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Beats at Naropa by Anne Waldman
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Beats at Naropa

by Anne Waldman (Editor), Laura Wright (Editor)

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"At Naropa University's Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics, there has long been an illuminating, dynamic, ongoing exchange of ideas about the history and legacy of the Beat Generation--an exchange fortunately that has been carefully archived and preserved. This valuable anthology does not further embalm the 'legend' of the Beats. Instead it allows its readers to hear authentic voices --Allen Ginsberg, William Burroughs, John ClellonHolmes, Diane di Prima, Philip Whalen, etc.--as well as introducing the thoughtful and responsible work of leading Beat scholars."--Joyce Johnson  Amassed from the riches of the Naropa University audio archives, this collection offers an exciting new look at the Beats--whose influence lives on in the art and politics of our time. In this often spontaneous, conversational book, readers are introduced to the hard truths behind being a Beat woman, the haunting accuracy of William Burroughs's world-view, the passion and energy of Allen Ginsberg and Anne Waldman, Jack Kerouac's unexpected musicality,Diane DiPrima's foray into small press publishing, Michael McClure's account of the famous first reading of "Howl," and, most of all, the inspirations behind America's most provocative and prescient thinkers. Contributors include:   David Amram Amiri Baraka Ted Berrigan Junior Burke William S. Burroughs Lorna Dee Cervantes Ann Charters Clark Coolidge Gregory Corso Diane di Prima Lawrence Ferlinghetti Rick Fields Allen Ginsberg David Henderson Abbie Hoffman John Clellon Holmes Joyce Johnson Hettie Jones Edie Parker Kerouac Joanne Kyger Michael McClure William S. Merwin John Oughton Marjorie Perloff David Rome Edward Sanders Gary Snyder Janine Pommy Vega Steven Taylor Chögyam Trungpa, Rinpoche Anne Waldman Philip Whalen Laura Wright Joshua Zim  … (more)

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Honestly, it's hard to know why this book even exists. In its 227 pages most serious consideration of the Beats is put-aside in favor of much post-adolescent ancestor-worship and too many prematurely senescent remisniscences about bed-hopping and poetry-faking. Only two chapters are exempt from this stricture, and even one of them (Junior Burke's skillful interview of Ed Sanders) leaves us wondering why we should be taking this guy seriously any more, no matter how cool he seemed about fifty (!) years ago. This collection is another sad proof of the dictum that paper will put-up with anything that's printed on it. ( )
  HarryMacDonald | Jul 8, 2012 |
This inspiring collection of discussions and lectures by and about some of the giants of the Beat Generation gives credence to their artistic and intellectual genius that sometimes gets overlooked by the hype occasionally associated with the Beats. Culled from the Naropa Audio Archives, Beats at Naropa is an engaging book - one destined to be expanded or have a sequel made as the audio archives continue to be developed, researched, and transcribed. In this regard, Anne Waldman is a visionary - the audio archives being her brainchild. Such an endeavor is a vital record of America's cultural and literary history and when such vitality continues to be recognized, more universities and organizations will follow her lead. ( )
  NateJordon | Jul 22, 2009 |
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