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For many years, Elizabeth Young has been one of the few critics in England to champion new writing and the avant-garde. Pandora's Handbag is a unique combination of autobiography, commentary, published journalism and writer's guide for would-be Arts journalists. A riveting read, the book contains revealing interviews with Herbert Huncke, Jayne County, Dennis Cooper, Edward Gorey and Poppy Z. Brite, amongst ...

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For many years, Elizabeth Young has been one of the few critics in England to champion new writing and the avant-garde. Pandora's Handbag is a unique combination of autobiography, commentary, published journalism and writer's guide for would-be Arts journalists. A riveting read, the book contains revealing interviews with Herbert Huncke, Jayne County, Dennis Cooper, Edward Gorey and Poppy Z. Brite, amongst others.

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Elizabeth Young is a critic, arts journalist, and the co-author of Shopping in Space: Essays on American "Blank Generation" Fiction published by Grove Atlantic.

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Art critic, book reviewer, and literary journalist Young, who died in 2001 from the hepatitis C virus, polished her craft in various British periodicals, such as the New Statesman, the London Review of Books, and the Guardian. The columns, reviews, and essays gathered here display Young's acerbic wit, trenchant insights, and macabre humor. Her subjects range from the novels of Jane Bowles, Brett Easton Ellis, Irvine Welsh, and Alan Warner to drug legislation, the nature of writing, and the painful suffering she experiences as she is dying. Also included are interviews with avant-garde novelist Poppy Z. Brite, rock groupie Pamela Des Barres, sf and fantasy novelist Terry Pratchett, and postmodern novelist T. Coraghessan Boyle. Young's writing combines the irreverence of Cynthia Heimel, the stylized cultural arrogance of Camille Paglia, and the staccato prose style of the beats. Her eclectic musings resemble the book pages of the Village Voice and will appeal to literary tastes that prefer Burroughs to Bellow. Recommended for large libraries. Henry L. Carrigan Jr., Lancaster, PA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781852425265
  • Publisher: Serpent's Tail Publishing Ltd
  • Publication date: 8/1/2001
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
Introduction: How people become writers, although they shouldn't 1
1 America and literature
The hunter gets captured by the game 14
The west is the best? 18
Guilty of everything: Interview with Herbert Huncke 19
Literary outlaw: The Life and Times of William Burroughs by Ted Morgan 24
Jane Bowles: Gnawing at the bone of our lives 27
Diamanda Galas at the Shepherd's Bush Empire 37
Alice Munro: Open Secrets 39
Bret Easton Ellis: American Psycho 43
Bret Easton Ellis: The Informers 45
On Glamorama by Bret Easton Ellis 47
Dead Elvis: A chronicle of a cultural obsession by Greil Marcus 52
Venom: Turtle Moon by Alice Hoffman; Pigs in Heaven by Barbara Kingsolver; The Magician's Assistant by Ann Patchett 54
What's the story? - Edward Gorey 60
Dennis Cooper: Closer 65
Robert Mapplethorpe: A biography by Patricia Morriswroe 73
Interview with T. Coraghessan Boyle 78
The End of Alice by A. M. Homes 83
Interview with Pamela Des Barres: For the good times 90
I reject the US - at last 100
2 Writing columns
Too serious - not serious enough 106
Rough trade kitty 109
The passion flower failure 112
We don't want to think about it 115
A kind of reading 119
I'm against Nature, me... 123
It could have been me! 126
The agony of losing your looks (by Ligeia Winter) 129
Conspiracy Theory 133
Mack! - The Knife 141
3 In the bag
Drugs and drugs and rock 'n' roll and some sex 146
Methadone in their madness 147
Chaos theory: Drugs International plc 164
The Case of Anna Kavan by David Callard 183
Rock biographies 192
Punk (with some reference to Jon Savage's England's Dreaming) 197
The Clash etc: A Riot of Our Own by the Johnny Green with Gary Barker 200
The Dark Stuff: Selected writings on rock music 1972-1992 by Nick Kent 203
Damage 205
Hanged, drawn and quartoed 208
Happy like Murderers by Gordon Burn 213
The Goth of small things: Poppy 219
Pornocopia by Laurence O'Toole 226
Fashion, style and memory 229
A very successful virus 233
4 UK Literature
British writing in the 1990s 256
In the Fifties by Peter Vansittart 263
'When will you pay me?' say the bells of Old Bailey 266
Celtic writing: Trainspotting by Irvine Welsh 268
Interview with Irvine Welsh 272
The Acid House by Irvine Welsh 276
Morvern Callar by Alan Warner 279
The Sopranos by Alan Warner 282
Poor Things by Alasdair Gray 284
Terry Pratchett - Interview and introduction to the Discworld 287
People who need people 298
I, Me, mine: Fiction and autobiography 303
Top novelist held in kiddy porn drugs casel! 314
Short story selection 318
Home is where the art is 322
The most radical gesture 327
Three UK writers: Jonathan Meades, Will Self and Michael Bracewell 329
Censorship 336
Dora Carrington - in fact and film 339
Christopher Wood: An English Painter by Richard Ingleby 343
Lights Out for the Territory: by Iain Sinclair 345
5 Short monographs
Death takes a stroll down Ladbroke Grove 351
The rehabilitation of Dr. Hannibal Lecter 352
Epilogue 365
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