Category Archives: Burroughs

Mexico City Blues (242 Choruses) – Jack Kerouac (1959)

“Mexico City Blues is a poem published by Jack Kerouac in 1959 composed of 242 ‘choruses’ or stanzas. Written between 1954 and 1957, the poem is the product of Kerouac’s spontaneous prose, his Buddhism, and his disappointment at his failure … Continue reading

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Dead Fingers Talk – William Burroughs (1963)

“… The Dead Fingers Talk is the more desirable book. Dead Fingers Talk is the coolest first edition hardcover available to the Burroughs collector. In a publishing history dominated by incredible paperback editions like the Olympia Press titles, the Ace … Continue reading

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San Francisco Renaissance

“The term San Francisco Renaissance is used as a global designation for a range of poetic activity centered on San Francisco, which brought it to prominence as a hub of the American poetry avant-garde. However, others (e.g., Alan Watts, Ralph … Continue reading

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Cut-up technique

“The cut-up technique (or découpé in French) is an aleatory literary technique in which a written text is cut up and rearranged to create a new text. The concept can be traced to at least the Dadaists of the 1920s, … Continue reading

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Locus Solus

“The history and contents of the magazine Locus Solus provide insight into the type of progressive poetry circles and ideas Burroughs started tapping into with his small scale, textual cut-up works of the early 1960s. A testament to refined taste, … Continue reading

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New Wave science fiction

Science Fiction and In Art the Sixties “The New Wave is a movement in science fiction produced in the 1960s and 1970s and characterized by a high degree of experimentation, both in form and in content, a ‘literary’ or artistic … Continue reading

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My Own Mag

“In the introduction to the bibliography of his work prepared by Joe Maynard and Barry Miles, William Burroughs spoke about how the ‘little mags’ were a lifeline for him at a time when he had very few hopes for publishing … Continue reading

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