Benjamin Taylor and Joyce Johnson lived dramatically different young lives, but their stories similarly and movingly capture two iconic times in history: the Beat Movement and November 22, 1963.
I've never read nor intend to read "Steal This Book" by the Sixties anti-establishment icon Abbie Hoffman, but that didn't get in the way of my wanting the book. Not any edition, rather a first edition paperback, signed by the activist, for sale at last weekend's New York Antiquarian Book Fair. Here's the tale of that brief love affair between me and the book, plus a look at Terry Bisson's new novel that takes place during Hoffman's busiest protesting years, "Any Day Now."
Never-before-published letters exchanged between Beat writers Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg will be published in July.
Put a novel in the hands of a data artist and the prose becomes a visual feast. That's what I discovered when I landed on Stefanie Posavec's website. Her Writing Without Words project includes "On the Road," interpreted into colorful data maps.