Category Archives: Jack Kerouac

Look What They’ve Done to The San Remo

There is no shortage of opportunities to feel nostalgic for the good old days when rents were cheap, bars were smoky and filled with intellectual chatter, Kafka was the rage, and New York was a haven for rebellious artists.  Nor do you … Continue reading

Posted in Barbara Guest, Beats, Frank O'Hara, Jack Kerouac, John Ashbery, Kenneth Koch, New York, William S. Burroughs | Leave a comment

David Kirby on a Wild Allen Ginsberg Reading

                  Over the past few months, the 92nd St. Y has been hosting a “75 at 75” series, which asks authors to select and respond to a recording from the 92Y Poetry Center’s … Continue reading

Posted in Allen Ginsberg, Beats, David Kirby, Frank O'Hara, Gregory Corso, Jack Kerouac

A Real Mad, “All-American” Combination: LeRoi Jones/Amiri Baraka’s Salon

Last week, on a trip to the Czech Republic, I had the pleasure of meeting Josef Jařab , one of the most important Czech scholars of American literature.  Jařab is a leading Czech authority on American poetry, and he has translated and written … Continue reading

Posted in Abstract Expressionism, Allen Ginsberg, Amiri Baraka (LeRoi Jones), Beats, Frank O'Hara, Franz Kline, Jack Kerouac, Jazz, John Ashbery, Kenneth Koch, Larry Rivers, Music, Visual Art

Jed Perl’s Art in America: Frank O’Hara, John Ashbery, and More

  The esteemed Library of America has just published a massive new anthology called Art in America 1945–1970: Writings from the Age of Abstract Expressionism, Pop Art, and Minimalism, edited by Jed Perl, the art critic for the New Republic. The … Continue reading

Posted in Abstract Expressionism, Andy Warhol, Book Review, Books, Fairfield Porter, Frank O'Hara, Grace Hartigan, Jack Kerouac, James Schuyler, Jane Freilicher, John Ashbery, Larry Rivers, Robert Creeley, Robert Duncan, Robert Motherwell, Visual Art

James Schuyler on Allen Ginsberg and the Beats

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 … Continue reading

Posted in Allen Ginsberg, Beats, Frank O'Hara, Jack Kerouac, James Schuyler

William S. Burroughs to Frank O’Hara: Drop Dead

William S. Burroughs was born one hundred years ago today.  In honor of his centennial, there has been a great deal of activity in Burroughs-land, including a series of events in various cities, with a big centenary conference getting underway … Continue reading

Posted in Beats, Frank O'Hara, Gregory Corso, Jack Kerouac, William S. Burroughs