Friday’s Weekly Round-Up – 381
August 31, 2018
The Beats and Women – that continually thorny topic (we noted last week Blair Hurley’s Paris Review article – You might also recall Lynnette Lounsbury’s piece in The[…]
David Amram Remembers Jack Kerouac
November 12, 2017
Continuing our celebration of his 87th birthday David Amram Remembers Jack Kerouac This initial piece was originally written in 1969 for Evergreen Review, and[…]
David Amram’s Birthday
November 11, 2017
David Amram celebrates his 87th birthday today Recipient of the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award from Kansas City’s Folk Alliance International. Written and narrated by Scott Alarik, here‘s the video made specially for that occasion and here‘s Nick Foster of Boulder, Colorado’s eTown interviewing[…]
Allen Ginsberg 1974 San Francisco tv Interview – “I Believe” – part 2
October 8, 2017
continuing from yesterday – (transcript of Allen Ginsberg and Father Mike S Riley’s 1974 conversation picks up approximately sixteen-and-a-half minutes in) MR: What’s a nice Jewish boy like you doing with all of the Christian metaphors and analogies?. It’s just “Christ,” “Jesus, “”the Church”, “Crucifixtion”… AG: Well, what I’ve been talking (except[…]
Friday’s Weekly Round-Up – 336
October 6, 2017
Just a reminder that it’s Kerouac celebrations in his home-town of Lowell this weekend. Festivities have already begun, but plenty’s still happening –  you can[…]
Friday’s Weekly Round-Up – 335
September 29, 2017
William Blake and the Age of Aquarius, a stunning new show opened this past week at the Block Museum at Northwestern (Evanston, Illinois). Above is a reproduction of the catalog cover. The exhibition, curated by Northwestern University art professor, Stephen F Eisenman, is a breakthrough exhibit, exploring, for the first time,  “the[…]
Sept 5 – On The Road – 60th
September 5, 2017
Sixty years ago today, Jack Kerouac‘s ground-breaking seminal  “Beat Generation” novel,  On The Road, was published by Viking Press. The book was conceived and composed several years earlier. [Jack Kerouac. Design for front[…]
Herbert Huncke
August 8, 2017
From Ann Douglas’ recent New York Times review of  The Best Minds of My Generation “Ginsberg also makes room for Herbert Huncke, whom he calls the “originator” of Beatness. An addict, gay hustler and petty thief, seeking, in his words, the freedom “to become more obscure,” Huncke introduced Ginsberg, Kerouac and Burroughs[…]
Friday’s Weekly Round-Up – 323
July 7, 2017
“Driving The Beat Road” – Jeff Weiss‘ recent detailed (and profusely illustrated ) survey, in The Washington Post, “in search of surviving members of the Beat Generation“,  is another  (well, we keep using this term, but it’s true) – “must-read”. Weiss recounts the circumstances and the details of his interviews (conducted earlier[…]
Allen Ginsberg in Austin – Interview – 1978
March 18, 2017
Interviewer: So we want to figure out what’s best, you know, what will be most comfortable for you. What I want to do is an oral history of the ‘Sixties and Austin’s an interesting area because there’s a major university with a lot of anti-war… There was a segregtion case, a very[…]