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Memoirs of a Beatnik Paperback – August 1, 1998
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About the Author
Diane di Prima is the author of thirty-four books of poetry and prose, which have been translated into sixteen languages. Born in New York City in the 1930s, she currently lives in San Francisco, where she works as a writer and teacher. Her most recent books include Pieces of a Song: Selected Poems and Loba, Books I and II.
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Not a word about a career path, nothing about keeping up with anything, except literature.
I hope not too much of this was fiction and that she really lived this way. It shows us the potential of what we can be. Sex at it's most passionate and raw, and sensual. And love too, her willingness to follow her heart, even when it was to desire a skinny dirty anxious junkie on a dirty floor. Even when he broke her heart she went on loving. Recommended to all and should be required reading in high school. Thank you Diane.
You might try " Minor Characters" by Joyce Johnson for something closer to reality.
I liked it. A good read over all. If you are easily offended then this is not for you. Or maybe it is? If you think morality belongs in the editing room then again this is especially written for you.
If you've come here looking for answers go find you're own.
This book gave me a gorgeous, ripe, sensual snapshot of the life and the times of Diane DiPrima and the subculture in which she existed.
The writing sometimes lacked, but overall - it's a juicy peach with a bittersweet aftertase.
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Well, the scenes of NYC in the 50s are wonderfully sketched.Read more