An Archive of Materials by and about Jacques Stern
Including the Complete Text of The Fluke
In the summer of 1959, with Olympia Press about to publish the first edition of Naked Lunch in Paris, William Burroughs was raving about the work of another writer. Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, Gregory Corso — they all paled, Burroughs declared, in comparison with an unknown who was possibly “the greatest writer of our time.” He was rich and eccentric, this newcomer. He was a cripple and a junky. He was capable of great generosity and abusive tantrums. He could be unnervingly eloquent and equally incomprehensible. Burroughs took to calling him “the mad baron.”
His name was Jacques Stern. Corso introduced him to Burroughs at the Beat Hotel, and he went on to become legend among an international group of cognoscenti. But what became of Stern and The Fluke, the novel that elicited such praise from Burroughs? Why did this book never see light of day? (Or did it?)
Drawing on more than a year of research that includes personal interviews and unpublished material from the Burroughs archive at the New York Public Library, RealityStudio attempts to answer these and other questions about Jacques Stern. RealityStudio is especially pleased to announce that it is making available, for the first time ever, the complete text of The Fluke, along with William Burroughs’ introduction. In addition, RealityStudio is publishing other exclusive material by and about “the mad baron.”
- William Burroughs, Jacques Stern, and The Fluke
- William Burroughs’ Introduction to The Fluke
- Jacques Stern, The Fluke
Text and Audio by and about Jacques Stern
- Jacques Stern, Poems
- Stewart Meyer, Memory Chips (Excerpt)
- Jacques Stern in Conversation with Stewart Meyer (mp3)
- Jaques Stern and William Burroughs Reading Cut-Ups in Paris, May 1962
Special thanks to James Grauerholz, Dr Joseph Gross, Stewart Meyer, Mark Meyer, Oliver Harris, Jan Herman, Carl Weissner, Victor Bockris, Malcolm Mc Neill, Allan Bradbury, and Jed Birmingham.
William Burroughs’ introduction to The Fluke: © 1965 by the Estate of William S. Burroughs, used with the permission of The Wylie Agency.
Scans of William Burroughs’ manuscript introduction to The Fluke: Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection of English and American Literature, The New York Public Library, Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundations.
Stewart Meyer’s Memory Chips: Excerpt provided by the author, © 2011 by Stewart Meyer.
Audio of Jacques Stern and William Burroughs reading cut-ups in Paris: © 1961, 1966 by the Estate of William S. Burroughs, used with the permission of The Wylie Agency. Recorded by Sean Sweeney for the Poetry Room in Paris on May 24, 1962. MP3s provided by the Woodberry Poetry Room, Houghton Library, Harvard University. These three mp3s are excerpted from an hour-long reading that includes nine total tracks.
Jacques Stern in Conversation with Stewart Meyer: Excerpted from a longer recorded provided by Stewart Meyer. © 2011 by Stewart Meyer.