DEAD LANGUAGE FLYER FOR LE SOLEIL DANS LA TETE.
DEAD LANGUAGE FLYER FOR LE SOLEIL DANS LA TETE.

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DEAD LANGUAGE FLYER FOR LE SOLEIL DANS LA TETE.

Nd. (c. August 1959). Large peach colour card lettered in a darker peach tone. Illustrated with Dead Language motif of floating humanoid figure. 16x28cm. A little faint spotting, o/w Near Fine.

An announcement for a reading at the Left Bank bookshop-gallery, Le Soleil Dans La Tête. The text reads: "burroughs heliczer horovitz maclise norse & om in dead languages last poem session two xiii. & viv. august ix. pm soleil dans la tete 10 rue vaugirard".

It seems possible that William Burroughs didn't actually read at the event, nor even appear, much as Harold Norse recalled of another event from the same period: "In 1959 Burroughs had accepted an invitation to read sections of Naked Lunch at the Mistral Bookshop. Corso and I completed the program. When the day arrived Burroughs didn't appear. He was junk-sick. He sent a tape of his reading from the opening pages of the novel. The tiny audience, mesmerized by the deep, hypnotic voice and black humor, sat spellbound. This was his first reading; it was entirely appropriate that a disembodied voice should create the hallucinatory climate of fear, horror, and fun." (NY: W. Morrow, 1989. Memoirs of a Bastard Angel, p.362).

The tape Norse refers to may have been recorded by Burroughs himself, or it could have been (if Norse was mistaken about it being Burroughs's first reading) the recording Heliczer made of Burroughs, mentioned by him in a card sent to Michael Horovitz in July 1959: "a fantaclasmic poem session the other evening highlight of it… was a reading or shd i say a truly leadbellian recitative by wm burrows of parts of naked lunch which i had managed to get on tape". This was probably the same tape (titled by Heliczer "a film for tape recorder no projector needed/sound by wm burroughs") that was played at a later reading organised by Heliczer in New York, December 1962 (see item #75).

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