Beat News: July 2 1997

1. I like almost any movie with Steve Buscemi in it. He was Mr. Pink in ‘Reservoir Dogs’ (remember this line? “It’s the world’s smallest violin, playing just for the waitresses”). I’d first noticed him a couple of years earlier, playing the guy who gets shot in the foot in Jim Jarmusch’s ‘Mystery Train’ (Joe Strummer of the Clash is in those scenes too). Anyway, the point of all this is that I’ve just gotten a scoop, from a very reliable source, that Steve Buscemi has met with William S. Burroughs to discuss the possibility of creating a major film on Burroughs’ life, based on the novels ‘Queer’ and ‘Junky.’

2. I hear the new book of letters by Hunter S. Thompson is very good. There seem to be a lot of good websites about Hunter
too, like this one. Further along on the trail of 60’s post-Beat legends, you may want to check out the new edition of Perfect Sound Forever, a musical outgrowth of the zine Furious Green Thoughts, for a great double interview with Tuli Kupferberg and Ed Sanders of the Fugs.

3. Am I allowed to plug my own book here? It’s called “Coffeehouse: Writings From The Web,” and it contains 47 pieces of fiction and poetry my co-author (Christian Crumlish of Enterzone) and I selected from literary sites all over the web. Christian and I worked really hard putting this book together, and we think we’ve come up with something very good. And our publisher is taking a big chance in working with us on this totally unproven concept, and we’d like to prove to him that we knew what we were doing all along by making sure we sell a lot of copies! So, if you know anybody who’s interested in the topic of hypertext fiction or the zine scene or any other aspect of the whole growing, thriving, multi-faceted world of the literary web, please tell them about this book, and tell your bookstore to order lots of copies! The book should be out by late July. Okay, I’m done plugging …

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