Get these collections of interviews with two of Vale’s personal favorites: William S. Burroughs and J.G. Ballard.
Burroughs & Friends: Lost Interviews features previously unpublished interviews with William S. Burroughs, Brion Gysin, John Giorno, Diane di Prima and Gerald V. Casale of DEVO.
In two previously unpublished interviews, William S. Burroughs discusses…
Eating the giant centipede
Why everyone’s memories are declining
What prevented him from becoming a spy
His reading habits and some book recommendations
Diane di Prima talks about Burroughs’s magical conjurations at Naropa University.
Gerald V. Casale (DEVO!) recounts his conversation with Burroughs, and his dark vision of the future of the planet.
In a long, scandalous interview, Brion Gysin begins by talking about how a dog led him to the beautiful Ussat-les-Bains in the Pyrenees. He then gossips about the Surrealists, and never quite tells the story of how he almost found the Holy Grail.
To close the book, poet John Giorno shares his memories of Burroughs and Gysin as they worked together on The Third Mind, as well as Gysin’s then-recent death.
In J.G. Ballard: Conversations Ballard decodes the maze of useless & dis-information inundating us, offering us guidelines toward surviving the apocalyptic landscape lying just around the corner of today’s financial and cultural meltdowns. Be Prepared — read this Survival Guide! You get a splendid window into the universe of the future, as J.G. Ballard discourses on almost every topic imaginable, including car crashes, the immersive virtual reality that has eclipsed “real living,” and the death of both history & the future.