The Cronenberg Project opens on November 1st of this year, celebrating “all things Cronenberg”. Unfortunately it’s in Toronto, but there’s a virtual exhibition.
Cronenberg donated several props to the Toronto Film Festival — including the Clark Nova from Naked Lunch, which opened the press conference.
The iconic Clark Nova writing on its own and then in full BugWriter mode. In real life it’s a Smith Corona Sterling. For yet more typewriter porn check this page on Antikeychop.com for some pics of authors and typewriters — including Burroughs with the Clark Nova.
Re-watching Naked Lunch I noticed Optimum’s little promotional booklet of their other films — and was surprised to find Malcolm Tucker:
Welcome to Annexia, Malcolm.
Like all Cronenberg films Naked Lunch was scored by Howard Shore — and I’m torn between it and his score for Crash as my all-time favourite.
I could talk about Burrough’s own recordings, which include Dead City Radio, his readings for Giorno Poetry Systems and the fantastic Spare Ass Annie and Other Tales (with the Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy). But I just found this recording of Frank Zappa reading “The Talking Asshole”:
Since I’m on youtube and in a Burroughs mood, here’s Bomb the Bass’s Bug Power Dust:
Did you get all of it? The lyrics are easier to hear on the downtempo mix from the K&D Sessions.
Anyway. I also found this fantastic Beastiemix of Root Down. It’s something like mix number 3728:
And talking about the Beastie Boys:
…yeah. These must be the symptoms of withdrawal from a substance that doesn’t really exist.