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Review of Louis Armand’s Clair Obscur by Barbara Bridger, originally published in the Warwick Review, Vol.6 No.1 Mar 2012. Clair Obscur is written from Louis Armand’s screen play, given honourable mention at the 2009 Alpe Adria Trieste International Film Festival. Its opening (‘Overture’) merges the sound of an electric typewriter with that of celluloid feeding through … Continue reading

Silences Around Things

Review of Louis Armand’s Canicule (London: Equus, 2013), “Vanishing,” by Richard Marshall, originally published in 3:AM Magazine, Friday, June 21st, 2013. By the late eighties the problem of how to write serious meditational fiction without being a counterfeit, avoiding the triple death of Neiman-Marcus nihilism, Catatonic realism and Workshop hermeticism was pressing. It remains as ever … Continue reading

"Modernity today is not in the hands of the poets, but in the hands of the cops" // Louis Aragon
"It is the business of the future to be dangerous" // A.N. Whitehead

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"Poetism is the crown of life; Constructivism is its basis" // Karel Teige


“I think we ought to read only the kind of books that wound and stab us. If the book we are reading doesn’t wake us up with a blow on the head, what are we reading it for?…we need the books that affect us like a disaster, that grieve us deeply, like the death of someone we loved more than ourselves, like being banished into forests far from everyone, like a suicide. A book must be the axe for the frozen sea inside us” // Franz Kafka, letter to Oskar Pollack, 27 January 1904
August 2013