Sunday, May 14, 2006

Post-Beat Links

The Edward Abbey link on the right of the page has become inactive. I don't know why, as yet: the site was a long-standing multi-page resource for Abbey readers and you wouldn't have expected it to disappear. Let's hope its creator can get it back online soon, if he hasn't just got bored of the whole project and hit the road, as a student of the mercurial Abbey might. It surprises me how few really good sites there are for the great writers on the post-Beat/independent/counter-cultural/bohemian/progressive side.
Who's got one? Ginsberg. Burroughs. Brautigan.
Who hasn't (or not any that I know of)? Corso (a woeful omission). Bukowski (a surprise).KEROUAC, for God's sake (the official site is dreadful). Gary Snyder. And now Edward Abbey.
Kesey's site, run by his son Zane, is psychedelic in design with high resolution photos, and it's a lively read, but it doesn't tell you anything about Kesey biographically, and ducks his writing altogether, other than in the sense that his books are for sale there, alongside those by Beat cousins and fellow travellers.
Send any links you have for the above writers and I'll include them in the Reading Room, if there's something at the site that SP's enormous audience can get their teeth into when they're at the computer.

Embarrassed Correction
Well, there may not be a decent site for Gregory Corso, but it turns out I was wrong in declaring that Bukowski doesn't have one. How about where there are poems, prose extracts, magazine interviews, photographs, and even a forum for Buk fans who want to connect with others of the same persuasion. It's not overly commercialised and it's not self-consciously hip either; it draws a very nice line, actually, between the writer and the public figure, between the man and the myth. What a good thing it's there for newcomers to Buk's writing, or people who want to go somewhere on the web to celebrate their hero.

Oh, and while we're at it the Edward Abbey site is back. So the cause of grizzly, independent writing is doubly served!

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