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A New Reading Event - The Beats of Summer


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 just some things I may read for the event.

  • On the Road
  • Naked Lunch
  • Howl
  • 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
  • A Different Beat: Writings by Women of the Beat Generation
  • The Portable Beat Reader

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