American Porn by Heathcote Williams

American Porn by Heathcote Williams


Heathcote Williams’ new book shows how a nation steeped in violence and greed
reached its apotheosis in President Donald Trump.

Source: Thin Man Press

American Porn Is a continuation of works addressing major global events by legendary poet and political commentator, Heathcote Williams.

The world was shocked by the election of President Trump but was it really that surprising?

In this timely collection of ‘investigative poems’ about American history, culture and politics, Heathcote Williams suggests — with characteristic wit and literary invention — that a nation which owes its very name to an early Italian pornographer, and which has been steeped for centuries in violence, artifice and greed, has reached its apotheosis in selecting such a leader.

Contents include: The United States of Porn; President Donald J.Trump, World Emperor; Snuff Films at The White House; The White House Fly and Hollywoodland

Fact File: Heathcote Williams’s greatest fans include Jeremy Hardy and Al Pacino; he was a celebrity guest in the last episode of Friends; he writes songs with Marianne Faithful; Bob Hoskins taught him fire-eating and he is a fully paid up member of the Magic Circle.

Biographical details: Eton and Oxford educated, few would have anticipated his life-long devotion to anti-establishment causes, including running the infamous Rough Tough Cream Puff squatting ‘estate agency’ in the 1970s.

Recent Press:
Whale Nation
author Williams hit the headlines again in 2016 with Brexit Boris – From Mayor to Nightmare published by Public reading Rooms:

‘Scourge of the establishment for 50 years, Heathcote Williams is back with a vengeance…’ The Independent 2016

‘Williams is a gadfly, wit, dazzler, libertine, an erudite, mellifluous polemicist, anarchist, republican, anti-war, vegetarian Puck with a reverence for nature, an empathy for the marginal and a remarkable capacity for the imaginative verbal lash.’ Timothy O’Grady, Irish Times, 2016

American Porn is available now from Thin Man Press. The first 50 copies ordered will be a special first edition numbered and signed by Heathcote Williams. ORDER NOW…

American Porn by Heathcote Williams

‘American Porn’ for Inauguration Day

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On the day Twitter Fingers is sworn in as the preening el presidente of a tin-pot United States of Trumpistan, enabling him to run the country like a division of his family-held company, Thin Man Press will release American Porn, a collection of “investigative poems about American history, culture and politics” by Heathcote Williams.The titular poem, “The United States of Porn,” reflects the fact that America “owes its very name to an early Italian pornographer” (Amerigo Vespucci) and that a nation “steeped for centuries in violence, artifice and greed has reached its apotheosis” in electing Trump. Or as H.L. Mencken once wrote (in the Baltimore Evening Sun on July 26, 1920): “On some great and glorious day, the plain folks of the land will reach their heart’s desire at last, and the White House will be occupied by a downright fool and a complete narcissistic moron.” Here is Williams reading the poem, reminding us (per Susan Sontag) that “what pornography is really about isn’t sex but death”:

Williams’s reading was recorded at his home in Oxford, England, by Straight Up’s staff of thousands and was released on a vinyl LP album and CD by Sea Urchin Editions. The album also includes Williams reading the poems “Mr. President,” “Forbidden Fruit, or The Cybernetic Apple Core,” and “Snuff Films at the White House.” The poem “American Porn” was first published by Cold Turkey Press in an illustrated limited edition.

 http://www.artsjournal.com/herman/2017/01/american-porn-for-inauguration-day.html

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