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The Beat Interviews Paperback – July 10, 2014
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John Tytell is best-known as the author of Naked Angels: Lives and Literature of the Beat Generation, as well as Paradise Outlaws. He has been a professor of English at Queens College, CUNY, since 1977.
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The interview with Ginsberg provides an excellent account of the relationship between the poet’s work and that of Burroughs, as well as the insight that not madness but “metamorphosis” is what Burroughs’ fiction is about. The madness is that of the supra-personal entities that benefit from the tyranny they have placed on words, a tyranny that all but a few of our “journalists” bow to. The escape from the madness is a kind of disappearance of the ego. The contrast between Ginsberg’s generous explanations and Burroughs’ terseness in his interview is oddly important.
The Carl Solomon interview places him in the context of 20th century modernism. Solomon plotted gratuitous anti-social acts that the viewers could not turn away from with just a sneer. He was inspired by Artaud, whom he heard lecture.
Anyone who wants to be emerged in the social milieu which the Beats absorbed in the 40s needs to read the interviews with Herbert Hunke, John Clellon Holmes, and Kerouac. If Kerouac has been a football player at Columbia in 1968, would he have joined the squad in blocking the protesters’ attempt to take over that construction site on the edge of the campus?