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How Artists Survive: They Become Rat Bastards

Juri Koll | Posted 11.16.2016 | Arts
Juri Koll

“Let’s look at the 50’s....That’s where you’ll see a clear polarization of be an artist was to be an outlaw. It wasn’t a pose...

Born to Be Blue

Dwight Brown | Posted 03.23.2017 | Entertainment
Dwight Brown

"I did it my way..." No, Ethan Hawke doesn't sing those lyrics in this faux bio/film about jazz great Chet Baker. But judging by his thoroughly convincing performance and writer/director Robert Budreau's impressionistic screenplay and artsy direction, that was their mindset during this movie's production.

Lawrence Ferlinghetti -- American Poet Unfurled

Robert J. Feldman | Posted 10.29.2016 | Home
Robert J. Feldman

Almost everyone who reads this book will find a poem, a passage or a drawing that will stay engraved on her life forever. Just as the work of Lawrence Ferlinghetti will no doubt remain the voice of a great American bard long into the future.

Happy Birthday, Jack

Odelia Kaly | Posted 05.12.2014 | Teen
Odelia Kaly

I am a vegan straightedge homebody, if I were to categorize myself. My idea of 'experimenting' is trying the oil cleansing method on my face. Undoubtedly, I am the inverse of everything that he is. And yet, I love him.

Alan Watts: Reborn in Her

Philip Goldberg | Posted 04.26.2014 | Entertainment
Philip Goldberg

He'd no doubt find Samantha's remark that not having a body has distinct advantages a hoot.

Call Me (William) Burroughs: A Conversation with Barry Miles

Davis Schneiderman | Posted 04.15.2014 | Home
Davis Schneiderman

Barry Miles, the biographer of Allen Ginsberg, Paul McCartney, Frank Zappa, Charles Bukowski and now William S. Burroughs, discusses all in this interview.

Fred W. McDarrah: Save the Village

Anne Margaret Daniel | Posted 04.06.2014 | New York
Anne Margaret Daniel

Fred W. McDarrah: Save the Village takes its name from the words painted on the side of an artist's studio on Greenwich Avenue, demolished in 1960 and memorably photographed by McDarrah. Its shadows remain in the literary and cultural walking tours that lace the neighborhood.

The Two Americas of Amiri Baraka (1934-2014)

Suzanne Persard | Posted 03.16.2014 | Arts
Suzanne Persard

In 1950s New York City, while the Beat poets Ginsberg and Kerouac had the luxury of simply being poets, hitching their dreams to stars with the freedom and privilege of living in opposition to bourgeoise America, LeRoi Jones was black in America.

Intrepid Travels: The Bus That Fell Behind The Times

Marcel Hidalgo | Posted 02.25.2014 | Arts
Marcel Hidalgo

You might need a little more than just the sonospheric groove in the album, Intrepid Travels, in order to experience Sound Strider's out-of-this-world...

Bea Kozera and the Beats

Chon A. Noriega | Posted 11.04.2013 | Latino Voices
Chon A. Noriega

Oftentimes, correcting the historical record does not have to do with adding missing content but rather with correcting a near-sighted focus on one group.

A Meeting of Cults: William Burroughs and Scientology

Jay Murphy | Posted 10.19.2013 | Home
Jay Murphy

Burroughs' involvement in Scientology has received only scant mention in the biographies that have appeared about him, so it has been left to David Wills to right the record in his Scientologist! Williams S. Burroughs and the Weird Cult.

Week 2 of the Mongol Diaries - Lithuania to Russia: On the Road

Diana Lee | Posted 09.28.2013 | Travel
Diana Lee

We have strolled along the hill-fortresses of Kernave, Lithuania, and bantered with the costumed vendors in Tallinn's Old Town. In these easy, carefree moments, there is a commune with nature and other individuals.

Ray Manzarek: A Friend's Tribute

Lauren Cahn | Posted 08.24.2013 | Entertainment
Lauren Cahn

When I heard that Ray Manzarek had died, I immediately grabbed my iPod and clicked on The Doors' "Riders on the Storm." I listened as the sound of rain transformed into Manzarek's cascading keyboards.

A French Shower in the Jungle of the American Beats

Frank Browning | Posted 08.24.2013 | Arts
Frank Browning

It's three years since the world-famous Pompidou Center of Modern Art opened its branch in the old industrial city of Metz, a couple of train hours east of Paris. The six-story wood and glass tent is far smaller--and some believe esthetically more daring -- than the mother museum.

Movie Review: On the Road

Marshall Fine | Posted 03.17.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

It's taken me a while to get around to it, but I wanted to offer a nod of approval for Walter Salles' On the Road, which came out in limited release at the end of 2012.

God Is Dead in Walter Salles' On the Road

John R. Eperjesi | Posted 03.16.2013 | Arts
John R. Eperjesi

In the "endless poem" of America, it is the spaces in between that mattered for Kerouac. Unfortunately, this film adaptation travels from one cliché to the next, skipping over many of the small moments that give the novel holy substance.

On the Road to North Beach

Zachary Ehren | Posted 03.10.2013 | San Francisco
Zachary Ehren

We sparked some tea and spit seeds onto the street, pulsing to the rhythm of the passing cars while feeling the ghosts of North Beach -- Kerouac, Ginsberg, Cassady, and the rest of our long-gone friends -- falling further away.

How The 'Beat Generation' Got Away from Kerouac

Joyce_Johnson | Posted 12.11.2012 | Home

One of the many surprises tucked away in the vast Jack Kerouac Archive at the New York Public Library is the tiny pocket notebook in which Kerouac reacted in the fall of 1947 to a conversation he'd just had with his mother.

I Want My Cool Back

Amy Ruhlin | Posted 10.21.2012 | Fifty
Amy Ruhlin

I want her to know that I was not always a middle-aged mom with over-processed hair and fluctuating hormones. I want her to know that her Dad did not always have goofy dance moves.

A New Generation Debuts: Plurals

Michael Hais and Morley Winograd | Posted 07.07.2012 | Business
Michael Hais and Morley Winograd

Evidence of the arrival of America's newest adaptive generation has surfaced in recent research, which is beginning to define how and why this latest Adaptive generation differs from the older Millennial Generation.

A Brief Renaissance: Holiday Lounge And Chinatown Fair Come Back To Life

Posted 04.12.2012 | New York

New York's "lost city bloggers" are astir this week, as two of the city's recently vanished cultural institutions are (kind of) getting a second chanc...

Ed Ruscha + Jack Kerouac = Poetic Wandering

Posted 03.22.2012 | Arts

Ed Ruscha's paintings look simple, which is what makes their complexity so confounding. Like a short poem, you can enjoy a Ruscha work in a matter of ...

'A Poem Is A Song. It Is In Your Heart And You Can Breathe It With Your Mouth.'

John R. Eperjesi | Posted 05.07.2012 | Home
John R. Eperjesi

Rainhat's gently staggering poems are spontaneous, lyrical, physical and immediate. When his grandmother, a farmer, tells him she doesn't understand poems, he explains to her, "A poem is a song. It is in your heart and you can breathe it with your mouth."

Katy Perry: 'Firework' Inspired by Jack Kerouac's 'On the Road'

Jerry Cimino | Posted 04.22.2012 | San Francisco
Jerry Cimino

It sounds like On the Road made a pretty big impression on Katy Perry. It turns out her big hit, "Firework," was inspired by probably the single most famous line Kerouac ever wrote.

Literary Classic Headed To Film

Posted 06.15.2011 | Entertainment

Fifty-plus years later, the Beat Generation is finally making its mark in film. A big screen adaptation of Jack Kerouac's "Big Sur," about the fame...