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 […]
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).