Profile: Hubert Selby, Jr.

“He made the English language a beautiful street fight,” says musician Henry Rollins of Hubert Selby, Jr.

When Selby’s novel Last Exit to Brooklyn debuted in 1964, poet Allen Ginsberg made a prediction: “Last Exit to Brooklyn should explode like a rusty hellish bombshell over America and still be eagerly read in a hundred years.”

Now, nearly fifty years later, Selby’s novels remain among the most influential and important works of the twentieth century.

Watch musician Henry Rollins, poet and playwright Amiri Baraka (Blues People), and author Jerry Stahl (Permanent Midnight) explore the legacy of one of our most acclaimed and original writers.

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