APRIL 2017 — Literary Magazines & Artist-to-Artist Collaborations — The Fine Print Newsletter

For the month of April, we’ve decided to celebrate the rich history of the literary magazine (itself a collaboration of sorts) and the multifarious examples of literary collaboration enacted by many totem figures of Mid-Century American Poetic Development. We’ve gathered together some incredible collaborations from Joe Brainaird, Anne Waldman, Ted Berrigan, Lewis Warsh, Robert Creeley, […]

FEBRUARY 2017 — William S. Burroughs’ Birthday Special! / Malcom McNeil & W.S.B. — The Fine Print Newsletter

February Author Feature – William S. Burroughs’ Birthday Special! William S. Burroughs’ 103rd birthday occurs on February 5. To commemorate this high holiday on the Beat-&-Beyond Calendar, we offer a selection from our vast collection of rarities relating to WSB—our foremost inspiration, the very source of our name & logo. Among the must-haves for any […]

JANUARY 2017 — Beat-&-Beyond Broadsides, Black Mountain College, Ed Sanders & More! — The Fine Print Newsletter

  The Fine Print Newsletter        JANUARY 2017   THE THIRD MIND BOOKS MONTHLY FEATURE this month comes in the form of our BEAT & BEYOND BROADSIDE SALE. In the latter half of the twentieth century, the poetry broadside blossomed—becoming a staple in the printing industry for showcasing single poems and promoting/commemorating events. Broadsides were […]

DECEMBER 2016 — Welcome to THE FINE PRINT Newsletter

Welcome to The Fine Print Newsletter! Along with unveiling a visual reconstruction of the website, we endeavored to inaugurate an equally fresh online newsletter whose scope & shape would likewise accompany the site’s other latest improvements.

Our aim with The Fine Print is to bring you everything our Newsbeat section brought you before with an enhanced focus on scholarship: including showcasing credible & intriguing articles on Beat-&-Beyond literary history, keeping you in touch with the latest developments here at Third Mind Books, and as we’ve said before, “to further the appreciation & knowledge of this literary & cultural phenomenon.”

We strive to provide distinguished, resourceful articles for students, scholars & general readers alike. We will also use The Fine Print as a gallery for our Independent Scholarship activity; including the provision of links to our Founder Arthur S. Nusbaum’s celebrated presentations at the annual European Beat Studies Network (EBSN) conference each year. Nusbaum has interviewed such distinguished figures as paramount authority on the life & work of William S. Burroughs, James Grauerholz. Grauerholz’ archeological scholarship (and intense involvement with Burroughs’ life and work) has continually proved invaluable to literary historians and general readers alike. Next in the line of distinguished interviewees was John Tytell, celebrated professor at Queens College, City University of New York, whose book Naked Angels: The Lives and Literature of the Beat Generation, edified The Beats as a valid subject of scholastic inquiry. This courageous text helped place the Beats in a context of cultural importance alongside American Transcendentalism & Literary Modernism—and thus palatable to the academic community worldwide. Nusbaum’s other presentations range from special bone-crunching evaluations into a collection of mostly unpublished letters from author Paul Bowles to fellow writer James Leo Herlihy, whose praiseworthy novel Midnight Cowboy later flowered into the internationally recognized on-screen adaptation. Other topics tackled by Nusbaum in his work include highly specialized inquiries into his Olympian area of expertise, William S. Burroughs. Nusbaum—along with James Grauerholz, Dr. Oliver Harris, John Tytell, & Barry Miles—is one of the leading authorities on WSB’s life and work, and his scholastic activity continually reflects this centrality…(click article heading for more)

Featured Author: Lawrence Ferlinghetti

In 1953, Lawrence Ferlinghetti settled with his wife in San Francisco. A recent graduate of the Sorbonne in France, where he obtained his doctorate, Ferlinghetti wrote his thesis on the founding father of French Symbolism, Charles Baudelaire. Steeped indelibly in the café culture & the art he grew to love in his Parisian years, he […]

Article in Ann Arbor Chronicle

We were initiated into the world of book fairs at the Ann Arbor Antiquarian Book Fair on May 16, & were approached by Domenica Trevor, a journalist for the local online journal annarborchronicle.com who dug our site. She visited our headquarters & interviewed me at length. While perusing our offerings she seized on a very rare gem & purchased it on the spot as a gift for her husband. A photographer from the journal came over at another time & took photos of your devoted Curator, two of which are included in the article which first appeared on June 26. If I may say so myself, Ms. Trevor crafted a wonderful piece, culled from a long recorded interview. Read all about it…. http://annarborchronicle.com/2010/06/26/column-book-fare-7/

Kerouac Meets Burroughs On the Road

I wrote this densely footnoted (61, count ’em, 61!) essay during 1992-3. It focuses on a passage right in the middle of Kerouac’s On the Road text as first published in 1957, where the author (“Sal Paradise”), along with Neal Cassady (“Dean Moriarty”) visits with William S. Burroughs (“Old Bull Lee”) & his family in Algiers, LA just outside New Orleans in early 1949. A close reading of this passage condenses & anticipates most of the significant themes of WSB’s life & work. Fine First Editions of many of the biographical & critical works sited are available in the initial inventory of TMB. To read this essay you must have Adobe Reader and click on this link: Kerouac Meets Burroughs On the Road