Sunday, November 12, 2006

Wild Bill Blackolive

One of the best writers I've come across in what might be called, lazily, the "post-Beat" vein is Wild Bill Blackolive. His novel TALES FROM THE TEXAS GANG is available to read in its entirety at Bill's site www.texasgang.net . If you came to this site because your hang-up is the Beats, know this: William Burroughs himself read and liked TEXAS GANG, which first jumped out at the world from behind a Texas tree in 1978. He even offered to try and help it get wider circulation, though given how good it seems to be (I've only read the first few pages), it never stood a chance.

One day, eh? Maybe one day, if we all keep pushing at the doors. As that great Beat poet Oscar Wilde would say, Cynicism is intellectual dandyism.

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