NOT on drugs!

We were not on drugs, (last night) but we sure talked a mean talk, and, hey, there’s nothing wrong with the past tense. We all have had our share of…experience. To those of you who may have not sampled everything we referenced – More power to you. I read Lewis Carroll for that reason. He had a vivid imagination. Perhaps it was all written as an ode to what being in an altered state is all about. – The dialogue is still very much alive as to his tendencies towards children and how much of his work was influenced by opium use. In Carroll’s time five out of six families used opium habitually, according to victorianweb.org. Start there, and the April 2010 Smithsonian mag (smithsonian.com) has a wonderful profile about his much discussed and debated limbo. All I can say is all his stories and poems tip me over with their brilliance and are extremely complex, include extraordinary transformation, and are a delight with their absurd nature. I love The Lobster Quadrille, Chapter Ten, from Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland, and read that. It was a delicacy.

Hubert Selby, Jr.’s writing is gritty and sad as all hell. He became a drug addict as a result of becoming very ill and having to deal with chronic pain. He began to write because he did want want his life to go to waste, and he could not work. Last Exit To Brooklyn, his first novel, (actually some of his short stories linked together), was published by Grove Press, who released some of William S. Burrough’s work. Selby didn’t use quotation marks and replaced his apostrophes with forward slashes because they were closer on his typewriter.  Depictions of homosexuality, brutality, drug addition, gang rape-  Last Exit was prosecuted for obscenity in Great Britian (and banned in Italy) and Anthony Burgess was one of the authors who was appeared as a witness to defend him.

Requiem For A Dream is one of  the harshest portrayals of sinking into the underside of life I’ve encountered  ( an aside, anyone read/seen Christiane F.//–bad shit, too)..I digress–the psychology of Harry’s mother, Sara Goldfarb, is just as poignant of a descent into an odd nightmare/dream word. I loved the Darren Aronofsky film, and the soundtrack and theme, composed by Clint Mansell and performed by Kronos Quartet – it’s absolutely unforgettable and genious. (and how bout the Giorgio Morodor Midnight Express theme, while we’re on the subject of most intense movie themes ever…)     Anyway, Requiem for a Dream is a haunting horrid nightmare. (how’s that for a pitch.?). The Da Capo Press copy I have of the book has an introduction by Aronofsky and Hubert Selby,  written in 1999, and 2000, great prefaces/forwards.  I found a section of the book that had some “fluid” levity. If you were at the reading on Friday, you know what I mean……and can we have a shout out for pissoirs in the states…? Ah, maybe not, they stink like hell and are usually locked anyway….Thanks, those who were present, for laughing and being right there with me on this! The novel is a rough ride, but I was thrilled to be able to read it and have it be such a blast.

My other offering for our Under the Influence Night…Badtripguide.com.    hope it helped, hope it comes in handy , hope you never need it.! Very funny.

We had a great time reading. and we really look forward to May 2, Naked Girls Rock! Ahhhh, the pleasure!

—-Dominique Trixx

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~ by dominiquetrixx on April 10, 2010.

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