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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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Remarks on Timothy Leary’s Politics of Ecstasy by Allen Ginsberg (December 12, 1968)

“By the late ’40s of this memory Century the people I knew best and loved the most had already broken through the crust of old Reason & were dowsing for some Supreme Reality, Christmas on Earth Rimbaud said, Second Religiousness … Continue reading

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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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Wanna-Beats: In 1959, Café Bizarre Gave Straights an Entree Into Beatnik Culture

A poet gives a reading on stage at The Bizarre coffehouse on West 3rd St., Greenwich Village, New York City, 1961. “America hit peak hippie in 1967, thanks to the avalanche of media hype that accompanied the Summer of Love. … Continue reading

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The Press of Freedom: An Ofay’s Indirect Address to LeRoi Jones – Vivian Gornick (1965)

“Four men — each a well-known practitioner of one of the arts — appeared on a recent Monday night in the small basement room of the Village Vanguard to address an overflowing crowd on the grandly entitled subject ‘Art vs. … 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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Allen Ginsberg at the End of America

“In 1965, Bob Dylan gifted Allen Ginsberg with a Uher reel-to-reel tape recorder, which Ginsberg was to use to record his thoughts and observations as he traveled throughout the United States. Ginsberg, already heavily influenced by Jack Kerouac’s methods of … 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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