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 Nusbaum’s other presentations range from special bone-crunching evaluations into a collection of mostly unpublished letters from author Paul Bowles to fellow writer James Leo Herlihy, whose praiseworthy novel Midnight Cowboy later flowered into the internationally recognized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

Naked Lunch at 50

This recent article was written by my great friend Karl Pohrt, the legendary former bookseller, journalist & all-around revered icon of Ann Arbor, the University of Michigan & beyond. Published during late 2009 in print & on line in annarbor.com, the sign-of-the-times successor to our late lamented local daily newspaper, The Ann Arbor News, it concerns the publication of the 50th Anniversary Edition of Naked Lunch by Grove Press (available for purchase at TMB & featuring reproductions of the original WSB cover art provided from my collection), my interest in WSB & the upcoming launching of TMB.

William S. Burroughs 1914 – 1997 Obituary

Published in the Fall, 1997 Issue 9 of the literary journal Dharma Beat, this is an obituary-tribute that I wrote very soon after WSB’s death, a manifestation of my fresh grieving & deep appreciation for the subject. As published, & reproduced here, the piece is truncated, concluding after an incomplete brief biography that reaches through only the early period of his long & eventful life. I think it is most significant in conveying my immediate shock & sadness, which I’m sure spoke for many others, at the passing of this giant of American letters. The issue of Dharma Beat containing this article is available for purchase at TMB, along with other numbers.

Back At The Pond: A Visit with William S. Burroughs

Published in the Fall 2000 Vol. 2, Issue 2 of the literary journal FreeThought, this article describes my visit with WSB at his home in Lawrence, Kansas on February 18, 1995, by far the highlight of my life as a devotee. It is an extraction from extensive notes that I made in the immediate wake of this once-in-a-lifetime experience, with subsequent associations & references. The “Burroughs retrospective” issue of FreeThought containing this article, along with pieces by James Grauerholz, Charles & Pamela Plymell, Anne Waldman, Jeffrey Weinberg & others, is available for purchase at TMB.