Burroughs - the movie (1983/2014), the first long feature documentary made about the author offers us an intimate portrait of this controversial man. Part of why this film is so personal is due to the close friendship that developed between Burroughs and Howard Brookner, the director, during the 5 year long filming process. Initially, Brookner's senior thesis at NYU, the film was subsequently expanded into a feature and received widely positive reviews at its release. The film material was restored and digitalized in 2012 by Brookner's nephew, Aaron Brookner and released in 2014, the year of Burroughs' 100th birthday.The documentary wins over its audience due to Burroughs honesty in recounting his life, which leads to the impression that despite of his shortcomings as a responsible adult and father, there was a fairly likeable character hiding behind his cheeky smile.
When I started working on my first novel, I felt very enthusiastic about creating my own little universe full of different characters. As the story was set in a village involving several main as well as minor characters I had to come up with a lot of mini subplots, which ideally shouldn't distract but rather complete the main storyline. read on
In 1948, George Orwell wrote his last novel,
which would not only have a considerable cultural impact by introducing terms
and concepts like "Big Brother", "memory hole" or
"doublethink" for denoting totalitarian authority, but it also
inspired numerous music artists to adapt its themes and portions of the book into
Originally intended as a satire of Stalinism,
its documented horrors of total surveillance and invasion of personal privacy
have exceeded the limits of dystopia and gained an almost prophetic effect.
Here is a selection of my favorite songs
inspired by 1984: