His Master's Voice: Barney Rosset Santa Fe Festival Podcast
Great news! We're on our way to Santa Fe! We premiere on Valentine's Day, this Thursday, at the Center for Contemporary Arts as an official selection of the... Read more
“I found that what I had desired all my life was not to live - if what others are doing is called living - but to express myself.” ― Henry Miller, Tropic of Capricorn
The quest for freedom of the press and freedom of expression drove Barney Rosset's life. We are channeling Barney's spirit, into the inboxes of news outlets across the world. Henry... Read more
"Do anything, but let it yield ecstasy."—Henry Miller, Tropic of Cancer
Dear Rebel Souls, our 188 first Kickstarter Backers,
We're ecstatic to tell you that we exceeded our second Kickstarter funding goal!
And even more ecstatic to be premiering on February... Read more
To our original Barney's Wall backers: We need your help in the next 3 days
Mae West famously said, "A woman without a past has no future."
We're 87% funded with 3 days to go on our second, emergency campaign site. Please click here and... Read more
BE STILL MY HEART ... JUST IN: BARNEY'S WALL AN OFFICIAL SELECTION OF SANTA FE FILM FESTIVAL ... screening on Valentine's Day
The day first became associated with romantic love in the 14th century, when the tradition of courtly love flourished. In 18th-century England, lovers expressed their passion for each other by... Read more
5 DAYS UNTIL GOV'T SHUTDOWN. 22 DAYS LEFT IN OUR NEW KICKSTARTER. We need your continuing support. Please read on:
"SHUT DOWN definition: (Noun): A closure of a factory or system, typically a temporary closure due to a malfunction or for maintenance".
At our new emergency Kickstarter at SAVING BARNEY'S... Read more
REJOIN THE UNDERGROUND AND PLEDGE ON OUR NEW KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN PAGE (NOW LIVE!) TO GET US TO THE FINISH LINE. HERE'S AN INCITEMENT, LIMITED TO YOU FIRST BACKERS...
We are so thankful to all of you for getting us this far that we will send you a complimentary 10 pack of our Push Back "rejoin the underground" stickers... Read more
John Lennon: "IF YOU WANT TO MAKE GOD LAUGH TELL HIM YOUR PLANS" - especially best laid plans. Now launching SAVING BARNEY'S WALL tomorrow December 5!
Force majeure, we're taking an extra day to have everything running smoothly. At 11am, tomorrow December 5 (that's Wednesday) we'll be sending you our new link.
So be OUR major... Read more
Samuel Beckett: Fail Better. ACK. WE ARE LAUNCHING TUESDAY THE FOURTH OF DECEMBER (not the third)!!!
Our eyes are blurry and our heads feel like old sofas stuffed with fleas. WE MADE A MISTAKE. Pace Sam. Hope we don't fail again.
But we won't if you... Read more
SAVING BARNEY'S WALL NEW KICKSTARTER NOW LAUNCHING TUESDAY, DECEMBER 3!!
Help us to get our important and timely film over the last hurdle: funding for intellectual property rights, insurance and legal fees by supporting our new Kickstarter campaign: SAVING BARNEY'S... Read more
A complimentary thank-you First Responder Loyalty Reward if you check out our new Kickstarter launching December 1: SAVING BARNEY'S WALL!!!
TEE UP FOR MORE BARNEY'S WALL BACKER REWARDS!!
We're bringing you some very cool t-shirts, in thanks for your continuing support of our film about one man's lifetime battles against threats to freedom of the press and artistic... Read more
BARNEY'S WALL ACCEPTED AT LA FEMME FILM FESTIVAL...
... a Los Angeles film festival, now in its fourteenth year, that focusses on platforming women filmmakers “by women, for everyone”. thttps://filmfreeway.com/LaFemmeInternationalFilmFestival
Here's to the sharp and fantastic women behind "Barney's... Read more
BARNEY'S WALL ACCEPTED AT NYC 2 PARIS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, oui, oui, oui!!!
Click here for our French subtitled trailer, Le Mur de Barney, up on youtube:
Le Mur de Barney trailer
BACKER UPDATE: While doing final post-production and archival materials clearances,... Read more
BARNEY'S WALL PARIS SCREENING...WAR... and our new French trailer
Barney Rosset Goes to Paris!
Ce documentaire d’une durée de 78 minutes explore la psychologie et le rôle de Barney Rosset, un éditeur flamboyant dont les livres et les films, provoquants pour l’époque, ont fait... Read more
BARNEY’S WALL UPCOMING: CHICAGO AND PARIS (SNEAK PEEK) SCREENINGS AND PANELS... a new trailer...and Samuel Beckett
Until we raise the funds to cover our permissions rights and final color-correction, we're continuing to privately screen at arts and educational venues. Here are the exciting upcoming events:
Chicago,... Read more
Are you curious yellow??? Yet?
In 1969, a Swedish movie - "I Am Curious Yellow" - was banned in the U.S. as PORN.
The film had been imported by, yes, Grove Press publisher Barney... Read more
BARNEY, THE BEATS, SAN FRANCISCO, THE ROXIE, HERE WE COME!!!...on December 19th, 2017
The man who brought America Beckett, Burroughs and the Beats, is returning to the site of the Summer of Love: San Francisco. In 1968, "I Am Curious Yellow", a Swedish... Read more
BARNEY'S WALL SNEAK-PREVIEWED AT NYU's Forum On Arts and Culture in NYC...and here's a sneak peak!
After a screening of Barney's Wall on November 18 at NYU, a panel discussion on censorship and literary law-makers and law-breakers was moderated by Thane Rosenbaum. CLICK ON THE PHOTO... Read more
BARNEY'S WALL Screening, NYC, November 18, 2017, at NYU, with Paris Review editor Lorin Stein, The New Republic Editor Win McCormack, writer Alan Kaufman...and....
,,, and Barney's Wall creators Sandy Gotham Meehan and Williams Cole, in an after-sneak-peek-screening panel on literary law-makers and breakers.
Date: November 18, 2017 Time: 7:00 PM Location: 40 Washington... Read more
Barney's Wall Screening, NYC, October 30, 2017, at The Irish Repertory Theater, with John Turturro, Bill Irwin, Lisa Dwan, Conor and Judy Hegarty Lovett...and Barney Rosset
On Monday, October 30th at 7:00pm, The Irish Repertory Theater will present a special sneak-preview screening of BARNEY'S WALL.
Following the 73 minute screening, there will be a panel discussion... Read more
"If you can remember the Sixties, you weren't there...."
That timeless aria, riffing on the decade's acid-drenched summers, falls, winters, springs of love, sex, and epic music, has been attributed to Ken Kesey, Grace Slick, Robin Williams...and even, yes... Read more
If you're Barney Rosset and 85 years old, what do you hang on the wall of your mind?
Think about it. What would you hang on yours? All the highlights and obsessions and memories that marked your life. That's what drives artists. That's what drove Barney Rosset. And... Read more
Waiting for Barney...and Godot...and Lou and Bowie...
For all of you waiting…
We have news from the front.
Dateline: New York City.
Lou Reed and Bowie also wait
All this fall, we have been in post... Read more
Waiting for your Barney's Wall Rewards? Good news!
Dear Patient Backers,
The central act of Samuel Beckett's play "Waiting for Godot" is ... waiting. One of the most salient aspects of the play is that nothing really seems... Read more
Cheatin' Hearts: Betrayal, Beyonce'... and Barney
"How can I watch Lemonade? Did Jay Z cheat on Beyoncé? Who is ‘Becky with the good hair’? Are Jay Z and Beyoncé even married? It’s not too late to... Read more
THE END GAME: BARNEY’S WALL thank you and post-update!
Here is a missive on wanting.
Want to leave your job, but are afraid of the unemployment line? Want to leave your partner but dread Match.com or, omg, TINDER?
Want... Read more
THE BEGINNING IS IN THE END: NEXT
Thank you to all of you who have made our campaign a resounding success:
To all of our backers, who stayed with us and sent encouraging "Stay in there!" emails... Read more
I MUST GO ON: LAST WORDS
Like life itself, Kickstarter campaigns demand resilience, obsession, delusional thinking,...and an inbred, mortal terror of humiliation.
We're getting naked here: It was a terrifying moment when we realized that not... Read more
WHEN LIVES CONVERGE: KEROUAC, CHINA AND LADY CHATTERLEY
Put together a Bangkok novelist, a legendary New York publisher, and a guy who writes military history… by Bob Bergin, originally published in "The Evergreen Review"
I knew Christopher... Read more
LITERARY HOUNDS ... you have 48 hours in which to howl freely...act now!
Our film Barney's Wall" has just been profiled in "The Paris Review", as a tribute to Barney Rosset and his fierce battles for free expression.
Barney’s Wall today on the Paris... Read more
ON SEX, MADAME de STAËL, NAPOLEON...AND CENSORSHIP...with three days to listen up
"I would not have wanted to have been God because that for me would have been a dead end." - Napoleon Bonaparte
What was censored in 1809 when Napoleon ruled... Read more
SPIDER WEBS, SEX AND MYSTERY
“You might not know what’s going to fly into your web, but you put it where you think there might be flies. If you leave your web out long enough,... Read more
BARNEY ROSSET ON BECKETT, PINTER, MAMET, THE CIA…AND CENSORSHIP
“Growing up, I belonged to nothing because in a city like Chicago there were two groups that I think really had great prejudice against them, and that was the Jews... Read more
WHY COMIC BOOKS SHOULD NOT BE BANNED
"Because my brother Howie and I collected comics as poor kids in the Bronx, hoping to score a prized first edition of, say, Avengers #4 (which heralded the return appearance... Read more
8 DAYS TO EUCASTROPHE!
"I liked the movie, but that deus ex machina of Catwoman blasting him with her Batpod was total crap." (Overheard yesterday, at Starbucks.)
You need to know this useful term,... Read more
ZERO DARK THIRTY
“Adventure it was, and one of the most marvellous mankind ever embarked upon, sweeping into history at the head of the toiling masses, and staking everything on their vast and... Read more
Fail. Fail again. Fail better.
We dedicate the two typos (if you find any more let us know) in our last Update, "Waiting", to Sam.
Waiting for Time Warner to replace your cable box? Waiting for a Tinder swipe? Waiting for your buzz cut to grow out? Waiting for an orgasm? Waiting for your cold... Read more
US POSTAL SERVICE REVEALED AS A TERRORIST CELL
In 1955, the Postal Service seized a rare volume of "Lysistrata," a 2,400 year old Greek play in which Greek women withhold sex to force Spartan and Athenian warriors to abandon... Read more
OUTLAWS...AND JACK KEROUAC
The trite mythos of the outlaw; the self-conscious romanticism of the outlaw; the black wardrobe of the outlaw; the fey smile of the outlaw; the tequila of the outlaw and... Read more
CONGRESS BANS GAME OF THRONES FOR SEX AND VIOLENCE
FOUR REASONS WHY YOU ARE LUCKY TO BE A MILLENNIAL…AND A LATE BABY BOOMER
#1 That headline is a joke...for now.
#2 YOU CAN BUY COMIC BOOKS.In the 1950's,... Read more
UPDATE #7: JAWS
We reveal the bloody truth of what it's like to be behind the scenes on Kickstarter
This is the raw truth.
We are shark bait.
Only you can help us... Read more
UPDATE #5: THREE REASONS WHY YOU AIN'T NOTHIN' BUT A HOUND DAWG
(CAT PEOPLE, LISTEN UP)
#1 You ain't nothin' but a hound dog because you don’t regurgitate your food and you have no umwelt.
According to an early-20th-century German biologist,... Read more
UPDATE #4 THE LAST EXIT TO BROOKLYN: BRAKE TO READ!!
Dear Backers and Future Backers,
Keep reading and you'll get to see luscious, pre-Tarantino Jennifer Jason Leigh topless.
Our Updates are the most intriguing on Kickstarter so stay tuned and ... Read more
UPDATE #3: MISTAKEN IDENTITY TEST!!
Yes, you clever readers! That photo of Henry Miller and Anaïs Nin in Update #2 is from the movie, Henry and June, the Hollywood version of one of the... Read more
WHAT HENRY MILLER THOUGHT ABOUT ENGLISH LIT 101
Dear Kickstarter Backers and Future Backers!!
Thank you for keeping us going with your generous contributions and shout-outs for free expression!!
in the spirit of reciprocity we're going to be... Read more
Lots of Launch-Day Love
Beautiful "Barney's Wall" Backers,
We're writing to say one thing: YOU. ARE. AWESOME.
We enter our campaign's second day with 20 amazing backers—your combined pledges helped Barney's Wall raise $3,810... Read more