Naked Lunch on Film: Filming The Unfilmable
Jan11

Naked Lunch on Film: Filming The Unfilmable

by David S. Wills The novel does not obviously lend itself to adaptation for the screen: it has dozens of characters, few of whom are developed from their initial appearance; the action is set in cities all over the world; it is composed of many small, fragmentary, kaleidoscopic scenes; and there is no traditional story line. It is a novel with a great deal of talk, and the rule of film is that movies move, with minimal talk. William...

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Hence the Drama

by D. Harlan Wilson I was shopping for Hawaiian shirts in the clearance section when a clerk appeared with a red phone on a platter.  A bird’s nest of Bobby pins held her hair in place.  I looked back and forth between the hair and the phone. The phone began to ring. “It is for you,” said the clerk in an eastern European accent. The ring was loud, but garbled, as if somebody were trying to suffocate the phone with a pillow.  Shoppers...

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Do the Beats Matter Today?

by Harry Burrus When Jack Kerouac died in 1969, only one of his 20+ books was in print. At the time, many critics announced the Beat Generation was irrelevant and had faded away. Others claimed the Beats were an insignificant force, addicted to sex and drugs, and therefore of little permanent influence, and only interested in the frivolity of having “kicks.” They contended the Beats’ writing would not hold up over time. However,...

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