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Calendar, Night&Day Poetry Porno

Poetry Porno

Using William Burroughs' cut-up technique to create Frankenstein texts out of a combination of her own writing and that of others, Dodie Bellamy published the now classic Cunt-Ups in 2001. The book is as interesting for its often-violent disembodiment…
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Film, "On the Road": Kerouac Would Be Meh

"On the Road": Kerouac Would Be Meh

Director Walter Salles' adaptation of Jack Kerouac's On the Road has ruffled feathers from the moment it was announced, both for daring to film the venerated novel and for casting Twilight's Kristen Stewart. But this movie version of On the…
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Music, Meet Casy & Brian, Sonic Terrorists and Electro-Punk Misfits

Meet Casy & Brian, Sonic Terrorists and Electro-Punk Misfits

Outside of their home at Oakland's Abco Art Space, Casy & Brian show off their fresh ampersand tattoos. The electro-punk duo's forthcoming album is titled &, but the name isn't meant only to commemorate the duo's five-year tenure. One self-imposed…
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Calendar, Night&Day Living Cut-Ups

Living Cut-Ups

Sexuality could be said to course through the veins of Marie Losier's films, but it's often thrillingly murky and atmospheric rather than goal-oriented. Losier perhaps finds her ideal subject in Psychic TV frontman/performance artist/professional boundary demolisher Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, the…
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Calendar, Night&Day Still Life With Typewriter

Still Life With Typewriter

Consider William S. Burroughs' Naked Lunch. The narrator is a junkie with an alter ego. He's in Mexico and buys “black meat.” He has an assignment but he can't know it. He hears about Annexia, where there's tyranny. He visits…
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Calendar, Night&Day More, Always More

More, Always More

If your (likely complicated) enthusiasm for William Burroughs is not yet sated by Yony Leyser’s tremendous documentary William S. Burroughs: A Man Within, you are in great, filthy luck. Local composer Erling Wold is mounting his lauded chamber opera production…
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Calendar, Night&Day The Beats Go On

The Beats Go On

In Yony Leyser's documentary hagiography William Burroughs: A Man Within — which ends with John Waters nominating its subject for iconoclast-artist sainthood — Burroughs' literary efforts are of secondary interest, noted for their influence on rock lyrics and band names.…
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Calendar, Night&Day New Take on Old Legend

New Take on Old Legend

In Yony Leyser's documentary hagiography, William S. Burroughs: A Man Within — which ends with John Waters nominating its subject for iconoclast-artist sainthood — William Seward Burroughs's literary efforts are of secondary interest, noted for their influence on rock lyrics…
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Calendar, Night&Day Writers with Drinks

Writers with Drinks

Amy Tan’s characters are so formulaic, she makes Dan Brown look like William Burroughs. Pow! Tan better get used to it: She’s the guest of honor at Litquake’s Amy Tan Tribute/Roast, which means elite scribes like Andrew Sean Greer, Michael…
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Music, Bouncer 23 Ways to Stray

23 Ways to Stray

On one of my trips down to my family's cradle of civilization, South Pasadena, I looked through my grandmother's yearbooks. She was in high school in the 1920s, so it was fascinating to see what teenagers looked like back then,…
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Music, Hear This Something Good Will Come to Yoshi's

Something Good Will Come to Yoshi's

The Master Musicians of Jajouka are the rock stars of Morocco. They've lived for generations in a remote village in the foothills of the Rif mountains, part of a caste whose singular role in society is to make music. In…
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Calendar, Night&Day See How High She Flies

See How High She Flies

Day of Wrath's director, we're told, "never loses sight of the eroticism inherent in the concept of witchcraft." So be forewarned: "Witchcraft Weekend" features films made by men with boners for spooky chicks. It's not, as you may have imagined…
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News, The Snitch

Thanksgiving Wishes From William S. Burroughs, Circa '86

"Thanks for the American dream to vulgarize and falsify until the bare lies shine through ... Thanks for the last and greatest betrayal of the last and greatest of human dreams ... " Ah, the more things change, the…
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Home Entertainment, DVDish Burning the Yule Log

Burning the Yule Log

The Junky's Christmas (Koch) They just aren't cranking out claymation Christmas specials like they used to, which makes this a welcome one. Nicer still, it's got heroin! A mixture of stop motion with a little puppetry and live-action shots of…
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Best of San Francisco, Arts & Entertainment

Best Local Music Icon

Tom Waits The prince of boozers, losers, and users, Bay Area resident boho Tom Waits has been thrilling audiences with his whiskey-soaked tales for more than 30 years. But it isn't his propensity to dredge the bottom of society…
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Music, Highly Evolved

Highly Evolved

"The job of the artist is to suggest the incredible in order for the possible to happen," says Genesis P-Orridge, influential musician, countercultural icon, and -- soon, hopefully -- a completely gender-neutral human being. A few seconds ago I phoned…
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Culture, Stage The Dark Forest

The Dark Forest

When The Black Rider premiered 14 years ago in Hamburg, I was living in Munich, where for some reason tickets weren't available; there was no Ticketmeister (or whatever) in Germany. I figured just going to Hamburg with the idea of…
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Calendar, Night&Day There Is No Magic Bullet

There Is No Magic Bullet

It's not every day you see a collaboration among Robert Wilson, William S. Burroughs, and Tom Waits. But The Black Rider: The Casting of the Magic Bullets was created by all three. Internationally acclaimed theater innovator Wilson conceived and directed…
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Music, Reviewed Clem Snide

Clem Snide

After a couple of listens to its newest record, Soft Spot, Clem Snide (named after a character in William Burroughs' Naked Lunch) sounds as if it must be from England -- its immaculate, literate, and evocatively orchestrated country-shaded pop/rock resembles…
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Culture, Stage


Queer, a world premiere operatic adaptation of William Burroughs' autobiographical novel of the same name, has everything going for it. First and foremost, it has Burroughs' tale of sex and drugs in Mexico City and his jazzy, luring stream-of-consciousness language.…
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