Bert Williams, Beat Poetry, and the Jazz Antecedents of Rap

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Following the thread between jazz, the beat generation, and rap. Continue reading

‘Big Sur’ Film Review

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“…all over America, high school and college kids thinking, ‘Jack Kerouac is 26 years old and on the road all the time hitch hiking’…while there I am almost 40 years old, bored and jaded…” ~ Big Sur I waited a long time to read Big Sur. In fact, I only… Continue reading

‘Jack Kerouac: King of the Beats’ Film Review

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Jack Kerouac‘s mythology often precedes him. It’s a lot to unravel, and everyone needs an entry point. Jack Kerouac: King of the Beats couldn’t be better for the job. You’ll notice the famous voice from all those PBS Ken Burns documentaries (Peter Coyote) making the connections between Kerouac’s own words… Continue reading

‘Salinger’ Film Review

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“By being out of the picture, he is in the picture.” – Jack Wenke, Writer There are a few “notoriously reclusive” people in the public consciousness. Among them are: Howard Hughes (subject of The Aviator), Thomas Pynchon (Gravity’s Rainbow), Bill Watterson (Calvin & Hobbes), Harper Lee (To Kill a Mockingbird),… Continue reading

The Entertainment Industry: It’s Not All Glitz, Glamour, and Red Carpets

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Every January the awards season kicks off, beginning with the Golden Globes. Then we make our way to the SAG Awards, The Grammys, The Oscars, and later on, The Tonys and The Emmys. These are it is safe to say, the major ceremonies broadcast throughout the year that we eagerly… Continue reading

Bukowski Animated Interview: the Gift of a Crappy Life, Quitting the Post Office & Writing the Next Line

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Quoted, the content studio behind the PBS animated interview series Blank on Blank, has released a new video, this time for HarperCollins. Charles Bukowski is animated from audio captured in 1993, a year before his death, during a recording session for the “best of” anthology collection ‘Run With The Hunted: A… Continue reading

Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg and Friends Hanging Out in New York City in 1959 (Video)

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Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac & Friends in New York in 1959 There’s no shortage of Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg video footage, but most of it comes in the form of interviews. Those videos can give you a lot of insight into the two beat writers, but there’s something even… Continue reading

Watch The Mindscape of Alan Moore Documentary (2005)

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Explores the life, work and philosophies of Alan Moore, author of graphic novels like “V for Vendetta,” “From Hell,” and “Watchmen.” Continue reading

Watch ‘Born Into This,’ a Charles Bukowski Documentary (2003)

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The documentary “Born Into This” explores the life of writer Charles Bukowski. Continue reading

Watch the Henry Miller Documentary ‘Asleep and Awake’

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A documentary that takes place entirely in writer Henry Miller’s home, as he recalls key moments in his life. Continue reading