Monday, April 04, 2016

There's a rather depressing article on the Beat Generation in today's Guardian - a predictable complaint about a latent - even explicit - misogyny in the group.

I'm not going to argue the rights or wrongs of this interpretation, only regret that this type of mainstream press writing on poetry simply reinforces prejudice & ill-informed opinion.

In a feeble attempt to exert some kind of balance I've made a comment recommending Coolidge's account of reading Kerouac - one of the most energising bits of writing on writing I've ever read.

As always it's a matter of going to source - direct encounter with the words on the page.

& exactly what journalism tends to obstruct.

1 comment:

Eleanor Crook Sculpture said...

JJ is that written in here? https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1317865.Now_It_s_Jazz

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