December 28, 1941 – A young precocious (fifteen-year-old) Allen Ginsberg writes from Paterson, New Jersey to the Editors of the New York Times – about unconscionable delays with regard to U.S. involvement in the continuing conflicts of the Second World War – (“mental impotence and political infirmity on the part of a handful of U.S. Congressmen”)
So yesterday’s focus was on Beat sociology, Beat exploitation, Beat demonization (with a little bit of Beat co-option and shameless marketing thrown in.) Here’s (those glorious lurid paperback book covers!) just a little bit more.… Read More
A while back, we ran a number of posts on Beat sociology – “Beatniks” – and Beat Exploitation
Beat Kitsch – see here and here and here and hereThis recent post, from the indefatigable catalogers/bloggers at Houghton Library, Harvard – “Beelzebub Books” (sic) (promising “an uncensored, unexpurgated expose of the Beat Generation”) – got us to pondering the subject again –
“More daring than any fiction”? – (Ah, but it is a fiction!)
Sex and Violence. Hypocritical Thrill-Seeking. Tabloid Sensationalism.
The second item, the New York Mirror‘s April 10, 1961 edition and its unforgettable headline, “3000 … Read More
AG: So Auden – W.H.Auden, the… who, incidentally, it was his anthology that I was reading from originally – the… it’s the first thing in his five-volume anthology of English poetry, poetry of the English language (which we’ve talked about before) also, in the (19)40’s, during World War II, wrote a very great poem called “Age of Anxiety” in old Germanic and Anglo-Saxon alliterative meters. So I thought I would read some of that … Read More