BBC World News: William Burroughs “Disturbed”

While watching the BBC World News this morning, I caught a report about a new documentary: William Burroughs: A Man Within. The report was built around an interview with the filmmaker, Yony Leyser. What struck me about this interview is how the interviewer from the BBC kept coming back to an assertion that Burroughs was…

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Hush – a New Novel from Dave Kress

This wonderful new video trailer for the novel Hush by Dave Kress reinterprets a saccharine pop number made popular by Herman's Hermits and, later, the The Carpenters. I think Mr. David Lynch might appreciate the treatment. More on Hush: From the jacket: "Let's just write once and for all that I'm dumb and let it…

Rockabilly Boogie

I first encountered it years ago when, rattling around the greasy alleyway flanking the belles lettres, I crashed in a bit beer woozy through a disused side door in zips, boots, jacket, chains, and an erratic psychobilly pompadour held together with NuNile pomade and Aqua Net spray (it’s true!). Though I hadn't yet the words…

Is Satire Possible if the Signifier is Truly Dead?

The world may never know! However, Davis Schneiderman's literal-satirical, quasi-Dadaist deconstructions perhaps best the opaque dead-end offerings of monsieur Derrida(da) by virtue of a direct appeal to the senses and a nostalgic harkening to a 1970s Saturday Night Live comic sensibility. Here, Schneiderman is joined by the late Raymond Federman and Lidia Yuknavitch for a…