Sunday, June 20, 2010

Kerouac's last typewriter for sale

On June 22, Christie's will be auctioning off Jack's last typewriter. I am hoping that someone will snatch it up for me as a gift. It's only going to cost between $20-$30 thousand!

Click here for the listing.

P.S. Faithful readers of The Daily Beat will remember that I have opined about getting my hands on one of Jack's typewriters in an earlier post (click here).

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Peter Orlovsky

Peter Orlovsky, poet and Ginsberg muse/companion, died on Sunday.

Click here for a NY Times piece on the subject.

Offbeat by David Amram

Above is the cover of David Amram's book, Offbeat: Collaborating With Kerouac. We traded books at Lowell Celebrates Kerouac! last October. Below is how he inscribed my copy.

David is an amazing musician. If you ever get the chance to see him perform, take it. You won't be disappointed.

Happy Birthday, Allen Ginsberg

Today is Allen Ginsberg's birthday, so we beat aficionados will be taking some time out of our day to read Howl or listen to Allen read it (click here).

Today's free-spirited youth wonder what the beat generation has to do with them. How ironic. Allen, forgive them for they know not whence they come.

And happy birthday!