Welcome to the Reality Studio
A Site Dedicated to William S. Burroughs
“The purpose of my writing is to expose and arrest Nova Criminals. In Naked Lunch, Soft Machine and Nova Express I show who they are and what they are doing and what they will do if they are not arrested. Minutes to go. Souls rotten from their orgasm drugs, flesh shuddering from their nova ovens, prisoners of the earth to come out. With your help we can occupy The Reality Studio and retake their universe of Fear Death and Monopoly.”
RealityStudio.org is dedicated to William S. Burroughs (1914-1997), the vanguard author, artist, and performer of the Beat generation. If you’re here, you probably know who he is. But what’s RealityStudio?
Perceiving the need for a dynamic and comprehensive site dedicated to Burroughs, RealityStudio was launched by Supervert in October 2004. The premier online community of Burroughs enthusiasts, RealityStudio provides news, analysis, scholarship, research, reviews, interviews, texts, and a thriving member forum. RealityStudio is proud to say that its community includes ardent fans, academic scholars, friends and acquaintances of Burroughs himself, and a variety of others who simply care about Burroughs and / or avant-garde culture. Think of it as Hassan’s Rumpus Room online.
RealityStudio is produced and maintained by Supervert 32C Inc. Supervert is the author of the books Extraterrestrial Sex Fetish and Necrophilia Variations, as well as the force behind web sites PervScan.com (a popular blog analyzing sex crime), FleursDuMal.org (dedicated to Charles Baudelaire’s Fleurs du mal), and of course Supervert.com too. You may also have encountered Supervert’s pioneering digital multimedia work in the series of BLAM! CD-ROMs released in the 1990s. Any unsigned texts here at RealityStudio are Supervert’s handiwork.
Jed Birmingham began writing for RealityStudio in March 2006 and quickly established himself as an important presence. Now officially Contributing Editor, Jed continues to discuss his passion for Burroughs collecting and his research on the “little magazine” culture in the Bibliographic Bunker column. (Jed’s own collection is the source of most of the incredible imagery associated with his column.) In addition Jed is coming to play a larger editorial role in the site, for example by procuring Bill Reed’s fine memoir on Eighth Street Books.
Robert Bank joins RealityStudio as its European Consultant. Former collaborator of Jeff Nuttall and now curator of jeff-nuttall.co.uk, Robert furnished the imagery and documentation for the comprehensive archive of My Own Mag, Nuttall’s “small mag” that played an important role publishing Burroughs in the 1960s. Based in England, Robert will be contributing a European perspective (through interviews, articles, and images) on the international avant garde, small press publishing, and experimental art that played such a role in Burroughs’ personal and creative development.
Do you have something to contribute? RealityStudio is always interested in hearing from people who knew Burroughs, people who think about Burroughs, people inspired by Burroughs. Feel free to send us an email.
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