Grab and go literary goodness for your busy lifestyle …
— Al Aronowitz, the man who introduced Bob Dylan to the Beatles and helped popularize Beat literature and culture with his series of articles in the NY Post has died.
— In the Summer Reading 2005 feature on NPR, librarian Nancy Pearl offers up 10 memoirs that are worth a look. The list includes some beat-flavored picks, such as Joyce Johnson’s Minor Characters and Hettie Jones’ How I Became Hettie Jones.
— A pen and ink sketch of poet Ted Hughes by none other than also-poet Sylvia Plath will be up for auction this fall in London. The sketch is part of a sale that will feature hundreds of musician, writer and artist portraits from the collection of manuscript expert Roy Davids. It is unknown whether the sketch includes a Sharpie-pen mustache and devil horns.
— A few months ago we mentioned the lighthouse that inspired Virginia Woolf’s To the Lighthouse was slated to be closed. It seems protesters have managed to save the lighthouse for now, with some minor changes to its operation. I know I will be sleeping a lot better now.