onsdag 9 maj 2007

Nick Mamatas: Move under ground

Do the absurd thing!

In the 1950s, America belonged to Jack Kerouac, Neal Cassady and William S. Burroughs. In the 1960s, it’s been taken over by soulless, mindless squares. Them, and/or the beetleman minions of Dread Cthulhu, awake now to devour the world. Interpretation open. “The more straitlaced a person is … the deeper they bow to the Dark Dreamer.” “Only Beats and grifters and bums and junkys are immune to the Call.”

R’lyeh has risen and it’s up to the Dharma bums to save the world. Jack Kerouac, wannabe Buddhist, trying to save the world of desires, thereby risking his own soul – who is the hero in that story? (The method, however, is: do the absurd thing.) Among the antiheroes anyway, besides Jack with Neal and Bill, there are also cameos by e. g. Allen Ginsburg, Nelson Algren and the ghost of Charlie Parker.

Nick Mamatas read rolls and rolls of his favourite authors, ate a lot of anchovies and went to bed with lots of writing material by the bed. Good for him. Good read.

Music suggestion: bebop

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