[Item #4999] Of Myth & Men. Charles Plymell.
Of Myth & Men
Of Myth & Men
Of Myth & Men
Of Myth & Men
Of Myth & Men
Of Myth & Men
Of Myth & Men

Of Myth & Men

North Salem, NY: Bottle of Smoke Press, 2021. First Trade Softcover Edition. Softcover. Signed by Charles Plymell. While “a biography in correspondence” is not the subtitle of this work (for which there is none), it should be—because there is no other way of alerting the casual browser of our site or store as to the categorical value of the work at hand. What Plymell does here, is make Swiss cheese of the extant literary-historical record, — supplying equal parts conspiratorial and convincing evidence in a way that no one else (who “wasn’t there,” anyways) ever could. Here’s just one wild example: “Allen told me proudly he got CIA to set up for Trungpa offering credentialed degrees [which] is very much like shadow gov’t Allen was supposedly against. The CIA supported most all writing workshops like Iowa, etc…Ginsberg thought nothing of it, but I couldn’t go along with it & was persona non-gratis at Naropa & blacklisted from the NEA etc. Burroughs went along with it because he didn’t give a shit as long as someone gave him some dough & vodka. One time when Burroughs was staying with us up here, Orlovsky came running in room asking if he had heard of Trungpa’s ill health. Burroughs snarled, ‘I don’t give a shit if he lives or dies!’ Ginsberg worked hard to get B. honorary literary badges & make everything else look fine. It was hypocritical in my view…but Allen & I remained cordial thereafter. Burroughs asked me not to be so hard on him, but anything phony makes me sick” (pg. 64). Rabbit-hole delights such as these await the daring future reader of this here volume. First Trade Softcover Edition, one of 200 unnumbered trade softcover copies (per colophon). This copy, however, is signed by Plymell; his signature (on title page) in black, ball-point pen ink, reads: “Charles Plymell.” Book in very fine condition, essentially as new. Very Fine. [Item #4999]

Price: $35.00