Category Archives: Poetry

The Art and Activism of Grace Paley

Paley’s fiction is peopled with the politically minded but it never preaches. “There’s a case to be made that Grace Paley was first and foremost an antinuclear, antiwar, antiracist feminist activist who managed, in her spare time, to become one … Continue reading

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Locus Solus

“The history and contents of the magazine Locus Solus provide insight into the type of progressive poetry circles and ideas Burroughs started tapping into with his small scale, textual cut-up works of the early 1960s. A testament to refined taste, … Continue reading

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Remembering Pier Paolo Pasolini

Pier Paolo Pasolini at Antonio Gramsci’s tomb, 1970. “The day after Pier Paolo Pasolini’s violent 1975 murder, L’Unità, the Italian Communist Party’s (PCI) newspaper, described him as ‘vero militante,’ a true militant. Just a few decades prior, a column in … Continue reading

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The Science of the Psychedelic Renaissance

Three new books suggest that psychedelic drugs did not necessarily have the power to rewrite society, but, instead, brought on revelations concerning earthly themes. “In 1960, Allen Ginsberg wrote a letter to Timothy Leary, then a professor at Harvard. Leary … Continue reading

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Theatre Genesis

Radical thoughts, limited spaces: a performance at the Caffe Cino. “Theatre Genesis was an Off-Off-Broadway theater founded in 1964 by Ralph Cook. Located in the historic St. Mark’s Church in-the-Bowery in New York City, it produced the work of new … Continue reading

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Carnac – Eugène Guillevic (1961)

“Hard by the rugged coast of Brittany, there among menhirs, those megaliths that have gone on standing through all our history, a man confronts the sea. Toi, ce creux et definitive, he says. (You, this void, this trough–definitive.) Moi, qui … Continue reading

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The Priest Who Practiced Radical Direct Action: Father Daniel J. Berrigan By Bernardine Dohrn

“In 1970, we received a ‘Letter from the Underground’ from Father Daniel Berrigan, printed in the New York Review of Books. It was a note from a comrade, for Dan too was a ‘most wanted’ fugitive from the FBI and … Continue reading

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