Burn Collector #16

Burn Collector #16

by Al Burian

Himself a sometimes mentally-uneven literary genius, voice-of-our-generation type, Al Burian talks to and about others of considerable merit in these three departments. Among them, Chicago basisst and former Soviet block banjo-ist Tim Remis and Sascha Altman DuBrul, who talks about his work extensively with mental illness and finding solutions that work for him and those within his community. Aside from his continued from #14 meta "writing on writing," Al continues his interest in David Foster Wallace and his departure from medication to sudden, unexpected suicide despite success in love, the commercial arena, academia, and literary criticism. "It's especially unnerving when really smart people decide to kill themselves...In a way he represents, to me, the futility of trying to think your way out of it."