Carl Wilson is the Toronto-based author of Let’s Talk About Love: A Journey to the End of Taste, named the best music book of the decade by Paste magazine; Nick Hornby wrote in The Believer, “I may well have to insist that you read this book.” It is being reissued in new, expanded form in 2013.
He played a critical role in exploding the taboos of postwar American culture while influencing generations of artists. But the centenary of his birth—coming days after the overdose of Philip Seymour Hoffman—demands a fuller consideration of the Burroughs myth.
If only the ever-regenerating time-traveller were around to give us some perspective on current events—from the new nuclear agreement with Iran to our failures to grapple with climate change. (Also: Rob Ford is possibly a ravenous space worm.)
A new column viewing current events through culture: This week, Ian McEwan’s Atonement and Tim Hecker’s music listen in on the U.S-Germany and Canada-Brazil snooping scandals.
There are greater singers than Leonard Cohen, and as a new biography by Sylvie Simmons details, few cultural icons who can rival him for caddish behaviour. Still, after a career spanning fifty years, the appeal of both his art and persona endures. How does Cohen get away with it?