Brautigan Book Club in London

If you’re in London, you absolutely MUST check out the new Brautigan Book Club being put together by saltpeter productions.

The idea is to have a face-to-face meeting each month, discuss a Brautigan & take it another (or 3) level by discussing how it relates to modern day or posting a ‘creative response’ to the Brautigan work (which will later be posted to their blog). They’re also looking to host salons or other events which include live music, readings, performances & indulgent 60’s revivalism. 😉

The book club sessions begin January 25th 2012 in London. Sign up to their mailing list for updates & search #brautiganbookclub hashtag on twitter.

For those of you (like me!) who are not in London, they’re looking at ways for us to participate too! I can’t wait!

All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace

The BBC is airing a ‘series of films about how humans have been colonised by the machines we have built.’ and obviously the title is directly taken from (& attributed to) Richard Brautigan’s poem of the same title.

For those of you outside the UK, I recommend checking out the film maker Adam Curtis’s blog & the BBC site for the show.

Blog post with trailer

The 3 episodes are:

Episode 1 – Love & Power – aired May 23 211 on BBC2. This episode focuses on Ayn Rand & the silicon valley entrepreneurs which both had versions of the perfect world which were ill fated due to power & love (i’m paraphrasing the episode description here… I haven’t seen the show).

Episode 2 – The Use & Abuse of Vegetational Concepts – aired May 30, 2011 on BBC2. This episode focuses on modern scientific ideas of nature & the self regulating ecosystem.

Episode 3 – The Monkey in the Machine & the Machine in the Monkey – aired June 6 2011 on BBC2. This episode focuses on scientists Hamilton & Dawkins & the ‘selfish gene’.