Reviews: Best of Beat Generation News' Reviews


Book Reviews
Film Reviews
Reviewers' Bios

I'd like to thank Adrien Begrand, Andrew Lampert, and Dave Moore for their reviews.

Book Reviews

A Secret Location on the Lower East Side: Adventures in Writing, 1960-1980 (by Stephen Clay and Rodney Phillips, with a "Pre-face" by Jerome Rothenberg; review by Mary Sands)

Atop an Underwood: Early Stories and Other Writings (by Jack Kerouac; edited by Paul Marion; review by Mary Sands)

Conversations with William S. Burroughs (edited by Allen Hibbard; review by Mary Sands)

Death & Fame (by Allen Ginsberg; review by Adrien Begrand)

Door Wide Open (by Joyce Johnson; review by Adrien Begrand)

Forest Beatniks and Modern Thoreaus (by Rod Phillips; review by Mary Sands--review is at JACK)

Jack Kerouac: Selected Letters 1957-1969 (editor: Ann Charters; review by Adrien Begrand)

Practice of the Wild (by Gary Snyder; review by Mary Sands--review is at JACK)

Punk Rockwell (by Michael Rothenberg; review by Mary Sands)

Poems for the Nation (editors: Allen Ginsberg, Andy Clausen, and Eliot Katz; review by Adrien Begrand)

Recollections of My Life as a Woman: The New York Years (by Diane di Prima; review by Ronnie Burk)

The Poetry And Life Of Allen Ginsberg (by Edward Sanders; review by Adrien Begrand)

Strange Prophecies Anew: Rethinking the Politics of Matter and Spirit in Ginsberg's Kaddish (essay by Tony Trigilio; review by Mary Sands)

Use My Name (by Jim T. Jones; review by Andrew Lampert)

Word Virus: The William S. Burroughs Reader (editors: James Grauerholz and Ira Silverberg; review by Adrien Begrand)

Film Reviews

Beat Films: Overviews of the Best (Adrien Begrand gives a listing of the best beat documentaries and films)

Go Moan For Man: The Literary Odyssey of Jack Kerouac (by Doug and Judi Sharples; review by Dave Moore)

The Source (by Chuck Workman; review by Adrien Begrand)

Reviewers' Bios

Adrien Begrand humbly says this about himself: "There's really nothing much to say about myself, only that I'm a self-taught (aren't we all?) 29 year-old Beat freak who lives in the small town of Hudson Bay, Saskatchewan...just between you and I [heh, not anymore], the crowning glory of my shyly ambitious writing career was praise from James Grauerholz himself! As the British say, I was both chuffed and gobsmacked. So I must be doing something right..."

Ronnie Burk was born on April Fools Day in 1955 in Sinton, Texas. His paternal grandfather was a full-blooded Tarahumara Indian from the Mexican State of Chihuahua. He is the author of ten titles of surrealist poetry, Father of Reason, Daughter of Doubt, Mutations, Indios Verdes, Mandragora, Elegua's House, Man-of-War, Basilisk, Pandemonium, Alterations, Madwoman In A Hand Mirror and two collage novellas, Scrolls of White Cabbage and The History of America. His poetry has appeared in numerous periodicals including Caliban, City Lights Review, Cover, Coronamundi, Exquisite Corpse, Mesechabe, New York Arts Magazine, Night, Orpheus Grid, Race Traitor, Verbal Abuse, and in the surrealist bulletins Blue Feathers (Minneapolis, Minnesota) and Manticore (Leeds, England). A biography is featured in the Dictionary of Literary Biography volume 209 [Chicano Writers: Third Series]. Currently (2001) Ronnie is collaborating with the NY-based underground filmmaker Tommy Turner on a film concerning the pathways of the ten sephiros of the Cabalistic Tree. He says of himself, "Joyce Mansour is the poet that has most informed me. I once had a crush on H.D. Late in life I find myself reading Emily Dickinson. All I want to do is take a walk in the woods and read Zen haiku. Love is the only thing that matters."

Andrew Lampert is the assistant executive director of the Cosmic Baseball Association, a collective of artists and poets. He was born in Salem, Massachusetts. With three ex-wives to support, Andrew and his two children live in a rented tent in Silver Spring, Maryland. His romance novel Bodies of Knowledge remains unpublished. His experimental film Nude Transcending a Stare remains unreleased. As a teenager Andrew's ambition was to be the Jewish Jack Kerouac. These days he wants to be a Tantric Henry Miller.

Dave Moore lives in Bristol, on the southwest coast of England, and is a longtime enthusiast of Kerouac and the other Beat writers. He was the founding editor of The Kerouac Connection magazine in 1984, and ran it until 1990. Dave is currently working on two book projects. The first is The Kerouac Companion, an attempt at an encyclopedic guide to the 600+ characters in Kerouac's Legend of Duluoz; the second is the compilation of a volume of Neal Cassady's collected letters, in collaboration with Neal's widow Carolyn.