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The Cut-Up Method of Brion Gysin – William S. Burroughs

“At a surrealist rally in the 1920s Tristan Tzara the man from nowhere proposed to create a poem on the spot by pulling words out of a hat. A riot ensued wrecked the theater. Andre Breton expelled Tristan Tzara from … Continue reading

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William S. Burroughs – A Word Is a Word Is a Collage (1965)

Experimental Artworks – Kunsthalle Vienna “… Voice dry as the voice of T.S. Eliot droning from a recording, accent still American after years away from America. Appearance as anonymous as a bank clerk’s, forgettable as a bank robber. Writer of … Continue reading

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The Poetry Project’s Half-Century of Dissent

“February 10, 1971, on a Wednesday night in the East Village, a full moon glowed in the wintry sky over St. Mark’s Church in-the-Bowery. Inside, a group of New York’s most cutting-edge scene-makers gathered at the Poetry Project to hear … Continue reading

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Blowin’ in the Wind: A Folk-Music Revolt – Jack Newfield (Jan. 14, 1965)

“On the frontier of every art form guerilla bands of prophets and crackpots are nourishing the orthodoxies and fashions of tomorrow. A decade ago the frontier outlaws were men like Miles Davis, Paul Goodman, and Norman Mailer. Bereft of followers, … Continue reading

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Aspen – The multimedia magazine in a box (1965 to 1971)

“This is a web version of Aspen, a multimedia magazine of the arts published by Phyllis Johnson from 1965 to 1971. Each issue came in a customized box filled with booklets, phonograph recordings, posters, postcards — one issue even included … Continue reading

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Postmodern literature

“Postmodern literature is a form of literature that is characterized by the use of metafiction, unreliable narration, self-reflexivity, intertextuality, and which often thematizes both historical and political issues. This style of experimental literature emerged strongly in the United States in … Continue reading

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Ali’s Smile: Naked Scientology – William S. Burroughs (1971)

“Ali’s Smile: Naked Scientology is a collection of essays and a short story by American Beat writer William S. Burroughs (1914–97). First published in 1971 as the short story ‘Ali’s Smile’, the book eventually contained a group of previously published … Continue reading

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Coffee, Confusion and Jim Morrison: The Forgotten History of Hip Coffee Houses and Beatnik Poets in the Nation’s Capital

Cafe Rienzi, opened by painter David Grossblatt, was one of the first coffee shops in New York. Located on MacDougal Street, 1957. “The Beat Generation emerged in the 1950s as a bohemian-fueled movement of visionary literary heroes, passionate poets and … Continue reading

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The strange history of the East Village’s most famous street

The corner of Second Avenue and St. Mark’s Place in 1968. “St. Marks Place—the three blocks of East Eighth Street that run from Astor Place to Tompkins Square Park—has become a symbol of the East Village. Head shops serve as … Continue reading

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A Golden Guide: Hallucinogenic Plants

“Around the same time Albert Hoffman synthesized LSD in the early 1940s, a pioneering ethnobotanist, writer, and photographer named Richard Evan Schultes set out ‘on a mission to study how indigenous peoples’ in the Amazon rainforest ‘used plants for medicinal, … Continue reading

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