Pale Ale / “A mistress of metaphor & sparking detail, with more punch than Proust.” / David Grossman & postwar literature [via Bookslut] / Finnegans Wake as a short film [via @brainpicker] R.I.P. Diana Wynne Jones (read Neil Gaiman’s moving tribute) / Roberto Bolaño remembers the books he stole / ‘Insults’ from authors / “Alongside Joyce the Father, & Beckett the Son, [Flann O'Brien] remains the Holy Ghost in the machine.” / Translator Anna Moschovakis on Albert Cossery’s The Jokers / “We’re now all the children of Philip K Dick.” Paris, home of the avant-garde by Adam Thirlwell: “You can set up Paris anywhere. It’s there wherever the prevailing categories of representation are suspended. Paris is portable”. * Hervé Guibert photographer. * The King’s Road during the summer of 76. * Punk in England (1980 documentary). * A forthcoming Russ Meyer biopic. * A Brian Eno documentary (1989). * Stuart Evers on Perec and memory. * The Heartbreakers. * On rereading Roland Barthes’s Camera Lucida. * Patti Smith in Andy Warhol’s Interview magazine, 1973. * The story of the Horses cover photo. * Hanif Kureishi on the Kama Sutra: “Most self-help books these days are either about depression, happiness or creative writing”. * Photos of Ginsberg and friends, 1969-97. * Pirate Tape: A Portrait of William Burroughs, a collaboration between Derek Jarman and Psychic TV from 1982. * Down with art! * The Mekons and Kathy Acker. * In praise of Leigh Bowery. * Julian Barnes on Montmartre’s vineyard: “It is, like many of the best vineyards, on a steep slope; it is, like all vineyards, not much to look at (vineyards are to wine as writers are to their books)”. * Visite à Picasso, a 1950 documentary. * I was at Killing Joke’s “epic performance” at the Peppermint Lounge mentioned here. Frankie goes to Hollywood / What if The Wire was a Victorian novel? / Marginalia as literary networking / J. Robert Lennon’s random poetry generator / John Waters here & there / Laurie Anderson is in this month’s Art Review [free registration] Tony White’s ebook, A Porky Prime Cut / “Fiction offers us one of the few honest spaces left in a compulsively dishonest world.” Jonathan Coe / Geoff Dyer’s sex-and-hotels essay [via @maudnewton] / David Foster Wallace on literary rebels & those who back away from “ironic watching” [via @adbusters] / Literary magazine Night & Day is officially relaunched / Kubrick et le Web, a visual celebration of Stanley Kubrick’s work [via BibliOdyssey] Ubu et la grande Gidouille (1979), Jan Lenica’s take on Alfred Jarry’s Ubu / Early Kurosawa / James Joyce’s Estate tells creators of world’s first synthetic living cell to “cease & desist” / The peculiar odyssey of a great literary outsider, Christopher Isherwood profiled / The Millions‘ Modern Library Revue on Lolita / Vol. 1 Brooklyn’s literary trading cards: Jack Kerouac.David Lynch’s Eraserhead in 60 seconds (& in clay) / Book vs. film: Howl / Two James Joyce books with a typeface that cries ‘DISCO!’ / Joe Sacco on comics journalism [via Litblog] / ‘Tall Tales, Long Drink’, Flann O’Brien profiled [via @sarahw] James Ellroy has been awarded the French Order of Arts and Letters / Jennifer Egan on Patti Smith [via LHB] / “Sheen is the new reality, bitch.” Bret Easton Ellis on Hollywood meltdowns / Volcano, An Inquiry into the Life & Death of Malcolm Lowry / Conversational Reading have a reading group for Georges Perec’s Life A User’s Manual / “Kafka’s staying awake while others slept had a direct influence on his fiction.” / The bizarre, delayed, brilliant & revealing correspondence between Elizabeth Bishop & the New Yorker. Roots of the Anarchy shirt. Parts two and three. * The Decline of Western Civilization. * Lars Iyer’s Spurious reviewed. * “Going for a Beer” by Robert Coover. * Looking at people looking at art. * Gallimard during the German occupation. * David Lodge on HG Wells. * Green Gartside (Scritti Politti) interviewed. * “Backbone” by David Foster Wallace. * The DFW industry. * The new New Orleans. * Andy Warhol’s Heat. * A great interview with Stuart Evers on the Telegraph: “A lot of them [Stuart's friends] said they wished they still smoked. But what they really meant, I think, was that they wished they were still the people they were when they did smoke: people who could still live their lives with that kind of reckless abandon. I suppose I could have written about drink or drugs. On the whole, though, nobody looks back fondly on alcoholism or drug addiction — but they do on smoking. It seems to represent the idea of a youth that’s no longer available to you”. * The Zoot Suit Riots. * An interview with Larry Clark: “How does he answer the criticism that it’s unseemly for a man in his 50s, as he was when he shot Kids, to be filming teenagers in exposed states? “Someone in their teens should have made that film,” he replies. “But someone that age couldn’t have made it. They wouldn’t have the perspective or clarity. They’d clean it up in certain ways.” * The growing cult of Rastamouse. * The first great protest song. * Gore Vidal. * Robert Altman’s The James Dean Story (1957). * Exophonic writing. * Teaching writing. * Christine Angot taken to court by one of her characters. * An interview with the wonderful Sam Jordison. * Tom McCarthy’s Remainder released in Russia. * John Robb on the Bay City Rollers. * Sam Lipsyte in the FT. * Serge Gainsbourg videos. More on Gainsbourg here. * Melody Nelson. * French punk. * The French community in London. * Houellebecq’s new single. * Suede live in Paris, 1993. * China Miéville interviewed. * Girl in a Cage. * Book burning in Mumbai. * Movie barcodes. * An interview with Devo. * Experimental champions. * Nicholas Roeg introduces Eureka. * Viv Albertine retrouvée. * The new Jonathan Coe reviewed. * Dante’s death mask. * Pictures of Chernobyl 25 years on. * The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye. * Hunter S. Thompson, John Cusack, Johnny Depp and a blow-up doll. * Submarine — The Movie. * Antiheroes. * Roger Singer on Kerouac. * Looking for Stanley Kubrick. * Ivor Cutler. * On Montaigne. * Part 5 of Mick Middles’s punk diary. * Borges on his desert-island books. * How to get married in Las Vegas by Tao Lin. * The Guardian’s new children’s books site. * Colour photographs of Ernest Shackleton’s 1914 Arctic expedition. * One more time: New York Dolls documentary. * Pioneers of the Downtown scene. * An interview with Gabriel Josipovici (audio). * Marianne Faithfull interviewed in Nude Magazine. * Mick Farren and the Deviants, live at Hyde Park, 1969. * 3:AM’s Max Dunbar on intellectuals and the masses. * Sweet Gene Vincent. * Aldous Huxley’s children’s book republished. * The 10 best nonfiction essays of the past 50 years? Canon vs. Creator, Jessa Crispin on Louis-Ferdinand Céline & Knut Hamsun / A history of protest songs / Notes toward an understanding of Thomas Bernhard / “James Joyce wrote just one collection of short stories, but it ranks among the finest in world literature.” / Gray matters, a celebration of Alasdair Gray’s Lanark [via Bookslut]
Don DeLillo reads from Mao II / William Trevor v. the idea of experimental writing / The spectre of Edward Gorey is haunting our collective unconscious / David Mitchell’s Immersive Reading Room / David Markson on drinking with Malcolm Lowry & Dylan Thomas / The Believer Book Award shortlist includes Grace Krilanovich’s The Orange Eats Creeps / Why do writers abandon novels? Every Philip K. Dick movie ranked from best to worst / David Mitchell on The King’s Speech / Zadie Smith reads Frank O’Hara / The age of the muse may be over. Rare film clips of poet Anne Sexton / Sam Lipsyte on creative writing / The road to Wigan Pier, 75 years on. Ed van der Elsken’s Love on the Left Bank. * Jean Cocteau’s The Blood of a Poet (1930). * Charles Shaar Murray’s blog. * Beckett necklace. * The Waiting for Godot video game. * The legacy of the King James Bible. * The New Romantics. * Speculative Realism as “philosophy fiction”. * Mark Fisher of k-punk interviewed. * An interview with David Vann. * Nicholas Lezard on Patrick Hamilton’s blue plaque. * George Shaw’s wonderful paintings. * Delta 5. * An interview with the authors of Edgelands. * Daily Mail-o-matic. * Bad Brains live (1987). * San Francisco in ruins, 1906. * The Beats go on. * A short extract from The White Review’s interview with Tom McCarthy. * Shoegazing. * Brian Eno discusses his porn collection with Chrissie Hynde (1974). * Why the Net Matters and The Net Delusion reviewed. * The return of crusty. * Stieg and Her. * Delayed Gratification and Slow Journalism. * London in the 50s. * The flipside of 60s London. * No New York, 1978. * Gustave Courbet’s painting L’Origine du monde banned from Facebook. * Webolution? * Twitter revolution? * Badiou, Zizek and Tariq Ali on the Arab revolutions. * HP Lovecraft’s psychedelic sound. * Vivian Girls free download. * Two early David Lynch films. * The dirty old men of literature. * Truffaut interviews Hitchcock, 1962. * A bibliography app. * The Doctor Who Experience. * Bruce Chatwin’s letters. * The Mob reunited. Issue Three of The Kakofonie - the video issue - is now on-line and features work from Gerard Carson, Richard Mosse, Lauren Moffatt, Anna Niedhart, Gabi Schaffner, Pauline Carnier Jardin, Siouxzi Mernagh, Matthew MacKisack and Kerstin Cmelka. From editor John Holten’s Apocrypha of a Kakofonie London Weekend Television’s legendary November 1976 punk documentary. * Malcolm McLaren on Serge Gainsbourg. * Chris Power on Boccaccio. * Jacques Derrida on photography. * Dirty Literature. * A Nathanael West gallery. * Geoff Ward on David Foster Wallace’s legacy. * On Infinite Jest. * White Review co-founder Jacques Testard’s Week in Culture in the Paris Review. * Blaise Cendrars perverted by language. * Stream Sonic Youth’s soundtrack to Simon Werner’s A disparu (Lights Out). * New York City in 1977. * Wake in Progress. * Book reviewers on reviewing. * A film adaptation of Ballard’s Concrete Island. * Art inspired by Twin Peaks. * The growing threat to British universities. * Jonathan Safran Foer’s visual literature. * On BBC Four’s Reggae Britannia. * Reggae Britannia (live review, Barbican). * Rastamouse. * Apathy is dead. * Attempt to kill Jules Verne, 1886. * The Malcolm Gladwell Book Generator. * Listen to Gilles Deleuze’s lectures at Paris VIII (1979-84). * The return of Adam Ant. * Dada and music. * Hans Richter’s Ghosts Before Breakfast, 1927. * George Shaw’s eerie paintings. * Sid Vicious’s letter to Nancy Spungen in which he draws a list of all the things he likes about her (”Makes extremely interesting conversation”, “Great hustler”…). * How do you take a picture of an imaginary author? * France honours Mad Men creator. * New York Dolls documentary. * Tumbling Maîtresse. * The Parisienne. * “In Love with Raymond Chandler” by Margaret Atwood. * Londonist review Lee Rourke’s The Canal. * Barry Miles on Britain’s counterculture of the 60s. * An interview with the late Tura Satana. * The cult of breasts. * The woman behind the beehive hairdo. * Shaved women. * Phil Spector on I Dream of Jeannie, 1967. * Zuckerberg’s next move. * A review of I Slept with Joey Ramone. * The Clash’s 18 best songs? * Pictures of Joe Strummer. * Tom Stoppard on artists’ political impact. * The end of Kodachrome. * Living in the End Times. * The 1870 pocket guide to New York brothels. * Angelheaded Hipsters exhibition at the National Theatre. * William Burroughs home movie. * 50 William Burroughs MP3s. * Death of Daniel Vermeille, one of the co-founders of France’s Rock & Folk monthly, who had become a tramp. His body was found in a car park. He was 58. * Philip Pullman tears apart the Big Society. * Amazon’s Kindle Singles. * Photos of bloggers, alone, illuminated by computer screens. * McCrum on the Brighton Rock remake. * Secrets of Paris. * A map of things invented in London. * Old London trams (film). * A short film about London markets narrated by Sid James. * London’s road to nowhere. * Modernism in Metroland. * Je me souviens: Paul Theroux looks back on his time in England: “The clearest memory I have of the whole nasty Ulster mess, of cruelty and bloody-mindedness, is a newspaper picture of a skinny teenaged Irish girl whose boyfriend was a British soldier: tarred and feathered, gleaming black, with white tufts stuck to her body, her head shaven, terrified, pushed along a street by a howling mob of Catholics. She looked like an alien to me, suffering the alien’s fate of rejection – in her case, extreme and humiliating”. * Japanese sexploitation of the 60s. * Terry Hall’s tonic suit on eBay. * Submarine — The Movie. * Gerry Feehily on James Ellroy and Marianne Faithfull. * David Bowie does Bertolt Brecht. * Karen O’s ad for Absolut. * On Coupland on McLuhan. * Where is poetry going?. * Steve Aylett’s The Man Whose Head Expanded animated. * Playmobil stop-motion version of Joy Division’s “Transmission”. * Punk William and Kate mural on London’s South Bank. * A library shouldn’t be a glorified Starbucks. * Best literary sex scenes not written by a great male novelist. * Barbed wire typography. * 3D typography. * Urban archeology. * Video nasties. * Jay McInerney on the Salinger biography. * Geezer Bandit. * US vs UK book jackets. * On the lost art of editing. * Live in your bookshelf. * Dr Marten’s. Issue 11 of > kill author (3:AM Website of the Year 2010) is named for Raymond Carver / Poets always seem to prefer Elizabeth Bishop / Denis Johnson reads ‘The Starlight On Idaho’ / Mark Twain & the fortune-teller / Will Self on the Coen brothers. David Lynch / ‘The Mad Men Account’, in which the New York Review of Books find the show to be a glib, smug soap opera with bad acting / The genius of Raymond Chandler / Dashiell Hammett’s lost works found in Texas / PJ Harvey likes reggae and Harold Pinter / Flannery O’Connor: “I hope you don’t have friends who recommend Ayn Rand to you. The fiction of Ayn Rand is as low as you can get re: fiction. I hope you picked it up off the floor of the subway and threw it in the nearest garbage pail. She makes Mickey Spillane look like Dostoevsky.”
Geoff Dyer on Friedrich Nietzsche. * Trailers for imaginary B-movies. * F. Scott Fitzgerald documentary. * A Kiki de Montparnasse biography. * Tura Satana RIP. More on the cult actress here. * Lena Nyman, Maria Schneider and Edouard Glissant RIP. * Can you get something for nothing? * The A to Z of Spurious. * The need for an American Writers Museum. * Map of New York’s dens of iniquity, 1870. * Coney Island’s “Buried Alive” attaction, 1907. * Paris, Avant-Après exhibition. * Petticoat Lane, 1903 (film). * Top 10 alleyways in the Square Mile. * The 1980 Face show. * The Waughs. * A history of S&M in music videos. * How McLaren and Westwood’s SEX boutique came to be featured in the June 1976 issue of Forum. * Related: the legendary Tits and You’re gonna Wake Up (more here) t-shirts. * Bodies as fashion. *A William Burroughs documentary. * When Madonna met Burroughs. * More Burroughs. * First and second (and last) issues of Wyndham Lewis’s Blast (1914). * Jean Cocteau (documentary). * Uncool Britannia. * An early, unreleased track by Television, featuring Richard Hell. * An interview with the authors of Destroy All Movies!!!: The Complete Guide to Punks on Film (prefaced by Mr Hell himself). * She belongs to the Blank Generation. * A century of artists’ manifestos. * The Smiths at the Hacienda in 1983. * Hari Kunzru meets Michael Moorcock. Full interview transcript here. * Steampunk Etch-a-Sketch. * The first underwater picture (1893). * Blow it up or burn it down: the Angry Brigade’s post-Biba bombing communique (1971). * Tristan Garcia’s Hate: A Romance reviewed. * Belinda Carlisle: heaven is still having a nose. * Electronic music pioneer Milton Babbitt dies. * An anti anti-smoking message from John Waters. * John Cassavetes grooving with the Beatniks (1959). * Marilyn Monroe and her Nikon. * Mick Farren interviewed by John Peel. See Richard Marshall’s interview for 3:AM. * The shop that time forgot. * McLuhan speaks. * Gordon Zola’s Tintin parodies. * A documentary on the 1979 mod revival (or “renewal,” as Garry Bushell would have it). * Barry Miles’s London Calling. * The Tornados playing the Joe Meek-Produced “Robots”. * Charles Glass Books. * The Literarian. * The post-punk legacy. * Francis Bacon interview. * James Joyce’s Ulysses (documentary). * Famous authors’ doodles. * Richard Brautigan. * Designers and books. * Redesigning Kafka. * The writer as flâneur. * Naked England. Death to February, two questions for Shane Jones / Douglas Coupland on Marshall McLuhan / Fictional novels starring non-fictional authors / Benjamin Black vs. John Banville [via @seanjcostello] / Vernon God Little at the Young Vic / New Directions have a wonderful Tumblr. Andrew Gallix on Céline: “No one is denying Céline’s talent as one of the greatest French writers of the 20th century – probably the greatest, with Proust. Is it possible, however, to distinguish the author of antisemitic tracts from the genius novelist; the man from the artist?” / Why literary archives are like monkfish / Both HTMLGIANT and The Rumpus have interviews with Deb Olin Unferth / Kurt Vonnegut grades his books [via @maudnewton] / “The régime of semi-dysfunctional nurturing at Fabers has suited me perfectly. “ Adam Mars-Jones / James Joyce reads from Finnegans Wake. Is the age of the critic over? / Why Brighton Rock is still peerless after all these years / The torrid liaison between Graham Greene’s fiction and the cinema / Fincher, Aronofsky et al on directing [via @seanjcostello] / Rick Poynor’s dérive through the arcades of Paris / Patti Smith is writing a detective novel / 50 things you didn’t know about Jackson Pollock. Roland Barthes’s The Preparation of the Novel reviewed in the TLS. * René Clair’s Entr’acte (1924). * 430 King’s Road over 6 decades. * The philosophical novel. * Writers No One Reads (Cocteau? Really?). * The original Heartbreakers live in 75. * A conversation with Ben Marcus. * J. D. Salinger biography reviewed. * John Lydon interviewed by Janet Street-Porter, 1978. * The Neversink Library. * Check out the new Cold Waves tumblr. * Existentialists. * Exploring Mad Men-era New York with Ezra Stoller. * Improbable band T-shirts. * Anis Shivani’s new rules for writers. * DBC Pierre. * An interview with Gabriel Josipovici. * Josipovici on Thomas Berhard. * Photobooth pictures of Raymond Queneau. * Riot Grrrl twenty years on. * Vice fashion shoot during London student protests. * Gaye Advert’s top 10 black metal bands. * Ben Myers on Big Audio Dynamite. * The story of Northern Soul. * Saul Bass on human creativity. * Courtney Love at the Oxford University Conservative Association? * Cat’s Eyes (Faris Badwan’s new band) perform at the Vatican. * Terry Taylor’s lost Brit Beatnik classic, Baron’s Court, All Change, which, famously, contains the first reference to LSD in a British novel, to be republished this year. * An Erik Satie biography here. * The longest word in the English language? * Help Viv Albertine release her debut solo album. * London Peculiar. * The Paris catacombs. * “Strange Town” (1979). * Pictures of the never-built Riga Metro (via Owen Hatherley). * Hatherley on the commemoration of the 1951 Festival of Britain. * Jacques Derrida on Gilles Deleuze’s On Forgiveness. More Deleuze. * Poppa Neutrino RIP. * Dennis Oppenheim RIP. * Controversy over the French government’s refusal to commemorate Céline’s death. More here. * “Remake Remodel” (via Darran Anderson). * A brief history of fake news. * Jah Wobble. * An early version of Joy Division’s “Atmosphere”. * Two Dutch gigs by Joy Division. * Is social networking a pathology? * Why Aaron Sorkin isn’t on Facebook. * Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook page is hacked into. * Another Facebook revolution? * On Net activism. * 5 emotions created by the internet. * Novelists and the internet. * How is the internet changing the way we think? * How social networks are driving what you buy. * Was David Foster Wallace right about the internet? * “I Wanna Be Sedated“. * The worrying rise of “fact-based storytelling“: “This scaling back of the private sphere has coincided with something else: a growing belief that it is in personal relationships and feelings that the important truths about the world are to be found”. * Musicians turned writers. * Lars Lyer’s Spurious. * Rodchenko and his circle. * Baudelaire’s hand-written corrections to Les Fleurs du mal. * Proust manuscript. * An ode to cinema’s greatest slaps (see pic). * This is England ‘88. * Why he created Skins. * Her so-called life. * Mood-altering refrigerators of the 60s. * 59 things you didn’t know about Virginia Woolf. * 65 things you didn’t know about David Lynch. * Blue Velvet deleted scenes. * London street scenes, 1903 (film). * A great series of pictures of 1960s London. * Small Faces book launch. * Mod movies. * Frédéric Beigbeder’s new squeeze. * Hemingway’s Nobel Prize acceptance speech. * Free online Hitchcock movies. * Jean Encoule interviews Crime. * William Burroughs shoots London. * Patti Smith on Robert Mapplethorpe. * Patti Smith interviewed in the Guardian. * On Jim Carroll. * Nabokov’s butterfly theory is vindicated. More on Nabokov the evolutionary biologist here. * The Stranglers. * Louis XVI’s not dead. * Anthony Palou lands this year’s Deux Magots prize. * Bret Easton Ellis on violence in literature. * Roberto Bolaño on literature and exile. * Boy George’s Chemical Generation documentary. * Edwyn Collins on the soundtrack of his life. * Johnny Marr to write his autobiography. * The French Sherlock Holmes. * Rare footage of 60s garage bands. * A Pablo Picasso tumblr. * Hipstamatic exhibition: “[I]t manages to make every moment captured, however boring, feel like the perfect sunny memories of your childhood”. * Hipstamatics. * When Truffaut met Godard. * A short interview with Section 25. * The sexual lives of superheroes. * Norwich: a book-lover’s town. * Keith Levene on why he left The Clash. * Pictures of abandoned theatres. * Sartre pissed on Chateaubriand’s tomb: Chilean author pays similar homage to Borges. * Iggymoticons. * Apropos of Edweard Muybridge. * Steve Almond talks bad jobs. * Steampunk Sarah Palin. * Homeless chic. * Hipsters as agents of social change. * The best way to cure a hangover. * The Georges Perec revival. * L’angoisse de la page blanche. * Middle-class hip hop! * Los Angeles City Council honours Captain Beefheart. * 60 second Fight Club. * Temple Grandin — the movie. * Hilariously crap US doc on punk from 1979. * No pants subway ride. * In WG Sebald’s footsteps. * Vintage porn posters. * French mansion house unlocked after 100 years. * An interview with photographer Steve Martinez: “The energy and creativity was what turned me on to punk as a kid — everyone was expressing him or herself so differently and there was a real sense of live fast, die young, the time is now”. Should France honour Louis-Ferdinand Céline, despite his anti-Semitism? [via Bookslut] / A manual typewriter, a dirty wine glass & a battered portable radio, Charles Bukowski’s literacy legacy at Huntington Library [same] / Terry Taylor’s cult novel Barons Court All Change to be reissued by Five Leaves. See also, Stewart Home’s review / Literature cameos in film / Continuing the literary beards theme, Herman Melville’s 25 words for beard types [via @brainpicker] / “Don’t worry about insects,” F. Scott Fitzgerald’s approach to parenting[via @OUPblogUSA]. How can Edith Wharton’s The Age of Innocence possibly be the greatest New York novel of all time? [via 3QD] / The amazing about-face of Roland Barthes [same] / Writers & cats / Interviews with Jim Shepard / Lovecraft: Fear of the Unknown, documentary about the life & legacy of the great horror writer / James Ellroy’s new TV series [via Largehearted Boy]. William Burroughs performs live at The Haçienda (1982) / DBC Pierre most admires Gore Vidal & Thomas Mann / Tyler Stoddard Smith whipped Allen Ginsberg on the Atari / Robert Musil and Imperial Vienna as a portrait of now / Patti Smith on Charlie Rose / Gary Shteyngart on why he thinks The Wire is better than most fiction. Richard Hell reviews Jim Carroll’s The Petting Zoo in the New York Times: “He lived in his head. Doesn’t everyone? The difference is that he knew it. …As John Ford put it (in “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance”), ‘Print the legend’.” * Edmund White’s top 10 New York books. * Not the first time we’ve linked to this film, and probably not the last: Dressing for Pleasure. * The rise of the Neuronovel. * Amelia Atlas reviews Gabriel Josipovici’s What Ever Happened to Modernism? See also this review from the Irish Left Review. And also this one. * Josipovici on Thomas Bernhard. * Roland Barthes’s The Preparation of the Novel. * Contemporary fiction and the internet. * Dr Crippen was innocent! * Kafka’s other trial. * A housewife’s acid trip (1956). * Marilyn Monroe goes shopping (1957). * Ian Fleming in conversation with Raymond Chandler (1958). * London’s bohemian coffee bars (1959). * On Neal Cassady. * A letter from Kerouac to Brando. * Punk magazine documentary. * Three ways to visualize Infinite Jest. * Zadie Smith and Nathan Englander in conversation. * Britain’s cultural debutantes. * On yer bike with Iain Sinclair. * On Romain Gary. * Brains and beauty. * The gentrification of Berlin. * The biggest blackouts. * Tao Lin’s lucrative wedding. * A brief history of product placement. * Portraits of the mind. * A BBC documentary on William Burroughs. * Watch Orson Welles’s The Stranger (1946) in full. * No thanks, Mr Nabokov. * Rick Moody interviews Dave Allen. * BHL and Houellebecq. * London, culinary capital of the world. * Patti Smith in Paris. * Gilbert and George’s urethra postcard art. Pictures from the White Cube exhibition. * Why Nietzsche is misunderstood by angry young men. * Alexandre Jardin: the France to come. * An interview with Cindy Sherman. * Celebrating Ari Up. * The British Library’s online Eng Lit gallery. * William Buckley threatens to punch Chomsky. * Learning to love uncertainty and failure. * Tilda Swinton and The Raw Shark Texts. * Ben Myers interviewed in The Quietus. * The last Lester Bangs interview. * Literary tattoos. * Winning typefaces. * Roberto Bolaño on literature and exile. * Conrad’s science fiction novel. * A review of Punk: Attitude. * The changing face of William Shakespeare. * Conversations with Emmanuel Levinas. * Philip Glass on Sesame Street (1979). * Gary Numan on Jim’ll Fix It (1982). * Flying paint. * Régis Debray at the Académie Goncourt. * Moleskine debossing. * An opera version of The Cramps‘ “Human Fly”. * Absolute Sctitti Politti. * Libraries of the rich and famous. * On Vivian Maier’s photography. * The page 99 test. * Slavoj Žižek on good manners in the age of WikiLeaks. * Photos of deserted NYC restaurants. * Cyberspace when you’re dead. * Georges Méliès. * PJ Harvey interviewed. * A Parisian hotel for book lovers. * Why are Stieg Larsson’s novels so popular? * Nicholas Lezard, patron saint of small presses. * Vim Cortez has revamped his site. * An interview with Cherry Vanilla. * Steve Almond in The Rumpus. * London’s most important building, according to Will Self. * 1960s Portobello Road. * Hand-drawn maps of London. * Jessa Crispin on Little Star magazine. * Is rock’n'roll dead? * Retrofuturism revisited. * Gerry Anderson’s futuristic genius. * Patrick Keiller interviewed. * Generation X. * Hipsters throughout history. Joe Orton and Kenneth Halliwell’s doctored library book jackets go on display. * London Moods (1961), a short film by Ken Russell. * Clash City Rockers. * An interview with Joe Meno. * On James Hawes’s Excavating Kafka. * Former 3:AM poetry editor Tao Lin and Megan Boyle get hitched in Vegas, baby! * On The Invention of Murder. * Live review of the reformed Scars. * Thoughts about a televised performance of 4′33″. * A documentary about Borges. * Borges’s garden, apartment and self-portrait (drawn when blind). * The secret history of second-hand books. * Christopher Hitchens teaches Americans how to make a decent cup of tea. * This is Ska! * Where have all the Suedeheads gone? * Humanity’s quest for immortality. * A short review of Anthony Burgess’s One Hand Clapping. * Ziegfeld Follies gals. * Jarvis Cocker as national treasure. * People holding Infinite Jest. * Top 10 lit-crit books. * Why the LRB musn’t drop its personal ads. * Lydia Lunch’s Kiss Napoleon Goodbye (featuring Henry Rollins). * An interview with Jim Jarmusch from 1989. * In praise of MR James. * Revisiting The Pack. * The new wave of Italian crime fiction. * Witold Gombrowicz’s Ivona, Princess of Burgundia (Network Theatre, London). * Why we need to become “cyber-realists“. * The evolution of the Batmobile. * The evolution of the Monopoly board. * Nikesh Shukla’s top 10 Anglo-Indian books. * A typography lover’s alphabet. * The poetry of the shipping forecast. * Part three of Mick Middles’s Manchester punk diaries. * 1920s portraits of Australian criminals. * Norwegian composer Terje Isungset’s unusual music. * Robert Musil’s Vienna. * The original photographs on which some of Gil Elvgren’s pin-up artwork was based (see picture). * London’s threatened libraries. * Quirky London museums. * Ornette Coleman interviewed by Jacques Derrida (1997). * Papercraft Andy Warhol. * John Waters interviewed. * Applied Ballardianism: the Philosophy of J.G. Ballard. * Granta’s Best of Young Spanish-Language Novelists issue reviewed. * Madness in Weimar art. * Writers’ routines and rituals. * An interview with Wire. * Josipovici on Tóibín on James. * Adam Ant plays free gig in Camden. * Adam Ant in Bizarre Magazine. * An interview with > kill author’s anonymous editors. * Billy Bragg victim of a hate mail campaign. * Paul Taylor talks about his Zizek and the Media. More on Zizek here. * Are catastrophes virtual? * David Foster Wallace’s soon to be published novel, The Pale King. * The afterlife of David Foster Wallace. * Deconstructing “Holiday in Cambodia“. * Mick Karn RIP. (More Japan here.) * The history of Kodachrome. * Sebold’s photos. * The French are the saddest people in the world! * Soulboy DVD reviewed. * Houellebecq and gnosticism. * 60s women and computers. * Modernist fairy tales. * On libertarianism. * How the Shard is changing London. * Denis Dutton RIP. * Is literary talent genetic? * A review of Ben Myers’s Richard. Happy birthday from 3:AM, Ben!