Setting out to investigate the intentions of text, Tangiers uses literature, particularly the fragmented postmodernism of Burroughs, to help shape its mechanics. Harvey suggests that this engagement with questions of language and meaning through gameplay is preferable to directly imitating literature as it exists in books:
What is your idea of perfect happiness?AG: Excellent health. no flu, no leprosy.
What is your most marked characteristic?AG: Incriminating eloquence.
What is your greatest extravagance?
AG: Poetry office with fax, Xerox and poetry archive
What is your favorite occupation?AG:…
She says “public beards”…. It should be “pubic beards.”
From Albion to Shangri-La consists of collected excerpts from Peter Doherty’s journals, circa 2008 to 2013, with an added selection from his tour diaries, all rounded off with a previously unpublished interview with editor, Nina Antonia – the rock journalist’s rock journalist, no stranger to the darker excesses of some of rock’s more elegantly wasted sons – whose sharp eye and clear ear have been called upon to assist in this literary distillation, as explained in her Introduction.
Beatdom #15 is finally on sale! You can now buy it for the very reasonable price of $8.99 on Amazon.
This issue is all about WAR. People think of the Beats as post-war, entirely separate and disinterested. But we disagree. In this issue we explore the relationship between the Beats and war, from Kerouac and Ginsberg in the navy, to Burroughs’ intergalactic battles, to the influence of postmemory, the British Beat movement as growing out of WWII, and we also talk to (Colonel) Gordon Ball about Allen Ginsberg teaching in the U.S. Army.
Here’s a sneak peak at the contents:
The Beat Generation at War – David S. Wills
War all the Time – Neil Reddy
War Upon War – Katie Stewart
Everything Changed After the War – GK Stritch
Borne Out of War – Philip Willey
Blood and Black Power on the Streets of Chicago – Pat Thomas
Howl of the Abject – Pamela Kidd
The Pickle Shelves – Holly Day
Cold September Air – Marc Olmsted
Morning on my Island in these Times of War – Chris Astwood
GodCop – AD Hitchen
Taxes – Brian Kuhr
Blood Drive – Michael Lund
Fringe – Larry Duthie
Interviews and Reviews
Gordon Ball Interview – David S. Wills
The Magical Universe of William S. Burroughs – David S. Wills
Because it is read sequentially, there is no way to effectively portray simultaneous events in writing. But that’s the whole point of painting: multiple points of view can be simultaneously presented. One expands the area of awareness, and one seeks new frontiers in randomness. A shot gun blast produces explosions of color that approach this basic randomness.
—William S. Burroughs, “Painting & Guns”