The Weekly : Holy Litany!
Allen Ginsberg - America (Berkeley, January 17, 1956)
'America' is the first Ginsberg poem I ever read and then read over and over and over, until I knew half the thing by heart. I picked 'On The Road' for a class assignment, didn't finish the book, Kerouac, apart from a few lines, didn't stick. But, Burroughs and Ginsberg did, Ginsberg more so than Burroughs. Holy Allen! Your soul is holy and so is everything and everyone.
America I’ve given you all and now I’m nothing.
America two dollars and twentyseven cents January 17, 1956.
I can’t stand my own mind.
America when will we end the human war?
Go fuck yourself with your atom bomb.
Read the full poem over on The Poetry Foundation.
Madensuyu - Current (2018)
Time for some homegrown music. Belgium is a pinprick of a country with a ton of talent, so for Savage's second Weekly, I want to introduce you to Ghent based duo: Madensuyu.
Their music brims with emotion and intensity. It's quite often loud, and all of a sudden quiet, like life, really. That's what their music sounds like. Life: the hectic moments, the beautiful moments, the still moments. The times when life beats you down, and the times you either get back up yourself or get dragged up by others.
F for Fake - Orson Welles (1975)
F for Fake is a documentary-essay, it's a study of illusion, while being an illusion itself. It's about fakery, art forgery, and charlatans.
The edit is brilliant, and the story dead clever. Watch it. Enjoy it, and maybe learn a trick or two.
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I don't know a ton of Burroughs, but that man's voice, once you hear it will stick with you. So treat yourself to something a bit more, or a lot more, out there than you're used to listening, and check out 'The Black Rider'—a theatrical collaboration between William Burroughs, Tom Waits, and Robert Wilson (1990) and subsequent album by Waits in 1993.
Burroughs lends his voice to quite the eerie version of 'T ain't No Sin' on the album, because, you know the actual subject of the song wasn't weird enough ;)
—Written by Julie Smits