Posts by Brandon Loberg:
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 […]
Miles: A Conversation
Credit: Kurt Hemmer & Tom Knoff, Harper College. Miles: A Conversation reveals what could have been a banal story of Barry Miles’ plan to start a bookstore with his friends in mid-1960’s London that took a pleasantly bizarre turn. What began as a simple idea led to Miles cavorting with the most influential pop stars […]
Television Takes on the Beat Generation
In the late 1950s, television was dominated by Westerns: Gunsmoke, Wagon Train, The Rifleman, Have Gun Will Travel, and Bonanza. At a time when there were only three channels, 15 to 17 million households a week were tuning in to these shows. To give a sense of the allure of the Beat Generation, in a […]
ruth weiss at Monroe, June 15, 2016
Video from ruth weiss' June 15, 2016, performance at Monroe (formerly the Jazz Workshop), accompanied by Doug O'Connor (bass), Rent Romus (sax), and Hal Davis (percussion).
ruth weiss in Memoriam
We’re saddened to learn that ruth weiss—poet, playwright, performer, and artist—departed the world July 31, 2020 at age 92. ruth was a truly remarkable woman. Born in 1928 in Berlin, ruth and her family fled the rise of Nazism to Vienna in 1933, and then narrowly escaped to Amsterdam, before coming to America in 1939. […]
Arrested for Selling Howl: The Shig Murao Story
Soon after Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Peter Martin opened the City Lights Pocket Book Shop in 1953, they hired Shigeyoshi Murao as their first clerk. Shig was young and charismatic, with an infectious geniality that became as integral a part of the bookstore’s culture as the paperbound volumes on its shelves. Shig Murao was born in […]