A more-than-usual miscellany this week
Holly George-Warren, upcoming biographer, (on Oprah, no less), poses the question –
“Can A Feminist Still Love Kerouac?’ Clearly, the answer is (a complicated one, but..)
she can, yes. In a provocative (but, frankly, necessary) piece, Amanda Petrusich, Melissa Holbrook Pierson, Sheila Weller, Amber Tamblyn, Laina Dawes, Fiona Paton, Michelle Shocked, Mary Gauthier, and Debra Devi are all interviewed, and all offer informed observations.
Brian Hassett (no stranger to these pages) provides a detailed account of his Kerouac@100 experience – here. If you weren’t there, you can get a pretty good sense of it from him (and his enthusiasm is infectious). Don’t miss it.
“We did it right in good ol’ Lowell”, he concludes, “Jack wasn’t there in body but he was in soul. His Spirit was in every glance, and nobody left town without a hundred years of Jack’s blood dyeing our own with the colors of love, for real, not fade away.”
It’s a dutiful and engaging survey – Not sure we agree with Raskin’s concluding remark
– “He (Allen) seemed a little nutty, actually, because he wasn’t always trying to make a lot of sense” – Oh really? – Quite the contrary, never unfixed or unfocused, Allen (in our recall) was always insistently striving for comprehension.
Ah, but we’re nit-picking, we’re long-time admirers of Raskin’s work, most notably 2006’s American Scream – Allen Ginsberg’s Howl and The Making of The Beat Generation,
Speaking of Indian poetry, we’ll draw your attention to another account (focusing on the bilingual English-Marathi poet, Arun Kolatkar, another of Allen’s friends) – “Translation As Literary Activism” – an in-depth article and one well-worth reading.
Andrew Schelling writes on Anselm Hollo (how we miss him!)