Monthly Archives: February 2013

New albums galore.

Daft Punk have a new label, and are also releasing a new album. [via Pitchfork]

Meanwhile, Iggy Pop and the Stooges are also returning. [via Consequence of Sound]

To top it all off, The National have a new album upcoming, and are touring with them Dirty Projectors. [via Consequence of Sound]

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The stars.

There’s a new David Bowie video for “The Stars (Are Out Tonight)” off of the upcoming album The Next Day. It features Bowie himself, Tilda Swinton, Saskia De Brauw, Andrej Pejic, and Iselin Steiro, and is directed by Floria Sigismondi. (Might not be entirely safe for work, so be warned!) [via YouTube]

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“My life is full of holes.”

Well, in Silences, or a Woman’s Life, someone told me, there are bits and pieces—I’m not telling a linear story. There is always the aspect of this woman in the hospital who is going to die, and this woman having her memories. For me, these four or five weeks of my mother’s coma, when I was with her, was replacing the silence. My words were replacing her silence. Really, it was like I was her. But I was not her completely because there were so many things I didn’t know, couldn’t tell. She says, “My life is full of holes,” because her life was like this material that fades and disappears.

An interview with Marie Chaix. [via The Paris Review]

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A bit about Marías.

“As a columnist I write as citizen and maybe have too many opinions” – he has published a whole book of just his football articles – “but writing as a novelist is different. I don’t like the journalistic kind of novel which is now rather fashionable. If a book or film takes a good subject from the everyday press – say domestic murders in Spain, which are a historic disgrace – everyone will applaud, but it is easy applause. Who will say it is bad? People say the novel is a way of imparting knowledge. Well, maybe. But for me it is more a way of imparting recognition of things that you didn’t know you knew. You say ‘yes’. It feels true even though it might be uncomfortable. You find this in Proust, who is one of the cruellest authors in the history of literature. He says terrible things, but in such a way that you know that you have experienced those thoughts too.”

There’s this bit about Javier Marías here. [via The Guardian]

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Rojak: Sorry for being a bit late!

Rojak is a regular collection of assorted links as well as a bulletin summarising the week (or thereabouts) on this blog.

Here is a slightly oversized edition of Rojak to make up for it. It’s been a busy weekend.

Assorted

Magic Slim has died. [via Pitchfork]

Maurice Blanchot has been dead for 10 years. [via A Piece of Monologue]It’s the week of Atoms For Peace, so here you can catch a video of Thom Yorke and Nigel Godrich performing some songs. [via Consequence of Sound]

Also, Thom Yorke on what he’s learnt. [via Esquire]

Semi-related: Ether Teeth remixes Radiohead’s “Lotus Flower”. [via I Guess I’m Floating]

Review of a Yannis Ritsos volume in English. [via The Guardian]

Here’s a new Jimi Hendrix song. [via Consequence of Sound]

Here is (randomly) a list that features books that rewrite history. [via Publishers Weekly] On a side note, this reminds me that I ought to get to The Arcades Project.

On the Lars Iyer novels, including the latest, Exodus. [via The Millions]

Puzzles to mark Lego’s 55th birthday. [via The Telegraph]

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This week:

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Omnivore: Performances galore.

Omnivore is a regular report on some of the things that I’ve been enjoying during the week (or thereabouts).

It’s been a much better week (though some bad news still came about eventually) and part of the reason was that I did somehow miraculously attend three performances, being 《贾宝玉》, the Chinese adaptation of Antigone, and Toy Factory Productions’ staging of The Crucible.

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Thom and Nigel on Atoms For Peace.

In this very recently published interview, Thom Yorke and Nigel Godrich discuss Atoms For Peace and a number of other things. [via YouTube]

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New arrivals.

new arrivals

Clockwise from the big 18: words from Bulgaria; Great Mother Amaterasu; Raymond Queneau (now with bonus EVM); giant Russian novel; and mystery white envelope.

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Derrida on Deleuze.

In this series of videos (I’ll only be linking to the first, but the rest should be easily accessible from there), Derrida speaks about Deleuze in 2004, making it one of his very last public engagements. [via YouTube]

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Alvin Lustig postcards.

Alvin Lustig, postcards of book cover designs [Source: New Directions]

A set of fifty Alvin Lustig book cover postcards will be coming from New Directions. [via New Directions]

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