Richard Nash over at Soft Skull posted this in their news today:
Roy Christopher, a David Frost of the counter-culture, has a new book out, and I’ll quote a Soft Skull fellow traveler, the ingenious Disinformation Company, on why you should check it out:
While I don’t agree with everything in Steven Johnson’s semi-recent book, Everything Bad is Good for You, it does present an interesting lens through which to reexamine pop culture. In a theory he calls “The Sleeper Curve,” Johnson states that pop culture is getting more cognitively demanding, not less, as is conventionally assumed. Johnson bolsters his theory with examples from video games, television, and film. Though he doesn’t mention it, where hip-hop is concerned, I couldn’t agree with him more.
Okay, I’ve been sitting on this one for way too long. Originally slated for my zine-in-progress, “Fractal Pterodactyl,” this interview with my man Sean Walling (a.k.a. SIR ONE) is over a year old. What it lacks in timeliness it makes up for in pretty pictures.
“I burned my only copy of Naked Lunch to start a fire.” — William S. Burroughs Jr.
The Beats have always been of tangential interest to me. I have certainly enjoyed what I’ve read, as pedestrian as it has been (e.g., On The Road, “Howl,” some Burroughs, etc.), but the only writer associated with their scene that I can claim that I’ve truly explored is Kenneth Patchen.
From today’s Disinformation newsletter (Thanks Alex):
“A special shout out to Disinfo ally Roy Christopher, whose much-anticipated interview collection Follow For Now is about to hit bookstores near you. The collection includes stellar discussions with the key cultural luminaries, blogerati, and intellectuals of our time, from Douglas Rushkoff and Bruce Sterling to Doug Stanhope and Howard Bloom. Read the Table of Contents and you’ll see why I believe, if you’re interested in these people and their personal visions, that Follow For Now will be amongst the most important books …
Appy polly logies for the multiple messages on multiple sites, but I’ve been working hard on the book-length anthology of the best of frontwheeldrive.com. Entitled Follow for Now: Interviews with Friends and Heroes, the book is now available for pre-order from followfornow.com. Copies will be available in the next few weeks.