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Posts Tagged ‘William Burroughs’

Los Angeles Review of Books Taps YA Authors for Banned Books Week

The Los Angeles Review of Books (LARB) celebrated Banned Books Week with a series of essays by YA authors called “Getting Banned.”

The authors in the Getting Banned essays have all had their work banned or challenged at some point. Follow these links to read essays by Ron Koertge, Ellen Hopkins, Susan Patron, Sonya Sones and Lauren Myracle. LARB‘s YA editor Cecil Castellucci explained: “YA authors are on the front lines of today’s censorship battle.”

The web publication will also publish a two-part essay by English professor Loren Glass about the 1960′s obscenity trials Grove Press faced for publishing William Burroughs‘ Naked Lunch and Henry Miller‘s The Tropic of Cancer. Nickel and Dimed author Barbara Ehrenreich will also publish a Banned Books Week essay on Saturday.

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The Paris Review Hosts Beach Towel Contest

Need a good beach towel? In a new Photoshop contest, you can win one from The Paris Review.

To enter the contest, use Photoshop or other image editing software to show your favorite writer with The Paris Review‘s new beach towel. Contributing editor Sadie Stein shared the image embedded above, showing Peter Orlovsky, Jack Kerouac and William Burroughs using the towel.

Follow this link to grab a copy of the beach towel image. Here are more details about the contest: “To enter, join our Flickr group and submit your image to the pool. We’ll share the winning image, along with a couple of our favorites on The Daily by the end of this month.”

Thomas Pynchon Comic Strip

pynchoncomic.jpgWith all the news about famous newspaper comics (Little Orphan Annie and Cathy) ending last week, we decided to highlight a comic strip we wish would be syndicated–a 2003 comic about the mysterious life of reclusive novelist Thomas Pynchon.

Entitled Thomas Pynchon, Man of Mystery, the strip (pictured) was created by Kelly Shane and Woody Compton. The strip creators also produced a funny strip mashing up the work of beat legend William Burroughs and Tarzan creator Edgar Rice Burroughs.

Here’s more about the strip: “[It is] based on the life of reclusive postmodern novelist Thomas Pynchon. Conceived as part of a series entitled Is This Tomorrow?, the piece portrays the writer in several guises, and recounts brief anecdotes from his life.” (Via Maud Newton)

John Calder Calls It A Day

The Scotsman dubs John Calder the “enfant terrible of Scottish publishing” for good reason, seeing as he published some of the most avant-garde writers in literary history, scandalized the establishment and escaped brushes with the law. But now, at the age of 80, Calder is retiring – and making available his prodigious backlist to the highest bidders. Calder said last week: “I have been at it for 58 years and I can’t keep going forever. Like the family dog, I want to see it go to a good home. The [Samuel] Beckett copyrights will go into other hands.”

He has published some of the best of contemporary British and international dramatists including Steven Berkoff, Marguerite Duras, Eugene Ionesco, Georg Kaiser, David Mercer, Robert Pinget and Heathcote Williams, as well as works by novelists Henry Miller and William Burroughs. He also speaks of modern publishing with some contempt: “When I was young, publishing companies were run by people with editorial knowledge and experience, who could read things and make up their minds on what was good or otherwise. But now, it’s the accountants and marketing people who make the decisions, caring for nothing but money.”