Hemingway praised Paris as “a movable feast.” Henry James, in his preface to the 1903 edition of The Ambassadors, described a cliché that may or may not be true. He said “the moral scheme breaks down in Paris” and that “hundreds of thousands of…persons … [Read More...]
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Essays & Reviews
Words and images by Jasun HorsleyI recently had a podcast discussion with the author Jonathan Lethem. This connection has probably meant more to me than previous connections. For one thing, it’s been ongoing since the inception (very much was the … [Read More...]
Artist's statement: Collage undresses the darkness with a mirror’s secret undertow. It’s a dance done on burning kites while dreaming at the speed of light. Expectant as nakedness, collage is a door that surfaces in the shipwreck of your sleep. It’s a … [Read More...]
San Francisco in the 21st Century, Tisa Walden's volume of photographs documents and explores the nuances of the present-day City by the Bay. Designed by John Gossage and published by Washington DC's Loosestrife Editions, it was printed in Verona, Italy … [Read More...]
The Beat Generation
The smudged days of October—when my mood is hand in hand with the weather—remind me of Jack Kerouac. He died in October, on the 21st, and the anniversary of that day always comes and goes like a local subway suddenly gone express. I watch it pass, … [read more...]
For several years, there's been a very small, basic website devoted to Ted Joans. Now, it's time to go big.The new website will launch in April 2015. But, before that happens, I need to track down some photos and information. We'll be sure to credit … [read more...]
Sinclair Beiles was a South African writer associated with the Beat movement of the late 50s and early 60s. During the time of his earliest successes, he moved from South Africa to Paris, to live with the community of writers and artists, which included … [read more...]
It is an irony of the Beat Generation and New York Schools that little is written about the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics. Founded at Naropa University in 1974 by Allen Ginsberg and Anne Waldman, the school aspires to cultivate “contemplative … [read more...]
San Francisco native poet and writer A.D. Winans and NY poet Andy Clausen will be reading from their collective works at the Beat Museum.Both poets were friends with many of the Beat Era poets like Allen Ginsberg, Ray Bremser, Gregory Corso, Bob … [Read More...]
Latif Harris' new poetry collection, Barter Within the Bark of Trees, is newly released by Duende Press.About Latif Harris Harris grew up in Los Angeles but relocated to San Francisco in 1958 where he joined the Beat scene in North Beach, where he … [Read More...]
In San Francisco, a handsome old Lutheran Church is for sale. My "Beat Generation", progressive, bohemian, intellectual, Jewish, left-leaning, scholarly, non-conformist, art professor parents, Leonard and Helen Breger, are deeply devout prolific artists. … [Read More...]
My mom’s job is to sit on a stool in our basement.Thatʼs where her art studio is. She has a drawing table there that has a square leaned-up top and ink stains all around the edges. When she’s not making her own art, my mom draws fashion illustration … [Read More...]
Avengers: Age of Ultron is upon us, and that means the odds have gone up considerably of me having to confront The Whedon Problem with my more sophisticated, artsy friends. First you have to understand that my friends and I spend way too much time … [Read More...]
Reaching in, pulling out. The great divide is conquered; and there lies an ever-evolving mission to extract meaning from chaos. This, then, is where it resides, the theater of the soul and the heart.In rewriting my biography of Jack Kerouac, I found … [Read More...]
An essay is an entity in itself that moves, explores, sometimes discovers and enlightens, explains, clarifies, and attempts to relate in some way to the world outside of it. An essay moves on its own and is sometimes moving its readers to do the same, or … [Read More...]
Unlike any other time in U.S. history, the 1950s and ‘60s saw the emergence of multiple literary movements stoked by a flourishing small-press culture. Popular magazines of the time included the New York-based Fuck You founded by Ed Sanders and Floating … [Read More...]