…Straight Up

The agenda is just what it says: news of arts, media & culture delivered with attitude. Or as Rock Hudson once said in a movie: "Man is the only animal clever enough to build the Empire State Building and stupid enough to jump off it." … [Read more...]

…Books ‘n’ Stuff

'My Adventures in Fugitive Literature' by Jan Herman [Granary Books, 2015]

Granary Books has published "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 … [Read more...]

…My Checkered Career

I've been the senior editor/producer for Entertainment & Arts at MSNBC.com, a staff writer covering arts and culture at the Los Angeles Times, a reporter and movie reviewer at The Daily News in New York, a reporter and columnist at the Chicago Sun-Times, and a fellow in the National Arts Journalism Program at Columbia University. … [Read more...]

…Jan Herman

Jan Herman

When not listening to Bach or Bill Evans, I like to play jazz piano -- but only in the privacy of my own mind. My correspondence with writers and poets of the Beat, post-Beat and Fluxus periods, along with other literary artifacts, was acquired by Northwestern University Library. In case you’re interested, the collection is described in the library’s cleverly named Jan Herman Archive.# My literary taste in fiction writers runs to Joseph Conrad, William S. Burroughs, Nelson Algren, Graham Greene, Eric Ambler, and John Le Carre. As a … [Read more...]