Beat Poets

From John Baker’s Blog,  sample poetry by Diane di Prima and Elise Cowen who committed suicide at age twenty-seven. The post opens with a quote:

There were women, they were there, I knew them, their families put them in institutions, they were given electric shock. In the ’50s if you were male you could be a rebel, but if you were female your families had you locked up. There were cases, I knew them, someday someone will write about them. Gregory Corso

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Top 10 Travel Novels

Found here, with the full text below. I am pleased that numbers 8, 2, and 1 are on the list because I read them and liked all three.  I reviewed number 1 here. And I read another of Donald Miller’s books, Blue Like Jazz but not the one listed at number 10. But isn’t Peter Matthiessen’s, The Snow Leopard (1978) missing? Or is it considered a non-fiction nature book rather than a travel novel? Continue reading Top 10 Travel Novels

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Book Review—The Dharma Bums

The Dharma Bums, by Jack Kerouac (1922-1969), published 1958

The Dharma Bums was published a year after Kerouac’s more famous novel, On the Road. I read them both in the 1960’s and remember his free-flowing writing style and his general enthusiasm but with On the Road I couldn’t understand what all the fuss was about. It may have been a seminal work but being original doesn’t necessarily mean it is engaging. Lacking confidence, I assumed it was my fault. I read it again in the mid 1980’s and, with confidence, understood less “what all the fuss was about.” I recalled that I had liked The Dharma Bums better—way back then—but I couldn’t remember why. So after forty some years, I revisited it.

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