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‘After the Revolution’: Heathcote Williams as Playwright

2 days agoArts : Straight Up

Jay Jeff Jones writes in London’s Theatre Record: Like [Jeff] Nuttall, Williams was multi-talented and constant in his espousal of utopian anarchy. He was as uncompromising as he was compassionate; an intellectual force that alternated poetry and playwriting with direct action for causes that included the homeless, battered women and the environment. His first major […]

Lost: What Ever Happened to ‘Severe Joy’?

3 days agoArts : Straight Up

When Heathcote Williams died recently, I heard from many people who recalled the lasting impact he’d had on them. Jay Jeff Jones and Michael Butterworth were two. They remembered a manuscript of Heathcote’s called “Severe Joy” that never saw the light of day. John Calder, a major London publisher, had failed to bring it out […]

Opera: America’s War Without End

6 days agoArts : Straight Up

Anthony Haden Guest calls “The Plain of Jars” — a chamber opera by Keith Patchel about America’s secret war in Laos — “the lineal descendant of Stravinsky’s ‘Nightingale’ and Alban Berg’s ‘Lulu’ and ‘Wozzeck.'” I haven’t seen it yet, but my staff of thousands tells me it “exposes the wounds caused by America’s use of […]

A Great One Died Today

3 weeks agoArts : Straight Up

‘He was the Shelley of his age and more.’ — Gerard Bellart

Music Theater Where Truth Can Appear

4 weeks agoArts : Straight Up

The last time we looked it was a work in progress. That was a year ago. William Osborne and Abbie Conant had been working on it for so long, Osborne said at the time, that it felt like “forever.” But now their music theater chamber piece is about to get its world premiere. The name […]

Burroughsian Credo: ‘Include Me Out’

last monthArts : Straight Up

“Learning a hieroglyphic language is excellent practice in the lost art of inner silence.” — William S. Burroughs, The Third Mind “Cup of tea at dawn a room with rose wall paper wind stirs cigarette ash on a naked thigh calm miracle of apomorphine dawn.....” Burroughs Lecture Series: Iain Sinclair […]

The Evolving NY Times Nameplate

last monthArts : Straight Up

From 1851, to 1857, to 1896, to 1914, to 1967, to last week: David W. Dunlap’s story, “Modern Identity in Ancient Lettering,” did not include a reference to the overprinting that the designers of the NYT magazine prefer. (Style aside, Matthew Shaer’s interview did deserve that kind of prominence.)

Norman Mailer on Almost Everything

last monthArts : Straight Up

If there’s a richer radio archive of interviews with cultural figures and others from all walks of life than the one amassed by Studs Terkel, I’m unaware of it. Here, for example, is Norman Mailer talking with him on March 17, 1960, about writing, literary criticism, and American life. It’s great stuff. Mailer offers his […]

When Trump Hog Called His Cabinet: Sooie!

last monthArts : Straight Up

Trump’s first cabinet meeting was the perfect reminder of one of William S. Burroughs’s most satirical “routines.” Burroughs wrote the piece in 1953 and had it published for the first time in a little mimeo magazine called Floating Bear. Since then it’s been reprinted many times, most famously as a mimeographed booklet by Fuck You […]

A Better Idea for the Guggenheim

last monthArts : Straight Up

One of Frank Lloyd Wright’s fantasies for his design of the Guggenheim Museum was to color it pink. You can see what that might have looked in a new exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art: Frank Lloyd Wright at 150: Unpacking the Archive. If you can’t get to MoMA, you can see what it […]

Poem for N.O.M.

2 months agoArts : Straight Up

“Coraggio!” — My old friend said. And then he put The gun to his head. Coraggio — That’s what it took To kill the pain With a hunk of lead. Coraggio — It’s no walk in the park. The night is dark, And my friend is dead.

Rauschenberg Had a Sense of Humor

2 months agoArts : Straight Up

And it’s now on view at MoMA, too. To hell with the god of music, poetry, and art …

Please Insert

2 months agoArts : Straight Up

My staff of thousands thinks this paragraph by Barrett Brown should be inserted like an unsheathed stallion’s penis into every last one of the obituaries plaguing us about the late Roger Ailes... just in case the corpse hasn’t been properly mounted: I don’t really mind Fox on ideological grounds, as a nation […]

On View: Mary Beach’s Witty ‘Illaminations’

3 months agoArts : Straight Up

Mary Beach deserved to be an art star. Her collages are in a class with Richard Hamilton’s. But she was incapable of bullshitting her way to the top. She also submerged whatever ambitions she may have had to advance the work of her partner Claude Pélieu. She translated him, published him, promoted him and, when […]

As the French Say: Dégoûtant!

3 months agoArts : Straight Up

The print edition logo for Michael Kinsley’s new opinion slot in The New York Times says it all. Well, almost all. What it doesn’t say is how disgusting it is. Kinsley’s first column is not only awful, but worse, he will be “revisiting this theme regularly.” It looks like The Times is repositioning — a […]

Black Eye Porn

3 months agoArts : Straight Up

“Normally The Guardian publishes all of Rowson’s cartoons, but I don’t think this one. He mailed it to Heathcote who forwarded it to me. Heathcote wrote the lines when I asked him.” — Gerard Bellaart, editor/publisher Cold Turkey Press I think of H.W.’s stanza in the mode of G.G. Belli’s 19th-century Roman sonnets, which were […]

360 Degrees of Separation . . .

4 months agoArts : Straight Up

... from Madhattan...… where Straight Up’s tireless staff of thousands took a break.

From a Secret Location

4 months agoArts : Straight Up

Once upon a time hundreds of editors, mainly poets, and all manner of bohemian riffraff took to their mimeo machines. They produced an avalanche of little magazines, lovingly collected by Granary Books as a wonder of the age. This literary avalanche was documented in “A Secret Location on the Lower East Side,” a 1996 exhibition […]

A Man With Moxie Plus

4 months agoArts : Straight Up

When Asger Jorn heard that he’d been awarded a Guggie, he told them to fuck off.

My Midweek Music Relief

4 months agoArts : Straight Up

Miramar plays a concert on Friday evening in the heart of Manhattan at Elebash Recital Hall (365 Fifth Ave., corner of 34th Street), which is located in the CUNY Graduate Center, where thousands of doctoral students — yes, nearly five thousand, god help them — mill around in the hope of enlightenment. For concert tickets, […]

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