Insomnia Gives Thanks

BigBurroughs Gun
Thanksgiving is an important day: It marks the beginning of the traditional holiday season for most white, Christian Americans and it reminds all of us immigrants of when we first began to call this land our home. These events have importance in and of themselves and should not be dismissed. However, the world is a…

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Holy Mountain Architect

Satellite Towers
You might not recognize the name Luis Barragán, but any student of counterculture and edgy film will recognize the great master’s work. The architect’s monumental sculptures play a key role in Alejandro Jodorowsky’s epic The Holy Mountain though most viewers might assume they are looking at stage…

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Wasted in Wonderland

Eat Me
Another recent viewing of random programs on Nashville’s over-the-air digital television paid off this past Saturday night when my girlfriend and I discovered this mind-blowing trip of a flick based on Lewis Carroll’s books. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is a 1972 British musical that features a…

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Saint Martin’s Day

Marty and Robby
This week, we celebrate Martin Scorsese’s 72nd birthday (November 17, 1942). Obviously, Scorsese is one of my favorite directors, and the filmmaker who cracked my head open with Raging Bull, showing me the difference between movies and cinema just as The Old Man and the Sea revealed to me the difference between…

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Celebrating Seberg

Jean Seberg
Today we remember American actress Jean Seberg who was born on this day in 1938. Seberg isn’t a household name, but her iconic turn as an unlikely femme fatale in Jean-Luc Godard’s Breathless made her a screen immortal even if her activism and the FBI harassment it attracted proved she was all-too-human.…

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DIG! Turns 10

Anton Newcombe
10 years ago, DIG! won the Documentary Grand Jury Prize at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival and this year we recognize its ten year birthday. The film, directed by Ondi Timoner, draws on seven years of footage, following both The Brian Jonestown Massacre and The Dandy Warhols. Comparing and contrasting the development…

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Happy Birthday, Brother The...

Brother Theodore
Today we celebrate the 1906 birthday of Brother Theodore, a German American monologist known for his rambling rants and self-described “stand-up tragedy.” Born Theodore Gottlieb, he was an artist described as “Boris Karloff, surrealist Salvador Dalí, Nijinsky and Red Skelton . . .…

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James Dean ’76

James Dean TV
I don’t have cable. Not only does this mean I nearly never watch sports at home, it also means I’m often tuned into the strange wonders that can be found channel surfing over-the-air digital television. My girlfriend calls it a new “Wild West Golden Age of Television for Weirdos Everywhere.”…

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Burroughs Curses Capote

Burroughs on Capote
I’ve spent a lot of time in the music scene and in the art world, but in my experience there is nothing like a literary crowd for jealousy, resentment, backbiting and general bad sportsmanship. With this in mind it may come as no surprise that there was no love lost between William S. Burroughs and Truman…

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Gallery-Going with W.S.B.

Copyright William S. Burroughs Estate
Copyright William S. Burroughs Estate Another post celebrating the William S. Burroughs centenary, this video is a fascinating document of the man himself visiting a gallery show of his own paintings on paper at Galerie Waschsalon in Frankfurt, Germany. Here, we see Burroughs accompanied by Udo Breger and…

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