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Category: Non-fiction

William S. Burroughs – On Writing

Letto: 10760 volte

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In 1982, at Naropa University – founded by legendary Beat writer Alan Ginsberg – William S. Burroughs gave arguably one of his finest lectures on the art and craft of writing.

Burroughs talks of his friendship with fellow writer Jack Kerouac and explores Kerouac’s art and influence as a writer. Here also, we get a sense of Burroughs’ own unique insights into the craft of writing and a glimpse into some of the important influences that Kerouac had on his own work, as well as the extraordinary impact that the Beat generation have had on the history of twentieth century literature.

In Burroughs’ characteristically quirky yet insightful approach to his subject matter – the question of “who is a writer”, what writers are doing in their work, and what it means to be a writer – Burroughs makes some important remarks about Kerouac, both as a person and as a writer, and addresses a number of questions surrounding Kerouac’s life and work.

The Naropa lecture also provides a major springboard for examining a wide range of questions surrounding the Beat movement.

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Can you all hear me? Good.

Someone asked Beckett what he thought of Burroughs’ work and he said rather grudgingly, “Well, he’s a writer.”

So certainly that’s true of Kerouac. I’m quoting here from a historic memoir of Americas greatest existentialist…he was the greatest existing exister. Certainly a meaningless word. Continua a leggere/Continue reading

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“The Simple Art of Murder” by Raymond Chandler

Letto: 38201 volte

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La semplice arte del delitto

dove Chandler getta le basi del romanzo poliziesco.

IT-La traduzione italiana classica di Oreste del Buono si trova in parecchie edizioni della raccolta di racconti con lo stesso titolo.

Una traduzione recente online è qui

ENG- The essay was first published in The Atlantic Monthly in December 1944. It is considered a seminal piece of literary criticism: although Chandler’s primary topic is the art of detective fiction, he touches on general literature and modern society as well.

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Raymond Chandler
“The Simple Art of Murder”

Fiction in any form has always intended to be realistic. Old-fashioned novels which now seem stilted and artificial to the point of burlesque did not appear that way to the people who first read them. Writers like Fielding and Smollett could seem realistic in the modern sense because they dealt largely with uninhibited characters, many of whom were about two jumps ahead of the police, but Jane Austen’s chronicles of highly inhibited people against a background of rural gentility seem real enough psychologically. There is plenty of that kind of social and emotional hypocrisy around today. Add to it a liberal dose of intellectual pretentiousness Continua a leggere/Continue reading

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