- Tornado Alley (book)
infobox Book |
name = Tornado Alley
image_caption = 1989
Cherry Valley Editionspaperback edition.
William S. Burroughs
language = English
genre = short stories,
Cherry Valley Editions
release_date = 1989
media_type = Print (
isbn = ISBN 0916156842
"Tornado Alley" is a collection of
short storiesand one poemby Beat Generationauthor, William S. Burroughs, written during the later years of his career and first published in 1989. The first edition of the book included illustrations by S. Clay Wilson.
Notable pieces in the collection include the crime melodrama "Where He Was Going", which Burroughs said on his album "Dead City Radio" was inspired by the writings of
Ernest Hemingway(the story title is taken from a famous quotation from Hemingway's " The Snows of Kilimanjaro"), and the poem "Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 28, 1986".
The collection is dedicated to 1930s gangster
John Dillinger, "in hope that he is still alive."
Both "Where He Was Going" and "Thanksgiving Day" were performed by Burroughs on his
1990spoken word/musical album, "Dead City Radio", with "Thanksgiving Day" also being performed by Burroughs in a music videoto promote the CD. In both the CD and video versions of "Thanksgiving Day", which was retitled "A Thanksgiving Prayer", Burroughs appends the dedication to Dillinger.
The short film "Thanksgiving prayer" by
Gus Van Santis a reading of the poem "Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 28, 1986" from "Tornado Alley". It features a collage of black and white images intercut with Burroughs reading the poem.
The stories contained within "Tornado Alley" are:
* Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 28, 1986 (poem)
* Jerry and the Stockbroker
* To Talk for Joe the Dead
* Dead-End Reeking Street
* The FUs
* Book of Shadows
* Where He Was Going
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