From Roof Beam Reader:
The Beats of Summer: A Reading Event!
Summertime is coming, and what better time than Summer to immerse ourselves in the works of the most rebellious, daring, and “hot” generation of American writers??
For this event, the goal is to read as many pieces of “Beat Generation” literature as you want to, from June 1st through July 14th. Audiobooks, fiction, poetry, and non-fiction all count, as long as the writer is considered to be a part of the Beat Generation. Memoirs, biographies, essays, theory/criticism or other works of non-fiction written about The Beats are also acceptable!
I remember my first time reading anything from the Beat Generation in an American Lit class. I really enjoyed it and had wanted to read more, but unfortunately I never got the chance.
Here are the books I checked out from the library:
Howl and Other Poems by Allen Ginsberg- Completed 6/1/2013 On the Road by Jack Kerouac- Completed 6/23/2013 A Different Beat: Writings by Women of the Beat Generation- Completed 6/27/2013
- The Portable Beat Reader
If I finish those I'll move on to these:
- Naked Lunch
- Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg: the letters
- American Scream: Allen Ginsberg's Howl and the making of the Beat Generation
- Women of the Beat Generation
As you can see I only got to three of the four books that I checked out of the library. I really thought I would enjoy what I read a lot more than I did and that I would get through more books. If Adam hosts this event again I'll pick up where I left off and try to finish this list.