Saturday, January 19, 2008

Beat Odds 'n' Ends

* The pulp magazines that were popular (and a popular influence on) Jack Kerouac & his fellow Beats get a historical review here.

* There's a new collection of old pulp stories & novels that's just come out: The Black Lizard Big Book of Pulps , edited by Otto Penzler.

NPR has an online article about the book, which features works by Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler, Carroll John Daly, Leslie Charteris & others. Recommended, but beware, there's a lot to read!

* There's also s site devoted to women who took part in the Beat Movement:
More Than Minor Characters.

* A previously published collection of interviews with William S. Burroughs & his artistic accomplice Brion Gysin has just been reprinted. And for those with further interest in Mr. Burroughs', um, unique way of looking at things, check this site out.

* Finally, here's my pick for the most insane pulp magazine character concept I've ever come across: The Spider! The stories I've read of this character are packed with so much action that the author must've been high on a bender or something! If you get a chance, just follow the links listed on the site I've linked to & read the plot descriptions. The titles of each installment practically give it away! Kerouac and/or Burroughs must've come across this series at one time! Who knows what must've gone through their minds reading this stuff!
Update: A major publisher has begun reprinting Spider novels! And a less major one has also jumped on the bandwagon!


1 comment:

Curt Worden said...

Hello friends,

For those of you who may have been following our documentary film production during 2007 I’m proud to announce it is now complete. Below is a link to the new website for you to check out. I hope you all enjoy the site and I look forward to having you see the One Fast Move or I'm Gone: Kerouac's Big Sur in a theater, on television or upon DVD release.

When on the site, please be sure to sign up to be our mailing list so I can send you distribution updates.

We all owe a great big thank you to all those who worked long and hard to make this film!

Curt Worden
Producer, Director
One Fast Move or I’m Gone, Kerouac’s Big Sur
Kerouac Films/Tango Pix