On the Road Movie

I guess this is old news, but I still remember from years ago big discussions on such a movie from the old beat newsgroups. I am not sure about it, but will most likely check it out!

More info: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/On_the_Road_%28film%29

The Philodendrist Heresy

Ordering info: http://www.moonwillowpress.com/?p=1338

tphA new science-fiction title by Jed Brody, The Philodendrist Heresy, is available for pre-order (see above). Jed wrote the book as a prayer for the preservation and resurrection of the great forests of the earth. “Philodendrist” means “tree lover.”

In The Philodendrist Heresy, Danielle Gasket’s search for ancestral secrets is imperiled by warring factions that agree about nothing but that Danielle must die.

Danielle’s home is a dystopian city beneath the earth’s surface. People have lived underground for so long that knowledge of the surface is preserved only in dwindling communities of persecuted heretics. According to the heretics, a prophet called “the philodendrist” led people underground to repent for their violent conquest of the natural world.

Following a string of clues while eluding pursuit, Danielle races toward the long-forgotten path of ascension to sunlight, relying upon her wits and valor to make it through. Finally, her mercy toward her fiercest persecutor convinces him to help her ascend to the pure waters of the sunlit world.


Reviews

Welcome to the bizarre and chilling world of a subterranean future where all your needs have been anticipated and provided by society’s long dead planners . . . except freedom. You’ll cheer Brody’s plucky heroine on as she makes her break for a rumored heaven somewhere beyond her familiar hell – the very heaven we are now foolishly destroying, tree by tree.

-Stephen Wing, author of Free Ralph! An Evolutionary Fable

With her acerbic wit and unsettled intestines, Danielle Gasket may make an unlikely heroine.  But her arduous journey, from techno-dystopia to a full embrace of the natural world, offers a necessary parable for our ecologically troubled times.”

-Kyle Kramer, organic farmer and author of A Time to Plant: Life Lessons in Work, Prayer, and Dirt


Author Jed Brody teaches physics at Emory University and has published short stories in Atlanta’s weekly newspaper Creative Loafing. He has also published ten peer-reviewed papers in scientific journals, including American Journal of Physics and Journal of Chemical Education. Jed plans to donate all his royalties from the sale of this book to Sustainable Harvest International. Moon Willow Press will also donate 5% of sales from this book to Guarding the Gifts, a non-profit organization helping to guard the gifts of the Gitga’at Nation and the Great Bear Rainforest.

Michael McClure’s Point Lobos: Animism

One of the main reasons I’ve been enamored by beat authors for so long is because of their ecological writings. Essays and poems by Michael McClure, Gary Snyder, Lew Welch, and many others, even Jack Kerouac’s romantic rucksack and back-to-nature writings, are ones I lobbed onto from a young age — and they carried me afloat in what was a young journey of searching. I have been reviving some of the essays I’ve written at Jack Magazine (some of them years prior) at my nature blog, Ecologue, and just recently added a piece about Michael McClure’s Point Lobos: Animism. I think it’s important that we do not separate the words and art we express with the nature around us.

Also check out a couple longer essays I wrote that have been recently dug up: Ancient Order of the Fire Gigglers and Practice of the Wild.

The Sea is My Brother Published

Jack Kerouac’s novel, The Sea is My Brother, was published this last week posthumously. Thought to be lost at one time, it was discovered by Kerouac’s brother-in-law, Sebastian Sampas. The Sea is My Brother was Kerouac’s first novel and was penned in 1942-43 during his time at sea with the Merchant Marines on a trip to Greenland.

The Rum Diary

Just got back from seeing Rum Diary, a movie based on the novel that Hunter S. Thompson wrote in the early 60s; the novel was published in the late 90s, and the movie just came out (though seems to have a limited airing). The novel, inspired by Thompson’s journalistic experiences at a dying sports newspaper in Puerto Rico, and his time with some writers at the San Juan Star, has the same wild and raw feel that Thompson is known for. Continue reading

New BIG SUR review

Innovative Fiction has a review up of Big Sur, by Jack Kerouac. Reviewer David Detrich says:

Big Sur by Jack Kerouac is a novel which has inspired a literary renaissance in the fiction of Big Sur, written with the precise psychological insight into characterization. The narrator Duluoz shows an appreciation for the beauty of nature, and describes his experience of being alone in a rugged west coast environment, ending the novel with the innovative text Sea, Sounds of the Pacific Ocean at Big Sur, a poetic study of the concrete sounds of the ocean, which makes this novel a classic of American innovative fiction.

Love Always, Carolyn

A new documentary about Carolyn Cassady (Love Always, Carolyn) will be shown at the Chicago International Film Festival in October this year.

Wife of famous roadster Neal Cassady, Carolyn was good friends with many of the beats, including Jack Kerouac.

Sweden based production company WG Film, behind films such as BANANAS! (2009) and Burma VJ (2008) is delighted to be part of the film Love Always, Carolyn, which will be screened at Chicago IFF. The film premiered at Tribeca Film Festival in New York in May this year, followed by a North American premiere at Hot Docs in Toronto, Ontario. The film is also being screened in competition at Nordisk Panorama Film Festival in Denmark. Preliminary screening dates at Chicago IFF will be October 16-17 2011. (More details will follow soon on www.chicagofilmfestival.com.)

The Sacred River of Consciousness

Tom Hibbard’s The Sacred River of Consciousness is on sale now at Moon Willow Press.

Reviews:

An unrelenting core sample of a world bent on its own destruction. Intensely moral and idealistic, Hibbard’s The SacredRiver of Consciousness is political and pragmatic, beautiful and ultimately encouraging. Hope surfaces from the wreckage.

-Michael Rothenberg, poet and author

Reboot movies and reload politicians and the land of the overdog –
all this money and nothing to spend it on, really? Really. At a time
when smart poets hide themselves under a borrowed shine, Tom Hibbard’s poems
are an obvious, emergent flow. Flux of useful blood, necessary silt.

-Buck Downs, American poet

Empire so often comes to this: “potholes imitating frozen potholes.” The poems in Tom Hibbard’s The Sacred River of Consciousness reflect on various crimes of humanity by simply reporting them. That Hibbard’s language is poetic rather than journalistic does not mask the realities being referenced — how at times life does unfold “as though civilization were garbage.” The suffering disenfranchised, the suffering environment, the corrupted governments, the dysfunctional relationships — how did compassion evaporate? That question is but one of many begot by these poems. For the poems also ask “at what time does the candle make crimes unredeemable.” The answer could be: upon the lighting of the candle or consciousness of those events, hence the import of Hibbard’s poems. If these poems facilitate that consciousness where the New York Times et al has failed, the river may yet turn sacred again. For the sake of the planet, open yourself up to these poems.

-Eileen Tabios, poet and author

A Rap Tribute to James Joyce

From Leah Paulos:

“On Bloomsday (June 16), Frank Delaney will complete the first year of his 20-some-year podcast project on ‘Ulysses’! To celebrate, he’s releasing a video of his rap tribute to James Joyce. Watch it here.

Author and former BBC broadcaster and Booker Prize judge Frank Delaney offers up a weekly podcast in which he deconstructs James Joyce’s “Ulysses” line by line, with insight, eloquence, and humor in 5-minute free episodes. The project launched on Bloomsday 2010 and is expected to last about 25 years—until every last reference in the book is unpacked. For Bloomsday 2011, Delaney will summarize Chapter 1 as well as release a video for James Joyce rap. You can listen to the Re:Joyce podcasts on Delaney’s website and iTunes.”

The Beat Hotel — documentary

Alan Govenar is a filmmaker who is nearly finished creating a feature-length documentary about the Beat Hotel, and William Burroughs’ and Allen Ginsberg’s time there in Paris. For the next two months, Alan is raising funds to finish this project by offering a limited, exclusive t-shirt of a young Allen Ginsberg at the Beat Hotel and other perks.

To see the documentary trailer and more about the film, click here.

To donate, click here.

The Beat Hotel covers the period after Howl’s obscenity trials when Ginsberg left the US with Peter Orlovsky and Gregory Corso and landed in Paris, France. They stayed at 9, Rue Git le Couer, which came to be known as the Beat Hotel. Others, like William Burroughs, Ian Somerville, and Brion Gysin joined them. The Paris experience was a creative and freeing one for the beats, where much writing and art took place, including Burroughs’ Naked Lunch, Harold Norse’s cut-up experiences, Ian Somerville’s and Brion Gysin’s Dream Machine, and some of Corso’s greatest poetry.

In the film, Chapman’s photographs and stylized dramatic recreations of his stories meld with the recollections of Elliot Rudie, a Scottish artist, whose drawings of his time in the hotel offer a poignant and sometimes humorous counterpoint. The memories of Chapman and Rudie interweave with the insights of French artist Jean-Jacques Lebel, author Barry Miles, Danish filmmaker Lars Movin, and the first hand accounts of Oliver Harris, Regina Weinrich, Patrick Amie, Eddie Woods, and 95 year old George Whitman, among others, to evoke a portrait of Ginsberg, Burroughs, Corso and the oddities of the Beat Hotel that is at once unexpected and revealing.

All contributions will go to Documentary Arts and are tax-deductible.

Infernal Drums!

Infernal Drums, by Anthony Wright, is now on sale! It’s the must-read book I mentioned a couple weeks ago, the first printed title of my new small press, Moon Willow Press.

Please help spread the word on this book. I honestly believe this title will find a good following for those who love offbeat, literary, or road novels (for it is all three).

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 30, 2011

Port Moody, BC, April 30, 2011: Moon Willow Press announces a new literary road novel, Infernal Drums, by author Anthony Wright.

Anthony Wright, also author of the short story collection Smoke Ghosts & Other Outré Tales, presents powerful storytelling with a sense of compassion for people, the environment, and indigenous customs and beliefs. His perceptive description of native peoples, places, and beliefs mingles with modern-day explorers and flirts with magical realism. Wright has been compared to Burroughs, Bowles, Dostoyevsky, Kerouac, and even to some degree Joyce as he searches out the sacred and profane of contemporary society.

Infernal Drums explores the spiritual awakening of protagonist Jonah Everman, who regards himself as a writer who drifts, but is really a drifter who writes. Journeying to Mexico, he runs afoul of the law and pays out big to avoid jail. He then heads to the capital where he finds a few kindred spirits, newspaper work, and trouble in spades. Forging an unholy alliance with occult forces, Jonah’s moral destruction seems assured. Or is it?

Infernal Drums takes the reader on a guided tour into the festering underworld of the drug war torn Mexico recent headlines have taught us all to fear.  Anthony Wright knows his way around this seedy battlefield.

-William Hjortsberg, author/screenwriter of Falling Angel (Angel Heart) and Legend

About the Author and Press

Anthony Wright was born in Melbourne, Australia, graduated in film production at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, and traveled through 20 countries before settling in Mexico City in 1993. He lived and worked as a journalist before returning to Melbourne in 2001, where he completed an education diploma at the University of Melbourne and began work as a teacher. He returned to Mexico City in 2008. His fiction, journalism, poetry and photography have been published in Australia, China, England, Mexico and the United States.

Moon Willow Press is a new small press in Port Moody, British Columbia, working to give back to the environment in order to offset materials used in publishing. Publisher Mary Woodbury has signed the Book Treatise on Environmentally Responsible Publishing and is a member of  Green Press Initiative.  MWP prints only on post-consumer and FSC-certified fiber and donates a portion of her profits to Eco-Libris: Plant a tree for every book you read. Eco-Libris works with tree-planting partners in Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala, Belize, Panama, and Malawi.

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Book Information:

http://www.moonwillowpress.com/category/titles/infernal-drums/

Category: Fiction
Release Date: April 30, 2011
ISBN: 978-0-9813924-3-1
Paperback Price: $18.95 CND + shipping
E-book: $5.99
Book info: Trade paperback, 276 pp.
Distribution: Shipped to buyer; Kindle edition available soon
Environmental savings: 2 fully grown trees; 1,114 gallons of water; 68 pounds of solid waste; and 231 pounds of greenhouse gases were saved per book, as MWP printed on chlorine free paper made with 100% post-consumer waste (except for the cover, printed on FSC-certified paper)

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Media contacts
Mary Woodbury, Publisher
Moon Willow Press
editor@moonwillowpress.com

Anthony Wright, Author
mailto:awrightgrant@yahoo.com

Synopsis (Contains Spoilers)

Infernal Drums begins with the protagonist, Jonah Everman, postulating on the miseries of incarceration. Jonah, native of an unnamed Western land, journeys to Mexico on the New Year, 1996. He regards himself as a writer who drifts, but is essentially a drifter who writes.  He runs afoul of the law on the Pacific coastcourtesy of a drugs bust. Paying his way out of trouble, Jonah heads to Mexico City where he meets a seedy Australian adventurer, Bazza Torsvan—an ex-teacher who chose exile to avoid the legal fallout after hitting a student during a schoolyard dust-up. Bazza struggles to transcend an existence that does not correspond to his illusions.

Jonah’s need to make money becomes urgent, and Bazza, working as a finance journalist, helps land him a job on The Mexican Standard—an English language newspaper staffed by an international crew of flotsam and jetsam. The editor, Mal Barbarya one-eyed despot roundly hated by all (and who nurses a dark secret)systematically torments the new recruit. Jonah next becomes drawn to Robinson Crovesa young American ne’er-do-well, the son of a diplomat and an adept of the occult. After Bazza leaves to pursue his vanishing act in the islands off Honduras, Jonah and Robinson feed off each other’s angst. The pair finds a target for their pain: Mal Barbary—and invoke a death curse utilizing a mix of Mexican witchcraft and Haitian voodoo.

Robinson enlists the aid of Nimbo Cienfuegos—a radical academic linked to a shadowy rebel group—to help stage the final phase of the curse. Meanwhile, a deranged stranger known as ‘the Spook’ courts Nimbo.  It is a dangerous seduction: Soon Nimbo develops an agenda of his own.

Increasingly desiring to abandon the city, Jonah’s innate fatalismand a beautiful Mexican journalist, Estefania Lujanstay his hand. The curse, once embarked upon, transmutes into an assassination attempt on The Standard’s publisher, dooming the main players and leaving innocent victims in its bullet-spattered wake. Sentenced to virtual life in prison, Jonah attains an ironic epiphany on the cusp of the new millennium.

—Anthony Wright, 2011