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Indian Journals Paperback – August 13, 1996
"My Father, the Pornographer" by Fang Lizhi
A son tries to understand his late father, by reading the 400-plus novels left to him in his father's will. Check out "My Father, the Pornographer".
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The text fluctuates between journal entries, prose, and sketches, and Ginsberg's loose style permeates without. I appreciated his ability to make words work hard for him. Having spent quite a bit of time in many of the places mentioned in the writings, I had a personal connection with the book; he tackled the slums of Calcutta and the burning ghats of Benares with the utmost ease, and I found myself reading with a mix of wonder and bittersweet reminiscence.
Sadly, his daily drug addiction casts a shadow over spiritual nature of the journey, and even he seems to allude to the fact that he is clouded and limited in his insights because of it. Despite that, I still loved the read, and hope to be able to bring in some of Ginsberg's spirit and style into some of my own writing.