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Relatively short notice, but for Los Angeles-area residents, I’ll be discussing Eric Erlandson’s new book Letters to Kurt at Skylight Books on Thursday, March 29. All the information you could ever want and more can be found by clicking here.

Eric was co-founder of the band Hole, as I probably don’t need to tell you, and as such has seen his share of rock madness from a probably too-close perspective. Letters to Kurt takes the form of 52 prose poems addressed, however obliquely, to Kurt Cobain, and the writing process was clearly a kind of cathartic experience for Eric. I look forward to taking apart his fragile psyche discussing the book with him Thursday. If you’re around, please do come out.

The indispensable site UbuWeb once again proves its indispensabilityness. Click here to watch the 45 minute film of J-L Godard and J-P Gorin’s 1970 tour of American universities (ham-fisted screenshot above) in search of funding for a never-completed film supporting the Palestinain struggle (North of Onhava studiously avoids taking political positions and is not about to start now). Interesting (to me) mostly because you rarely get to hear Godard speak English, and his accent is funny.

 

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Thanks to the wonderful, indispensable, and many other superlatives repository of the avant-garde, UbuWeb, you can hear and or download a four-CD collection of Jean Cocteau reading/speaking from his work, or introducing the work of other people (for instance introducing Edith Piaf, a close friend, before a performance).

I don’t need to explain who Cocteau was, right? Everybody knows he was one of the most influential figures in French poetry, art, literature, and film in the 20th century. There’s a nice synopsis of his life and collaborations/contributions on the UbuWeb page, anyway.

Go here to listen/read/download. Yes, it’s all in French. Sorry. He was French. It’s not his fault.