Into the Underworld. Iain Sinclair on the excavation of London. On the LRB

“My long essay on excavations in London has been published in the latest (Jan 22) issue of the London Review of Books. It has been put online, on their website.”

Link to essay

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Iain on Thinking Allowed

Iain and Place-Hacking Hack-tivist Bradley L. Garrett talk about Breadley’s book, London, Place-Hacking and more in the BBC4 Radio Program Thinking Allowed.




“Jack the Ripper’s Bodies–without–Organs: Affect and Psychogeography under the scalpel in From Hell”

Found on the Internet, it’s an article  by Anna Powell published on the “THE IRISH JOURNAL OF GOTHIC AND HORROR STUDIES”.

The Author writes:

“My exploration in this article is twofold and interstitial. Linking, but distinguishing literal and figural bodies, it moves across distinct but intersecting planes: place and time, history and philosophy, fact and fantasy. I write at the junction of Deleuzian affect and the psychogeography that overtly shapes the plot and locale of From Hell, a film ostensibly based on popular crime culture and historical events in the slums of late Victorian London. Linking philosophical theories of duration and the virtual with the work of psychogeographic writers on recognisable historical events and actual locales, I set out to explore the affective geographies of Gothic horror film.”



Hawksmoor/psychogeograhy walk – with John McCarthy, for BBC Radio 4

“I did a little Hawksmoor/psychogeograhy walk – with John McCarthy, for BBC Radio 4. It went out this morning (Saturday Dec. 22nd 2012) at around 9.45. And can probably be excavated something.”

Still available at this link today 25th of December, a something nice and relaxing for Boxing day if you haven’t heard it already.

Iain starts at 40 minutes.

“[…] thrill to the atmosphere of Hawksmoor Churches in East London, with John McCarthy and writer Iain Sinclair […]”