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Rojak: Hold it.

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

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Anna Calvi’s new album, One Breath, is coming 7 October. Here’s a trailer. [via YouTube]

Meanwhile, here’s the cover art and track list for Janelle Monáe’s The Electric Lady. [via Consequence of Sound]

Something on Beckett’s How It Is. [via The Guardian]

In search of Shakespeare’s dark lady. [via The Guardian]

So Daft Punk didn’t appear on The Colbert Report, and Colbert did this. [via Kotaku]

Meanwhile conspiracy theories abound. [via Consequence of Sound]

Dawn of Midi’s Dysnomia sounds like an interesting album. [via Pitchfork]

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Rojak: Action figures.

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

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“For now, I’m content to conclude that there cannot be a unica because human beings are incapable of making things that don’t retain some spark of being.” On The Letters of William Gaddis. [via The American Reader]

David Lynch unveils “I’m Waiting Here”, a track off of his upcoming album The Big Dream, featuring Lykke Li. [via YouTube]

Daft Punk action figures: Bangalter and Guy-Man.

An interview with Renata Adler. [via The Guardian]

David Cronenberg’s influences. [via A Piece of Monologue]

Also at A Piece of Monologue, a Samuel Beckett chess set. [via A Piece of Monologue]

Beck performs Song Reader with a host of other famous people, including Jarvis Cocker, Charlotte Gainsbourg, and Franz Ferdinand. [via Consequence of Sound]

Finally, an interview with Paul Muldoon. [via The White Review]

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Rojak: Dance Apocalyptic.

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

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Richard Matheson has died. [via The New York Times]

Hopscotch/Rayuela has turned 50! [via Conversational Reading]

Janelle Monáe’s new album, The Electric Lady, will be out September 10. [via Instagram]

She has also released a new song from it, titled “Dance Apocalyptic”. [via Pitchfork]

Richard Brody has written something on Orson Welles. [via The New Yorker]

Nick Cave is doing something interesting with 20,000 Days on Earth. [via The Guardian]

Beckett’s Not I will be performed on the telly. [via The Telegraph]

David Bowie has been offered a recurring role on TV sseries Hannibal as the titular character’s uncle. [via Pitchfork]

Cover versions of Shakespeare to come. [via The Guardian]

Where literary places meet real maps. [Placing Literature, via MOBYLIVES]

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The Beckett Circle.

I just learnt of the Beckett Circle, which is the official website for the Samuel Beckett Society and a great new Beckett resource. [The Beckett Circle]

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Rojak: Yorick’s skull.

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

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Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours to be reissued. [via Pitchfork]

Picasso’s light drawings. [via io9]

Two interesting books. [via Conversational Reading]

Choose your own adventure, Hamlet. [via Kickstarter] (Note: I have nothing to do with this project. I just found it interesting.)

Samuel Beckett x André the Giant? [via Geekosystem]

Roland Barthes’s drawings. [via A Piece of Monologue]

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Admin Note

I’ll be taking a break over the next two weekends because I’m having certain technical issues over here and it’s also the holiday season. I’ll be putting up the year-end review articles on the next two Fridays, so it should all work out. Weekday service will continue as usual, however.

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Rojak: Consecutive Bumper Edition.

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

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Elliott Carter has died. [Obituary via The New York Times]

Han Suyin has also died. [Obituary via The Guardian]

Alex Ross wrote about the gay community’s political progress this past week. [via The New Yorker]

More details about the Atoms For Peace album. [via Pitchfork] (The January date was wrong, though!)

‘An early exchange was typical of the entire interview. Franzen asked how important meaning was to DeLillo’s writing. “Not much,” the older writer deadpanned. “I’m a writer of sentences… I don’t know where meaning comes from.” Franzen was visibly chastened by this anti-response.’ Hahaha. [via Artforum]

“One evening a couple of weeks ago, I passed a murderer in the front square of Trinity College Dublin.” [via The Millions]

Nigel Godrich talks some Ultraísta. [via BBC News]

If it’s your sort of thing, more what-is-the-fate-of-the-printed-book discussion. [via The New Criterion]

The CD turns 30. [via Pitchfork]

James Joyce’s children’s book, The Cats of Copenhagen, to be published. [via A Piece of Monologue]

Shopping with Michael Dirda. [via The Paris Review]

Philip Roth retiring? [via The New Yorker]

“My Grading Scale for the Fall Semester, Composed Entirely of Samuel Beckett Quotes.” [via McSweeney’s]

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Beckett’s poems.

Snippets, scraps and squibs now became Beckett’s preferred poetic forms. Some were written in French, others in English, and they might be translated by the poet himself, with his infallible sense of idiomatic licence, either this way or that. The 1970s were a particularly fertile time – if that’s not too un Beckettian a way of putting it – as it was then that he produced a series of poems that he referred to as his “mirlitonnades”, which typically combine an off-the-cuff, doodling air with epigrammatic incisiveness. They are slight and it would be absurd to make extravagant claims for them, but, though often dour or drear in the sentiments they express, they are paradoxically sparky.

Christopher Reid on The Collected Poems of Samuel Beckett from Faber & Faber. [via The New Statesman]

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Edition Additions: Three.

three favourites

Three favourites join the library.

“Woman of flesh and blood,
timeless woman, always lively.
You rack your brains to make sense of it,
while she lives in full awareness.
If you could live inside her skin just once,
you would instantly become far wiser,
and then, perhaps, worthy of her love.”

[Ballade Nocturne, trans. Claire Conceiso]

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Now I just have to… wait.

now i just have to... wait.

Okay, sorry for that awful joke.

I wanted to link to some Wittgenstein article today, but… let me just do this instead. Yay. Tickets. To Waiting for Godot.

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Waiting in Singapore.

Waiting for Godot comes to Singapore via ABA Productions. It will run from 10 to 13 October. Details in the link. [via ABA Productions]

[Tickets via SISTIC]

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