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Lawrence Ferlinghetti Turns 100

Lawrence Ferlinghetti was born in New York one hundred years ago today - 24th March, 1919. After a difficult childhood…

2 years ago

6 Places Where the Beats Hung Out

The world was a different place in post-war America. Suburbs were scant, malls were unheard of, and the nation was…

5 years ago

Sixty Years After the Six Gallery Reading

October 7th, 1955, was arguably one of the most important dates in American literature. On that date, in a “run…

6 years ago

Lawrence and Me

Clearing out the garage Going through mountains of books Nooks and nooks of books Old English lit books New York…

7 years ago

Naropa Turns 40

This Sunday, April 20th, Naropa University - which was founded by Tungpa Rinpoche and was America's first accredited Buddhist university…

7 years ago

William S. Burroughs: Botanist

In 1953, William S. Burroughs published his first novel, Junkie, which ended with the ominous line, “Yage may be the final…

8 years ago

After the Deluge

“What are you rebelling against?” the local girl asks one of the “saintly motorcyclists” in the 1953 movie The Wild…

9 years ago

The Beat Rap Sheet

But yet, but yet, woe, woe unto those who think that the Beat Generation means crime, delinquency, immorality, amorality ...…

9 years ago

The City Lights Bookstore: the Beatnik’s Mecca

There are few places around the globe that fully encompass all things Beat Generation in the same way as the…

10 years ago

DVD Reviews: The Life and Times of Allen Ginsberg and William Burroughs: A Man Within

Review by Michael Hendrick; Photo by Jerry Aronson A look around at the landscape of today's world reveals cultural melee…

10 years ago

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