1. If you're in Chicago next week, you may want to join a 50th birthday party
for Naked Lunch
, the novel by William S. Burroughs
that invented trippy postmodern noir way before Thomas Pynchon had the same idea
. The Chicago birthday party (featuring folks like John Giorno, Bill Ayers, Penny Arcade, Peter Weller and James Grauerholz) is tied in to a new documentary movie, William S. Burroughs: A Man Within
, directed by Yony Leyser that looks quite good.
2. I'm also really looking forward to a documentary film called One Fast Move and I'm Gone
about Jack Kerouac's crack-up novel Big Sur
. The film's original soundtrack ought to be something special
: a series of original compositions based on Kerouac's Big Sur
by Death Cab for Cutie's Ben Gibbard and Son Volt's Jay Farrar. Song titles include "California Zephyr", "Breathe Our Iodine", "Final Horrors" and "The Void".
3. Charley Plymell on S. Clay Wilson
4. Bill Ectric interviews poet and lyricist Pete Brown
5. Paul Krassner writes about Woodstock in the Huffington Post
6. Boing Boing on Alan Turing
7. Kevin Birmingham's upcoming book about the writing of Ulysses sounds quite good
8. You're a Good Man, Gregor Brown
9. Xkcd ponders the Kindle
10. Beauty Road-Test: KO Nailpolish
by Laura Albert.
11. Fernando Pivano, the translator who introduced Beat literature to Italy, has died