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William S Burroughs Girl Dress

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Snugg iPad 4 Executive Case Cover and Stand in Distressed Brown Leather available online from TheSnugg.co.uk

today i’m going to review a product that i quite enjoy. it’s called “the snugg” and it’s an ipad case. 

i’ve had an ipad for about 2 yrs and used it with other cases and no case, and neither really felt satisfactory. this one does. it’s a nice, stylish brown leather which both looks and feels good. it’s also well designed so that - as much as it’s possible with an ipad - it’s comfortable to hold. it also features spaces for holding cards, although i don’t personally use these.

my only real criticisms would be that there’s a stylus pen holder at the top which dangles in front of the screen-side camera when not in use (and i don’t use a pen, so it’s always in use, and that the thinkness of the leather means that touching the screen at the very edges is difficult.

these flaws, however, are minor and overall i greatly enjoyed the snugg’s awesome ipad cover.

beatdom:

Setting Kerouac to Music: An Interview with Kubilay Uner
Kubilay Uner is the composer for the 2013 movie, Big Sur, based on the Jack Kerouac novel of the same name. He has worked with Michael and Mark Polish – the brothers behind the movie – on various projects, as well as performing live scores in concert halls. I spoke to him about setting Kerouac to music for the big screen.
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Has Kerouac been much of an influence on your life?
Growing up in Germany I didn’t really start reading much English-language literature until well into my twenties, after I moved to the States. Kerouac was always somebody I knew about, but it wasn’t until shortly before the film that I read his work.
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beatdom:

Setting Kerouac to Music: An Interview with Kubilay Uner

Kubilay Uner is the composer for the 2013 movie, Big Sur, based on the Jack Kerouac novel of the same name. He has worked with Michael and Mark Polish – the brothers behind the movie – on various projects, as well as performing live scores in concert halls. I spoke to him about setting Kerouac to music for the big screen.

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Has Kerouac been much of an influence on your life?

Growing up in Germany I didn’t really start reading much English-language literature until well into my twenties, after I moved to the States. Kerouac was always somebody I knew about, but it wasn’t until shortly before the film that I read his work.

Read more…

Searching Through the Salman Rushdie Archives

i find this article, tho brief, to be very fascinating. or rather, it explains and highlights things i’ve been thinking about for yrs. 

as a student of literature, i’ve spent many yrs studying authors’ letters, notebooks, etc, for clues to the meaning of their literature and insights into their lives. most notably, i did this with william s burroughs’ archives. 

yet i live in a digital world, and was raised mostly in a computerized world. while i have notebooks and spent my childhood without computers, my time as a writer has mostly been spent in this new era. although i have no desire nor expectation to be become a famous literary celebrity (the idea of someone poking thru my files and correspondence is not appealing) i have wondered what would happen if i did write an age-defining novel. 

i suppose i would find myself yrs from now handing over my gmail password or my hard drive. but i tend to delete things a lot. i keep some old stuff, but chuck most of it. i delete old blogs and websites regularly. some could call it streamlining, but i know from studying other authors that these things would, theoretically, be viewed as important.

anyway, in my case it won’t happen. i’d rather be the nosy scholar snooping around other people’s stuff. 

but this article highlights the fact that increasingly authors are using their computers rather than paper. this is an obvious point, but as we move forward and these authors become subject to literary study, we will surely find that incorporated into literature classes. to me, this is fascinating. 

Hi David. Who are your favorite living writers?

Asked by
Anonymous

hello, anonymous.

as you might have guessed from the people i post about, most of my favourites are dead. however, my favourite living writer is haruki murakami. i have enjoyed all of his books, and i think that i’ve read them all except the newest. 1q84 is one of my all-time favourite books.

i also like:

  • douglas coupland (microserfs got me into literature.)
  • paul auster (but he’s been shit for a few yrs now. his early stuff was great, tho. i recommend the new york trilogy to anyone.)
  • yoko ogawa (i like the diving pool.)
  • tao lin (seems annoying and difficult to get into, but fun and rewarding once you get it.)
  • chuck palanhiuk (yes, i know - he’s crap when he’s crap, but when the guy is on form, he is wonderful.)
  • david mitchell (not the peep show guyghostwritten is a superb book.)

also, at the moment i’m very interested in alt lit, with a particular enjoyment of steve roggenbuck, mira gonzalez, megan boyle, and noah cicero. in fact, i’m very enamored of the whole internet poetry scene - i think coupland was influential in kicking that off with microserfs.

i’m probably missing out some others. i tend to focus on the beat generation so much for work that i don’t read as much contemporary fiction as i should/could/would like to. 

i took this photo in hefei, china, in 2013.
it’s a fucking baby with a gun.
i call it, “american dream.” 

i took this photo in hefei, china, in 2013.

it’s a fucking baby with a gun.

i call it, “american dream.” 

Confucius advises us to give the enemy a bridge over which to retreat. Instead, the west’s hawks are having a field day, deriding Putin’s paranoia as if to goad him into doing something worse.

simon jenkins

this is wonderful. it distresses me how stupid the average person is, particularly about recent history. does no one remember the cuban missile crisis? this very advice was what saved the entire planet.