Letters to the Editor

(December 3, 2007)


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Pull back the Wizard's Curtain and Throw the Chains from your Brain

To the Editor:

You published an article of mine a couple of years ago, and I've been a subscriber for several years. I've finished a book recently that your readers might be interested in called They're Building a Box and You're in It and is online at http://www.rudemacedon.ca/dlp/box/box-intro.html. It's based on the Canadian situation, but the things I talk about are pretty widely applicable to any Western "democracy" these days. I'll leave it to you if you want to say anything about it.

Hang in there; it looks pretty hopeless at times, but we have to keep trying.

Dave Patterson
Hat Yai, Thailand - November 23, 2007


Remembering Joe Orton, from Swans to Leicester, England

To the Editor:

In my Web travels I came across an article by Charles Marowitz on Joe Orton, Remembering Joe Orton, on Swans and thought you may be interested to know that I am currently developing the "official" Joe Orton Web site that is due to launch on January 1, 2008, which would have been Joe's 75th birthday.

There is very little online about Joe and as an Orton enthusiast since the early 1980s, I approached Joe's sister Leonie back in April after seeing a wonderful retrospective of his life and work "Ortonesque" in Leicester. This brought together for the first time Orton's literary papers, memorabilia, etc., and I was inspired to do something permanent so that Joe wouldn't "disappear" again after everything was back in its respective home. The site is being endorsed by the Orton Estate and Leicester city council and it's a very exciting project, which is currently redefining my spare time! The site is non-commercial and is a labour of love on my part. We've got some great stuff on it, including the defaced Islington Library books for which Joe and Kenneth were jailed for six months, and pieces written by those who knew and worked with Joe.

I was wondering if you would have any objections to my including a link to Marowitz's article in the Online resources part of our site and whether you would be prepared to link to us once we are live.

The holding page is here: joeorton.org -- it'll give you an idea of the look and feel of the site. Again, the site will be launched on January 1, 2008.

Anyway, all the best and let me know about the above.

Alison Forsythe
Manchester, England - November 30, 2007

[ed. By all means, please include a link to Charles Marowitz's piece. Thank you. We have appended joeorton.org at the end of his article.]


Rexroth on Literature

To the Editor:

Rexroth texts newly added to the Bureau of Public Secrets Web site:

"Ten Influential Books"

"On Translating Roman Verse"

"Coleridge and Zen?"

"The Victorian Conspiracy of Cant"

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Of related interest at the same Web site:

Other Rexroth Essays

Rexroth's "Classics Revisited" (selections)

"Gateway to the Vast Realms -- Recommended Readings from Literature to Revolution" (Knabb)

Ken Knabb
"Making petrified conditions dance by singing them their own tune."
Berkeley, California, USA - November 19, 2007


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