Greedy to please, we learned to cry;
Hungry to live, we learned to die.
The heart is a sad musician,
Forever playing the blues.
— Excerpt; “War Memoir” by Bob Kaufman
- William S. Burroughs” —(via loadedwatergun)
A little of everything is nice. I always recommend Ken Kesey because he’s kind of well-liked by almost everyone, but you’ve probably read him already. If you want “official” beatniks, here are some personal recommendations: Denise Levertov’s poetry, Peter Orlovsky’s work, Diane Di Prima’s work, Kenneth Rexroth’s poems and translations, and Lawrence Ferlinghetti’s work. Then there are some people who aren’t “offically” beatniks but who are really inspired by them or pretty damn close. I’m on a definite Saul Williams kick (he does poetry/spoken word). I also like Jack Micheline, Amiri Baraka, and d.a. levy (poets). Also, try the letters between Kerouac and Ginsberg or Kerouac and Carr or whoever. I always like those a lot; it’s kind of an insight into their brain and personal lives. (Stalker? Heh.) Hope that helps!
As for biographies, I don’t really know. I suck; I’ve never picked one up on Ginsberg. I’ve heard really good things about I Celebrate Myself by Bill Morgan, but I haven’t read it myself. I’d start there though.
Nope. American. Do I seem British? Because that would be awesome.
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