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  • seandodson 10:15 pm on February 15, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , peter ross, , William burroughs   

    William Burroughs’s typewriter 

    New baby + new job = so very little time to blog. So here is a quick nod towards the the work of art photographer Peter Ross who was recently given access to the New York apartment of William Burroughs, which has been preserved, like some beat version of the Blue Peter time capsule. since his death in 1997. Burroughs lived in the former locker room of a Bowery YMCA in a windowless space known as “the bunker”. His friend, the poet John Giorno, has kept the apartment exactly as it was, leaving many of Burroughs’s possessions sitting where he left them.

  • seandodson 12:17 am on April 10, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: adaptations, Alan Ginsberg, beat generation, , beat writing, Ben Whishaw, , , , kill your darlings, , , William burroughs   

    Kill Your Darlings: biopic to revisit the birth of the beat generation 

    1980177272_168a288a721I’m intrigued to learn that the life of Lucien Carr is to be made into a film. Carr was the man who introduced writers Jack Kerouac, William Burroughs and Allen Ginsberg (to be played by British actor Ben Whishaw).

    Kill Your Darlings revisits an infamous night in 1944 when Carr stabbed his friend David Kammerer to death. He was later convicted of the manslaughter. Kerouac spent a night in the clink for helping Carr dispose of the knife.

    It’s difficult to gauge how good it will be; films about the Beat Movement have been so uniformly dire, which is strange because you’d have thought that the movement would be made on the silver screen. All that great music; those wide open roads; the scenes of bohemian hedonism have somehow never been successfully translated to the cinema.

    + Incidentally there is a decent-looking Kerouac documentary is doing the festivals circuit.

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