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Monday, January 15, 2007
Beat Generation: Walking and Talking

Lucien Carr, Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg and William S. Burroughs (1944)

The holy trinity of the Beat Generation’s literary stamp on the world is usually defined by Allen Ginsberg’s Howl (1956), Jack Kerouac’s On the Road (1957) and William S. Burroughs’ Naked Lunch (1959). This year marks the 50th anniversary of the first two and tonight the Y is celebrating with a reading that includes Laurie Anderson, Ann Charters, Joyce Johnson, Hettie Jones and Bill Morgan. In Saturday’s New York Post, Brian Niemietz provides a historical background and tour of “Beat New York” with the help of Morgan, author of The Beat Generation of New York: A Walking Tour of Jack Kerouac’s City. We took the liberty of visually mapping the article, with the help of’s walking directions capability, to provide you with a one-page printable guide. You’ll have to pick up the bar tabs. Enjoy.

[A 50th Anniversary Celebration of the Beats with Laurie Anderson, Ann Charters, Joyce Johnson, Hettie Jones and Bill Morgan: 8pm, TONIGHT]

More Audio/Visual:

  • Reading by Allen Ginsberg at the 92nd Street Y’s Poetry Center, Feb 28, 1977 [42 min, Real Audio]
  • Silent footage of Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, Lucien Carr, and others in New York, Summer 1959 [5 min, YouTube]

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