In 1956: Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, Peter Orlovsky, Lafcadio Orlovsky and Gregory Corso – prominent menbers of the Beat Generation.
In the New York Times Book section this week writer Janet Maslin takes a look at a recent publication – “Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg: The Letters” (also reviewed in the Globe by Jay Atkinson) as well as another of Bill Morgan’s books – “The Typewriter Is Holy – The Complete, Uncensored History of the Beat Generation.”
Though “The Typewriter Is Holy” is most useful in conjunction with other books, it does neatly condense Beat lore. And it makes the same point to which Mr. Morgan has devoted decades’ worth of archival work. Both of these books underscore the very un-Beat concept of Beat power. One book shows where it came from. The other explains why it’s not going away.
Read her complete article here.