Beat Scene, Issue 89, Spring 2018

This issue contains the text of "I am dying, Meester?", pp. 14-19, an outline for a film written by Barry Hall [Goliard Press] that was proposed together with filmmaker Malcolm Hart to William S. Burroughs in London around 1967 with the intention of having Burroughs re-enact the search for Yage in South America; Burroughs apparently agreed, but the film was not to be [as an aside: the original typescript copy by Barry Hall is in my care].

The following article, "Malcolm Hart: Memoirs of an Underground Filmmaker", pp. 20-23, is an interview with Malcolm Hart by Kevin Ring, discussing the proposed "I am dying, Meester?" film, and Malcolm Hart's book. 

An article on Jeff Nuttall – "Jeff Nuttall: Mind Bombs and Mimeographs" by Leon Horton – is at pages 25-28, and includes some comments about, and a photo of, Burroughs.

Burroughs is briefly mentioned in Jim Burns' "Thomas Parkinson: A Casebook on the Beat", pp. 31-33, in reference to his contribution to the 1961 anthology. 

William S. Burroughs' The Finger is reviewed by Jim Pennington [Aloes Books] at page 52.

Kevin Ring reviews the "William Burroughs: Life in London" exhibition at the Westminster Arts Library on page 52.

The article "'Poets Don't Snarl', Gargoyle Corso at the University of Connecticut 1996" by Kurt Hemmer and "Ed Woods & A Family of Friends: North Beach Stories" by Biff O'Hara both contain some minor commentary about William S. Burroughs and the shooting of Joan Vollmer.

Published in Binley Woods, England by Beat Scene Press in Spring of 2018.

Bibliographic Information:

  • Not in Schottlaender (v4)
  • Raven 20180400BSCE.0.89
Selected Contents:
  • Kevin Ring:
    • "First Words" (editorial)
    • "Gary Snyder's California Award" (news)
    • "Allen Ginsberg's Strange, New Cottage in Berkeley" (essay)
    • "William Burroughs – Life in London" (exhibition review)
  • Jerry Aronson: photograph
  • Danny O'Connor: cover art
  • Kurt Hemmer: "'Poets Don't Snarl': Gregory Corso at the University of Connecticut 1996" (essay)
  • Biff O'Hara: "Ed Woods & a Family of Friends: North Beach Stories" (essay)
  • Allen Ginsberg: photograph
  • Barry Hall: "I am dying, Meester?" (prose)
  • Kevin Ring and Malcolm Hart: "Malcolm Hart: Memoirs of an Underground Filmmaker" (interview)
  • Tom Swift:
    • "What Happened to Kerouac? The Jack Kerouac Story" (film review)
    • "Lawrence Ferlinghetti: Little Boy not Lost" (review of Ferlinghetti's Little Boy)
    • review of Jim Burns' Let's Do It: Late Poems
  • Leon Horton: "Jeff Nuttall: Mind Bombs and Mimeographs" (essay)
  • Anthony Linick: "The Long Road North" (essay)
  • Jim Burns:
    • "Thomas Parkinson: A Casebook on the Beat" (essay)
    • review of Martin Bax's Two Lives to Lead: A Memoir, 1933-1976
  • Lois Sorrelis Beckwith and Joe Lee: "Lois and Jack" (interview)
  • Beth Vail: photograph
  • Colin Cooper:
    • "Jack Kerouac's Big Sur: Lawrence Ferlinghetti Writes a Letter" (essay, letter)
    • review of Jim Burns' Painting Poetry Politics
    • review of Chris Torrance's The Magic Door
  • Peter Whitehead and Lawrence Ferlinghetti: "A Wholly Communion" (correspondence)
  • Dawn Swoop: review of An Open Map: The Correspondence of Robert Duncan and Charles Olson, edited by Robert J. Bertholf and Dale M. Smith
  • Jim Pennington: review of William S. Burroughs' The Finger
  • Brian Dalton:
    • review of Kerouac on Record: A Literary Soundtrack, edited by Simon Warner and Jim Sampas
    • review of Malcolm Hart's Memoirs of an Underground Filmmaker
    • review of John A. Lomax's Adventures of a Ballad Hunter
  • Michael Kearns: review of Charles Bukowski's The Mathematics of the Breath and the Way, edited by David Stephen Calonne
  • Pauline Reeves:
    • a combined review of five books from Cherry Valley Editions – Charles Plymell's Cowboy of the Ancient Sea; Charles Plymell's Camposque Virentis; Charles Plymell's Some Mother's Sons; Leila Durkin's Mary Beach: Artist and Translator; and Mary Beach's Electric Banana
    • review of Alan Watts' Out of Your Mind: Tricksters, Interdependence and the Cosmic Game of Hide-and-Seek
  • Bella Zundapp: review of Hip Sublime: Beat Writers and the Classical Tradition, edited by Shiela Murnaghan and Ralph M. Rosen
  • Barry Silesky: photograph
Publishing Information:
  • Editor: Kevin Ring
  • Deputy Editor: Jim Burns
  • Research: Erin Ring & Pauline Reeves
  • Instagram: Erin Reeves
  • Layout: Scarlet Letters
  • Beat Scene in the USA: Richard Miller