Alibi V.22 No.46 • Nov 14-20, 2013 

Aural Fixation

From Ballard to Wilde

An existentialist/post-punk odyssey

Yuri Levchenko
Fancy absurdist, existentialist, dystopian, gothic, sci-fi and transgressive fiction as interpreted by the crème de la crème of the experimental, new wave, noise, pop, post-punk and protopunk genres? This playlist supplies your RDI of literature starring a cockroach, a symphorophilia club, an aging painting, replicants and more. Grok on at

1) “Are 'Friends' Electric?” • Tubeway Army (Philip K. Dick/Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?)

2) “Warm Leatherette” • The Normal (J.G. Ballard/Crash)

3) “Colony” • Joy Division (Franz Kafka/“In The Penal Colony”)

4) “Dark Entries” • Bauhaus (Oscar Wilde/The Picture of Dorian Gray)

5) “Venus in Furs” • The Velvet Underground (Leopold von Sacher-Masoch/Venus in Furs)

6) “A Song From Under the Floorboards” • Magazine (Franz Kafka/The Metamorphosis)

7) “The Plague” • Scott Walker (Albert Camus/The Plague)

8) “This Night Has Opened My Eyes” • The Smiths (Shelagh Delaney/A Taste of Honey)

9) “Heart of Darkness” • Pere Ubu (Joseph Conrad/Heart of Darkness)

10) “Reading” • Ed Hall (namechecks J.D. Salinger, Nathanael West, John Updike, Ernest Hemingway, Charles Bukowski, William Faulkner, Homer, etc.)