Add to these a couple of novels, one employing Dante Alegheri as a character and foil (In The Hand Of Dante, which Johnny Depp may or may not be making into a movie), a fistful of other projects, some big magazine bylines, and you have a sketch of an original’s original.
Tosches’s newest opus, Never Trust a Loving God (Somogy Editions), is a collaboration with French painter Gravleurthe painter supplying the images and Nick the poetry. Reportedly Tosches discovered Gravleur at an L.A. exhibition (arranged by Johnny Depp) and the result is this elegantly published tome:
I’M LYING HERE DIRTY WAITING FOR THE UNDERTAKER TO GIVE ME A SHAVE. I SHOULDN’T HAVE PUT IT OFF FOR SO LONG. THE MOVEMENT OF MY LIFE WAS AS THE MOVEMENT OF MY LEFT HAND. IT STIRRED, IT REACHED OUT FOR ANOTHER, RAISED THE GLASS TO MY LIPS , AND, WHEN PARALYSIS CAME,IT TERMBLED OCCASIONALLY, SENSELESSLY, VAGUELY,WITH NO MEANING AT ALL. BEFORE THAT STIRRING I WAS A WOMAN WHO SPOKE ANOTHER TONGUE. I WAS A LEOPARD AWAITING GLANCE IN BOWERED SHADE FROM THE SUN. IT UIS AN ELECTRIC SHAVER.IT IS NOT WHAT I WOULD HAVE WANTED. OF COURSE, I SHOULD HAVE KNOWN. STRANGE THE THNGS WE DO NOT FORESEE.By the way, let me remind you that Nick Tosches is reading his poetry in NYC on February 5th.