Follow the Beat: Beat Generation Archivist Rediscovers America

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Get your snapping fingers ready and your Jack Kerouac boners up (I know you have them): Author Bill Morgan is gonna take us across this great nation of ours as only the Beatniks saw it tonight at the San Francisco Public Library!

I don’t understand the Allen Ginsberg phenomenon (read: I’m completely illiterate), but I know he’s kind of a big deal. Morgan was an archivist and bibliographer for not only Ginsberg but also Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Timothy Leary, and others, so dude knows what’s up with the Beat Generation. This is even more evident in his new book, Beat Atlas: a State-by-State Guide to the Beat Generation. He’ll help tonight’s audience track the likes of Neal Cassady and William S. Burroughs past New York and San Francisco to their haunts nationwide. This FREE event is rather appropriately co-sponsored by City Guides and City Lights Books (Ferlinghetti was a co-founder).

Bill Morgan at SFPL’s Koret Auditorium
100 Larkin St. at Market [Civic Center]
Tuesday, April 26, 6:30-7:30pm
FREE
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Image courtesy of City Lights

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Sarah M. Smart was summoned into being on a distant ice cream planet through an unholy union of Two-Buck Chuck and unicorns. They sent her to Indianapolis and then the University of Missouri's School of Journalism to spread peace and big hair. Perpetually in mourning for the comma, she has worked for a variety of print media, including Indianapolis Monthly, Global Journalist, and Vox. Since moving to San Francisco for the booming dumpster-diving scene, she has been an online operative for such fine folks as Horoscope.com , Neo-Factory, and Academy of Art University. After a day of cat-feeding, hat-making, dog-walking, vegan baking, and daydreaming about marrying rich, all she wants is a margarita as big as her face.
  • Edward

    I attended, pretty interesting stuff, not earth shattering but an enjoyable hour nontheless.