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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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#7 – Jed Birmingham

“It does not matter if you have five books or five thousand, one’s own book collection is inherently the most important and most interesting. These are the books that mean the most to you personally otherwise you would not have … 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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Interview with Tom Veitch on William S. Burroughs

Tom Veitch Magazine #2 “… How did the book come to be published by Ted Berrigan and C Press? For some reason, Ted liked my writing. The first thing he saw by me was a first-person novel called The Transfigured, … 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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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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No Sleep till Gloucester

Charles Olson’s Table “Standing in line early in the morning at the Dunkin Donuts located at the service area on Route 128 North heading into Gloucester, I thought to myself that this ‘mole’ brought into town, not just the tourists, … Continue reading

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Introduction to Found Poetry

A piece of blackout poetry, created by blocking out words from a found piece of newsprint W – Found poetry, W – Erasure (artform) “Poetry is everywhere, and it hides in plain view. Everyday writing like catalogs and tax forms … Continue reading

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“To say it country simple, most folks enjoy junk”: William S. Burroughs on addiction, rehab and Opium Jones

“I was on junk for almost 15 years. In that time I took 10 cures … In every case I relapsed at the first opportunity.” William S Burroughs: “Junk is a generic term for all habit-forming preparations and derivatives of … Continue reading

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