Gun Nut William S. Burroughs & Gonzo Illustrator Ralph Steadman Make Polaroid Portraits Together

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Ralph Steadman is best known as the artist who realized the gonzo vision of Hunter S. Thompson in illustrations for the latter’s books and articles (and more recently, perhaps, for the labels on Colorado’s Flying Dog brew).

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William Faulkner Outlines on His Office Wall the Plot of His Pulitzer Prize Winning Novel, A Fable (1954)

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This past summer I had occasion to visit Oxford Mississippi for a conference on William Faulkner, hosted by the university he briefly attended, Ole Miss.

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Salvador Dalí Illustrates Don Quixote: Two Spaniards with Unique World Views

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Both Spanish, both mustachioed, both see the world, insistently, in their own way: only natural, I suppose, that Salvador Dalí of Figueres and Don Quixote of La Mancha would run into each other sooner or later.

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Harper Lee on the Joy of Reading Real Books: “Some Things Should Happen On Soft Pages, Not Cold Metal”

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News of the new, long-awaited but hardly expected Harper Lee novel, Go Set a Watchman—a sequel to the 1960’s To Kill a Mockingbird—has been met with varying degrees of skepticism, surely warranted given her late sister Alice and others’ characterization of Lee’s physical and mental decline.

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Haruki Murakami Reads in English from The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle in a Rare Public Reading (1998)

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Note: It looks like the 92nd St Y took the reading off of its Youtube channel for unknown reasons. However you can stream it here.
Haruki Murakami doesn’t make many public appearances, but when he does, his fans savor them.

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Listen to 90 Famous Authors & Celebrities Read Great Stories & Poems

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In a logocentric culture—as Jacques Derrida defined it—such as has existed in the West for hundreds of years, writing occupies a hallowed space, and literary or philosophical writing all the more so.

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William S. Burroughs’ Home Movies, Featuring Patti Smith, Allen Ginsberg, Steve Buscemi & Cats

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Giving Gus Van Sant’s Drugstore Cowboy a re-watch a couple of weeks ago, I found I especially enjoyed William S. Burroughs’ appearance toward the end as — what else? — an aged but wise drug user in whose benevolent presence Matt Dillon’s protagonist comes to life-changing conclusions.

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Watch Between Time and Timbuktu, an Obscure TV Gem Based on the Work of Kurt Vonnegut

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Just wondering, who among us knows how to sing the zip code of Boston’s public television station, WGBH-TV?
If you warbled “02134” without hesitation, you probably grew up watching a beloved children’s television show of the 70s.
It turns out Zoom wasn’t the only cool program WGBH hatched in 1972.

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Invisible Cities Illustrated: Three Artists Paint Every City in Italo Calvino’s Classic Novel

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The medieval travelogue presents present-day writers and artists with an abundance of material. Writing in an age when the boundaries between fiction and non- were not so sharply drawn, early explorers and sailors had little compunction about embellishing their tales with exaggerations and outright lies.

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Romantic Poets Samuel Taylor Coleridge & Robert Southey Write About Their Experiments with Laughing Gas (1799)

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A hundred years before Sigmund Freud used himself as a test subject for his experiments with cocaine, another scientist, Humphry Davy, English chemist and future president of the Royal Society, began “a very radical bout of self experimentation to determine the effects of” another drug—nitrous oxide, better known as “laughing gas.

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