Vast Regions from Nowhere: Paul Bowles, Unfathered Authors, Mother-Bonded Sons

Bowles & I

“I think that having spent my life trying to hide everything from everyone, I’ve ended up by no longer being able to find many things myself. Seriously.” —Paul Bowles, 1975 The Core “Other people’s indifference is the only horror.” —Paul Bowles, 1948The first time I read a word of Paul Bowles, I was sitting on a bench in the zócalo in Oaxaca, Mexico, around twilight. It … [Read more...]

Calling on Paul Bowles: Tangier, Morocco, August 1979

Paul Bowles. Photo by Birgit Stephenson

Calling on Paul Bowles Tangier, Morocco, August 1979”There it is,” someone says, and in the darkness, in the distance, you can see Tangier sprawled across several hills, a white city illuminated by electric lights and veiled by a thin fog.After docking, disembarking and a wearisome wait to clear Moroccan customs, we take a taxi to our hotel, hurtling through the … [Read more...]

Jack Foley Writes About Ted Joans

Ted Joans Lives!

Jack Foley: GOODBYE, TED JOANSDon't let the minute spoil the hour.      --Ted JoansTed Joans died April 25th, 2003 at the age of 74. He was alone in his apartment in Vancouver, British Columbia. His body wasn't found until May 7th.It seems odd--and was in fact merely accidental--that Ted should have died alone: he was an immensely … [Read more...]

In Memory of Poet Alan Ansen: Biography, Books & Links

Alan Ansen - Contact Highs

Alan Ansen passed away in Athens, Grece on November 12, 2006. A poet, playwright, and author, he was associated with both the Beat Generation & New York poets. Ansen served as secretary to W.H. Auden for a number of years.Ansen inspired the character Rollo Greb in On the Road, and other of Kerouac's characters as well. Living in Tangier, he spent time with Paul Bowles, … [Read more...]