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  • Authors’ Books of the Year

    December 16th, 2014

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    For our final newsletter of 2014, eleven of our authors have shared their best book of the year. The result is an eclectic mix of recommendations and an introduction to some writers new to us! Let us know your books of the year on Twitter @serpentstail and Facebook, where we’ll...

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  • Something beautiful in a flashbulb moment: the writing of Lester Bangs

    December 16th, 2014

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    Revolutionaries, heroes, anti-heroes and villains, and talentless geniuses: assistant editor Nick Sheerin on Psychotic Reactions & Carburetor Dung, a collection of articles by legendary music writer Lester Bangs Sobering thought: punk kicked off 40 years ago. For Lester Bangs, punk was the new thing. Punk was angry. And its anger...

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  • Lester Bangs playlist

    December 16th, 2014

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    I’m a realist. That’s why I listen to Lou Reed. And that’s why I idolize him. Because the things he wrote and sang and played in the Velvet Underground were for me part of the beginning of a real revolution in the whole scheme between men and women, men and...

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  • Last Christmas eve… No Regrets, Coyote extract

    December 16th, 2014

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    Last Christmas Eve, Bay and I sat at a sidewalk table at the Universe Café on Dixie Boulevard in Eden, drinking the last of several holiday martinis. Bay performed some magic for our waitress, Marlena. He did Four Queens, Three Ways; Maltese Crosses; Ambitious Card; and Jack Under the Plate....

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  • Zoe Pilger in conversation with Chris Kraus

    12th January 2015

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    Immediately after the publication of her first novel, I Love Dick (1997), Chris Kraus — writer, filmmaker and performance artist — became a cult figure in the parts of the literary world that are so often referred to as ‘experimental’. She is also, significantly, the editor and originator of Semiotext(e)’s...

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  • Zoe Pilger at Ace London Hotel Shoreditch

    January 15th 2015

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    From shadowy alleyways and glittering towers to fighting demons in your damp bedsit LOCAL TRANSPORT asked filmmaker JAMES BATLEY and authors ZOE PILGER and BEN LERNER to reveal their DARK PLACES. One hour of cultural adventure, a fully-stocked bar, and communion with the darkest spirits in London. Doors at 7pm,...

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