san francisco

Remembering Jay DeFeo

I hopped the BART train for the short ride under the bay from Fremont to San Francisco. It was 1995…

4 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…

4 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

“A Fish With Frog’s Eyes”: Bob Kaufman, George Romero and the Power of Radioactivity

  By Kurt Kline   In the poetry of Bob Kaufman, the poet is the healer, journeying down into the…

7 years ago

The Last Man Standing: Al Hinkle

The name Al Hinkle should be familiar to most readers of Beatdom, and if it isn’t then they’ll most likely…

9 years ago

Happy Birthday, Jack

Today would've been Jack Kerouac's 90th birthday. Although he's been dead a long time, his legacy is stronger than ever.…

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…

9 years ago

Death Within a Chrysalis

At the turn of the 1960s, Jack Kerouac found himself in a profound state of limbo, the climax of an…

10 years ago

The Lady is a Humble Thing: Elise Cowen

By Karen Baddeley The Lady is a humble thing Made of death and water The fashion is to dress it…

10 years ago

Lawrence Ferlinghetti Tribute

On October 2nd, Lawrence Ferlinghetti and his Beat bookstore and publisher, City Lights, will receive Litquake's 2010 Barbary Award at…

11 years ago

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