“Scholarly, wide-ranging and full of penetrating insight and fascinating literary gossip, the book is a major contribution to the core Beat canon, and provides an astonishingly intimate view of a homegrown American literary movement that would have a generative influence worldwide, inspiring generations of writers, visual artists, filmmakers, musicians and political activists across the globe..”
For more of Steve’s laudatory and intelligent, perceptive review – see here.
See here for a selection of other reviews
Another news item from last week – Ed White’s obituary in the The Denver Post
From Alan Prendergast’s account in Westword:
“White…(studied).. literature and architecture at the Sorbonne and Columbia University. While at Columbia, he became close friends with Jack Kerouac, a dropout who’d attended the school on a football scholarship, and other members of Kerouac’s fast-living, bohemian inner circle. White encouraged Kerouac to visit him in Denver — which he did in 1947, traveling by bus to Chicago and then hitchhiking to Colorado to see White, proto-hipster Neal Cassady and poet Allen Ginsberg. That trip became a major set-piece in Kerouac’s On the Road, published a decade later, in which White appears as the character Tim Gray.
‘The pair (Kerouac and White) visited frequently in New York between 1946 and 1955, while White was completing his graduate degree. In 1951, White later recalled, he suggested that Kerouac should carry a small sketchbook to capture fleeting impressions in prose, similar to what White did in sketching architectural designs (White was, in his professional life an accomplished architect). Years later, Kerouac wrote to White: “By the way, you started a whole new movement of American literature (spontaneous prose and poetry) when in that Chinese restaurant on 125th Street one night you told me to start SKETCHING in the streets…”
Westword also has this note on postcard notations from Allen to Ed Wood
Bernadette Mayer‘s birthday today (she turns 72).
Here’s Adam Fitzgerald’s Poetry Interview, (back in 2011)
Here’s her – always worth reprinting – invaluable list of writing provocations
Opening tonight in San Francisco (and continuing until September 27 ) at the GLBT History Museum, “Lavender Tinted Glasses”, a show focusing on Janis Joplin, Kenneth Anger, Allen Ginsberg and Gavin Arthur, (one of a series of events taking place this year in San Francisco to celebrate the “Summer of Love“)