The countdown continues at the Bibliographic Bunker, where Jed Birmingham’s top 23 most interesting Burroughs collectibles has reached Carl Weissner’s Klacto 23 International, the seventh of the Klacto zines, which Birmingham terms “one of the great mimeo mags of the post-WWII era.” Coincidentally, a friend stopped by the rare books room at the Strand and caught another piece of Carl’s handiwork, The Braille Film, his cut-up “novel” with an intro by William Burroughs, and fade-ins by Burroughs, Claude Pélieu, Wolf Vostell, Alistair MacLean, and British United Press. My friend writes, “I was so thrilled to see BF on a prominent shelf that I hardly had eyes for anything else. It was unsigned and the price was $100.” He did notice, however, that “there was also a copy of Brion Gysin Let the Mice In tucked away with the WSB books.” I get a gold star for having a hand in bringing out both (BF in 1970 under the Nova Broadcast imprint and Mice in 1973 at Something Else Press).
Speaking of the Strand, it would be criminal of me not to note that my book The Z Collection, which was sold out there, is now back in stock. In case you’re in Manhattan and interested in picking up a copy, it’s prominently displayed on the “literary nonfiction” table in the basement.