Introduction: Who Owns the Words Owns the Writer

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Time speeds along the straights, slows at the corners, smashes through the gates. Unknown destinations broaden the mind. Brakes scream where they must. Under the Counterculture is a celebration of left-field thinking, mad ideas and strange truths from the underground - music, literature, art and philosophy, science, sex, drugs and technology -back-projected from the past, … Continue reading Introduction: Who Owns the Words Owns the Writer

Up and At Em: Death in the Sex of Joe Orton


Words by Leon Horton Artwork by Stephen James “God laughs and snaps his fingers. The only thing for man to do is snap his fingers back.” – The Boy Hairdresser (1960), Joe Orton and Kenneth Halliwell London,9 August, 1967. At the height of his short-lived fame, Joe Orton – anarchic playwright and cause célèbre of … Continue reading Up and At Em: Death in the Sex of Joe Orton

Who Owns the Dropper Owns the Fix: Out to Lunch with William Burroughs


It was summer 1991, I think, when sharing a joint on a brick fire escape after a night of acid-tapped cartoon lunacy, my friend Steve exhaled smoke into the Manchester morning and casually asked if I’d heard of a writer called William Burroughs. I hadn’t, but that moment has stayed with me as the dawn … Continue reading Who Owns the Dropper Owns the Fix: Out to Lunch with William Burroughs