May 21st, 2007

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Sixties Novels, Part 16


BEEN DOWN SO LONG IT LOOKS LIKE UP TO ME, Random House, 1966

This will be a relatively short entry, because this book, and the rich stew of anecdote surrounding it and its author, are so well known that it almost violates my "forgotten novels" paradigm for this series of posts. Still, I had a copy to hand, and a reader or two cited it as essential (I agree), so....

In any case, for those few who don't know Fariña's whole story, the Wikipedia entry does a swell job detailing it.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Fariña

Dylan, Peter Yarrow, Thomas Pynchon, die young and leave a beautiful corpse.... Man, it doesn't get any more Sixties-er than that!

I read this book about fifteen years ago, circa 1993 when I was getting my own semi-Sixties Novel CIPHERS revised from its 1985 first manuscript draft, to finally see print. I retain nothing from that reading, alas, except a vague sense of amusement, and a love of the protagonist's name: Gnossos Pappadopoulis.

Gnossos Pappadopoulis. Sometimes out of the blue, even to this day, I'll find myself repeating that name just for the fun of it.

cool reviews

One of the neatest internet reviewers is biuetyson, an autralian who has apparently mastered the art of speedreading and spits out amusing, mostly one-line reviews. For instance here's his review of my old novella, Radiant Green Star:

Mutant circus major's minder seeks permanent paternal punishment.

4.5 out of 5

And here a review of Stars Seen Through Stone:

Talented but scummy muso's small town sojourn leads to undead black statue tyrant's brainsucking escapade.

4.5 out of 5

He has a number of review blogs all on blogspot.com.

Super Reader
Not Free SF Reader
Free SF Reader
Graphic SF Reader
Australian SF Reader

They're my favorite reviews. From now on I'm collecting 'em. :P

Harvard Bookstore Reading

I've been driving so much from one reading to the next that Paul W. told me the other day (on my cellphone, while I was driving in my Subaru, which will clock 200,000 miles next week) that I should post as Liz Kerouac.   Until I do, here;s the info on my next reading, this Wednesday, May 23 at 6.30 PM, at the Harvard Bookstore in Cambridge, Mass.

Harvard Book Store
1256 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138
Tel: (800) 542-READ
Fax: (617) 497-1158

http://www.harvard.com/

http://www.bostonist.com/archives/2007/05/21/elizabeth_hand_at_harvard_book_store.php