Stories. Brion Gysin.
Stories
Stories

Stories

Oakland, CA: Inkblot Publications, 1984. First Printing. Softcover. "In 1941 or 42, 'Town & Country' bought and published my first two playfully pseudo-autobiographical short stories, illustrated by me. This led me to believe I could make money as a writer -- to the detriment of my career as a painter, I am afraid...Oblivious to this, I wrote on and this led to MEMOIRS OF A MYTHOMANIAC, turned down by many a New York publisher, 'regretfully.' The manuscript got lost in the process and ARIADNE ON NAXOS is a surviving fragment. / ... / After the war, I wrote THE FOUNDERING SHIP and sent it to The New Yorker. They [misspelled as 'The'] kindly called me in to see their spooky offices, not to accept it but to ask if I had ever thought of becoming an editor. I said I was busy writing the biography of one Josiah Henson, the 'Real Uncle Tom' who had told his life story to Ms. Stowe before he took the Underground Railroad to Canada. My research there led me to write the history of slavery in Canada, published as the appendix to my first book: TO MASTER, A LONG GOODNIGHT, 1947. / ... / In Paris, I ran into my old friend Paul Bowles who suggested I go with him to Morocco for that following summer. Almost inadvertently I took up residence there until 1973. None of my Moroccan stories were ever submitted anywhere for publication. Much as Malaysia belongs to Maugham, Bowles' Morocco is his own. I went back to painting until I wrote THE PROCESS between 1965 and '68. Since then I have written another long novel, THE BEAT MUSEUM, published between 1968 and 1983." (Abridged from Introduction, pg. V.). "The historically-enlightening, above-quoted excerpt is from Brion Gysin's (1916-1986) introduction to this volume, "Stories," published by Oakland, California's Inkblot Publications in 1984--just two years shy of Gysin's untimely death at age 70. For all those interested in the thought, work, and life of Brion Gysin--and the profound influence it had on the art, development, and curiosity of William S. Burroughs, the Patron Saint-Demon of Third Mind Books and Founder's Founder of the Beat Generation--this collection of stories is simply a "must-own." This particular copy is from the collection of Erin Black Matson, the artist & poet who along with her then-husband, the acclaimed poet-educator Clive Matson, was a member of the Beat Generation-morphing into the hippie counterculture in NYC during the 1960s. The Matsons were friends & protégé-collaborators in a circle that included Herbert Huncke, Bonnie Bremser et al. The condition (see below) of this issue befits (& in our estimation is enriched by) its history as the slightly beaten-down possession of a True Beat. Book in Near Fine condition with moderate-to-pronounced shelf-wear to fine-edges, corners; small instance of chipping at top right-hand corner of front cover; minor, scattered age-typical spotting to same; moderate-to-pronounced rubbing to spine, back cover; similar scattered instances of spotting, and rubbing to latter, particularly in sections nearest to fine-edges. Near Fine. [Item #4765]

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