Monday, January 16, 2006

Beats R Us

Holy Maynard G Krebs! Stream of Typwriting Lit tries to go mainstream:

A museum dedicated to literary giants of the Beat generation has opened in the San Francisco neighbourhood where the movement took off 50 years ago.

Manuscripts, letters and first editions from Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg are among the items on display.

A rare copy of Ginsberg's poem Howl, which is said to have ignited the Beat movement, is also housed in the museum.

The literary style is thought to have influenced the counterculture which prevailed in the 1960s.

....The opening ceremony was dedicated to Carolyn Cassady, the widow of Neal Cassady, whose travels with Kerouac were the inspiration for On The Road.

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