Beat News You Can Use!
1). Gary Snyder on Jack Kerouac
2). The New North Beach Public Library
3). Discussing The Beats on The Radio
4). Sunset Magazine's Video of North Beach
5). Terminally Illin' - The Cancer Comic Book
6). Groupon Offer for The Beat Museum Walking Tour
1). GARY SNYDER ON HIS TIME WITH JACK KEROUAC
Gary Snyder celebrated a birthday last week. During the course of offering congratulations we came upon this magnificent five minute video of Gary discussing his friendship & relationship with Jack Kerouac. Many Beat fans maintain an image in their minds of Japhy Ryder & Ray Smith as great lifelong friends who were often together and maintained close contact their entire lives - so Gary's initial words may come as a shocker to some:
"I only knew Jack personally in an intimate way for those few months from the fall of '55 up to about May of '56 when I set sail for Japan. I never saw him again."
There are other great juicy insights in this 5 minute video. Our thanks to the Ginsberg Blog:
2). SF PIBLIC LIBRARY DONATES LARGE KEROUAC PHOTOS TO THE BEAT MUSEUM
Last weekend we witnessed the dedication of the new North Beach Public Library. The previous North Beach branch closed two months ago and we were thrilled to get a phone call from Branch Manager Robert Carlson offering us three phenomenal oversize photographs of Jack Kerouac that had hung in the library for years. The photos are terrific because they show Jack working with a scroll type document (it's actually The Dharma Bums) at his home in Florida and in the photos he's wearing some of the exact same clothing we have on display on the second floor at The Museum.
Click here to watch us walk the photos through North Beach streets to their new home at The Beat Museum:
Click here to see photos of the New NB Public Library dedication including the new bust of Lawrence Ferlinghetti:
3). ALAN KAUFMAN, BRENDA KNIGHT & JERRY CIMINO ON THE RADIO TOGETHER:
Editor & Publisher Brenda Knight (Women of The Beat Generation), Editor & Author Alan Kaufman (The Outlaw Bible of American Poetry, Jew Boy, Drunken Angel) and me were all on the Halli Casser Jayne Radio Show in an hour long segment discussing The Beats. We covered topics such as the history and impact of The Beats, the influence of women, mothers & the Holocaust on The Beats. There's a few minutes of distraction at the beginning (voices, dogs) but that ends after the first three minutes. A good segment and a pleasure to work with both Brenda & Alan.
Click here to listen - about 1 hour total:
4). NORTH BEACH FEATURED IN SUNSET MAGAZINE
Sunset Magazine has a print circulation of a million and a half subscribers. They approached us a few months ago about what we liked about North Beach and of course we gave a nod to City Lights, Vesuvio & Caffe Trieste along with other neighborhood hot spots. Apparently you need to be a subscriber to access the article online but they also posted a 90 second long video featuring the Beat Generation in North Beach.
Click here to see City Lights, Vesuvio, Caffe Trieste & The Beat Museum:
5). TERMINALLY ILLIN' - THE CANCER COMIC BOOK
After years in the works The Cancer Comic Book is ready to go to press. You may recall our friends Jon Solo and Kaylin Andres started this project a few years ago as a visualization for Kaylin using her body's immune system to fight cancer. Controversial to be sure, and some suggested a comic book about cancer should be out of bounds, but Kaylin & Jon pressed on, landed a spot on MTV and have recently completed their 92 page comic book. They're half way to their goal of getting it printed with only a few days to go. Please make a donation to help put them over the top.
Indiegogo Fundraister. Donate NOW if you can, please!
Kaylin's MTV promo:
6). GROUPON OFFER FOR BEAT GENERATION WALKING TOUR
Just in time for Summer you can book a deal with Groupon where you get a Beat Museum tour of North Beach, plus entrance to The Beat Museum and a free poster - all for $25! What's not to like?!?
Wow. Such a deal! I'm coming to North Beach.
It's 90 degrees in San Francisco this week, folks!
Hope your world is toasty.