Friday, January 30, 2009

Reading Ginsberg's Letters

The Letters of Allen Ginsberg
Da Capo Press, 2008

I was never quite interested in Ginsberg and the Beat poets. Or, I should say, I was once interested in that era and its poets and poetry, but the poetry has not held my interest over the years. It's not something I revisit again and again. Ferlinghetti, Kerouac, Ginsberg himself, Burroughs-I've read all their work at some point, but it never fully grabbed me the way Plath and Sexton have; Yeats, Kevin Young, A.E. Stallings, Rilke, Roethke, to name a few more.
I'd be more interested in reading about the women of the Beat Generation-the spouses, muses, poets. That book by Brenda Knight come to mind-Women Of the Beat Generation-, but it barely even cracks the surface of that subject. It offers enough information, though, to make you look a bit harder for these women elsewhere.

Overall, though, the letters were interesting to read, just to get a glimpse into Ginsberg's life and the inner workings of his rambling mind. I found much humor throughout but also alot of self-inflicted pathos which made the pages turn a bit faster.

However, he certainly holds his place in literary history, there's no question about that.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Short Comments on Two Different Books

Finished some books recently. The Chekhov Letters book and Things I Wish My Mother Had Told Me (basically a life etiquette book).

Just a few comments:

On Chekhov: I always enjoy reading artists/writers/poets letters and journals. I love the intimacy of it. I have to admit, I never did read any of Chekhov's work, but I enjoyed the letters. Enjoyed the language used.

On Things I Wish.....
I wish I didn't read it. It was a little ridiculous to me and I don't see how any of it would be pertinent to my life. But that's just me.

Am reading Allen Ginsberg's letters now and it is far more enjoyable than the etiquette book...

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Taking A Break

I have come to the conclusion that I need to cut down on my writing commitments. There are far too many things going on right now in life that need my immediate attention. I'd rather not get too specific here because the reasons are quite personal. I'll just say things need to change.

This blog will still stay up for readers to enjoy, but I most likely won't be posting here much, with the exception of the occasional book review.

I just want to say thanks to all who supported and read this blog (all 20 of you ;) ) as well as those who read my work elsewhere. I hope to resume my writing sometime in the very near future.

See you later.