The Z Collection is available from City Lights Books in San Francisco, or from the Strand Bookstore in New York [sold out 11-30-2015; they re-ordered and it’s back in stock], or from Skylight Books in Los Angeles, or from Idea Books in Amsterdam. City Lights carries the book in its store at 261 Columbus Ave., San Francisco, CA 94133. (Tel: 415.362.8193) Skylight Books carries it in its store at 1818 N. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90027. (Tel: 323.66.1175) The Strand carries it in its store at 828 Broadway, New York, NY 10003. (Tel: 212.473.1452) You can also order the book from Amazon, or from the Strand via Amazon [sold out 11-30-2015, I hope they re-order soon]. And if, having exhausted all those possibilities, you’re still desperate to get it, you can try ordering it online from RAM, the New York publisher’s Santa Monica-based U.S. distributor.My Adventures in Fugitive Literature” in a limited, illustrated edition. It is subtitled “How I got to San Francisco” (TRUE), clerked at City Lights (TRUE), started a little magazine (TRUE), published William Burroughs (TRUE), and landed in Vermont (TRUE) as editor in chief of Something Else Press.” (AGAIN TRUE). Granary’s description says it “provides a vivid first-person account (SO TRUE!) of Jan Herman’s years in the small press underground of the sixties and seventies” (TRUE), that Earthquake and my Nova Broadcast Press “published Beat, post-beat and Fluxus writers and artists” (TRUE), that I was “editor in chief of Something Else Press” (TRUE), and that the book “is illustrated throughout with color photographs and reproductions.” (BEAUTIFULLY TRUE!) One thing to remember: The book is based on a presentation I tailored to an audience of Burroughs fans, many of them academic specialists and book collectors. So, though “vivid,” my memoir may seem a bit technical for a general audience. There is nothing in it about addiction (except to language), 12-step programs for alcoholics, treatment programs for drug abusers, cures for sexual maladies, or rock stars in recovery. If you’d like to order a copy, go to granarybooks.com. My portrait of Nelson Algren, Ticket to New Jersey, first published in a limited handmade edition by Cold Turkey Press, is now available as a trade paperback from Impromptu Editions. I’m the author of several other books, including A Talent for Trouble, the biography of Hollywood director William Wyler. It is now available as an ebook at Amazon and an ebook on iTunes at the Apple store. Putnam published it in hardcover, and Da Capo Press published it in paperback.
In case anyone is interested, Collateral Damage: The Daily History of a Blog, traces blogposts of mine from more than a decade ago with a foreword by William Osborne. “If there is a single ethos that defines this collection of blog entries,” he writes, “it is that the arts do not exist in a vacuum, that culture is holistically connected to every aspect of society. … This blog captured the American cultural zeitgeist in the aftermath of 9/11. Written in Manhattan during a 14-month period between May 2002 and July 2003, it provided witty, detailed, atmospheric snapshots of a wide cross-section of the arts, media, and politics during a pivotal time in U.S. history, attracting millions of readers as the most popular blog by far during the early years of MSNBC.com.”
I am also the co-author of the experimental fiction Cut Up or Shut Up, a collaboration with Carl Weissner and Jurgen Ploog (and with a “tickertape” intro by William S. Burroughs).