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“It is Autumn, as you know, and things are beginning to die. It is so wonderful to be out in the crisp Fall air, with the leaves turning gold and the grass turning brown and the warmth going out of the sunlight and big hot fires in the fireplace while Buddy rakes the lawn. We see a lot of bombs on TV because we watch it a lot more, now that the days get shorter and shorter, and darkness comes so soon, and all the flowers die from freezing.” ―from "Fear and Loathing at Rolling Stone: The Essential Hunter S. Thompson"

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Hunter S. Thompson's Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

It’s been 45 years since Raoul Duke travelled across America with his attorney to cover a Las Vegas motorcycle race, only to lose himself in a …

Literature

William S. Burroughs Reads Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Masque of the Red Death”

The label "American original" gets slapped onto a lot of different people, but it seems to me that, especially in the realm of letters, we could find …

Charles Bukowski's guide to writing and life

<b>"I am a dangerous man when turned loose with a typewriter," said Charles Bukowski, the author of more than 40 books of poetry, prose and novels, including Ham on Rye and Post Office. Bukowski, who died on March 9, 1994, aged 73, used his poetry and prose to depict the depravity of urban life in</b> …

The Beat Generation Starter Kit

The Beats were the Nirvana of their generation: individualistic, drug-addled, and, unfortunately, sometimes held responsible for the Nickelbacks …

Literature

Hear a Great Radio Documentary on William S. Burroughs Narrated by Iggy Pop

William S. Burroughs is one of the most mythologized American authors of the 20th century. When you recall the details of his life, they read like …

King of Gonzo: Portraits of Hunter S. Thompson by Ralph Steadman

<i>A portrait of Hunter S. Thompson by Ralph Steadman.</i> <br>Artist Ralph Steadman remained tight with his friend and muse Hunter S. Thompson until the …

"Now That I Am in Madrid and Can Think" by Frank O'Hara I think of you and the continents brilliant and arid and the slender heart you are sharing my share of with the American air as the lungs I have felt sonorously subside slowly greet each morning and your brown lashes flutter revealing two perfect dawns colored by New York see a vast bridge stretching to the humbled outskirts with only you standing on the edge of the purple like an only tree and in Toledo the olive groves' soft blue look at the hills with silver like glasses like and old ladies hair it's well known that God and I don't get along together it's just a view of the brass works for me, I don't care about the Moors seen through you the great works of death, you are greater you are smiling, you are emptying the world so we can be alone. * This rousing anthology features the work of more than twenty-five writers from the great twentieth-century countercultural literary movement. Writing with an audacious swagger and an iconoclastic zeal, and declaiming their verse with dramatic flourish in smoke-filled cafés, the Beats gave birth to a literature of previously unimaginable expressive range. The defining work of Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac provides the foundation for this collection, which also features the improvisational verse of such Beat legends as Gregory Corso, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Gary Snyder, and Michael McClure and the work of such women writers as Diane DiPrima and Denise Levertov. LeRoi Jones’s plaintive “Preface to a Twenty Volume Suicide Note” and Bob Kaufman’s stirring “Abomunist Manifesto” appear here alongside statements on poetics and the alternately incendiary and earnest correspondence of Beat Generation writers. Visceral and powerful, infused with an unmediated spiritual and social awareness, this is a rich and varied tribute and, in the populist spirit of the Beats, a vital addition to the libraries of readers everywhere. READ more here: http://knopfdoubleday.com/book/27863/beat-poets/

Burroughs: The Movie

Video<p>November 14, 2016<p>Last winter, we released our edition of Howard Brookner’s 1983 documentary <i>Burroughs: The Movie,</i> a candid look at the everyday …

William S. Burroughs

“Live, travel, adventure, bless, and don’t be sorry.”Kerouac by Ginsberg, 1953. 

“Live, travel, adventure, bless, and don’t be sorry.”<p>Kerouac by Ginsberg, 1953.

The most important moment in books of 2016: The death of Harper Lee

It was as if Scout herself had died.<p>Of course, everyone knows that<p>Harper Lee, who died Feb. 19 at age 89, was not Scout, the protagonist of her novel “To Kill a Mockingbird.” But the book was so beloved, and Lee herself had withdrawn so completely from public life, that she and Scout became twin …

4 Ways To Make Space In Your Brain To Create

<i>This article first appeared on QuietRev.com</i><p><i>This is the second article in Quiet Revolution’s two-part series on seeking creativity. Check out last week’s piece to learn about the ways you can hack your environment to help you channel your creativity more effectively.</i><p>We’d enjoy nothing new without …

Creativity