1953 also saw the appearance of Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, Junkie by William Burroughs, Watt by Samuel Beckett, The Portrait of an Englishman in His Chateau by André Pieyre de Mandiargues and Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett.
This happened in 2021, but I only found out today.
Russ Kick (1969 – 2021) was an American writer and publisher, founder of The Disinformation Company and editor of such books as You Are Being Lied To (2001) and Everything You Know Is Wrong (2002).
Walter Abish was an Austrian-born American writer known for such novels as Alphabetical Africa (1974) and How German Is It (1980).
Sunken Red (1981) is the story of the author locked up with his mother in a Japanese concentration camp.
Published after the death of his mother, it is a reflection of the coping process of his years in these Japanese internment camps.
Guy Cassiers directed a play based on the English translation of the book. It starred Dirk Roofthooft.
This happened at least five years ago but it escaped my attention.
Alan Sheridan was an English author and translator. He translated Gilles and Jeanne (1983) by Michel Tournier.
The death of Sheridan came to my attention while documenting Pornographic Archaeology which I read thoroughly vertically last week.
The book is a classic in the academic study of pornography.
I’ve never been able to find out the identity of the author of the illustration on the cover. It’s in the skinny style of Raphael Kirchner (1867– 1917) and Léo Fontan (1884 – 1965) which was popular in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. That’s all I know. Anyone?
French philosopher Gilles Deleuze wrote an essay on the text titled “Bartleby, or, the Formula” (1989).
Above is the Encyclopædia Britannica film adaptation of 1969.
My interest in Hoggart?
There was a time I was obsessed by the overlapping areas of high culture and low culture (nobrow!) and the notion of cultural pessimism, commodity fetishism and commodification (think Cocacolonization, Disneyfication, McDonaldization, Walmarting) and false consciousness and whathaveyounot (all essentially notions of Marxist cultural criticism).
I think this was due to my interest in sexual fetishism (hence the link to commodity fetishism) and my reading of Dick Hebdige and being into popular music and against state funding of the arts and being affectionate of the beautiful loser.