Bibliographic Bunker

Birth

Author Jed Birmingham
Date 6 December 2014
Subject Jed introduce Tuli Kupferberg’s zine Birth..
Link Birth

Tijuana Bibles

Author Jed Birmingham
Date 18 October 2014
Subject Jed offers a few thoughts on the connections between William Burroughs and Tijuana bibles.
Link Tijuana Bibles

Operation Total Exposure

Author Planned Obsolescence Press
Date 9 October 2014
Subject Review of William S. Burroughs’ cut-up trilogy as edited by Oliver Harris.
Link Operation Total Exposure

Mimeo Revolution Archives

Author Jed Birmingham
Date 19 Jan 2014
Subject Jed provides “a literary Baedeker for a dream summer vacation: a list of URLs to library archives relating to the publications of the Mimeo Revolution.”
Link Mimeo Revolution Archives

The Grinding Down by Paul Blackburn

Author Paul Blackburn and Jed Birmingham
Date 19 Jan 2014
Subject Jed introduces Paul Blackburn’s 1963 assessment of the state of mimeo publishing.
Link The Grinding Down by Paul Blackburn

The Library and Deaccession

Author Jed Birmingham
Date 1 Dec 2013
Subject Using William Burroughs as his example, Jed contrasts the way that libraries build narratives about the past either through “deaccessioning” or collecting omnivorously.
Link The Library and Deaccession

Towers Open Fire Screenplay

Author Jed Birmingham
Date 17 Oct 2013
Subject Jed offers the published screenplay to the collaborative film by William Burroughs and Antony Balch, Towers Open Fire.
Link Towers Open Fire Screenplay

“Blaming the Victim”: The Posthumous Editing of Burroughs and Bukowski and the Swan Song of the Black Sparrow Collectible

Author Jed Birmingham
Date 2 Sept 2013
Subject Jed offers an index to the contents of every issue of C: A Journal of Poetry.
Link “Blaming the Victim”: The Posthumous Editing of Burroughs and Bukowski and the Swan Song of the Black Sparrow Collectible

C: A Journal of Poetry Index

Author Jed Birmingham
Date 12 Aug 2013
Subject Jed offers an index to the contents of every issue of C: A Journal of Poetry.
Link C: A Journal of Poetry Index

Commentary on Burroughs in Letters and Magazines

Author Jed Birmingham
Date 14 Jul 2013
Subject Jed begins compiling commentary on William Burroughs written by his contemporaries in letters and zines.
Link Commentary on Burroughs in Letters and Magazines

William Burroughs’ Cyborg Manifesto

Author Jed Birmingham
Date 23 Dec 2012
Subject Inspired by Malcolm Mc Neill’s newly published memoir and graphics, Jed takes a fresh look at Ah Pook Is Here.
Link William Burroughs’ Cyborg Manifesto

DIY Beat Criticism

Author Jed Birmingham
Date 5 Dec 2012
Subject Jed pleas for the rejuvenation of Beat Criticism, suggesting that the way forward may be in Doing It Yourself. And to empower DIYers, Jed offers scans of the complete run of Yugen.
Link 1 DIY Beat Criticism
Link 2 Yugen Archive

The Library of Interzone

Author Jed Birmingham
Date 31 Oct 2012
Subject In Naked Lunch, William Burroughs mapped Interzone — but in the Library of Interzone there are books by William Burroughs. Jed offers a small sampling.
Link The Library of Interzone

Collecting William S. Burroughs and the Arts

Author Jed Birmingham
Date 17 Oct 2012
Subject Envisioning a collection that explores William Burroughs’ intersections with the art world, Jed offers scans of some key Burroughs-related items including catalogues of exhibits by Takis, Guy Harloff, David Budd, and others.
Link Collecting William S. Burroughs and the Arts

Mise en Scene: Downtown Theater Ephemera as Backdrop for William Burroughs’ St. Valentine’s Day Reading and other Lower East Side Adventures of the 1960s

Author Jed Birmingham
Date 30 Sept 2012
Subject Jed scans some ephemera that provide the “set and setting” for Burroughs’ New York readings in the 1960s.
Link Mise en Scene: Downtown Theater Ephemera as Backdrop for William Burroughs’ St. Valentine’s Day Reading and other Lower East Side Adventures of the 1960s

Rhinozeros — Subscribe Now

Author Jed Birmingham
Date 9 July 2012
Subject Jed offers a subscription to Rhinozeros.
Link Rhinozeros — Subscribe Now

A Daniel Kane 6″ X 9″ Punk Bootleg: A Side: “Everyday I Write The Book” / B Side: “Punk Buy The Book”

Author Jed Birmingham
Date 11 May 2012
Subject Jed reviews three essays by Daniel Kane about poetry, punk, rock, Richard Hell, Patti Smith, and the Royal Albert Hall poetry reading in 1965.
Link A Daniel Kane 6″ X 9″ Punk Bootleg: A Side: “Everyday I Write The Book” / B Side: “Punk Buy The Book”

Ace Junkie Binding

Author Jed Birmingham
Date 30 April 2012
Subject Jed discovers that the binding of the Ace Double Junkie isn’t quite what we take it to be.
Link Ace Junkie Binding

Two Drive Suites

Author Jed Birmingham
Date 26 March 2012
Subject Jed unravels a literary mystery — one book of poetry attributed to two different poets associated with Floating Bear.
Link Two Drive Suites

William Burroughs City Lights Flyer

Author Jed Birmingham
Date 31 Jan 2012
Subject Jed solves the mysteries posed by a flyer that hints el hombre invisible would appear at City Lights Books
Link William Burroughs City Lights Flyer

Fuck You Press Cockatrices

Author Jed Birmingham
Date 10 Oct 2011
Subject Inspired by the New York Art Book Fair, Jed wonders about the existence of certain works announced by Ed Sanders’ Fuck You Press. Were these actual publications or bibliographic teasers and myths?
Link Fuck You Press Cockatrices

Pry Yourself Loose and Listen

Author Jed Birmingham
Date 19 Sept 2011
Subject Jed presents scans of a rare offprint featuring four texts by Burroughs previously published in Ira Cohen’s Gnaoua.
Link Pry Yourself Loose and Listen

My Burroughs

Author Jed Birmingham
Date 29 August 2011
Subject Burroughs means different things to different people. Jed gives his take.
Link My Burroughs

Minutes to Go and Mad Men

Author Jed Birmingham
Date 27 July 2011
Subject Jed finds that Minutes to Go, the first cut-up book, reveals unexpected connections between William Burroughs and Mad Men
Link Minutes to Go and Mad Men

2011 New York Antiquarian Book Fair

Author Jed Birmingham
Date 25 April 2011
Subject Jed visits the New York Antiquarian Book Fair, views the “Word Horde 2.0,” and is reconfirmed in the belief that to understand Burroughs it is necessary to take into account little mags and materials currently in archives.
Link 2011 New York Antiquarian Book Fair

AbeBooks Sucks

Author Jed Birmingham
Date 14 April 2011
Subject Jed calls out AbeBooks for alienating rare book collectors in its pursuit of the dollar and offers some examples of booksellers who are doing the web the right way.
Link AbeBooks Sucks

Fuck You: The Mad Motherfucker Issue

Author Jed Birmingham
Date 7 March 2011
Subject Jed offers a nearly complete scan of the “Mad Motherfucker” issue of Fuck You, A Magazine of the Arts. With its Andy Warhol cover and all-star roster of contributors, the issue is one of the highlights of the Mimeo Revolution.
Link Fuck You: The Mad Motherfucker Issue

Fuck You Pentagon March Flyer

Author Jed Birmingham
Date 30 December 2010
Subject Jed presents a rare Fuck You Press handbill created for the October 1967 March on the Pentagon.
Link Fuck You Pentagon March Flyer

William Burroughs in Anthologies

Author Jed Birmingham
Date 8 November 2010
Subject Jed starts a gallery featuring the front covers of the anthologies to which William Burroughs contributed texts.
Link William Burroughs in Anthologies

The Great Mimeograph Revolution

Author Jed Birmingham
Date 25 October 2010
Subject Reviewing a new catalogue of rare mimeos put out by Between The Covers books, Jed looks at the Burroughs-related items and makes a passionate case for viewing mimeos as works of art.
Link 1 The Great Mimeograph Revolution
Link 2 Reply by Tom Congalton of Between the Covers

Time and China

Author Jed Birmingham
Date 27 September 2010
Subject Jed takes another look at William S. Burroughs’ cut-up classic Time and sees that it tells a story about drug trafficking, communism, and the Cold War.
Link Time and China

Review of Beat Memories: The Photographs of Allen Ginsberg at the National Gallery

Author Jed Birmingham
Date 26 August 2010
Subject Jed reviews the exhibition of photography by Allen Ginsberg at the National Gallery in Washington DC.
Link Review of Beat Memories: The Photographs of Allen Ginsberg at the National Gallery

The Lager Letters (A Satirical Review of The Yage Letters)

Author Jed Birmingham
Date 13 July 2010
Subject Jed offers up a scathing review of Yage Letters from a 1964 issue of Open Space showing that William Burroughs was often admired, sometimes hated, but rarely satirized.
Link The Lager Letters (A Satirical Review of The Yage Letters)

Harold Norse Correspondence

Author Jed Birmingham
Date 21 June 2010
Subject Harold Norse — poet, cut-up practitioner, denizen of the Beat Hotel, and a central figure in literary circles — passed away a year ago. In commemoration, Jed offers some correspondence that Norse sent to Jeff Nuttall, founder of My Own Mag.
Link Harold Norse Correspondence

William Burroughs, Willie Morris, and Harper’s Magazine

Author Jed Birmingham
Date 21 June 2010
Subject In a follow-up to his piece on William Burroughs, Esquire, and New Journalism, Jed takes a look at the intersection of Burroughs, New Journalism, and Harper’s Magazine.
Link William Burroughs, Willie Morris, and Harper’s Magazine

William S. Burroughs, Esquire, and New Journalism

Author Jed Birmingham
Date 14 June 2010
Subject Jed discusses how William Burroughs’ quixotic plan to “to write a best-seller Book of the Month Club job on Tangier” ended up coming true in the pages of Esquire magazine.
Link 1 William S. Burroughs, Esquire, and New Journalism
Link 2 William S. Burroughs, Tangier Cut-Up from Esquire

45th Anniversary of the International Poetry Incarnation at Royal Albert Hall

Author Jed Birmingham
Date 10 June 2010
Subject Jed marks the 45th anniversary of the International Poetry Incarnation at Royal Albert Hall, a landmark reading that inaugurated the Swinging London of the 1960s
Link 45th Anniversary of the International Poetry Incarnation at Royal Albert Hall

The Death of Bill Cannastra

Author Jed Birmingham
Date 24 May 2010
Subject Jed finds that the untimely demise of Bill Cannastra became not just a defining event in the early Beat mythos but a sort of parable about mortality in general.
Link The Death of Bill Cannastra

West Village Death Trip

Author Jed Birmingham
Date 10 May 2010
Subject Jed provides snapshots, verbal and visual, of the West Village locations that figured in William S. Burroughs’ life at the time of the Carr-Kammerer murder.
Link West Village Death Trip

Black Mountain Review

Author Jed Birmingham
Date 20 April 2010
Subject While offering an archive of Black Mountain Review covers, Jed investigates the impact that Robert Creeley and his early publication of Naked Lunch had on William Burroughs.
Link Black Mountain Review

The Jan Herman Archive

Author Jed Birmingham
Date 5 April 2010
Subject RealityStudio is very proud to present an archive of work by and about Jan Herman. Publisher, writer, artist, collaborator of Burroughs, and founder of the Nova Broadcast Press, Herman’s important work in the avant-garde and underground press is accompanied by a new text by Jed Birmingham titled “Jan Herman and the Fold.”
Link 1 The Jan Herman Archive
Link 2 Jan Herman and the Fold

Rare Books: How a Filthy Habit Got Too Clean

Author Jed Birmingham
Date 15 March 2010
Subject Has the internet sterilized the rare book industry? Jed offers an impassioned plea for collectors and dealers to get their hands dirty again.
Link Rare Books: How a Filthy Habit Got Too Clean

Valentine’s Day Reading

Author Jed Birmingham
Date 13 Feb 2010
Subject Jed takes a look at one of the most pivotal performances in William Burroughs’ career: the Valentine’s Day Reading of 14 February 1965.
Link Valentine’s Day Reading

William S. Burroughs’ Roosevelt after Inauguration: Autopsy or To See for Yourself

Author Jed Birmingham
Date 1 Feb 2010
Subject Jed makes the case for a materialist reading of mimeo publications, beginning with the Fuck You edition of William S. Burroughs’ early and controversial routine Roosevelt after Inauguration
Link William S. Burroughs’ Roosevelt after Inauguration: Autopsy or To See for Yourself

Letters from William S. Burroughs to Antony Balch

Author Jed Birmingham
Date 11 Jan 2010
Subject Jed presents a selection of correspondence between William S. Burroughs and filmmaker Antony Balch
Link Letters from William S. Burroughs to Antony Balch

William Burroughs and David Solomon

Author Jed Birmingham
Date 14 Dec 2009
Subject Using previously uncollected correspondence and ephemera, Jed tells the tale of David Solomon, who was an early admirer of Burroughs’ work, an early proponent of LSD, a successful editor, and ultimately a failed drug kingpin.
Link William Burroughs and David Solomon

William Burroughs and the William Tell Legend

Author Jed Birmingham
Date 23 Nov 2009
Subject Jed offers a creative reading of the William Tell legend and its implications for the pivotal event in William Burroughs’ life — the shooting death of his wife Joan Vollmer Burroughs.
Link William Burroughs and the William Tell Legend

William Burroughs and the History of Heroin

Author Jed Birmingham
Date 2 Nov 2009
Subject Jed argues that William Burroughs’ heroin addiction, seen in light of the history of heroin usage and trafficking since World War II, offers unique insights into the author of Junkie and Naked Lunch.
Link William Burroughs and the History of Heroin

William Burroughs and Norman Mailer

Author Jed Birmingham
Date 14 October 2009
Subject Norman Mailer dubbed the author of Naked Lunch a genius, but his real estimation of William Burroughs was complex. Jed takes a look at Mailer, the White Negro, the Beats, Burroughs, and writers who attack their wives.
Link William Burroughs and Norman Mailer

Charles Bukowski, William Burroughs, and the Computer

Author Jed Birmingham
Date 10 September 2009
Subject Charles Bukowski wrote on an Apple computer. William Burroughs apparently didn’t use a computer at all. Jed offers some thoughts on writers, their machines, and literature in the digital age.
Link Charles Bukowski, William Burroughs, and the Computer

Bulletin from Nothing Archive

Author Jed Birmingham
Date 26 August 2009
Subject Jed offers a complete archive of the seminal little mag Bulletin from Nothing
Link Bulletin from Nothing Archive

Roy Pennington on Mayfair Academy Series More or Less

Author Jed Birmingham
Date 10 August 2009
Subject Jed introduces some thoughts by Roy Pennington on his publication of William Burroughs’ Mayfair Academy Series More or Less
Link 1 Roy Pennington on Mayfair Academy Series More or Less
Link 2 Roy Pennington, “Some Disparate Mentionables”

Beat Critics

Author Jed Birmingham
Date 1 June 2009
Subject Jed looks at the past of Beat criticism and offers a vision for its future.
Link Beat Critics

Evergreen Review Archive

Author Jed Birmingham
Date 18 May 2009
Subject Jed offers a nearly complete archive of Evergreen Review covers, as well as some insights into the role that Evergreen Review played for William Burroughs’ career
Link Evergreen Review Archive

We Saw the Light

Author Jed Birmingham
Date 27 April 2009
Subject Jed reviews Daniel Kane’s latest book, We Saw the Light: Conversations between the New American Cinema and Poetry.
Link We Saw the Light

2009 New York Book Fair

Author Jed Birmingham
Date 13 April 2009
Subject Jed visits the 2009 Antiquarian Book Fair in New York.
Link 2009 New York Book Fair

Philip Whalen and the Beats

Author Jed Birmingham
Date 30 March 2009
Subject Reading Philip Whalen’s Collected Poems, Jed ponders the poet’s relationship with the cut-up, Burroughs, and the Beats
Link Philip Whalen and the Beats

Interview with Tom Veitch on William S. Burroughs

Author Jed Birmingham
Date 23 March 2009
Subject Jed interviews Tom Veitch on the experimental writing and writers with which he was involved before gaining renown for his contributions to the the Star Wars comics.
Link Interview with Tom Veitch on William S. Burroughs

The Letters of Allen Ginsberg

Author Jed Birmingham
Date 9 March 2009
Subject Jed reviews two new collections of Allen Ginsberg’s letters.
Link The Letters of Allen Ginsberg

William Burroughs and Andy Warhol

Author Jed Birmingham
Date 2 March 2009
Subject Screen tests, filmic portraits, cut-ups, amphetamines, heroin — Jed compares the film experiments and the sensibilities of William Burroughs and Andy Warhol
Link William Burroughs and Andy Warhol

Review of Dope Menace by Stephen J. Gertz

Author Jed Birmingham
Date 18 Feb 2009
Subject Jed reviews Stephen J. Gertz’s new book Dope Menace
Link Review of Dope Menace by Stephen J. Gertz

William S. Burroughs and Men’s Magazines

Author Jed Birmingham
Date 16 Feb 2009
Subject Jed updates his original article on Burroughs in Men’s Mags with a gallery of cover images and a scan of “WORD” as it appeared in a 1961 issue of Swank
Link 1 Burroughs and Beats in Men’s Magazines: Introduction
Link 2 Burroughs in Men’s Magazines
Link 3 William Burroughs Appearances in Adult Men’s Magazines
Link 4 William Burroughs’ Word in Swank

William S. Burroughs in 1960 Mademoiselle

Author Jed Birmingham
Date 16 Feb 2009
Subject Jed offers a rare Burroughs text published in the January 1960 of Mademoiselle magazine
Link 1 William Burroughs in Mademoiselle
Link 2 William Burroughs’ Text in January 1960 Mademoiselle

Richard Seaver and William S. Burroughs

Author Jed Birmingham
Date 21 Jan 2009
Subject Jed fills in the Burroughs connections and important small-press background that the recent obituaries of publisher Richard Seaver neglected to provide.
Link Richard Seaver and William S. Burroughs

Rhinozeros Archive

Author Jed Birmingham
Date 4 Jan 2009
Subject Jed offers an archive of beautiful and provocative covers from the German journal Rhinozeros. He also includes scans of the four Burroughs texts to appear in Rhinozeros.
Link Rhinozeros

2008

Dead Fingers Talk and Burroughs Proofs

Author Jed Birmingham
Date 15 Dec 2008
Subject Ruminating on a rare proof copy of Dead Fingers Talk being offered by Ken Lopez Books, Jed offers his view on the collectibility of proofs and review copies.
Link Dead Fingers Talk and Burroughs Proofs

Buyer Beware

Author Jed Birmingham
Date 14 Dec 2008
Subject Jed puzzles over a recent spate of auctions featuring low-priced, never-before-heard-of “limited edition” books signed by Burroughs and his collaborators. He also reposts a piece from his now-defunct personal site on William Burrroughs’ signature.
Link 1 Buyer Beware
Link 2 William Burroughs’ Signature

And the Hippos Were Boiled in Their Tanks

Author Jed Birmingham
Date 5 Nov 2008
Subject Jed reviews the newly released And the Hippos Were Boiled in Their Tanks and finds that something may be hiding in plain sight, an act of self-censorship with dramatic consequences to the text and the real-world characters on whom it is based.
Link And the Hippos Were Boiled in Their Tanks

Mailbag: Process, Damn the Caesars, and Delaware Memoranda

Author Jed Birmingham
Date 3 Nov 2008
Subject Jed opens his mail to discover some fascinating new printed matter: Jon Beacham’s Process Number Two, Richard Owens’ little mag Damn the Caesars, and Richard Owens’ book Delaware Memoranda.
Link Mailbag: Process, Damn the Caesars, and Delaware Memoranda

Yay!: A Moving Times Supplement (An In-Depth Examination of My Own Mag)

Author Jed Birmingham
Date 20 Oct 2008
Subject Jed returns to Jeff Nuttall’s My Own Mag for an in-depth analysis of the mimeo zine that meant so much to Burroughs and the evolution of the cut-up.
Link Yay!: A Moving Times Supplement (Be sure also to see the lead page featuring links to all the My Own Mag texts and images.)

Megalisters

Author Jed Birmingham
Date 29 Sept 2008
Subject Ever wonder about some of the crazy prices you see listed for rare and used books? Jed has the scoop on the megalisters racket.
Link Megalisters

APO-33 Archive / Apomorphine and Naked Lunch

Author Jed Birmingham
Date 8 Sept 2008
Subject With a renewed enthusiasm for APO-33: A Metabolic Regulator, Jed refreshes his 2006 article with an archive of the complete APO-33 and offers a new analysis showing how Burroughs’ cut-up serves as a détournement of pharmaceutical propaganda. Expect another installment on apomorphine and Naked Lunch soon.
Link 1 APO-33 Archive
Link 2 Speed, Apomorphine, Mimeo, and the Cut-Up
Link 3 Apomorphine and Naked Lunch

New England Bookstores and the Hermitage Beacon

Author Jed Birmingham
Date 11 Aug 2008
Subject Jed takes the pulse of the bookstores in New England and discovers a new gem, the Hermitage Beacon Bookstore in Beacon, New York.
Link New England Bookstores and the Hermitage Beacon

The Naked Express: William Burroughs and Tom Veitch

Author Jed Birmingham
Date 14 July 2008
Subject Jed discovers a single sheet of paper that links William Burroughs, underground comix legend Tom Veitch, and the Lower East Side mimeo scene of the mid-1960s.
Link The Naked Express: William Burroughs and Tom Veitch

The Burroughs Market in a Down Economy

Author Jed Birmingham
Date 30 Jun 2008
Subject Jed offers a timely series of interviews with an economist, a collector, and a bookseller to assess how the sagging economy affects the Burroughs and rare-book market.
Link The Burroughs Market in a Down Economy

Charles Plymell and NOW

Author Jed Birmingham
Date 16 Jun 2008
Subject Jed gives the history of another little mag that featured Burroughs: Charles Plymell’s NOW.
Link Charles Plymell and NOW

John Ciardi: From Doodle Soup to Naked Lunch and Back Again

Author Jed Birmingham
Date 9 Jun 2008
Subject Doodle Soup on the Big Table at the Naked Lunch? Jed takes a look at the early role played by John Ciardi in according literary stature to William Burroughs.
Link John Ciardi: From Doodle Soup to Naked Lunch and Back Again

Jonathan Williams, William Burroughs, and England

Author Jed Birmingham
Date 19 May 2008
Subject Introducing an assemblage by RealityStudio’s European correspondent Robert Bank, Jed contemplates the visions of England produced by Burroughs and by the recently deceased poet Jonathan Williams.
Link Jonathan Williams, William Burroughs, and England

Brian Cassidy on Early Photos and Collages by Burroughs

Author Jed Birmingham
Date 7 May 2008
Subject Jed interviews bookseller Brian Cassidy on a unique set of early photos and collages created by William S. Burroughs.
Link Brian Cassidy on Early Photos and Collages by Burroughs

Beats at Auction, April 2008

Author Jed Birmingham
Date 17 Apr 2008
Subject Jed reviews a big-ticket item for sale on ebay and the recent Beat-related sale at PBA Galleries.
Link Beats at Auction, April 2008

The Exterminator

Author Jed Birmingham
Date 5 Apr 2008
Subject Jed appraises The Exterminator, a key work that “presents Burroughs at the dawn of his most radically experimental period.”
Link The Exterminator

Washington DC Book Fair

Author Jed Birmingham
Date 17 Mar 2008
Subject Jed maps his favorite bookstores in Washington DC and visits the Washington DC Book Fair in search of Burroughs, Beats, and other rarities.
Link Washington DC Book Fair

Beat Books Catalogue 48

Author Jed Birmingham
Date 7 Mar 2008
Subject Jed reviews Beat Books’ latest catalogue, which features a number of Burroughs rarities.
Link Beat Books Catalogue 48

The Comstock Collection

Author Jed Birmingham
Date 26 Feb 2008
Subject Jed finds his “bizarro double” while analyzing the massive collection of the recently murdered collector Rolland L. Comstock.
Link The Comstock Collection

Interview with Charles Talkoff

Author Jed Birmingham
Date 14 Feb 2008
Subject Jed befriends a stranger on a train, and the stranger turns out to be a young writer full of ideas about some Burroughsian subjects.
Link Interview with Charles Talkoff

Beatific Soul: Jack Kerouac On the Road

Author Jed Birmingham
Date 29 Jan 2008
Subject Jed shares his enthusiasm for the exhibit Beatific Soul: Jack Kerouac On the Road, currently on view at the New York Public Library.
Link Beatific Soul: Jack Kerouac On the Road

The 1962 International Writers Conference at Edinburgh

Author Jed Birmingham
Date 21 Jan 2008
Subject Jed and contributor Chris Hughes unearth some printed ephemera from the 1962 International Writers Conference that launched William S. Burroughs’ career.
Link 1 1962 International Writers Conference
Link 2 text of Burroughs’ Statements at the 1962 International Writers Conference

C Press Archive and The Complete Time

Author Jed Birmingham
Date 9 Jan 2008
Subject Jed digs into his collection to present an archive of C Press that includes C Journal, C Comic, and a complete version of Burroughs’ Time.
Link 1 C Press Archive
Link 2 Time

The Third Mind Exhibit

Author Jed Birmingham
Date 1 Jan 2008
Subject Jed offers some thoughts about The Third Mind to accompany photos of the Third Mind Exhibit in Paris. (Thanks to Michele Foster for the photos.)
Link The Third Mind Exhibit

2007

The Laws of Internet Collecting

Author Jed Birmingham
Date 24 Dec 2007
Subject Reviewing Burroughs items that appeared on eBay during December 2007, Jed formulates some laws of online book-collecting.
Link The Laws of Internet Collecting

New Departures

Author Jed Birmingham
Date 12 Dec 2007
Subject Jed surveys the important vanguard periodical New Departures, which began publishing Burroughs as early as summer 1959.
Link New Departures

John Ashbery at the Folger Library

Author Jed Birmingham
Date 26 Nov 2007
Subject Jed goes to see “MTV Poet Laureate” John Ashbery read at the Folger Library in Washington DC.
Link John Ashbery at the Folger Library

Interview with Book Dealer Dan Gregory, Part 2

Author Jed Birmingham
Date 20 Nov 2007
Subject Jed completes a fascinating interview on bookselling in the Information Age with Between the Covers’ Dan Gregory.
Link Interview with Book Dealer Dan Gregory, Part 2

Interview with Artist Jim Dine

Author Jed Birmingham
Date 14 Nov 2007
Subject Jed interviews Jim Dine in conjunction with an exhibit of the artist’s recent books and livres d’artiste. Burroughs, Frank O’Hara, the New York School — Dine shares with Jed the opinions and insights gleaned over the course of his estimable career.
Link Interview with Jim Dine

The David Oakey Collection of Gary Snyder

Author Jed Birmingham
Date 22 Oct 2007
Subject Should notable book collections be sold or donated to institutions? Jed ponders the question while reviewing the recent auction of David Oakey’s collection of works by Gary Snyder.
Link The David Oakey Collection of Gary Snyder

Interview with Book Dealer Dan Gregory

Author Jed Birmingham
Date 13 Oct 2007
Subject Jed offers the first installment of a two-part interview with book dealer Dan Gregory, force behind the innovative web site of Between the Covers Rare Books
Link Interview with Book Dealer Dan Gregory

Eureka: Locus Solus V

Author Jed Birmingham
Date 4 Oct 2007
Subject Jed obtains a copy of hard-to-find Locus Solus V and reflects on the distinctions between buying online and offline.
Link Eureka: Locus Solus V

The Baltimore Antique Show

Author Jed Birmingham
Date 12 Sept 2007
Subject Jed looks for the personal touch and the rare find among the book stalls at the Baltimore Antique Show.
Link The Baltimore Antique Show

Summer of Love / Fuck for Peace

Author Jed Birmingham
Date 31 Aug 2007
Subject Finishing his summer travelogue, Jed reviews two exhibits about the 1960s in New York.
Link Summer of Love / Fuck for Peace

Rue Cottage Books

Author Jed Birmingham
Date 21 Aug 2007
Subject Continuing his summer travelogue, Jed visits Rue Cottage Books in Maine and offers some thoughts about the role of bookstores in the digital age.
Link Rue Cottage Books

Interview with Photographer Charles Rotmil

Author Jed Birmingham
Date 14 Aug 2007
Subject Adding again to the collection of Bunker Interviews, Jed asks photographer Charles Rotmil about the Beats, the Cedar Tavern, the photographers with whom he has worked, and his famous photo of Bob Thompson for the cover of Kulchur.
Link Interview with Photographer Charles Rotmil

Interview with Brown Paper’s Daniel Lauffer

Author Jed Birmingham
Date 25 May 2007
Subject Adding to the collection of Bunker Interviews, Jed discusses the beautifully produced journal Brown Paper with its founder Daniel Lauffer.
Link Interview with Brown Paper’s Daniel Lauffer

A Trip to Charles Olson’s Gloucester

Author Jed Birmingham
Date 1 Aug 2007
Subject Jed describes a summer trip to Charles Olson’s Gloucester and offers some reflections about Burroughs along the way.
Link A Trip to Charles Olson’s Gloucester

d.a. levy and William S. Burroughs

Author Jed Birmingham
Date 13 July 2007
Subject Offering the second installment of his essay on d.a. levy, Jed examines the poet’s relationship with William Burroughs.
Link d.a. levy and William S. Burroughs

Simon Finch and a High-Priced Naked Lunch

Author Jed Birmingham
Date 6 July 2007
Subject Beginning with a special edition of Naked Lunch offered by bookseller Simon Finch, Jed offers some thoughts about the high end of the market for Burroughs books.
Link Simon Finch and a High-Priced Naked Lunch

d.a. levy

Author Jed Birmingham
Date 25 June 2007
Subject Jed offers the first installment of an essay on Cleveland-based poet and artist d.a. levy. The second installment will focus on levy and his ambivalent relationship with William Burroughs.
Link d.a. levy

Don’t Ever Get Famous

Author Jed Birmingham
Date 18 June 2007
Subject Jed casts a revisionist eye on the New York School writers while reviewing Daniel Kane’s new book, Don’t Ever Get Famous.
Link Don’t Ever Get Famous

The Groff Auction of Bukowski and the Ronan Sale of Beat Literature

Author Jed Birmingham
Date 11 Jun 2007
Subject Contemplating some relatively disappointing results at a recent auction, Jed formulates some ideas about what does or doesn’t distinguish a collection of rare books.
Link The Groff Auction of Bukowski and the Ronan Sale of Beat Literature

Brian Cassidy Bookseller and a Rare Burroughs Letter

Author Jed Birmingham
Date 5 Jun 2007
Subject Jed praises the catalogue of a new bookseller and discusses its listing for an extremely rare letter from William Burroughs to Allen Ginsberg.
Link Brian Cassidy Bookseller and a Rare Burroughs Letter

Bunker Interviews

Author Jed Birmingham
Date 25 May 2007
Subject Jed launches a new interview series called Bunker Interviews. These interviews will focus on the concerns of his Bibliographic Bunker column: Burroughs, collecting, small press, little mags, etc. First up: an analysis of the role of interviews in Burroughs’ career, an interview with Jed Irwin on the Insect Trust Gazette, and an interview with Anthony Linick on Nomad.
Link Bunker Interviews

Burroughs and Bookstores

Author Jed Birmingham
Date 11 May 2007
Subject Jed discusses the role of the bookstore — as community, publisher, source of money and inspiration — in the life of writers, with particular reference to Burroughs and Minutes to Go.
Link Burroughs and Bookstores

New York Book Fair (2007)

Author Jed Birmingham
Date 3 May 2007
Subject Jed takes the Chinatown bus for the New York Book Fair, where he discovers amazing rarities — and a sore neck.
Link New York Book Fair (2007)

Burroughs Readings

Author Jed Birmingham
Date 24 Apr 2007
Subject Jed contemplates the important role played by readings — including the Nova Convention and Saturday Night Live — in the career of Burroughs.
Link Burroughs Readings

The My Own Mag Community

Author Jed Birmingham
Date 13 Apr 2007
Subject Expanding on the My Own Mag archive, Jed introduces a new set of texts that focus on the literary community surrounding Jeff Nuttall’s important periodical.
Link The My Own Mag Community

Semina Culture

Author Jed Birmingham
Date 26 Mar 2007
Subject Jed reviews the “Semina Culture” exhibit in New York and discusses Burroughs in the context of Wallace Berman’s influential journal Semina.
Link Semina Culture

John Calder and William S. Burroughs

Author Jed Birmingham
Date 12 Mar 2007
Subject Reacting to the news that British publisher John Calder may close its doors, Jed reviews Calder’s importance in Burroughs’ publication history.
Link John Calder and William S. Burroughs

My Own Mag

Author Jed Birmingham
Date 28 Feb 2007
Subject Jed presents a comprehensive new archive of Jeff Nuttall’s influential zine My Own Mag. Prepared with Robert Bank, curator of jeff-nuttall.co.uk, this archive features documentation, analysis, and every page of every issue of one of the key “little mags” in Burroughs’ career.
Link My Own Mag

Kulchur 4

Author Jed Birmingham
Date 15 Feb 2007
Subject In this fourth installment on Kulchur, Jed ruminates on the cover of Kulchur 4, a photo of Burroughs and Kerouac at Columbia University.
Link Kulchur 4

Kulchur 3

Author Jed Birmingham
Date 9 Feb 2007
Subject In this third installment on Kulchur, Jed analyzes Kulchur 3, the Beat-est issue featuring Burroughs, Kerouac, Ginsberg, Huncke, Corso, and Snyder. Next up: Kulchur 4.
Link Kulchur 3

Kulchur and “The Conspiracy”

Author Jed Birmingham
Date 5 Feb 2007
Subject In this second installment on Kulchur, Jed considers “The Conspiracy,” a text Burroughs excised from Naked Lunch and published in the little mag instead. Next up: Jed focuses on the Beat-est issue, Kulchur 3.
Link Kulchur and “The Conspiracy”

Kulchur Archive

Author Jed Birmingham
Date 1 Feb 2007
Subject Jed inaugurates a series on the little mag Kulchur with an archive of covers. Next up: A consideration of Kulchur and “The Conspiracy,” a text Burroughs excised from Naked Lunch.
Link Kulchur Archive

A Controversy of Poets

Author Jed Birmingham
Date 23 Jan 2007
Subject Jed sets aside Burroughs to ruminate on the poet Charles Olson — and a cigarette burn.
Link A Controversy of Poets

Burroughs, Berrigan, and The Ticket That Exploded

Author Jed Birmingham
Date 10 Jan 2007
Subject Starting with an association copy of The Ticket That Exploded that Burroughs signed for poet Ted Berrigan, Jed shows how Burroughs became the “shark” of the international avant-garde. He also offers a related chronology of Burroughs’ trip to New York in 1964-1965.
Link 1 Burroughs, Berrigan, and The Ticket That Exploded
Link 2 William Burroughs in New York City 1964-1965

2006

Velvet Underground Acetate

Author Jed Birmingham
Date 11 Dec 2006
Subject Jed discusses the recent ebay auction for an incredibly rare Velvet Underground acetate and draws some comparisons to literary rarities.
Link Velvet Underground Acetate

Baird Bryant

Author Jed Birmingham
Date 1 Dec 2006
Subject Inspired by a middle-of-the-night conversation, Jed reviews the career of Baird Bryant.
Link Baird Bryant

David Meltzer and Nomad

Author Jed Birmingham
Date 20 Nov 2006
Subject Beginning with a consideration of Burroughs correspondence, Jed describes his mini-archive of letters by David Meltzer and then moves on to describe Nomad magazine.
Link 1 David Meltzer and Nomad
Link 2 David Meltzer Archive: A Partial Index

Association Copies

Author Jed Birmingham
Date 12 Nov 2006
Subject Jed talks about association copies, the distinction between signed and inscribed books, and describes some of his own Burroughs association copies.
Link Association Copies

Burroughs Ephemera: Naked Lunch Prospectus Letter

Author Jed Birmingham
Date 2 Nov 2006
Subject Offering a coda to his series on Burroughs ephemera, Jed discusses the 1959 Olympia Catalog (provided by BigTable) and the letter that Grove Press included with the Naked Lunch Prospectus (provided by bibliographer Eric Shoaf).
Link Naked Lunch Prospectus Letter

Eighth Street Bookshop

Author Jed Birmingham
Date 26 Oct 2006
Subject This special installment of the Bibliographic Bunker presents an expanded version of a chapter from Bill Reed’s memoir Early Plastic. “Positively Eighth Street” recalls Mr. Reed’s years at the Eighth Street Bookshop, an independent Greenwich Village bookstore that served as a focal point for the 1960s and 1970s counterculture. To set the stage, Jed describes the bookstore, its press, and a peek over William Burroughs’ shoulder as he was reading.
Link 1 Bill Reed’s “Positively Eighth Street
Link 2 Jed’s Eighth Street Bookshop

Burroughs Ephemera: Naked Lunch Prospectus

Author Jed Birmingham
Date 19 Oct 2006
Subject Jed completes his two-part essay on Burroughs ephemera with a look at the Naked Lunch Prospectus issued by Grove Press to promote the American publication of Burroughs’ masterpiece.
Link Naked Lunch Prospectus

Burroughs Ephemera: Olympia Press Catalog

Author Jed Birmingham
Date 12 Oct 2006
Subject Jed begins a two-part essay on Burroughs ephemera with an overview of the Olympia Press catalog featuring Naked Lunch.
Link Olympia Press Catalog

Floating Bear

Author Jed Birmingham
Date 3 Oct 2006
Subject Jed overviews an entire run of Floating Bear and presents an amazing archive of rare Floating Bear covers.
Link 1 Floating Bear
Link 2 Floating Bear Archive

At the Kerouac Fest

Author Jed Birmingham
Date 15 Sept 2006
Subject Jed offers the presentation he gave at the 2006 Kerouac Fest.
Link At the Kerouac Fest

Burroughs in Men’s Magazines

Author Jed Birmingham
Date 11 Sept 2006
Subject Jed reviews the role that men’s magazines played in publishing Burroughs and the other Beats
Link 1 Burroughs and Beats in Men’s Magazines: Introduction
Link 2 Burroughs and Beats in Men’s Magazines: Burroughs
Link 1 William Burroughs Appearances in Adult Men’s Magazines

Ten San Francisco Poets

Author Jed Birmingham
Date 18 Aug 2006
Subject Jed uses Beat vinyl to discuss the formation of the San Francisco poetry scene.
Link Ten San Francisco Poets

My Own Mag Archive

Author Jed Birmingham
Date 11 Aug 2006
Subject Jed offers this work-in-progress archive of My Own Mag in anticipation of a future column on the little magazine.
Link My Own Mag Archive

Double Fold

Author Jed Birmingham
Date 9 Aug 2006
Subject Jed adds a Burroughs twist to thoughts inspired by Nicholson Baker’s Double Fold: Libraries and the Assault on Paper.
Link Double Fold

Floating Bear 24

Author Jed Birmingham
Date 26 Jul 2006
Subject Jed experiences the highs and lows of collecting in his effort to buy the elusive Floating Bear 24.
Link Floating Bear 24

Burroughs in Germany and Belgium

Author Jed Birmingham
Date 27 Jun 2006
Subject Jed speculates about Burroughs’ early appearances in magazines in Germany and Belgium.
Link Burroughs in Germany and Belgium

Burroughs and Scotland

Author Jed Birmingham
Date 21 Jun 2006
Subject Jed reviews Burroughs’ relationship with the Edinburgh beat scene and the Scotland vanguard.
Link Burroughs and Scotland

Bebop Burroughs

Author Jed Birmingham
Date 14 Jun 2006
Subject Jed offers some provocative thoughts on the relationship of William S. Burroughs and jazz.
Link Bebop Burroughs

Jan Herman and William S. Burroughs

Author Jed Birmingham
Date 9 Jun 2006
Subject Jed surveys the avant-garde publications of Jan Herman: the Nova Broadcasts, the San Francisco Earthquake, and his collaborations with William S. Burroughs.
Link Jan Herman and William S. Burroughs

Book Catalogues Today

Author Jed Birmingham
Date 5 Jun 2006
Subject Jed talks about collectible book catalogues and how the internet has changed book collecting today.
Link Book Catalogues Today

Kiss and Couch

Author Jed Birmingham
Date 2 Jun 2006
Subject Jed riffs on magazine cover images, starting with Rolling Stone and finishing with a comparison of the Warhol covers for Kulchur and Fuck You Magazine.
Link Kiss and Couch

Locus Solus

Author Jed Birmingham
Date 25 May 2006
Subject Jed discusses the vanguard journal Locus Solus and the linguistic theories of Burroughs and John Ashbery.
Link Locus Solus

Broadsides

Author Jed Birmingham
Date 22 May 2006
Subject Jed explains what a broadside is and discusses some broadsides by Burroughs and other Beats.
Link Broadsides

Obscenity and the Post Office

Author Jed Birmingham
Date 18 May 2006
Subject Jed explores the role played by the United States Post Office in obscenity and censorship issues — and thus in forming our perceptions of Beat literature.
Link Obscenity and the Post Office

Yage Redux and Small Magazines

Author Jed Birmingham
Date 11 May 2006
Subject Jed reveals how Yage Redux changed his view of early Burroughs and the small magazines he published in.
Link Yage Redux and Small Magazines

Printing Techniques: Letterpress, Offset, and Mimeo

Author Jed Birmingham
Date 9 May 2006
Subject Jed offers a three-part series on small-press printing techniques
Link 1 Letterpress
Link 2 Mimeo
Link 3 Offset

Yugen

Author Jed Birmingham
Date 20 Apr 2006
Subject Jed gives the history Yugen, one of the key Beat small magazines, and presents a visual archive of all eight Yugen covers.
Link Yugen

Interpol

Author Jed Birmingham
Date 26 Apr 2006
Subject Jed reconstructs a small magazine conceived by Burroughs himself.
Link Interpol

Insect Trust Gazette

Author Jed Birmingham
Date 23 Apr 2006
Subject Jed recalls a small-press magazine named after a line in one of Burroughs’ novels.
Link Insect Trust Gazette

Regrets

Author Jed Birmingham
Date 20 Apr 2006
Subject Jed talks about the regrets of his time collecting Burroughs — the publications that got away, the ones so rare you can’t find them anywhere, etc.
Link Regrets

William Burroughs in 1981

Author Jed Birmingham
Date 16 Apr 2006
Subject Jed discusses a watershed year for Burroughs and his collectors.
Link Burroughs in 1981

William Burroughs on Cassette

Author Jed Birmingham
Date 11 Apr 2006
Subject Jed talks about some original recorded cassettes on eBay and their collectibility.
Link Cassettes

APO-33

Author Jed Birmingham
Date 9 Apr 2006
Subject Jed discusses APO-33: The Metabolic Regulator and the cut-up technique.
Link APO-33

Dead Fingers Talk

Author Jed Birmingham
Date 5 Apr 2006
Subject Jed discusses Dead Fingers Talk and the value of early and late Burroughs signatures.
Link Dead Fingers Talk

Published High and Low: Men’s Magazines, the Pulps and Academic Journals

Author Jed Birmingham
Date 3 Apr 2006
Subject Jed talks about the strange dichotomy of high and low culture publishers that printed Burroughs’ early work.
Link Published High and Low

Beatnik Vinyl at Auction

Author Jed Birmingham
Date 31 Mar 2006
Subject Jed picks the highlights from an amazing auction of vinyl on ebay.
Link Beatnik Vinyl at Auction

Burroughs’ Cabin

Author Jed Birmingham
Date 29 Mar 2006
Subject Jed reflects on the collectibility of the cabin that used to belong to William S. Burroughs and is currently being auctioned on ebay.
Link Burroughs’ Cabin

Digit Junkie

Author Jed Birmingham
Date 27 Mar 2006
Subject Jed describes the Digit edition of Junkie, one of the rarest of rare Burroughs collectibles.
Link Digit Junkie

Beat Vinyl

Author Jed Birmingham
Date 22 Mar 2006
Subject Jed discusses Beat vinyl and a rare Kerouac recording, and takes a brief detour through Niel Young and Rick James.
Link Beat Vinyl

Time

Author Jed Birmingham
Date 20 Mar 2006
Subject Jed talks about Time, a striking cut-up, and a possibly forged Burroughs signature.
Link Time

Fuck You Magazine

Author Jed Birmingham
Date 17 Mar 2006
Subject Jed discusses the infamous Andy Warhol cover of Fuck You Magazine and presents a visual archive of Fuck You Press publications.
Link 1 Couch
Link 2 Fuck You Press archive

Edwin Blair Auction

Author Jed Birmingham
Date 13 Mar 2006
Subject Jed reviews the recent Edwin Blair auction of Beat literature.
Link Edwin Blair Auction

Burroughs Manuscripts

Author Jed Birmingham
Date 11 Mar 2006
Subject Jed discusses the recent craze for manuscripts by William S. Burroughs.
Link Burroughs Manuscripts

Nothing Here Now But the Recordings

Author Jed Birmingham
Date 11 Mar 2006
Subject Jed talks about a rare copy of Nothing Here Now But the Recordings and about Burroughs vinyl in general.
Link Nothing Here Now But the Recordings

Burroughs Bibliographies

Author Jed Birmingham
Date 9 Mar 2006
Subject Jed gives an overview of Burroughs bibliographies and rare-book catalogues that become rare books themselves.
Link Burroughs Bibliographies

Oliver Harris on Yage

Author Jed Birmingham
Date 9 Mar 2006
Subject Jed receives an email from Burroughs scholar Oliver Harris.
Link Oliver Harris on Yage

Collecting the Olympia Edition of Naked Lunch

Author Jed Birmingham
Date 7 Mar 2006
Subject Jed explains what to look for if you’re looking to buy a true first edition of William S. Burroughs’ masterwork, Naked Lunch.
Link Collecting the Olympia Edition of Naked Lunch

James Frey and William S. Burroughs

Author Jed Birmingham
Date 7 Mar 2006
Subject Jed explores his reasons for thinking that William S. Burroughs’ early novel Junky, often cited as an ancestor to James Frey’s controversial memoir, is superior to A Million Little Pieces.
Link James Frey and William S. Burroughs

The NYPL Acquisition of the Burroughs Archive

Author Jed Birmingham
Date 5 Mar 2006
Subject Jed explains what the New York Public Library’s acquisition of the Burroughs archive means for fans and collectors of Burroughs.
Link The NYPL Acquisition of the Burroughs Archive

Introduction

Author Jed Birmingham
Date 5 Mar 2006
Subject Jed Birmingham introduces the reader to Reports from the Bibliographic Bunker, his new column on Burroughs collecting, rare editions, and musings.
Link Introduction
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