James Schuyler on Allen Ginsberg and the Beats

James Schyler at his writing desk, The Chelsea Hotel, circa 1989. Photo by Chris Felver.

From a 1990 interview with James Schuyler, by Raymond Foye — another interesting sign of the complicated relationship between the Beats and the New York School of poets:

Q: How did you feel about the Beats when they came along?
A: I didn’t think anything much.

Q: Did you read “Howl” at the time?
A: I wanted to, but I was having a nervous breakdown and Frank wouldn’t let me.

Q: Did you read On the Road?
A: Yes, I reviewed it at the time.

Q: What did you say?
A: I said it was like a boy’s book.


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