Very Naked, No Lunch

1. Here at Litkicks, we love pretty much anything David Byrne ever does. His latest enigma is a series of nonexistent iPhone apps, including “Invisible Me” above, which will be displayed as part of a Pace Gallery show called “Social Media” in New York City this fall.

2. “Very Naked, No Lunch.” So intones an Austrian hipster in Beat Today, a film that explores the meaning of the Beat Generation as it is manifested today within the counterculture of Central Europe. It’s by Tilman Otto Wagner of Vienna, who has also written a book called The Beat Generation and Scholastic Analysis.

3. Exciting news! Litkicks favorite Art Spiegelman is writing a book about his book Maus, aptly titled MetaMaus. He’ll be appearing at the 92nd Street Y in New York City to explain what this book will be.

4. T. S. Eliot devotees angered by plans to develop East Coker. Maybe someone should write four quartets about it.

5. Litkicks contributor Kevin Kizer gingerly approaches David Foster Wallace’s The Pale King with a prelude about the author’s life and death.

6. Sadie Stein, granddaughter of Fiddler on the Roof author Joseph Stein, on the legacy of Sholom Aleichem.

7. Here are a couple of independently published books worth your time: Prince Of This World: A Novel by George Simeran and Why They Cried by short story writer Jim Hanas, who ponders here the existential wonder of ever selling any fiction books at all.

8. “Hibachi” by J. Robert Lennon – A Single Sentence Animation from Electric Literature.

9. Would it have ruined everything if Jack Kerouac and Neal Cassady had a GPS? I don’t think so. I use Google Maps on my iPhone often, and I really love it, yet I find my life still lacks an overall sense of direction.

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  1. Thanks for the shout out,
    Thanks for the shout out, Levi! “Gingerly approaches” is completely accurate. I just finished my review and I say that he’s not someone to be taken lightly. You kind of have to go all in, in a sense.

  2. That’s a good article by
    That’s a good article by Kevin Kizer about David Foster Wallace. Depression can be terrible and powerful, I know, and it’s always sad when it gets the best of someone.

    I like Thomas Pynchon, to whom Wallace has been compared, so I should read at least one of Wallace’s books.

  3. I can see it now – “hoss,
    I can see it now – “hoss, let’s forget Frisco and make it down to see old Bull Lee in Mexico.’
    “yes, we need to see the ecstatic Mexican night and also dig dark mysterious mexican chicks”
    “Alright then” Cassady cuts south to Mex. Border.
    GPS: “recalculating…”

  4. Cassady had a built-in GPS in
    Cassady had a built-in GPS in his head.

    (Like a Map of the World on a Guitar Pick)

    I like the potpourri, here are three more, perhaps in anticipation of the On the Road movie that’s on its way with big Hollywood stars.

    1. Great article/interview about David Amram with a focus on his friendship with Kerouac, Chance meeting led to long friendship with Jack Kerouac.

    2 & 3. Americana bands seem to be naming themselves after passages in Kerouac writings. Red Afternoon play Florida and Yellow Roman Candles are in Oregon.

    Both come from On the Road.

    I was halfway across America, at the dividing line between the East of my youth and the West of my future, and maybe that’s why it happened right there and then, that strange red afternoon.

    Pop … everyone goes awwwwww.

  5. Levi, as a David Byrne fan,
    Levi, as a David Byrne fan, you might dig “This Must Be The Place,” a new movie starring Sean Penn (with David Byrne, playing himself). Here’s the trailer:

    I don’t know when it’s coming out in America (it’s out this month in France).

    If you pause it at 1:31 – see the guy standing to Mr. Penn’s right? The dude with the glasses and the beer, in the dark shirt and air-drumming?

    That fellow happens to be one of Literary Kicks ALL-TIME BIGGEST FANS (it’s me).

  6. Hey Will Tupper, that’s
    Hey Will Tupper, that’s excellent! How did you end up in this film?

    I had to rewind a few times to find the moment you’re talking about, but it’s pretty cool!

    I had heard of this film, yeah, saw a preview for it at another movie.

  7. Levi, for a VERY brief window
    Levi, for a VERY brief window of time, under our last Governor, Michigan had the highest tax incentives for motion picture production in the country. Which meant a LOT of movies were made, either in whole or in part, here.

    And I hustled my way into working as an extra in several of them. Including “This Must Be The Place,” which I found out (right after I wrote my last post) is coming out in America this December (I suspect so that it can be considered for the 2011 awards season).

    Looking forward to it!

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