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Weekend links 340


Fly Carefully (1969) by Stanislaw Zagorski.

• Video of Tuxedomoon live in San Francisco, Rotterdam and Paris, 1983 (or try this copy), and a late-night German TV broadcast from 1985. The first Tuxedomoon album, Half-Mute, has been reissued by Crammed Discs with an accompanying album, Give Me New Noise: Half-Mute Reflected, featuring cover versions of the songs by various artists.

• More end-of-year reviews: Dennis Cooper’s recommendations are always eclectic (and thanks again for the blog shout!); not necessarily the best ambient and space music of 2016 by Dave Maier; a review of the year by graphic designer Jonathan Barnbrook; the 15 finalists of the 2016 Art of Building architectural photography competition.

The Complete Stories of Leonora Carrington will be published in April 2017 by Dorothy. Related: Letters, Dreams, and Other Texts by Remedios Varo will be published next year by Wakefield Press. Also of interest on that page is a new edition of Haschisch by Oscar AH Schmitz illustrated by Alfred Kubin.

• The week in Things (see this post): John Carpenter’s The Thing: The Story of an SF Horror Game-Changer. Ennio Morricone’s score will be infecting the vinyl world next year. Meanwhile, Matthew Thrift recommends “10 great films set in the Arctic and Antarctica”.

• Mixes of the week: FACT mix 581 by Pan Daijing, XLR8R podcast 468 by Jan Jelinek, and Secret Thirteen Mix 203 by Blood Sport.

A Year In The Country on Monumental Follies (1972), a book about architectural eccentricity by Stuart Barton.

• William Burroughs reads 23 random paragraphs from Naked Lunch each time you load this page.

• “The world is terrifying and destructive and dehumanising and tragic,” says Charlie Kaufman.

• Scents and sensuality: William Dalrymple on the perfumes of India, past and present.

• Brenda S G Walter on Hill House: The haunted soul of Shirley Jackson.

• A trailer for Dome Karukoski’s Tom of Finland. There’s more here.

Illustrating the Sixties: Paintings by Italian artists in London.

Michael Rother and Cavern Of Anti-Matter live in Berlin.


Network 23 (1981) by Tangerine Dream | Exit 23 (1989) by Psychick Warriors Ov Gaia | Studio 23 (2012) by The Time And Space Machine



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  1. #1 posted by Liam


    I look forward to the publication of the complete stories of Leonora Carrington; I meant to buy a copy of one of her novels at the Treadwells Bookshop in London when I visited for the Folk Horror Revival at the British Museum, but I completely forgot! Overwhelmed, I guess, with everything at the Museum and being inside two occult bookshops. But I might have another chance in March. I am glad to be aware of Carrington to celebrate her centenary next year.

  2. #2 posted by Stephen


    John, thanks for the heads up on the Remedios Varo volume. What other folks have for Carrington and Kahlo I have for Varo, ever since I saw an exhibition of her work here in Wash DC in 2000 at the National Museum of Women in the Arts. The fine exhibition catalog (“The Magic of…” ) is still available at the usual outlets online. I have never read any of her writings (other than quotes and excerpts) and will be on the outlook for pub date.


    Polar cinema:

    A terrific documentary from 2013, directed by Anthony Powell, called Antarctica: A Year on Ice. The film crew winters with the staff of researchers and technicians who spend the six months of darkness at a facility in Antarctica. No shape shifting monsters or suicidal penguins but an absorbing study of how humans cope with extreme environments. (And a picture of what life on Mars will probably be like for the colonists.) A nice companion piece to the Herzog.


    The resurgence in interest in the work of Shirley Jackson is heartening to see. The Ruth Franklin bio is excellent. I would also note that the film The Haunting from 1963 is a case where a first rate book is made into a first rate movie; a circumstance which happens much less frequently than one would expect. (And a case where the remake from 1999 is so bad that it’s actually funny. The other comparable remake disaster I can think of offhand (where an acknowledged classic is foolishly remade) is the appalling Day the Earth Stood Still from 2008. There oughta be a law folks!

  3. #3 posted by John


    I was surprised by the Varo news, I didn’t know she was a writer as well. So too was Leonor Fini but none of her novels have yet been translated into English.

    And I like Robert Wise’s film so much I’ve always shunned the remake. That and The Innocents are two of my favourite ghost films.






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