Naked Lunch 50th Anniversary Weekend
20-22 November, 2009, San Francisco
City Lights Books, SFAI Film Department, & Grove Press celebrate William S. Burrough’s Naked Lunch @ 50 Years with a weekend of critical analysis and commemorative readings.
20 November 2009, 7:00 PM
- William S. Burroughs: An Evening with the Author of Naked Lunch
- SFAI Lecture Hall, 800 Chestnut Street, San Francisco
- Hosted by Jonah Raskin and Peter Maravelis
- Presentations by Bill Berkson, Oliver Harris, Lynn Hershman-Leeson, Ron Loewinsohn, Jonah Raskin, DJ Spooky, and others, followed by film screenings and a roundtable discussion.
22 November 2009, 7:00 PM
- Naked Lunch REDUX
- Amnesia Bar, 853 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110, in SF’s Mission District
- Hosted by Peter Maravelis
- Local authors read excerpts from Naked Lunch. Participants will include Mindy Bagdon, Stephen Elliot, Marcus Ewert, Daphne Gottlieb, Michael McClure, Johnny Strike, and more to be announced…
In the light of the 50th anniversary of Naked Lunch, a book that is as relevant now as it ever was, this program attempts to encourage a new public appreciation of the author and the work through a weekend of critical analysis and public readings. The historic, literary, socio-political, and biographic elements shall be explored bringing contemporary readers closer to this important author and his greatest novel. Brought together will be poets, writers, scholars, artists, and musicians in an attempt to plumb the depths of this seminal and on the whole “revolutionary” work.
We will explore the influence of the Beats upon Burroughs — the literary connection and friendship with Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac. Also explored will be how Naked Lunch relates to Howl and On the Road. Other themes that will be discussed: The trial of Naked Lunch and the obscenity issue. Drugs and Naked Lunch and Burroughs. Burroughs as a father of the counterculture — influence on Lou Reed, Stones, Patti Smith, punk. Burroughs as an experimental writer of the avant garde — connections to surrealism, use of the cut-up.
– Jonah Raskin, Peter Maravelis, event curators