Archive for Category ‘Authors’

Pedro Carolino: English As She Is Spoke

“…This whole book is of course, a “mistake”, and a very extreme one too. But every progression of language develops from mishearing, from distortion. While undoubtedly funny, the undulating incongruity of the language is enough

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Elementarteilchen – the film of Michel Houellebecq’s Atomised :

James McConalogue Atomised – Michel Houellebecq See all books by Michel Houellebecq at Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.com Elementarteilchen DVD This film is terrifyingly humbling, sexually polite and bravely mundane in its philosophical exploration

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Michel Houellebecq: The Possibility Of An Island

James McConalogue The Possibility Of An Island – Michel Houellebecq See all books by Michel Houellebecq at Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.com “The universe is nothing but a furtive arrangement of elementary particles. A figure in transition

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Michel Houellebecq: Lanzarote

Pedro Blas Gonzalez Lanzarote – Michel Houellebecq See all books by Michel Houellebecq at Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.com Lanzarote is a colorful vignette that describes the scope of meaninglessness in an apocalyptic age. Even the landscape

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Trainspotting The Play: Harry Gibson: 10 Years On

Chris Mitchell 4 Play – Irvine Welsh [collected scripts of plays based on Welsh's work] See all books by Irvine Welsh at Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.com [Note: this is the complete text of a syndicated interview with Harry

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Ralph Steadman: Gonzo: The Art

Craig Johnson talks to Ralph Steadman about the death of Hunter S. Thompson, paranoid flashes and the “terrible betrayal” of modern politics “One of the reasons he’s fun to work with – he has a really fine, raw sense of

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Julie Burchill: Sugar Rush: Hurricane Julie

Ben Granger collides with Julie Burchill over several bottles of wine to seek out the dreadful truth on chavs, Stalin, Ariel Sharon and Morrissey   “Never meet your heroes; they always disappoint” runs the old saying. Invited from

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Hunter S. Thompson : An Appreciation : A Real American Patriot

Chris Mitchell on why Hunter S. Thompson was one of the most important figures in American letters I love my friends. Away from email for a few days, log in this morning to 5 different people telling me Hunter S. Thompson is dead. Distraught isn’t

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Paul Auster: Oracle Night

Stephen Mitchelmore Oracle Night – Paul Auster See all books by Paul Auster at Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.com Oracle Night is the first Paul Auster novel I’ve read since Leviathan in 1992. Until then, I had read every book. This was not

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Julie Burchill – Sugar Rush

Ben Granger Julie Burchill: donchajusluver??!! Well, yes, actually. There once was a time when I agreed with all my Graun reading friends “that bigoted bitch” should be humanely shot, but it seems a very long while ago now. My obsession

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W.G. Sebald: Looking And Looking Away

Stephen Mitchelmore on the novels of W.G. Sebald Why are W.G. Sebald’s novels so flat? Why – when the books refer to events of utmost horror and disaster, sometimes dwelling on pain and death with a fascination and regularity verging on schadenfreude

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Ben Myers – The Book Of Fuck

Chris Mitchell The Book Of Fuck – Ben Myers See all books by Ben Myers at Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.com With a title like that, you’ve got to write a good book or have the word “wanker” silently appended to your name forever

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Poppy Z. Brite : Will Self : Exquisite Corpse : Dorian : Bloodsuckers

Mark Richardson on the gender wars in modern Gothic fiction In recent times it has become commonplace for writers and critics alike to link contemporary gothic narratives with modern day anxieties. Two recent Gothic novels have successfully

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Maurice Blanchot – Nowhere Without No

Stephen Mitchelmore Nowhere Without No – Maurice Blanchot See all books by Maurice Blanchot at Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.com Not half way through the year but already a book has come along that, at the end, I will say: this is it

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Mark Simpson – Saint Morrissey

Ben Granger Saint Morrissey – Mark Simpson See all books by Mark Simpson at Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.com This book is not for people who’ve never, even briefly, fallen under Morrissey’s spell. Don’t bother; it’ll only

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J G Ballard : Millennium People : Entertaining Violence

Chris Hall talks to JG Ballard about Millennium People, the middle classes and mail order Kalashnikovs It’s been 70 years since HG Wells published The Shape of Things to Come but there has been a far more

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Michel Houellebecq – Atomised

Kevin Walsh Atomised – Michel Houellebecq See all books by Michel Houellebecq at Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.com Michel Houellebecq is one of those authors who inspire hugely conflicting reactions. Some hail him as a literary giant

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Paul Auster : Cruel Universe

Adrian Gargett on the writing of Paul Auster Paul Auster is not a realist. As the title of his latest book The Book of Illusions suggests, he inhabits a world of illusion. His novels are worldly, finely tuned, elegant

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Cees Nooteboom – All Souls’ Day

Stephen Mitchelmore "The shortcut does not allow one to arrive someplace more directly (more quickly), but rather to lose the way that ought to lead there."  Maurice Blanchot How does one deal with trauma? It’s

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Tim Parks – A Season With Verona

Chris Rose A Season With Verona – Tim Parks See all books by Tim Parks at Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.com At dinner recently with a group of other Brits now resident in Italy and the subject of Tim Parks comes up. "When will that

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Iain Sinclair : London Orbital : Width Of A Circle

Iain Sinclair walked the length of the M25 motorway to research his book London Orbital. Chris Hall hears why Listeners of Radio 4’s Today programme recently voted London’s M25 the worst of the “seven

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Maurice Blanchot : The Infinite Conversation : The Absent Voice

Stephen Mitchelmore on the writing of Maurice Blanchot There are many remarkable facts about the long life of the French novelist and philosopher Maurice Blanchot. The strident – perhaps Fascist – nationalism of his pre-War journalism;

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Timothy Clark – Routledge Critical Thinkers: Martin Heidegger

Stephen Mitchelmore Routledge Critical Thinkers: Martin Heidegger – Timothy Clark See all books by Timothy Clark at Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.com The Routledge Critical Thinkers series is turning into something special. Maurice Blanchot by

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Thomas Bernhard: The Making Of An Austrian and The Novels of Thomas Bernhard

Stephen Mitchelmore finds Thomas Bernhard to be elusive within two studies of the Austrian writer What if everything we can be depends on playing a role? Where would that leave us? Well, first of all, it would mean that the public self, the one

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Will Self : Feeding Frenzy : Biting The Hand That Feeds

Chris Hall serves up a slice of Will Self with the publication of his second collection of journalism, Feeding Frenzy Chris Hall: First off, congratulations on the birth of your new son, Luther. Will Self: Yeah, little baby Luther. He

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