“All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better”…
In the grand tradition De Quincey, Freud, Burroughs, and Thompson (if not Emerson, from whom the quote in the title of this post), Bryan Saunders used self-experimentation as source material– as explained in “Artist Takes Every Drug Known to Man, Draws Self Portraits After Each Use.”
[TotH to EWW]
As we follow the yellow brick road, we might send alternative birthday greetings to The Village Voice; it was first published on this date in 1955. Started with backing from Norman Mailer (among others), the Voice was the first of the “alternative weeklies.” Since it’s absorption in 2005 into a chain of urban free weeklies, the Voice has become, essentially, an ordinary “urban shopper.” But in it’s first 50 years, it featured reportage, opinion, essays, and literary contributions from the likes of Ezra Pound, Henry Miller, Katherine Anne Porter, James Baldwin, e.e. cummings, Nat Hentoff, Ted Hoagland, William Bastone (later of thesmokinggun.com), Lucian Truscott IV, Tom Stoppard, Lorraine Hansberry, and Allen Ginsberg. Its award-winning reviewers– including Jonas Mekas, Linda Solomon, Robert Christgau, and J. Hoberman– helped define the taste of an age; and it’s cartoonists– led by regular Jules Feiffer, and including R. Crumb, Matt Groening, Lynda Barry, and Tom Tomorrow– helped set its tone.