| Jan 3, 2010
There are those who return to Jack Kerouac just to get lost in the ride. Not across lonesome America but in the serpentine locomotion of his prose.
It's the music of the page: long blasts of blue-streak narrative that don't yield to periods, semicolons,...
| Jan 7, 2010
From 1958 to 1966, the Venice West Cafe served as a gathering place for disciples of Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg and the other pioneers of the Beat Generation who planted the seeds of L.A.'s counterculture movement.
Ray Manzarek, keyboardist for the...
| Jan 17, 2010
The Patience Stone
Translated from the French by Polly McLean
Other Press: 160 pp., $16.95
Books have many incarnations. Some come back as plays or movies. If they have questionable karma, they come back as paperback remainders or Saturday...
| Feb 5, 2010
Update: Actor James Franco, who plays Allen Ginsberg in the 2010 film "Howl," has sold his Sunset Strip-area compound for $3.3 million, the Multiple Listing Service shows.
The Spanish-style villa, built in 1923, has three bedrooms and 3 1/2 bathrooms...
| Feb 27, 2010
Blond bombshell turned Black Widow Scarlett Johansson, who will take over the role of Natasha Romanoff in the superhero film sequel " Iron Man 2" due out in May, has listed her walled and gated Spanish villa in the Hollywood Hills for $4.95 million....
| Mar 25, 2011
Leonard Weinglass, a crusading lawyer who championed radical and liberal causes and clients in some of the most controversial trials of the 1960s and '70s, including the Chicago 7 and Pentagon Papers cases, died Wednesday in New York City. He was 77.
| Nov 19, 2010
"Just Kids," which won the National Book Award for nonfiction Wednesday night, is a reminder that Patti Smith has always had more than making records on her mind. Such a sensibility has defined her work since her debut album "Horses" came out in 1975,...
| May 2, 2011
Poets read to rapt audiences, and authors of fiction tried to explain the creative process. Celebrity chefs lured big crowds to sit under a hot sun, and mystery writers answered questions in SRO auditoriums. There was something for almost everyone at...
| May 22, 2011
The FSG Book of Twentieth-Century Latin American Poetry
Edited by Ilan Stavans
Farrar, Straus & Giroux: 729 pp., $50
Here's the answer to a hypothetical "Jeopardy" query: "Who are Pablo Neruda and, um…?"
And now, the question:...
| Jul 13, 2010
Tuli Kupferberg, a founding member of the underground left-wing 1960s band the Fugs as well as a poet, political cartoonist and lifelong peace activist, died Monday in New York. He was 86.
Kupferberg's health had been declining since he suffered two...
| Jul 18, 2010
Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg
Edited by Bill Morgan and David Stanford
Viking: 528 pp., $35
"Howl" (1956) and "On the Road" (1957), two works that helped define a time, sprang from two wildly fired, independent imaginations. Few would...
| Aug 22, 2010
Nostalgia is never more suspect than when the person romantically harking back is too young to have experienced the era firsthand. But reading Patti Smith's memoir "Just Kids," a tender recollection of her coming of age as a singer-songwriter alongside...