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Thursday, Oct 7, 2010
by PopMatters Staff
by Fred Kaplan
Slate (24 September 2010)

“Allen Ginsberg’s anguished protest broke all the rules—and encouraged a generation of artists to do the same…. Howl may be the unlikeliest movie ever to come out of Sundance with national distribution: a translation of a poem—the substance, spirit, and cultural heft of a poem—into film.


The poem is Allen Ginsberg’s “Howl”—written in 1955, published in ‘57—and it’s probably hard for anyone born long after those years to grasp just what a cataclysmic impact that poem made (or perhaps any poem could make) not just on the literary world but on the broader society and culture.”


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