Articles tagged jack kerouac, william s. burroughs

‘The Beat Generation’ Is a Relic of the Fraying of the Production Code

This imperfect police procedural is nonetheless both a rare example of the point of view of women in the '50s and a case study for how the Production Code ultimately met its demise.

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Occupy Literature: New York from Melville to the Beats

Before Occupy Wall Street rattled the money merchants, Herman Melville and the Beats shook the city's foundation with gumption and glee.

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Cannes 2012: Day 8 - ‘On the Road’ + ‘Post Tenebras Lux’

Mexican filmmaker Carlos Reygadas' Post Tenebras Lux is the most visionary film of this year's Cannes festival. Meanwhile Walter Salles takes on Jack Kerouac’s cult coming-of-age novel, On the Road.

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The German Issue: Still Straddling the Berlin Wall

The German Issue provides us with a time capsule from a very different era, but so much of its content remains pertinent.

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An Unlikely Candidate for Influence: ‘Naked Lunch’ at 50 Years Young

William S. Burroughs changed the way writers would think of honesty in literature, achieving the mark of true greatness in 20th century literature by releasing the last banned book in the United States.

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Little Murders: And the Hippos Were Boiled in Their Tanks

This is not Tom Brokaw’s Greatest Generation but, rather, Hunter S. Thompson’s Generation of Swine, the urban home front during the waning days of World War II, gritty and unvarnished, and chillingly reflective of modern sociology.

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Obscene: A Biography of the Life and Career of Renowned Publisher Barney Rosset

A fierce, funny and informative look at the most influential publisher of the 20th century, from Rosset's literary firsts to his crusade against censorship and continuing cultural impact.

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The Letters of Allen Ginsberg

Ginsberg was hyperaware of the frequent charge that Beat poetry was little more than improvised mumbo jumbo baked from jazz records and marijuana smoke.

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2 Oct 2008 // 2:49 PM

When Jack Kerouac sat down at his typewriter to write what would become his landmark novel, “On the Road,” he didn’t want to be

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Why Does the Mix CD Still Exist?

DJ Spooky has a new book and album that each explore remix culture. But what value is the single mix CD in an era where remix culture floods the distribution network with endless freely distributed combinations?

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Robert Frank: The Complete Film Works: Volumes 1, 2 & 3

As Frank’s films reveal, a lack of access to avant-garde cinema is a collective denial of a vital part of our selves.

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5 Oct 2007 // 3:32 AM

Jack Kerouac’s sound of America

OK, so here I am, sitting in front of a computer, 50 years after the fact of the matter—which is the publication, on Sept. 5, 1957, of

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After 50 years, Kerouac’s ‘On the Road’ still matters

The road narrative has been a staple of American literature from Lewis-and-Clark days to Cormac McCarthy’s most recent novel. One of the most enduring,

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3 Sep 2007 // 10:42 PM

A trip to remember as ‘On the Road’ turns 50

Fifty years ago this week, a generation of Americans went “On the Road.” We were mostly in our late teens or early 20s, mostly male,

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Readers head down Jack Kerouac’s ‘On the Road’ again as the book turns 50

From its start, America was a westward-leaning country. The notion that a person could always head west to pursue his dreams, find himself, or start

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//Mixed media

Because Blood Is Drama: Considering Carnage in Video Games and Other Media

// Moving Pixels

"It's easy to dismiss blood and violence as salacious without considering why it is there, what its context is, and what it might communicate.

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