Tag Archives: Jack Kerouac

The Amphetamine Explosion – Gail Sheehy (July 21, 1969)

“‘Savages. Look at ’em. They’ve turned into savages.’  The cabbie, driving through the East Village, is talking about a group of our young New Yorkers who used to be cursed for their interest in love, peace and flowers. ‘Buncha savages, … 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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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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Ken Kesey Talks About the Meaning of the Acid Test

“For me, there have always been at least three Ken Keseys. First, there was the antiauthoritarian author of the madcap 1962 classic One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest. Inspired by Kesey’s own work as an orderly at a Menlo Park … Continue reading

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Big Sur – Jack Kerouac (1962)

“Big Sur is a 1962 novel by Jack Kerouac. It recounts the events surrounding Kerouac’s (here known by the name of his fictional alter-ego Jack Duluoz) three brief sojourns to a cabin in Bixby Canyon, Big Sur, owned by Kerouac’s … Continue reading

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Corinth Books

amazon: The Modems: An Anthology of New Writing, Jones, LeRoi, ed. “One of New York’s literary landmarks was the Eighth Street Book Shop, which began in 1947 when brothers Ted and Eli Wilentz bought an old Womraths ‘bookstore’ (really a … Continue reading

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Rebels: A Journey Underground – A New Kind of Bohemian

“Rebels: A Journey Underground is an excellent Canadian documentary history of ‘the counterculture’ produced for television in the late 1990s and narrated by Kiefer Sutherland. It’s the work of writer/director Kevin Alexander, who did a great job with it. More … Continue reading

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