Friday, July 30, 2004
Beats, hipsters, hippies ... it's really more a state of mind than any particular group of people or time and place but as I'm sitting here after my second mid-afternoon glass of Alice White Shiraz I 'm thinking it's something everyone should experience.
"... At seven-thirty my Zipper came in and was being made up by the switchmen and I hid in the weeds to catch it, hiding partly behind a telephone pole. It pulled out, surprisingly fast I thought, and with my heavy fifty-pound rucksack I ran out and trotted along till I saw an agreeable drawbar and took a hold of it and hauled on and climbed straight to the top of the box to have a good look at the whole train and see where my flatcar'd be. Holy smokes goddamn and all ye falling candles of heaven smash, but as the train picked up tremendous momentum and tore out of that yard I saw it was a bloody no-good eighteen-car sealed sonofabitch and at almost twenty miles an hour it was do or die, get off or hang on to my life at eighty miles per (impossible on a boxcar top) so I had to scramble down the rungs again but first I had to untangle my strap clip from where it had caught in the catwalk on top so by the time I was hanging from the lowest rung and ready to drop off we were going too fast now. Slinging the rucksack and holding it hard in one hand calmly and madly I stepped off hoping for the best and turned everything away and only staggered a few feet and I was safe on ground." [excerpt from Dharma Bums: Jack Kerouac]And what better way to meld with this counter culture mindness than to explore the life and writings of Jack Kerouac, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Henry Miller, Abbie Hoffman, Alan Watts and others ... or maybe some more Alice White would do it.
Sunday, July 11, 2004
The nice selection of Flying Saucer literature that I'm listing for a client is an interesting change from items I've handled recently. These books take me back to the late 70s and Black Bog Books. Remember that? I know some of you do. Most of this new selection are significantly nicer than books I had then. Some are extremely hard to find. You can take a look at these flying saucer related items that I'm currently posted using the button below. Look to the skies ... and trust no one.
Saturday, July 03, 2004
Henri Cole was born in Fukuoka, Japan, in 1956 and raised in Virginia. He received his B.A. from the College of William and Mary in 1978, his M.A. from the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee in 1980, and his M.F.A. from Columbia University in 1982. His volumes of poetry include: Middle Earth (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2003), The Visible Man (1998), The Look of Things (1995), The Zoo Wheel of Knowledge (1989), and The Marble Queen (1986).
Cole thinks of his "tradition" as being "lyric, all centuries, all languages" and cites Whitman, Dickinson, Crane, Stevens, Lowell, Bishop, Ginsberg as the historic poets most responsible for generating distinctly American poetics.
This may help you get a sense of what Cole might write but a better way might be to look into some of the material from this author that I have in stock.