Posts by Brandon Loberg:
Amanda Gorman’s “The Hill We Climb”
Amanda Gorman’s poem “The Hill We Climb” stole the show on inauguration day, January 20th, 2021. It was also, of course, a big day for the country, and for President Joe Biden and Vice Pres. Kamala Harris as well.
Looking Back, Venturing Forward
A year-end message from Jerry Cimino An extremely clever TV commercial has been running the last few weeks from Match.com. Satan is matched with a beautiful woman named “2020” and they become an item. They fall in love over the course of the year, stealing toilet paper, taking selfies in front of dumpster fires, spending […]
Diane di Prima: A Phone Conference / Poetry Reading & Discussion of Her Life
Credit: Kurt Hemmer, Harper College It was a cold day in San Francisco when Diane di Prima called in to Kurt Hemmer’s class in Pullman, Washington. Beginning with some readings from Dinners and Nightmares, Diane covers a range of topics, from her experiences living as a poor bohemian artist in New York, to her ideas […]
Why I Still Love Van Morrison
...and why you should, too.
In Memoriam: Diane di Prima
Diane di Prima (August 6, 1934 – October 25, 2020), poet, writer, playwright, activist, teacher, San Francisco Poet Laureate emeritus, and one of the foremost luminaries of the Beat Generation, passed away yesterday, October 25th, at the age of 86. Not only was Diane a pioneering woman of the Beat Generation, but she bridged and […]
The (Almost) Navy Jack
Kerouac's military service records provide a remarkably intimate portrait of the 20-year-old aspiring writer and would-be Navy man.
The Earliest “Howl” Recordings
For the 65th anniversary of the Six Gallery reading, here's how to relive the poetry reading that changed history.
Allen Lived Here
Allen Ginsberg’s living arrangements in San Francisco tell a compelling story
The Profundity of Loss
World War II and the Wounding of the Beat Generation World War II was the deadliest, most devastating conflict in human history, directly involving well over a hundred million people, and secondarily affecting untold millions more, changing the course of human history in ways that will be the subject of scholarship well into the future. […]
Jackie Kennedy and Jack Kerouac: Cultural Symbols of 1959
Playboy Magazine’s most sought after cover of all time is undoubtedly their December 1954 inaugural issue featuring Marilyn Monroe. Their second most desired cover might arguably be the June 1959 issue, especially because three different types of fans truly love it: people who dig Italian motor scooters (that’s a Lambretta on the cover, not their […]
Jean Varda in Sausalito
Jean Varda was a bigger-than-life character on the art scene in Northern California. He taught at the California School of Fine Arts (later SFAI), hung out with Henry Miller and Anaïs Nin in Big Sur, as well as Alan Watts, Gerd Stern, and Maya Angelou in Sausalito. In 1947, Jean Varda is the person who originally squatted on the 19th century, 414-ton ferry […]