Category Archives: Burroughs

Diane di Prima

“Diane di Prima (August 6, 1934 – October 25, 2020) was an American poet, known for her association with the Beat movement. She was also an artist, prose writer, and teacher. Di Prima authored nearly four dozen books. … She edited … Continue reading

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Tracking the Beat Generation Across Three Continents

Jack Kerouac, “On the Road” (1951) “PARIS — Though almost entirely lacking a female presence — artist Jay DeFeo and poet Diane Di Prima being the exceptions that prove the rule —  the Centre Pompidou’s airily laid out retrospective of … Continue reading

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Grove Press

“Grove Press is an American publishing imprint that was founded in 1947. Imprints include: Black Cat, Evergreen, Venus Library, and Zebra. Barney Rosset purchased the company in 1951 and turned it into an alternative book press in the United States. … Continue reading

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Paul Bowles in Exile – Jay McInerney

“As the faithful poured into the mosque for prayer, I searched for the door to a restaurant reputedly just across the street and tried to seem inconspicuous. It was my second night in Tangier. Men in dark robes huddled on … Continue reading

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The Last Times – William Burroughs, Claude Pelieu, Allen Ginsberg, Charles Bukowski (1967)

The Last Times I – “Day the Records Went Up” by William S. Burroughs, photograph of Herbert Huncke “The Last Times was a tabloid underground newspaper published in San Francisco in 1967 by beatnik poet and printer Charles Plymell. It … Continue reading

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Richard Avedon: Murals & Portraits

Richard Avedon photographing SNCC demonstrators, March 1963 “Gagosian Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of Richard Avedon’s legendary photographic murals and related portraits. The exhibition has been drawn from the collection of and developed in collaboration with The Richard … Continue reading

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Printing Techniques: Mimeo

“If the letterpress represents the magazine or book as high art, the mimeograph machine epitomizes lo-fi production. The master of the mimeograph machine must first of all be a master of the stencil. The stencil is a floppy wax sheet … Continue reading

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Greenwich Village

The corner of St. Marks Place and Second Avenue in the East Village in March 1969. “… Greenwich Village again became important to the Bohemian scene during the 1950s, when the Beat Generation focused their energies there. Fleeing from what … Continue reading

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Chicago 1968: The Whole World Is Watching chronicles the chaos of the infamous DNC convention

“One afternoon a little more than 50 years ago, the photographer Michael Cooper wandered into the bar at the Chateau Marmont in LA and happened to run into a friend, the writer Terry Southern. Southern had time for just one … Continue reading

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31 literary icons of Greenwich Village

Streetview of 81 Horatio Street, where Baldwin lived from 1958 to 1961 “Greenwich Village, specifically the historic district at its core, has been described as many things, but ‘literary’ may be among the most common. That’s not only because the … Continue reading

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