Day: July 24, 1994

Allen Ginsberg

Louis Ginsberg was a published poet, a high school teacher and a moderate Jewish Socialist. His wife, Naomi, was a radical Communist and irrepressible nudist who went tragically insane in early adulthood. Somewhere between the two in temperament was the Ginsberg’s second son, Irwin Allen, born on June 3, 1926.… Read the rest

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Neal Cassady

Fictional Neal Cassady postage stamp

“The bus came by and I got on, that’s when it all began
There was Cowboy Neal at the wheel of the bus to Nevereverland”

(‘The Other One’, Grateful Dead)

“N.C., secret hero of these poems …”
(‘Howl‘ by Allen Ginsberg)

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Lowell, Massachusetts is a small industrial city on the Merrimack River north of Boston. It was an important textile manufacturing center in the late 19th Century, and Charles Dickens, on a tour of American industrial sites, wrote approvingly of living conditions there.

But Lowell’s economy declined significantly by the time … Read the rest

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