on 12 January 1998
This anthology is a great starting point for anyone who wants to get a flavor of the Beat style. For those who crave more, the extensive bibliography is a fine reference. All the major players, women as well as men, are included in this book. If you have to get any general book on the Beat Generation, get this one.
on 19 September 2011
This collection of writings from both the early Beat nucleus (including the not-so-published author Huncke, a real treat), the poets from the west coast scene, and the 'associated cast' of a really varied bunch including Dylan, Kesey, Bukowski, Billy Burroughs...going on to offer later writings of the initial nucleus...as well as three indespensible essays on the more philosophical side to the movement by strong 'allies', make this book a must-have for anyone attempting serious study on the movement both academically of for personal spiritual beatific benefit of the soul and mind and tastebuds...fantastic stuff, they should issue one of these in every hotel room in the whole.
on 18 May 2014
I came back to this a short while ago and it's a great re-read as well. There's just so much here: all of "Howl" and "Kaddish", tasters from "On The Road", "Dharma Bums", "Naked Lunch" etc., works from less well known authors, and those inspired by the Beats, including one Bob Dylan, whose "Hard Rain" is printed here, and it really is a beat poem when you see it in this form.
on 7 July 1998
To understand the workings of the human Id, it is nessecary to first deny it. This book is an introduction into how they were doing it. I strongly recommend that anyone interested in the literary happenings of the Beat generation should have this book as a launching point for further investigation. If you read it, there will most certainly be further investigation.