Saturday, January 9

Fifty Years Later, Looking for Last Exit (BKLYNR - 2014)

"Fifty years ago this fall, Grove Press published Last Exit to Brooklyn, a collection of revolting interweaving stories — which Hubert Selby Jr. had begun publishing in literary magazines as early as 1957 — that became a controversial instant classic of postwar urban degeneracy, populated by drunks, drug addicts, violently repressed homosexuals, victimized transvestites, worn-out laborers, and idle thugs. It’s not the only one of Selby’s six novels (and one story collection) still in print — Da Capo Press still publishes his other best-known book, Requiem for a Dream, thanks surely in part to Darren Aronofsky’s 2000 film adaptation — though it’s the only one I’ve ever seen on shelves in Brooklyn’s independent bookstores, when they stock any Selby books at all. Still, neither Grove nor anyone else has announced plans for a 50th anniversary edition; it seems like Allen Ginsberg’s hope (once used in a full-page ad in the New York Times, now a pull quote on the paperback) that the book 'should explode like a rusty hellish bombshell over America and still be eagerly read in a hundred years' may have been dashed. ..."
W - Last Exit to Brooklyn (1963)
W - Hubert Selby, Jr.
amazon: Last Exit to Brooklyn
NPR: In 'Last Exit,' Brooklyn Is A Character, Too (Video)
Guardian: Last Exit to Brooklyn by Hubert Selby Jr – review
YouTube: Last Exit to Brooklyn (1989)
YouTube: Hubert Selby Jr - 'It/ll Be Better Tomorrow'