Monday, November 08, 2010

Hands Off, Ye Ten Percenters

Readers of BEATNIK might be interested to see this post at the Allen Ginsberg blog about a new, and I feel obliged to say, utterly stupid project by a "comedy" blogger in which On The Road is paraphrased into allegedly modern, and allegedly funny (actually it's rather racist), street talk. Kerouac's own image accompanies it with a sideways baseball cap photoshopped onto his head. Seems a ludicrously inappropriate and insulting thing to do to a serious writer, especially one who drank himself to death in part because of the mockery his life's work was subjected to after the release of On The Road. Peter Hale at the Ginsberg blog thinks it's funny, but I'm inclined to believe the folks at the Ginsberg Estate would.

What next, Gregory Corso in an advert for McDonald's?

Gerry Nicosia has been right from the start, y'all.

http://ginsbergblog.blogspot.com/2010/11/on-brod-every-sentence-of-jack-kerouacs.html

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

As one who was a young writer in Chicago when Kerouac was established and Corso was coming out with little black chapbooks, I am happy to see someone today defend this group which is too often maligned. I remember reading Corso with great delight. Kerouac as well. And Ginsberg was a phenomenon, even then not appreciated by all. "Howl" was hailed and cursed at the same time. Some day, perhaps not soon, this era and its writers will be properly appreciated. It was a wonderful time to be a young writer. I have not really felt anything like it since. Bukowski today still has his followers and his imitators but he and his work are cut from a different cloth. That is why it so refreshing to read a site like this.

Donal Mahoney

Donal Mahoney

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