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The Outlaw Bible of American Literature will serve as a primer for generational revolt and an enduring document of the visionary tradition of authenticity and nonconformity in literature. This exuberant manifesto includes lives of the writers, on-the-scene testimony, seminal underground articles never before collected, photographs, cartoons, drawings, interviews, and, above all, the writings. Beat, Punk, Noir, Prison, Porn, Cyber, Queer, Anarchist, Blue Collar, Pulp, Sci-Fi, Utopian, Mobster, Political—all are represented. The Bible includes fiction, essays, letters, memoirs, journalism, lyrics, diaries, manifestoes, and selections from seminal film scripts, including Easy Rider, Apocalypse Now, and Taxi Driver. The editors have brought together an extravagant, eclectic, searing, and unforgettable body of work, showcasing Hustlers, Mavericks, Contrarians, Rockers, Barbarians, Gangsters, Hedonists, Provocateurs, Hipsters, and Revolutionaries—all in one raucous cauldron of rebellion and otherness. This prose companion to the best-selling award-winning Outlaw Bible of American Poetry features selections from Hunter S. Thompson, Exene Cervenka, Patti Smith, Dennis Cooper, Malcolm X, Sonny Barger, Maggie Estep, Lenny Bruce, Henry Miller, R. Crumb, Philip K. Dick, Iceberg Slim, Gil Scott-Heron, Kathy Acker, Jim Carroll, Charles Mingus, Norman Mailer, and many others.
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Is an outlaw writer one who threatens to fill Marshall McLuhan with pencil lead? The editors of this overstuffed anthology never quite get around to defining just what "outlaw literature" is and what makes it illicit, dangerous, or otherwise suspect, except to hint that it stands in some sort of opposition to the world of "reality shows, Botox, or IPOs," to say nothing of a "culture coming of age in the grip of Google and Wal-mart." Resounding sentiments, those, and the editors, famed counterculturists in their own right, presumably know outlaw literature when they see it. Still, you might wonder: What do Richard Brautigan and Mickey Spillane, who took home hefty advances and even heftier royalty checks, really have in common with, say, Boxcar Bertha and Sonny Barger? Would Emma Goldman have much to say to Valerie Solanas, Ray Bradbury to DMX? Only a deconstructionist, perhaps, could say with any authority. For our purposes, being an outlaw writer appears mostly to mean using lots of naughty words (Barry Gifford: "Willie Wild Wong, you dumb motherfucker!"; Jim Carroll: "'I am the proletariat, you dumb bastard,' he said, 'and I think those motherfuckers are off their rockers") and doing lots of naughty and unhealthful things (Norman Mailer: "I threw up a little while ago and my breath is foul"; William Burroughs: "Junk sickness, suspended by codeine and hop, numbed by weeks of constant drinking, came back on me full force"). Still, there are lots of good and memorable things here, among them Paul Krassner's memoir of dropping acid with Groucho Marx; Dee Dee Ramone's heartfelt plea, "Please don't kill me now, God. I would love to be the last Ramone to die" (no such luck, sorry); and MalcolmX's spot-on prediction that after his death "the white man, in his press, is going to identify me with 'hate.'" A freeform category, then, marked by a rather shapeless but still quite readable, collection. Good stuff, if you like that sort of thing.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781560255505
  • Publisher: Basic Books
  • Publication date: 12/28/2004
  • Edition description: First Trade Paper Edition
  • Pages: 920
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.61 (d)

Table of Contents

Prologue : voices from outlaw heaven
The sexual outlaw 1
The house on Mango Street 4
Live from death row 5
Ballad of Easy Earl 6
The basketball diaries 8
Psychotic reactions and carburetor dung 11
Complete 13
L'Anarchie flier 14
Paradoxia 15
Fight club 20
Tropic of Cancer 25
Ask Dr. Mueller 31
Pimp 37
Close to the knives 39
What did I do? 40
American splendor anthology 45
Don Quixote 53
Last exit to Brooklyn 54
Tin Pan Alley 59
An American dream 63
Jew boy 68
The journal of Albion Moonlight 78
The sheltering sky 83
Cool for you 86
Junky 89
Leaving Las Vegas 94
Jan and Jack 101
Baby driver 103
On the road 105
Minor characters 111
The first third 117
Off the road 119
Go 125
An accidental autobiography 130
Rolling Thunder logbook 133
Paintings 135
On Dee Dee Ramone 136
Legend of a rock star 138
E.A.R.L. 142
Interview with Tupac Shakur 145
Tarantula 148
Miles 151
Tha Doggfather 154
James Brown : the godfather of soul 155
To do the right thing 160
Please kill me 163
The vulture 170
Please don't let me be misunderstood 173
The old, weird America 178
Ripening 181
The woman rebel 189
Thelma & Louise 192
SCUM manifesto 198
The illegal days 205
Living my life 210
Intercourse 221
The birth of feminism 224
Hell's angel 225
Street justice 232
Troia 237
Freewheelin Frank 242
The electric kool-aid acid test 251
Outlaw woman 260
Always running 267
If he hollers let him go 270
Push 275
Never die alone 280
Sweet Sweetback's baadasssss song 286
The scene 290
The white boy shuffle 297
Down these mean streets 301
Rope burns 303
Weird self portrait at sea 311
Sister of the road 312
Bound for glory 316
Grand Central winter 320
You can't win 323
Beggars of life 328
Midnight cowboy 331
Black fire 342
Diary of an emotional idiot 347
The bell jar 352
Requiem for a dream 356
The passionate mistakes and intricate corruption of one girl in America 359
In the city of sleep 361
Complete 366
A different kind of intimacy 367
Whoreson 371
Shock value 377
A heartbreaking work of staggering genius 382
Monkey girl 385
Dogeaters 387
Geek love 390
Fahrenheit 451 399
The lost 404
Sales pitch 408
The hellbound heart 410
Naked lunch 416
Drawing blood 424
The Manchurian candidate 426
The grifters 429
The big kill 434
Taxi driver 436
Thieves' market 443
Dark passage 447
Really the blues 450
Angels of catastrophe 453
The man with the golden arm 457
The big hunger 461
The asphalt jungle 464
The getaway man 467
Dogs of God 471
Escape from Houdini mountain 476
The car 477
Drugstore cowboy 481
This outlaw shit 485
Love all the people 490
The way it has to be 492
American skin 496
The ceremony 502
Terminal lounge 506
Sketch 511
On the yard 512
Soul on ice 521
In the belly of the beast 523
Sketches 526
Life in prison 527
Cool hand Luke 531
The family 534
Introduction to short eyes 537
Short eyes 539
The sexual outlaw 545
Hardcore from the heart 553
Candy 557
Period 564
City of night 564
Shirts & skin 569
Now dig this 574
Public sex 577
One flew over the cuckoo's nest 585
Nigger 593
Assata 598
The delicious grace of moving one's hand 599
The autobiography of Malcolm X 606
How to talk dirty and influence people 607
My acid trip with Groucho Marx 611
The teachings of Don Juan 617
The abortion 618
Fear and loathing in Las Vegas 624
Vintage Dr. Gonzo 629
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