Links in Search of a Unifying Theme

1) Happy 100th, William S. Burroughs. Well, as happy as you'd ever have wanted it to be anyway. When looking to celebrate Burroughs with a video clip, there are several prime ones to choose from. His Thanksgiving prayer, for example, is for those who are not so faint of heart. I was, however, especially keen to find this interview between him and literary comrade-in-arms, Kathy Acker (made all the more poignant for having been conducted months before both of their deaths).

 

(2) In her two novels, Telex From Cuba and (most recently) The Flameflowers, Rachel Kushner proved herself to be a prodigiously gifted writer. In a recent fascinating interview with The Quietus, she points to her influences:

"I'm pretty inspired by Bolaño, it's true. It was somehow though only the second time I read The Savage Detectives that I saw him tear a kind of hole in story-telling to tell more stories, and then more inside those, all the while, keeping this very steady tone. His technique is still a bit mysterious to me, but maybe I felt a more confirmed permission, if you will, to let other characters take over the narrative from the narrator. DeLillo has also been someone I greatly admire. But there are many others: Anne Carson, Joan Didion (her novels, not her essays), Denis Johnson, William Gaddis (dead, but possibly still "contemporary?"). I like Bret Easton Ellis, and I like Michel Houllebecq, but I don't think either's influence is explicitly detectable in my work."

 

(3) This is too heartbreaking to say much about. Just this: rest in more peace than you could find here, Philip Seymour Hoffman