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The Beat Generation: Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Gary Snyder, Diane di Prima look back at an American cultural movement - Washington Post
More than a half-century after their emergence, the Beats still offer up wild style, a sense of freedom and wonder for the natural world almost unrivaled in postwar literature. But their work has perhaps been more misinterpreted than nearly any literary group in history — partially because there was no consistent ideology binding them. As Ferlinghetti put it succinctly: “The Beat Generation was just Allen Ginsberg’s friends.”
arts  poetry  1950s  1960s  sanfrancisco  bayarea  writing  history  literature  california 
july 2017 by allaboutgeorge
007 reborn: Exclusive extract from Sebastian Faulks' "Devil May Care"
"This Bond, this solitary hero with his soft shoes and single under-powered weapon, was a man in dreadful danger. You feared for him. And the style was clean, journalistic, devoid of cliché; it was occasionally playful, but it was never arch. It was fun.
writing  creativity  aesthetics  1950s  uk  novels  fiction 
june 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Fiction: Frank Sinatra Has A Cold - Esquire
"Just before the light turned green, Sinatra turned toward her, looked directly into her eyes waiting for the reaction he knew would come. It came and he smiled. She smiled and he was gone."
books  celebrity  journalism  music  writing  1950s  1960s  magazines 
october 2007 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: A Jazzman So Cool, You Want Him Frozen At His Peak
"It’s among the few movies that deal with the mysterious, complicated emotional transactions involved in the creation of pop culture — and with the ambiguous process by which performers generate desire."
beauty  cinema  jazz  music  1950s  creativity  psychology  culturalstudies 
june 2007 by allaboutgeorge
NYC: Moyduh, He Watched: Commissioner Turns Critic
“I may as well tell you frankly that it’s a bit different from most films you’ve ever seen. As you see, we’re flying over an island. A city. A particular city. And this is a story of a number of people, and a story also of the city itself. [...]"
cities  crime  cinema  film  1950s  nyc  justice 
may 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Smithsonian: The Real Dreamgirls
"That really had never happened before and it really hasn't happened since. We get young teenage girls at front and center in mainstream pop culture."
feminism  women  gender  songwriting  creativity  music  pop  1950s  1960s  marketing 
march 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Pitchfork Feature: Column: Resonant Frequency #44
"I poke at it to see if I can figure out why it means so much, how what most would consider a charming one-off plucked from a Time-Life Crusin' Through the 50s comp can be so devastating."
1950s  music  pop  aesthetics  beauty  songwriting 
march 2007 by allaboutgeorge
LAT: You know it's noir …
"The opposite of westerns with their open range and limitless possibility, noir films are about confined spaces. They underscore a man's vulnerability and make it easy for him to be cornered."
architecture  cinema  fiction  story  1950s  men  women  gender  design 
september 2006 by allaboutgeorge

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