Barry Miles' biography of William S. Burroughs -- Call Me Burroughs: A Life
-- has just been published. [more inside]
The Dead Authors Podcast
: Legendary time-traveling writer H.G. Wells (Paul F. Tompkins) welcomes literary giants to The Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre
in Los Angeles for a lively discussion in front of a live audience. Unscripted, barely researched, all fun! [more inside]
—A Life in Pieces
is a short biographical film about the once notorious Scottish writer, provocateur and ‘ungentlemanly junkie,’ including reminiscences from William S. Burroughs and Leonard Cohen. [more inside]
Hand-Annotated Photos of the Beat Generation. Twenty Five photos
from Allen Ginsberg [more inside]
Nixon's Enemies - Master List
"This memorandum addresses the matter of how we can maximize the fact of our incumbency in dealing with persons known to be active in their opposition to our Administration, Stated a bit more bluntly --how we can use the available federal machinery to screw our political enemies. " [more inside]
On the advent of deceased author William S. Burroughs'
first gallery showing in England, equally deceased author Kathy Acker
sat down to interview him. Collected by weirdo website 'The End Of Being' in 3 filmed parts
. [more inside]
[1h9m] is a documentary
about Brion Gysin
and his Dreammachine
, a motorized sculpture made to be viewed with one's eyes closed. It features interviews from Marianne Faithful, DJ Spooky, Iggy Pop, and Genesis P-Orridge, among others. [more inside]
Happy belated birthday, William S. Burroughs! Here are 97 Things You [probably] Didn't Know About Him.
(Via MeFi Projects
, the infamous
novel by American writer William S. Burroughs
and the subject of the final literary obscenity trial
in the United States, turns 50
this year. To celebrate the anniversary, the first collection of critical essays
devoted to the novel will be published this month and a three-day "homage and symposium" will be held in July at the University of London Institute in Paris
, with complementary celebrations taking place in New York
and other cities
throughout the rest of 2009.
"Look at the surrealist moustache on the Mona Lisa.
Just a silly joke? Consider where this joke can lead. I had been working with Malcolm Mc Neill
for five years on an illustrated book entitled Ah Pook Is Here
, and we used the same idea: Hieronymous Bosch as the background for scenes and characters taken from the Mayan codices
and transformed into modern counterparts. That face in the Mayan Dresden Codex
will be the barmaid in this scene, and we can use the Vulture God
over here. Bosch, Michelangelo, Renoir, Monet, Picasso — steal anything in sight. You want a certain light on your scene? Lift it from Monet. You want a 1930s backdrop? Use Hopper
." -- William S. Burroughs, Les Voleurs [more inside]
Book nerds everywhere will enjoy these scans of cover art from the works of Beat Generation authors William S. Burroughs
, Jack Kerouac
, Neal Cassady
, and John Clellon Holmes
. [more inside]
A 1983 documentary by Howard Brookner on William S. Burroughs. 89 mins, G-vid, a bit more inside...
The Codex Seraphinianus
, a Hallucinatory Encyclopedia, details fantastical beings and impossible places. It's one of the highlights of issue 17 of the Grey Lodge Occult Review
, which also includes Maya Deren's very rare film on Haitian Voudoun "Divine Horsemen
" [torrent] and William S. Burroughs and Brion Gysin's "The Cut-Ups
has posted numerous unedited interviews recorded in the 1980's with famous authors, including Anthony Burgess
(who has some troubles recalling "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock"
), Douglas Adams
, William S. Burroughs
, and many more... even Richard Nixon
- He played a powerful role
in the work of William Burroughs
, he sought to destroy language
, and he may have killed Kurt Cobain
, so why doesn't anybody know who he is?