William S. Burroughs

Introduction to Found Poetry

Reading and Writing Blackouts, Erasures, and Other Literary Remixes<p>Poetry is everywhere, and it hides in plain view. Everyday writing like catalogs …

Poetry

“It’s Basically Always Beer Time”: DiS Meets Have You Ever Seen The Jane Fonda Aerobic VHS?

When you acquaint yourself with Finnish rabble-rousers <b>Have You Ever See The Jane Fonda Aerobic VHS?</b>, two things immediately come to mind. One, <i>why</i> …

Jane Fonda

The Ten Book Challenge

Here’s the premise and the reason behind this writing challenge:<p>I wanted to beat writers block and as any writer knows, the best way to get writing …

Jack Kerouac

This might be the most insane homage to David Bowie we’ve ever seen

Belgian producer/DJ cohort <b>Soulwax</b> (who also play under the moniker 2manydjs) are undoubtably best known for their mashups and remixes of tracks from …

Music (Australia)

Denis Johnson Left Us With One Final — and Terrific — Book

How many readers of Denis Johnson’s <i>Jesus’ Son</i> have wondered what happens to Fuckhead when he grows up? Johnson’s 1991 masterpiece — a lean and …

Entertainment

Lionel Rolfe and the Rise and Fall of the L.A. Coffeehouses

AUTHOR LIONEL ROLFE is a retired Los Angeles journalist who has written for nearly every newspaper and magazine that’s existed in or near the city in …

Books

Becoming Lester Bangs: Erik Jensen on His Breathtaking, Big Screen-Bound Take on the Iconic Rock Critic

A few days before taking the stage at the Public Theater in New York City last week to perform the excellent one-man show <i>How to Be a Rock Critic</i>, …

Lou Reed

The Half-Wild Muse: On Writers and Their Cats

Domestic cats can be disturbing to those who don’t know them. Such people usually call themselves “dog people,” but in reality they’re just afraid.I …

Cats

A New Biography Tells the Story of All the David Bowies

If you want to understand the weird and wacky world that David Bowie was inhabiting during what was undisputedly his golden period of creativity, a …

Conservative View

100+ Famous Authors and Their Writing Spaces

Hans Christian Andersen<p>“<i>Enjoy life. There’s plenty of time to be dead</i>.”<p>Harlan Ellison<p>“<i>If you make people think they’re thinking, they’ll love you;</i> …

Literature

House Hunting in … Morocco

<b>A RENOVATED VILLA WITH A ROOFTOP POOL</b><p><b>1.5 MILLION EUROS (ABOUT $1.8 MILLION)</b><p>This traditional Moroccan-style villa in Tangier has five bedrooms and three floors and was built in 1930. It was renovated and decorated in 2014 and 2015 by the seller, Nicolo Castellini Baldissera, an interior …

Real Estate

Dan DeLuca's Mix Picks: 'Muscle Shoals,' Lame-O Records showcase, and 'Talkin' World War III Blues'

<b>Muscle Shoals.</b> 2013 documentary about the Alabama town that became a soul music mecca thanks to Rick Hall, the producer and songwriter who died last …

Sturgill Simpson

The best documentaries on YouTube about your favourite writers

Staying in this January with resolutions to write more? Here’s a guide to some insightful, inspiring docs that get inside the mind of Plath, Ballard, Burroughs and more<p>3January 2018<p>Haven’t you always wanted to enter the mind behind your favourite novel? Writers are shy, reclusive and drink …

Literature

More Experimental Thrillers

I was delighted that my <b>‘Top 10 Experimental Thrillers’</b> piece for <i>Guardian Books</i> during the holidays (27/12/2017) prompted much online discussion, both …

Books

The Library of Congress Quits Twitter

In 2010, Twitter bestowed its entire archive of public tweets on the Library of Congress, which the library called “an exciting and groundbreaking acquisition.” The collection began on March 21, 2006, when the company’s co-founder and C.E.O., Jack Dorsey, typed “just setting up my twttr,” and has …

Jack Dorsey

Center for the Study of the Public Domain looks at what could have entered the public domain in 2018

https://law.duke.edu/cspd/publicdomainday/2018/pre-1976/

Roy Lichtenstein

The 25 Most Visually Stunning Black-and-White Movies of All Time

While the beauty of black-and-white film photography has been out of fashion for some time, at least amongst popular tastes, there is still a lot of …

Akira Kurosawa

This Is The Odd Writing Technique Used by David Bowie, Kurt Cobain, and Bob Dylan

It's the mid-'70s, and David Bowie is staring at the sheet of paper he's just filled with new song lyrics. After a moment, he opens his drawer, pulls …

David Bowie

From Ginsberg to Gonzo

Imagine you’re in a reasonably comfortable college classroom in Boulder, Colorado. The instructor is a small bespectacled man with an infectious and …

Literature

H.P. Moorecraft: On the Ending of Providence | The Comics Journal

The twelfth and final issue of Alan Moore and Jacen Burrows’s <i>Providence</i> came out in April 2017, over six months ago. Even though I think about the …

Popular Fiction

Clifford Irving, whose ‘autobiography’ of Howard Hughes nearly fooled the nation, dies at 87

The greatest literary hoax of the 20th century — call it a prank, scandal, ad­ven­ture, criminal conspiracy, or an early piece of “fake news” — fooled lie detectors, handwriting experts, publishers, journalists, Swiss bank officials and very nearly the entire United States.<p>It featured disguises, an …

Literature

The Graphic Novel’s Dilemma: Debating a Genre’s Search for Respect

If the graphic novel has come of age, that didn't slow down the debate around this genre's search for its place in publishing at Guadalajara.The post …

Graphic Novels

Aperture's Holiday Gift Guide

This year, Aperture publications have explored how fashion photography can serve as a vehicle for social change, how photography empowers transgender …

Photographers

Uncover NYC’s gory, blood-splattered past, hiding in plain sight

Not to point out the obvious, but things move pretty damn fast here. Skyscrapers replace old tenements in the blink of an eye. Neighborhoods morph …

New York City

North Carolina Based Producer Hanz Shares The Miasmic Hip-Hop Collage Of ‘King Speed’

North Carolina based producer Hanz (aka Brandon Juhans) has shared “King Speed.” You can hear the song above.<p>The song, influenced by William S. Burroughs’ cut-up technique, is a slow burning set of shifting textures, like a low hanging cloud of samples. The sharp hits of the drum beat are the only …

Music

A Year in Reading: Juan Villoro

I am a chaotic reader. Is there a hidden logic in my scattered interests? Whenever somebody asks me about my recent reading, the first temptation is …

Literature

Our Ultimate NYC Neighborhood Guide to Chelsea

Manhattan's Chelsea has it all – nightlife, art, shopping, and recreation at the piers. And, of course, a happening gay scene. It's no wonder that …

Bob Dylan

What does it mean to ‘honor’ mementos?

We talk a great deal about “honoring” the mementos you chose to keep in your home. This exact word we picked up from Peter Walsh, but it’s a concept …

Personal Organizing

The 50 Best Songs by Musicians Who Went Solo

Share < br />this article:<p>Being in a band can be hard. There’s all the travel and accommodation spent in close, smelly quarters, the jockeying to get …

Stephen Malkmus

The Lexington Cure

In Lexington, where I’m from, a federal medical prison stands on the town’s west side. Far off the main road, it does not ask our attention as we …

Jazz