Posts tagged Beats
Posts tagged Beats
literature meme | movements [2/2] - beat generation
The Beat Generation was a group of American post-World War II writers who came to prominence in the 1950s, as well as the cultural phenomena that they both documented and inspired. Central elements of “Beat” culture included rejection of received standards, innovations in style, experimentation with drugs, alternative sexualities, an interest in Eastern religion, a rejection of materialism, and explicit portrayals of the human condition. [x]
It’s not everyday you get a fax from Charles Bukowski, but here’s one the poet sent Ecco’s Dan Halpern in 1993. Bukowski would have been 93 today. We’re celebrating by releasing eight novels as audiobooks for the first time and discounting Bukowski e-books all this month at happybirthdaybukowski.com.
Okay so CB is not 100% my thing, but this fax is pretty amazing. I especially love “It’s a grand habit, clears the muck out of me” and “the true juice, the roar of life.” Musical phrases like these might sound awfully good in audiobook…
Yes, all right
Jack Kerouac, NYC, 1953
A new crop of films portrays their lifestyle as rebellious, adolescent fun. But what made the Beats so influential in the first place was that they were radical, free-thinking adults.
Jack Kerouac wants you to turn writing into âfree deviation (association) of mind into limitless blow-on-subject seas of thought, swimming in sea of English with no discipline, other than rhythms of rhetorical exhalation and expostulated statementâ¦.’Â Think you can do that?
I may need to read those again after coffee 0.o
Daniel Radcliffe speaks to Fresh Air about why he was chosen to play Allen Ginsberg in Kill Your Darlings:
[The director John Krokidas] saw something in Allen’s situation in life — which was that of somebody trying to figure out who they are creatively — and he saw, I think, a parallel of that in my life, as somebody who had come out of one thing, obviously Potter, which I’m very known for … and trying to establish myself outside of that. Also, John and I are aware that most people in any kind of creative industry generally, I think, have an operating system that runs between the extremes of self doubt, or anxiety, and ambition, and that’s definitely something Allen has. And I think that’s something I probably have in common with him.
photo still of Radcliffe as Ginsberg via Kill Your Darlings
Rest in Peace
New trailer for On the Road
I’m writing this book because we’re all going to die.
—Jack Kerouac, who would have been 90 today