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Volume I, Issue 24
November 17 - November 24, 1997

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Live Fast, Die Young, Leave a Good-Looking Corpse
In the 1950s, John Gilmore was an upcoming actor living in the fast lane. Today he's a writer remembering all the stars gone supernova. [2]
Devin D. O'Leary

Ur-Beat
A review of "The Herbert Huncke Reader" and an examination of his influence on the Beats. [3]
Harvey Pekar

Snake Charming
Texas hoodoo and regional colloquialisms, rampant with cousin-lust, family feuds and oil greed -- Tucson author LaVerne Harrell Clark's first novel can't miss! [4]
Charlotte Lowe

Words to the Mysterious
We read books so you don't have to. [5]
Blake de Pastino

Dave Hickey
Art critic Dave Hickey envisions a world where politics and leisure are one. [6]
Fred Turner

Patrick McGilligan and Paul Buhle
A 776-page oral history gives Hollywood blacklist victims a chance to talk back. [7]
Peter Keough

Pride And Platitudes
"Restoring Hope: Conversations on the Future of Black America" is an attempt to examine the specter of despair haunting late 20th-century America. [8]
Fred DeLovely

Endpapers
The Memphis Flyer Literary Supplement. [9]
Leonard Gill, Editor

Speed Reader
"The Architecture of the Southwest" by Trent Elwood Sanford; "Bombshell" by Joseph Albright; "The Invention of Curried Sausage" by Uwe Timm; "The Flamingo Rising" by Larry Baker. [10]
Blake de Pastino, Jessica English, Stephen Ausherman, Julie Birnbaum


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here's a lot of speculation about James Dean's sexuality -- Was he gay? Was he straight? Did he do it with frogs? -- that sort of thing. I'm here to tell you that it just doesn't matter. If you read this interview with John Gilmore, the Hollywood biographer and former would-be star of the Dean era, you'll see what I mean. Dean was far more interested in gloom-n-doom than sex, and Gilmore, who has also done biographies about Jayne Mansfield, Lenny Bruce, and Charles Manson, is one of the few writers to understand how those psychological forces really work.

Dark psychological forces are no stranger to Herbert Huncke. The prototypical self-destructive beat-era poet, Huncke had a major influence on William S. Burroughs, Jack Kerouac, and many other bohemians who overindulged in sex, narcotics, and stream-of-consciousness writing. A year after Huncke's death (he was the same age as Burroughs), his acerbic writing is available in a volume called "The Herbert Huncke Reader," just the thing for tea parties and stocking stuffing.

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With so many great books out there, maybe it's time to re-think this James Dean dying-young thing. Know what I mean?



Now What?
Love to read? Need some clever ideas? Our library of resources and staff picks are guaranteed to turn on plenty of mental light bulbs via your electrified eye sockets. [11]


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