Tag Archives: Jack Kerouac

The Zen of Allen Ginsberg

Irwin Allen Ginsberg was born June 3rd, 1926, and died April 5th, 1997. Today is his 88th birthday. Ginsberg, along with Jack Kerouac and William Burroughs, is a preeminent figure in the 1950’s Beat Generation counterculture — i.e. the Beatniks — and if you’ve ever wondered what, precisely, these women and men stood for, it…

Continue Reading →

Is Charles Bukowski A Great Artist?

A reader writes: Dear Ray Harvey: Is Charles Bukowski a great artist? — Billy Badass Dear Billy Badass: No, he’s not. Bukowski is too sloppy to be a great artist. He lacks vision. He lacks depth and he lacks focus. Reading him, one is reminded of Truman Capote’s criticism of On the Road: “That’s not…

Continue Reading →