Category Archives: Allen Ginsberg

Turtle Island – Gary Snyder (1974)

“Turtle Island is a book of poems and essays written by Gary Snyder and published by New Directions in 1974. Within it, Snyder expresses his vision for humans to live in harmony with the earth and all its creatures. The … Continue reading

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On The Road: Jack Kerouac and the Beat Generation’s Style

“Take someone from 70 years ago, drop them on a city street today. Would their style fit in seamlessly with those surrounding them on the sidewalk? Styles change. The best dressed style icons of almost any era—no matter how respected—wouldn’t … Continue reading

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The Urban Lens: From Bob Dylan to Jack Kerouac, see rare photos of the Village’s Beat Generation

Dutch American artist Willem de Kooning (1904 – 1997) (center, with light hair) speaks with an unidentified couple at the top of a stoop next door to the Tanager Gallery (the storefront above the ‘Bar’ sign) on 10th Street, New … Continue reading

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Jane Bowles: Collected Writings

“In a brilliant handful of works, Jane Bowles (1917–1973) fashioned an uninhibited avant-garde style, a dazzling compound of spare prose and vivid dialogue that has enjoyed an outsized literary influence. Tennessee Williams called her ‘the most important writer of prose … Continue reading

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How the Beat Generation Created the Uniform for Disaffected Youth

“William Burroughs once said that On the Road ‘sold a trillion Levi’s.’ The iconic denim brand is just one of the fashion companies to benefit from the disaffected, worn-out look popularized by the Beat Generation. The group of writers—including Burroughs, … Continue reading

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Inside the Beat Hotel of Paris

“‘I lay there on the floor, he makes love to Nanette all night, as she whimpers,’ wrote Jack Kerouac, recalling the night he slept in Room 41 of a Parisian ‘fleabag’ in the Latin Quarter that his friend and fellow … Continue reading

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Literary Tourism: Jack Kerouac’s New York

In this Oct. 21, 1969, photo is author Jack Kerouac who only lived in St. Petersburg, Fla., a handful of years before he died there in 1969. But the Sunshine City still claims him as its own. One hundred years … Continue reading

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Detroit Artist’s Workshop

Red Door Gallery – 1964 Archie Shepp: “On November 1st, the Detroit Artist’s Workshop, now defunct, celebrated its tenth anniversary. Not exactly an earth-shattering event, this anniversary, but one with great significance for those of us whose daily cultural practice … Continue reading

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The Harvard Psychedelic Club – Don Lattin

“In the winter of 1960-61, when their lives began to overlap in Cambridge, Mass., Timothy Leary, Richard Alpert, Andrew Weil and Huston Smith resembled tweedy extras from ‘Mad Men.’ These future psychedelic pioneers were still buttoned-down intellectuals and careerists, men … Continue reading

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Nothing Here Now But the Lost Recordings: The Lost Tapes of Carl Weissner, Claude Pélieu and Mary Beach, 1967-1969

“For academics and fans alike, the archives of the pivotal beat triumvir of William Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac have long been a source of fascination and a continued wealth of lost texts. Despite the excavation of a large … Continue reading

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