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Out of 465 pages, it only took five words in this volume to transform and clarify my perspective on the Beat Generation It was summer 2010 when I began reading Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg The Letters sometime that August shortly before a new academic year cut off my pleasure reading I came to five words that stopped and held onto me, trance like All green Abandon everything else This is the culmination of a 1948 letter to Jack Kerouac from Allen Ginsberg At this point, neither h Out of 465 pages, it only took five words in this volume to transform and clarify my perspective on the Beat Generation It was summer 2010 when I began reading Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg The Letters sometime that August shortly before a new academic year cut off my pleasure reading I came to five words that stopped and held onto me, trance like All green Abandon everything else This is the culmination of a 1948 letter to Jack Kerouac from Allen Ginsberg At this point, neither has been discovered or published They write back and forth across the country, typically in a philosophical vein, and recently they ve been using the colour green as a metaphor for love Humour me as I provide a littlecontext from the authors Kerouac it s just a kind of fear of being understood, or misunderstood, with love as the basic energy for to be understood completely implies a kind of vacuum Realize, Allen, that if all the world were green there would be no such thing as the colour green Similarly , men cannot know what it is to be together without otherwise knowing what it is to be apart If all the world were love, then, how could love exist Allen This is the root of your dishonesty and in a similar way mine You try to keep it back That is what the phrase God is Love means There is one law and most men try to live as if their law were different, as if they had an understanding of their own This is the abyss Everything is green, love, without the logical fantastic equivocations that we invent so that we won t actually have to face each other I was frightened as a kid by the transfiguration scene in Jekyll and Hyde That is because it recalled my true self to me So miraculous and unbelievable is this true self, is life, that it seems like an image of horror, once we accept that horror we see that it was all a fit, that horror was the birth pains, the pangs of recognition of self deception, and we are in love in green I am reminded of cummings because my father lived his soul love is the whole andthan all This is one of the many glimmering passages in The Letters where the yearning, to understand themselves and the world and God, burns through the self righteous incoherence to which the Beat Generation is too often reduced When twenty two year old Ginsberg tells Kerouac that only human, brotherly love truly exists the New Age today refer to it as ubuntu , that it is all green and to abandon everything else that, to me, is aimportant observation about the Beats than that they drank or took peyotl or were roped into the racist and sexist prejudices of their non Beat peers Now, I have to add, make no mistake the Letters also depicts an abnormal share of drug use, alcoholism, womanizing misogyny, and general hedonism that which we expect from honest accounts of American bohemian life in the Fifties and Sixties There is also a lot of semi boring talk about publication and mostly the struggle to get their work into it Plus a continuous trickle of friend or frenemy oriented gossip that immerses you in Allen and Jack s social circles Said circles were, individually and collectively, pretty messed up All these things don t preclude this generation from being one of extraordinary seekers highly ambitious in their own right, hopelessly angry but in search of peace, rebelling against everything because they re looking for something, anything eschewing the rules of their parents God and yet deeply spiritual, in factspiritual than almost any other quality I think the above excerpts dignify that spirituality This is a bit of a weird review for me to write, and I m sure for you to read From a conventional viewpoint the literary merit of Beat writing seems obscured or non existant, but I am neither coming from a conventional viewpoint nor do I want to dictate to anyone what s valuable in literature I am trying to explain what I get about their writing and why I love what I get The people we call the Beats are living dead center of the craziest hundred years in our history, and they react like anybody can be expected to react who perceives rightly that the world is changing too quickly to make sense Beat is strange to us, often ugly racism and sexism DID abound in all circles, not just the counterculture it s perhaps incomprehensible If you haven t already been exposed to at least some writings from the Beat Generation, these letters are likely to disgust or at least confuse you But evencritically, I feel if you don t understand on some level what beat really means in this context, what it is to be beat, there s nothing I ll be able to say to show you Reading Kerouac and Ginsberg s correspondence might help I know that after finally picking it up again and reading it straight through this time, I understand itfully In their letters, left unedited as their novels and poetry couldn t be, is a reflection of the tired, tireless, ravenous Beat human animal nakedness These two men and their self expression each to the other upend the Eliot esque intention to mask the writer behind the words The total, seem it good or bad honesty is what creates the beatific With the blinding honesty of the Letters, I know I ve found the seeds of wisdom I always felt to be under the madness, the breath sustaining the song Afterword On the same August afternoon two years ago, I also knew that I wanted to carry Ginsberg s words with me forever It took nearly two years to prove my intention A few weeks ago, at last, I had my first tattoo I am inked like a manuscript, vibrant with green typewriter font letters, in love with my skin all green abandon everything else This collection of letters certainly won t help dispel the notion that there s a thin line between genius and madness Both of these writers are among the most influential of the latter 20th Century, and both clearly led very dysfunctional lives Probably an important study for modern lit scholars, but a tough slog for the casual reader. Extraordinarywhile I ve never been a big fan of the work of Kerouac except for The Dharma Bums with the lovely portrait of Gary Snyder as Japhy Ryder or Ginsberg except for Howl , Kaddish and Father Death Blues their lives,by way of the wonderful Ann Charters Kerouac or Dharma Lion by Michael Schumaker,seem to me endlessly facinating and this collection of letters is a testimony to the Youth,Ambition,and Sheer Mad Enthusiasm of their not so small Circle of Friends in the 40 s and Extraordinarywhile I ve never been a big fan of the work of Kerouac except for The Dharma Bums with the lovely portrait of Gary Snyder as Japhy Ryder or Ginsberg except for Howl , Kaddish and Father Death Blues their lives,by way of the wonderful Ann Charters Kerouac or Dharma Lion by Michael Schumaker,seem to me endlessly facinating and this collection of letters is a testimony to the Youth,Ambition,and Sheer Mad Enthusiasm of their not so small Circle of Friends in the 40 s and 50 s.the letters also give the Lie to the Conventional Wisdom that Fame ruined Kerouacupon publication of On the Road , his innate, kindhearted generosity was given full expression,for a while at leastand the cruel Jew Hatred and far ranging misanthropy that blighted his last years was exacerbated by his alchoholism and,of course,by Memere rather than simply by SUCCESS in contrast to Ginsberg,who by all accounts in addition to his loving responses to abuse from Kerouac was a loving,loyal and supportive friend throughout their livesboth men wildly overestimated their respective literary worth comparisons to Shakespeare,Joyce,Cerrvantes,et.al.are cringe inducing at times but both were,and continue to be,important Literary Cultural Religious Avatars whose influence continues to be felt.an important,exciting,Fun addition to the literature by and about The Beats The Complaint of the Skeleton to Time1 Take my love, it is not true,So let it tempt no body new Take my Lady, she will sighFor my bed where er I lie Take them said the skeleton, But leave my bones alone.2 Take my raiment, now grown coldTo sell to some poor poet old Give the dirt that hoods this truth,If his age would wear my youth Take them said the skeleton, But leave my bones alone.3 Take the thoughts that like the windBlew my body out of mind Take the ghost that comes at nightTo steal away The Complaint of the Skeleton to Time1 Take my love, it is not true,So let it tempt no body new Take my Lady, she will sighFor my bed where er I lie Take them said the skeleton, But leave my bones alone.2 Take my raiment, now grown coldTo sell to some poor poet old Give the dirt that hoods this truth,If his age would wear my youth Take them said the skeleton, But leave my bones alone.3 Take the thoughts that like the windBlew my body out of mind Take the ghost that comes at nightTo steal away my heart s delight Take them said the skeleton, But leave my bones alone.4 Take this spirit, it s not mine,I stole it somewhere down the line,Take this flesh to go with thatAnd pass it on from rat to rat Take them said the skeleton, But leave my bones alone.5.Take this voice, which I bemoan,And take this penance to atone,Grind me down, tho I may groanTo the starkest stick and stone Take them said the skeleton, But leave my bones alone.This is a complaint of praise to destroying time I am not sure whether the bones represent the core of self which is the last to be given up or whether I m telling everybody they can do what they want as long as they leave the god bone alone Do you think I am right or wrong, sane crazy Allen It was the longest read ever the last part is the hardest to read , i was scared that once am finishing this book , my life will be over but yet am still Alive It was the longest read ever the last part is the hardest to read , i was scared that once am finishing this book , my life will be over but yet am still Alive I read this because I was a little ok, a lot in love with Jack Kerouac, and a marginal fan of Ginsberg By the end, I amin love with Allen and less impressed with Jack But this is a great read for any Beat fan Just be forewarned Jack Kerouac was kind of an asshole. .EBOOK ☦ Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg: The Letters ⚕ The first collection of letters between the two leading figures of the Beat movement Writers and cultural icons Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg are the most celebrated names of the Beat Generation, linked together not only by their shared artistic sensibility but also by a deep and abiding friend ship, one that colored their lives and greatly influenced their writing Editors Bill Morgan and David Stanford shed new light on this intimate and influential friendship in this fascinating exchange of letters between Kerouac and Ginsberg, two thirds of which have never been published before Commencing inwhile Ginsberg was a student at Columbia University and continuing until shortly before Kerouac s death in , the two hundred letters included in this book provide astonishing insight into their lives and their writing While not always in agreement, Ginsberg and Kerouac inspired each other spiritually and creatively, and their letters became a vital workshop for their art Vivid, engaging, and enthralling, Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg The Letters provides an unparalleled portrait of the two men who led the cultural and artistic movement that defined their generation This is an interesting read for many reasons, but mainly because the letters are very personal and intimate and although written by major literary figures, they are not written to be published There is a different element of naivety and authenticity embedded in these letters, the struggles for getting published, constant lack of money, all personal ups and downs, the love hate relationships among the members of the Beat circle The letters provide a valuable insight into the building of the Bea This is an interesting read for many reasons, but mainly because the letters are very personal and intimate and although written by major literary figures, they are not written to be published There is a different element of naivety and authenticity embedded in these letters, the struggles for getting published, constant lack of money, all personal ups and downs, the love hate relationships among the members of the Beat circle The letters provide a valuable insight into the building of the Beat generation, especially when read in parallel to the works of Kerouac, Ginsberg, Burroughs and the others The Beats represent a unique subculture in the postwar American setting, deeply questioning the mainstream ideas and values of the society they live in The letters as well as the Beat literature are rather weak in terms of the political critique, but they are vivid in the way they challenge social norms and move beyond the socially acceptable life styles The emphasis on Buddhism reflects upon the search for an alternative meaning of life, a different, visionary existential worldview that transcends the binaries of material and spiritual, now and forever, earthly and otherworldly Although this book took me a long time to finish, everytime I picked it up again, I wondered why I haven t read it for so long I didn t understand many expressions, but that didn t spoil my experience Very enjoyable and interesting read Made me want to be in NYC in 40 s and 50 s, an anonymous part of their group, dealing with publishers, traveling with them, breathing the same air as them, talking about literature And they made me think about lots of things, about past, present and feature, Although this book took me a long time to finish, everytime I picked it up again, I wondered why I haven t read it for so long I didn t understand many expressions, but that didn t spoil my experience Very enjoyable and interesting read Made me want to be in NYC in 40 s and 50 s, an anonymous part of their group, dealing with publishers, traveling with them, breathing the same air as them, talking about literature And they made me think about lots of things, about past, present and feature, made me ponder, made me feel a lot of feelings Buddha mentions, I love those I got to know them a little bit , fall in love with Jack a little bitMad Hip Love everywhere All green Abandon everything else.