Monthly Archives: April 2020

The Invincible – Stanisław Lem (1964)

“The Invincible (Polish: Niezwyciężony) is a hard science fiction novel by Polish writer Stanisław Lem, published in 1964. The Invincible originally appeared as the title story in Lem’s collection Niezwyciężony i inne opowiadania (‘The Invincible and Other Stories’). … A … Continue reading

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Smoking Typewriters: The Sixties Underground Press and the Rise of Alternative Media

“John McMillian’s new book, ‘Smoking Typewriters: The Sixties Underground Press and the Rise of Alternative Media in America,’ is a lively account of an oft-overlooked aspect of the anti-war movement: the hundreds of radical underground newspapers that proliferated—and then promptly … Continue reading

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Lightnin’ Hopkins

“Samuel John ‘Lightnin’ Hopkins (March 15, 1912 – January 30, 1982) was an American country blues singer, songwriter, guitarist and occasional pianist, from Centerville, Texas. … Hopkins was born in Centerville, Texas, and as a child was immersed in the … Continue reading

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Tent of Miracles – Jorge Amado (1967)

“Tent of Miracles (Portuguese: Tenda dos Milagres) is a Brazilian Modernist novel. It was written by Jorge Amado in 1967 and published the following year. … Tent of Miracles was written three years after the military overthrew Brazilian democracy, and … Continue reading

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The Odyssey of Captain Beefheart – Rolling Stone (1970)

“‘Uh oh, the phone,’ Captain Beefheart mumbled as he placed his tarnished soprano saxophone in its case. ‘I have to answer the telephone.’ It was a very peculiar thing to say. The phone had not rung. Beefheart walked quickly from … Continue reading

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Some/thing – Jerome Rothenberg/David Antin (1965–68)

“David Antin’s first separate book was in preparation at Hawk’s Well Press (Definitions was ultimately published by Caterpillar in 1967) when he joined with veteran poet and editor Jerome Rothenberg to create Some/thing. The first issue, published by Rothenberg’s Hawk’s … Continue reading

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New York Mets: 1962–1966

Manager Casey Stengel theatrically pointing the way at the start of spring training in 1962. “The history of the New York Mets began in 1962 when the team was introduced as part of the National League‘s first expansion of the … Continue reading

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Alice’s Restaurant – Arthur Penn (1969)

“Alice’s Restaurant is a 1969 American comedy film directed by Arthur Penn. It is an adaptation of the 1967 folk song ‘Alice’s Restaurant Massacree‘, originally written and sung by Arlo Guthrie. The film stars Guthrie as himself, with Pat Quinn … Continue reading

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Velvet Underground – 1969: The Velvet Underground Live (1972), Live at Matrix 1969 (2015)

“1969: The Velvet Underground Live is a live album by the Velvet Underground. It was originally released as a double album in September 1974 by Mercury Records. … During 1969, the Velvet Underground toured the United States and Canada, playing … Continue reading

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Samuel Beckett – Film (1965 short film)

“Film is a 1965 short film written by Samuel Beckett, his only screenplay. It was commissioned by Barney Rosset of Grove Press. Writing began on 5 April 1963 with a first draft completed within four days. A second draft was … Continue reading

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