Posts Tagged ‘William S. Burroughs’

Trailerama: William S. Burroughs: A Man Within

August 17, 2009

If Sydney Greenstreet were ever to meet William S. Burroughs, we’re sure he would have declared, “Egad, sir, you are a character!” Writer, exterminator, junkie, gun enthusiast, builder of orgone accumulators, he was a man who wore many hats. Burroughs also grabbed any opportunity to jump in front of a camera. Yony Leyser’s welcome documentary promises to arrange footage and testimony from fans like David Cronenberg, John Waters and Genesis P-Orridge in such a way as to get beneath the Naked Lunch author’s brittle skin.

Jesse Eisenberg Has Seen the Best Minds of His Generation Destroyed By Madness

March 19, 2009

kill-your-darlings1When Allen Ginsberg is remembered, it’s as the chanting dervish at the center of many cultural events of the 1960s. As one of the original “Beat” artists, he represented a nexus of drugs and sexuality. He let some of his poetics rub off on Bob Dylan, faced down the Hell’s Angels at an anti-Vietnam War demonstration in 1965, and chanted at the 1968 DNC demonstrations in Chicago. But it wasn’t always thus. A famed campaigner for gay rights, Ginsberg for a while tried to mingle with the “straights” as a reporter for the World-Telegram with girlfriends and everything. As a poet, he struggled to escape the influence of his mentor William Carlos Williams before blossoming with “Howl,” one of the most famous poems of the 20th century.

Which is why the news that Jesse Eisenberg is to play the young Ginsberg in the horribly titled Kill Your Darlings is kinda intriguing. As the oldest son in Noah Baumbach‘s The Squid and the Whale, he created an indelible portrait of an awkward adolescent who, not unlike Ginsberg, wasn’t afraid to be off-putting. Eisenberg is poised to become the next Michael Cera with this spring’s Adventureland, but let’s not hold that against him. This could be some very exciting casting.

Where It’s At

February 25, 2009

From William S. Burroughs’s The Soft Machine:

“But I was running out of veins. I went over to the counter for another cup of coffee … in Joe’s Lunch Room drinking coffee with a napkin under the cup which is said to be the mark of someone who does a lot of sitting in cafeterias and lunchrooms … Waiting on the man …”