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.
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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The influx of digital written material presents a unique challenge to archivists: How does one present a writer’s computer to the public?
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.
my book is free on kindle at the moment. i don’t know how long it’ll be free for, but if you haven’t read it and want to, today would be a good time to “buy” a copy.
it’s a collection of short stories about stuff like zach braff and a guy who can’t say the word “pussy.” also, aliens and talking cats.
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 guy. ghostwritten 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.
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my book is “selling” well on kindle unlimited. i am interested to see what sort of compensation i get…
my book is “essential reading,” apparently.
i took this photo in hefei, china, in 2013.
it’s a fucking baby with a gun.
i call it, “american dream.”
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.
From Albion to Shangri-La consists of collected excerpts from Peter Doherty’s journals, circa 2008 to 2013, with an added selection from his tour diaries, all rounded off with a previously unpublished interview with editor, Nina Antonia – the rock journalist’s rock journalist, no stranger…
alright. this is the first and only gif i’ll ever post on tumblr. and here’s the reason:
yrs ago, i signed up for google plus. it was shite, so i quit. then i came back because ppl kept adding me and, hey, when you run a small publishing company you really need all the social media help you can get.
anyways, today i went to falkirk and tested out my new phone camera (it’s a huawei ascend y300, in case you’re wondering). i took photos of the new kelpies (see previous post) and the falkirk wheel (see gif).
i came home and wondered how i’d back up my photos. given that the phone runs on android, i went for the obvious choice: google plus auto backup.
i’ve got to say that i was thoroughly impressed when it mashed together a couple of photos into this gif. obviously i wasn’t planning on doing that, and so it’s comprised of very few images, and is thus quite poor quality, but the fact that it was intelligent enough really blew my mind.
given that twitter and facebook have both swindled me out of a lot of money this week, google plus has now worked its way into my favors. hurray for google plus!