My interview with Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore, conducted at Naropa University’s Summer Writing Program in 2011 and originally published in the literary journal Bombay Gin, is now online exclusively at Beatdom. Thurston talks about his obsession with literary archiving of small presses and literary journals, and how writers like William S. Burroughs informed the work of his predecessors like Lou Reed and Patti Smith. Thurston is famous for being the guitarist and singer of avant-garde punk group Sonic Youth, but he is a poet as well, and his knowledge of the American literary underground of the past 50 years is unmatched.
I’ve been thinking of how I might engage pendulation—the movement between different kinds of sentences (theory, autobiography and poetry, for example): as between: different parts of the nervous system. An experimental prose form lets me do this. It lets me write about the body in this way. It lets me touch something lightly many times.
Missing my Naropa teachers…
A[llen] G[insberg]: [Shelley’s] “The Ode to the West Wind’—when I was going to high school that was standard.
G[regory] C[orso]: Standard.
AG: Everybody would get that in the ‘40’s. They didn’t teach that in high school? What are they teaching?
Student: Your stuff.
AG: In high school?
Student: Sure, in high school, that’s what they’re teaching.
AG: That’s a degeneration.
GC: You gotta get your sources.
AG: You add it on, not replace.
GC: Don’t let them con you that way. Good God, get your sources.
Wow. I write a post about interviewing Thurston Moore for my little (but mighty) literary journal’s blog, and the next day wake up to see that Sonic Youth’s official Facebook page has posted it, it’s on Tumblr, Twitter - even before I post it to my own Tumblr! My first experience with “going viral”, as I keep thinking from last week’s episode of Modern Family. Please feel free to “ask” away if you wish. :)
this movie is a perfect example of why i’m so glad to be at the jack kerouac school for my MFA…