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When Dylan met Henry (published 14/09/2011)


It was about then [1947] that Dylan [Thomas] told me a burlesque story of meeting Henry Miller in London. After a prolonged session in the pubs they went to a little dairy in Rathbone Place which served sandwiches and which I remember as being a very simple, clean, unpretentious place. But Miller was drunk and also extremely short-sighted. He was convinced that Dylan had taken him to a brothel and that the plain uniforms and innocent bearing of the waitresses were the last word in lubricious sophistication. Dylan had great difficulty in averting calamity and never succeeded at all in convincing Miller that he was mistaken. We speculated on how many similar misunderstandings might underlie the exploits so boringly recounted in Tropic of Capricorn and Dylan went on to improvise a new work of Miller’s of which the dairy was the transmuted centre and in which Miller played a grotesquely comical role, rather like Mr. Magoo.

– Dan Davin, Closing Times (OUP 1975/Faber Finds 2010).

Woe my road is spoken (published )


Black Spring Press are screening Beat film Pull My Daisy in London this Monday, with Carolyn Cassady in attendance:

Married to Neal Cassady (hero of On the Road, as Dean Moriarty), and the lover of Jack Kerouac, Carolyn Cassady has a amazing story to tell, a story she tells in her moving memoir Off the Road. She has been played by Cissy Spacek (in Heart Beat), and is about to be played by Kirsten Dunst in the Walter Salles directed, Coppolla produced film of On the Road (out next year). Come and hear her talk and answer questions. Now in her eighties, Carolyn appears infrequently in London, so this is a rare chance to hear her insights into fascinating times.

Pull My Daisy (1959) is a half-hour short written by Kerouac, starring Allen Ginsberg and Gregory Corso, and telling the story of a real-life visit by a bishop to the Cassady household, where his world collides with that of the bohemian poets, writers and artists installed there. It is produced in the spontaneous style of those involved – anarchic and hilarious.

Jack Kerouac & the Cassadys,
Monday 19 September @ 7p.m.,
Sanctum Hotel, 20 Warwick Street, London W1B 5NF
£9 members / £12.50 for non-members
(includes signed Black Spring edition of Carolyn Cassady’s Off the Road).

In All Your Decadence People Die (published 13/09/2011)


In All Our Decadence People Die is the title of an exhibition of fanzines presented to anarcho-punk band Crass between 1976 and 1984. Curated by Johan Kugelberg. it runs from 30 September to 20 October at Boo-Hooray (265 Canal St. #601, New York, NY 10013).

The exhibition also includes artwork by Gee Vaucher and a new audio installation by Penny Rimbaud.

[Further: read 3:AM‘s interview with George Berger, author of a book about Crass.]

The Missing Links (published 11/09/2011)


R.I.P. Michael Hart & George Kuchar. * The Philosopher’s Arms. * Rothko and the British. * Happy 5th birthday Oneworld Classics. * James Maker‘s Autofellatio is coming soon from BIGfib. * Stephen Crowe continues his Wake in Progress project, illustrating James Joyce‘s Finnegans Wake one page at a time.* ‘iAnna’, Will Self‘s 9/11 story. * Simon Critchley on 9/11. * Ransom Center restricts part of David Foster Wallace archive (via @litteratured). * J.D. Salinger now threatening legal action from beyond the grave (via @thebookslut). * Long interview with John Banville, in which he says he’d like to write a short biography on Samuel Beckett. * Rare recording of Kenneth Williams reading Gogol‘s ‘Diary of a Madman’. * How To Speak Hip, an instructional LP from 1959 (via @ubuweb). * Kraftwerk guest edit Wallpaper magazine (via @johncoulthart). * Hans Henny Jahnn. * A Man Taking Pictures of a Man Taking Pictures, on B.S. Johnson (via @DavidCWinters). * Marquis de Sade, social joker. * Anaïs Nin & Henry Miller (via @darrananderson1). * Ubu’s Almanac, Alfred Jarry & the graphic arts (via Wood S Lot & pictured above).