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Ginsberg, 1968

Photo: Elsa Dorfman I haven’t got around to posting a lot about 1968, but we’re celebrating the anniversary of one of the craziest years ever, and it’s been helpful for me to look back on that yesteryear chaos to remind myself that these times are comparatively calm. Seriously. While everybody is uneasy about the Supreme [...]

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On the Road. 60

Today I came across an article in the Independent celebrating Jack Kerouac’s On the Road at 60. I read Kerouac’s book when I was an undergrad writing my own poems and short stories, and scheming my own cross-country road trip which I actually took in 1992. Kerouac’s book, page-to-page, was both the best and worst [...]

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Professor Ginsberg

You probably know Allen Ginsberg as a poet, but you might also dig his photography or maybe you know about his devotion to Buddhism. Like his hero Walt Whitman, Ginsberg contained multitudes and even managed to add teaching to his resume from the 1970s and into the 1990′s during which time he lectured at schools [...]

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Lion for Reel

I got back to Nashville late on Monday night after a week at the Sedona Summer Colony in Arizona. I spent last week writing songs, jamming with musicians and talking about movies, art and writing with artists and thinkers from around the country. It was an illuminating, immersive experience in a singularly beautiful setting and [...]

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Allen Again

It’s Wednesday night and I just got back from a reading event at a friend’s house — a good group of writers and readers and listeners and drinkers and neighbors and old friends and new ones. Hanging out on a cool breezy back screen porch on what must be a perfect springtime evening in Nashville [...]

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Ginz Not Was

If I say the words “deep dish” you’d likely think of pizza. But what if you thought about television instead? From the Deep Dish site… For 29 years, Deep Dish has been a laboratory for new, democratic and empowering ways to make and distribute video. It is a hub linking thousands of artists, independent videomakers, [...]

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Black Rimbaud

Bob Kaufman was a Beat poet who might be thought of as the Anti-Ginsberg: The Howl author’s legendary hustling made sure that the world new his name along with those of contemporaries like William S. Burroughs and Jack Kerouac, and it’s not overstatement to say that Ginsberg was every bit the carny-huckster-PR man that he [...]

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Professor Ginsberg

I love the Open Culture site and I’m always anxious to share a good find. The other day I fell down a Beat rabbit hole at the site before stumbling upon this set of recordings of Allen Ginsberg teaching the history of Western poetry at the Jack Kerouac School for Disembodied Poetics in 1974. There [...]

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Beat Booty

It’s Monday morning after a pretty fun weekend. I stayed in on Saturday night to watch the Deontay Wilder fight and to get a good night’s sleep before my show at Mad Donna’s last night. I had a ball at the East Nashville Songwriter’s club, sharing the stage with Rich Mahan and Lauren Farrah. Jean [...]

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Growing Up In America

Ok. Seriously. This is the last radical, Detroit blog post for awhile. I’m going to look for something completely inconsequential to follow this up with. I actually have a particular album release anniversary in mind and at least one book on my coffee table that’s begging me for a review. But, for now, here’s one [...]

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