Tuesday, October 9 2012
Before Occupy Wall Street rattled the money merchants, Herman Melville and the Beats shook the city's foundation with gumption and glee.
Tuesday, June 19 2012
Jack Kerouac’s greatest achievement is the creation of the most compassionate of 20th century literatures; not just the adolescent fraternalisms or calls for equality, but the glee of rushing down the mountain with the good news, or as the good news, curious about humanity, forgiving, ready to report well and true.
Sunday, May 6 2012
With the film adaptation of On the Road just a month away, it's important to once again define what characterized the Beat movement: an infatuation with the foreign.
Thursday, October 22 2009
When the author of a sitcom-styled novel about Mexican heritage cannot resist mentioning the modern-day carnage, then it's fair to assume that the murders have become a significant part of the national identity.
Thursday, March 19 2009
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.
Thursday, May 26 2011
Bill Morgan’s success here is the documentation of Allen Ginsberg’s development from a shy and desperate young man, eager to please his charismatic peers, to a strong and assured figure, involved with developing the careers of his fellow artists.
Friday, September 10 2010
Who was the watermelon man of Jack Kerouac's great Lowell-fantasy novel, 'Dr. Sax'?
Thursday, September 17 2009
Putting aside obvious selections like Charles R. Jackson’s The Lost Weekend, Malcolm Lowry’s harrowing Under the Volcano, or essentially anything written by Charles
Thursday, January 10 2013
Time is a key element in Jack Kerouac’s novel “On the Road.” “We know time,” the protagonist Dean Moriarty (based on Kerouac’s friend
Thursday, March 29 2012
First the good news: Jack Kerouac’s “lost” novel “The Sea Is My Brother” (Da Capo, $23) isn’t entirely unreadable. In fact, the book — written
Thursday, October 2 2008
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 slowed
Thursday, October 4 2007
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,