No Shame On You

Gay Pride still probably scares the white off rice in some places, so just imagine what effect Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore has on people. Sycamore…

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O Hypodermic Light

Less well known than some of the Beat poets, Philip Lamantia nevertheless embodied the spirit of his times so thoroughly that his life story…

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The Beat of His Own Drum

On October 7, 1955, five young poets read at an art gallery on Fillmore Street at an event that would change the face of…

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Still Sticking It to the Man

There are few sacred cows more deserving of tribute than Lawrence Ferlinghetti. In 1953, he gave us the first all-paperback bookstore in the country;…

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Song of Himself

Performer John O'Keefe breathes new life into the work of a dead poet

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Seminal Beat

A tribute to an unsung maverick of beatnik culture

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The Best Minds

An epic reading for the 50th anniversary of Allen Ginsberg's “Howl”

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The Call of the Coop

There's something a bit unsettling about the fact that Internet spam has started to bear an eerie resemblance to Beat poetry. These days, when…

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