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Rare interviews with Kurt Vonnegut and Studs Terkel, archival footage of 1950s Chicago, and the gritty voice of Nelson Algren himself unveil the compelling life story of one of America's greatest and least understood writers. Author of five novels and countless other stories, reviews, and essays along with the prose poem Chicago: City on the Make, Algrens focus on disenchantment with consumer culture is still resonant and his concerns about FBI and CIA surveillance prophetic.
Warren Leming is a Chicago/Berlin based artist, who along with Studs Terkel founded the Nelson Algren Committee (www.nelsonalgren.org). Leming produced, wrote, and narrates Nelson Algren: The End is Nothing, The Road is All, and his video-noir segments provide a tone that mirrors Algrens last bitter years in the City where he made his trade. Mark Blottner has worked on independent video productions ranging from community-organized documentaries to the 1997 BBC TV documentary A Walk on the Wild Side as a researcher/fixer. He has an extensive history in corporate interactive design and development for a variety of distribution channels including mobile, web, and desktop digital media.
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"Algren's Last Night" is the bittersweet tale of a Chicago writer bidding farewell to the city he had 'made his trade.'
Bulletprooffilm February 12, 2006 Based on a script written and narrated by Algren friend Warren Leming,
Given the dark tone of Algren's work, Carmine Cervi creates his own film noir world in DV color. "Algren's Last Night" is: 'Video Noir'. Unique and evocative cityscapes reveal a dark, haunted Chicago rarely traveled or seen.
Director/Producer/Editor/Camera: Carmine Cervi
Actor/Writer/Producer: Warren Leming
October 2014 .. Hallo out there: the new shipment of NELSON ALGREN MUG SHOT MUGS HAVE JUST ARRIVED. We send em post paid to you.... email: email@example.com for more details.
GET your order in, they'll go quickly.
The Algren Committee has a limited supply of the NELSON ALGREN MUG SHOT MUG.
Done in black and white and with Algren's mug shot, courtesy of the Chicago Police Dept., on both sides.
Greet the day with an Algren Mug Shot Mug---reminding you never to "play cards with a man named Doc.
And never to eat at a place called Ma's. And never to sleep with someone whose troubles are worse than your own."
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EMAIL ADVISOR: IF YOU CAN'T ACCESS email@example.com FROM THIS SITE... COPY THE ADDRESS AND ACCESS IT FROM YOUR EMAIL PROGRAM. THANKS, THE ALGREN COMMITTEE
Max Vanzi is a retired writer/journalist living in Sacramento, California. Max covered the Far East and points between for the wire services as a foreign correspondent. He's an Algren fan, and spent a weekend with the Committee during the 2010 Algren Birthday party. He's done us the honor of a piece on the Committee, Algren's legacy, and his time in Chicago.
A Heroic Line of Losers: From Herman Melville to Nelson Algren by Hugh Iglarsh MediaBurnArchive November 03, 2009 Studs Terkel chats and jokes with Nelson Algren at a party in Chicago.
Algren had recently moved from Chicago to Paterson, New Jersey, and this move was the subject of most of the conversation,
told mainly through deadpan jokes.
March 11, 2015
Editor in Chief, Library of America
14 East 60th Street, New York, NY 10022
Dear Mr. OBrien:
I write to you on behalf of the Nelson Algren Committee, of which I am a member and also as a reader, a student of American literature, and an admirer of your excellent and much-needed publishing venture, which has saved many a classic text from the recycling bin and remainder table of history.
My question (which you may already have guessed) is simple: Do you plan to include any of the works of Nelson Algren in the Library of America?
Algren is not only Chicagos top novelist, the winner of the first National Book Award for The Man with the Golden Arm and the dean of mid-century social realists, acclaimed by Hemingway as his peer and successor. He also remains a much under-read and underrated author whose reputation would benefit from the endorsement of the Library of America and the series presence in bookstores and libraries.
While Algren is not represented in your roster, I notice that nine volumes are devoted to Philip Roth, a writer who is alive, in print and highly publicized by his publisher. By contrast, Algren was mostly
out of print for many years and still lacks the attention he deserves in the United States (less so in Europe). This is due to the lingering effects of McCarthy-era FBI harassment and unfairly harsh attacks by critics who themselves toed the line and had little use for Algrens radical humanism and heartfelt identification with the downtrodden. When the Cold War chill hit American letters in the 1950s, it was Algren and others like him who found themselves frozen out and used as a cautionary example for younger writers. An injustice was done to him then, which can be partially rectified now.
In short, I believe that you need Algren to fulfill your original purpose of maintaining a permanent library consisting of literary works of perennial merit, and Algren needs you to reclaim his rightful standing.
By any reasonable standard, Chicago: City on the Make, Golden Arm, Never Come Morning and Neon Wilderness are classics that still speak to us today, louder than ever. Algren had a conscience in touch with humanity, in his own phrase, and few American writers have ever chronicled so powerfully and poetically the gap between our ideals of freedom and equality and the felt reality of alienation and marginalization. While his outsider stance went out of style for awhile, his insights are still alive and compelling, as evidenced by the two documentaries about him released during the past year.
I look forward to hearing back from about this matter. If there is anything I can do to assist in making Nelson Algren part of your esteemed literary series, please let me know. Thank you so much for your attention and consideration.
The Nelson Algren Committee
Nelson Algren Award Recipients
2003 ... Don Rose Carlos Cortez Jon Jost Kate Hogan Jim Redd 2004 ... Laura Weathered Roberto Lopez David Williams Peter Kuttner Judy Hoffman 2005 ... Jeff Huebner Vesna Rebernak Penelope & Franklin Rosemont 2006 ... Glenda Daniel Carl Davidson Marguerite Horberg 2007 ... Diana Berek Lew Rosenbaum Bob Rudner 2008 ... John K. Wilson Kari Lydersen 2009 ... Denis Mueller Ken Dunn Alma Washington 2010 ... James Bond Erwin Helfer Erika R. Allen 2011 ... Chris Drew Maureen Murphy Scott Sanders Richard Wood 2012 ... Paul Durica Elliot Zashin 2013 ... Tom Palazzolo 2014 ... WZRD Radio Collective 2015 ... Katerina Carson
Algren's Eye: Photography and the City by Warren Leming
Most recently, the BBC (Scotland) shot "A Walk on the Wild Side," in Chicago, with the co-operation of the Committee. The video documents Algren's now famous love affair with the French writer and feminist icon Simone De Beauvoir. Copies are available thru the Committee.
The Committee is making available, for the first time, a CD of Algren reading from his work. The CD will contain a long interview with Algren by Studs Terkel. There are also excerpts of Algren reading from his work. If you are interested you can write or call the Committee about obtaining a copy. Produced by Cold Chicago, the CD was originally recorded at FM station WFMT.
In addition, a map of Algren sites, fictional and real, has been created in a joint effort by artist Robert Hartzell and Nina Gaspich is now available, have a look!
Click the link to download an mpeg of the Frankie Machine Blues bands version of: Algren Street our homage to the work of Nelson Algren. The lyrics to the tune are also available.
"Literature is made upon any occasion that a challenge is put to the legal apparatus by conscience in touch with humanity."
"The hard necessity of bringing the judge on the bench down into the dock has been the peculiar responsibility of the writer
in all ages of man."
"I went out there [Hollywood] for a thousand a week, and I worked Monday, and I got fired Wednesday.
The guy that hired me was out of town Tuesday."
"The avocation of assessing the failures of better men can be turned into a comfortable livelihood,
providing you back it up with a Ph.D."
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