The Typewriter Is Holy: The Complete, Uncensored History of the Beat Generation

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  • Title: The Typewriter Is Holy: The Complete, Uncensored History of the Beat Generation
  • Author: Bill Morgan
  • ISBN: 9781416592426
  • Page: 148
  • Format: Hardcover
The Typewriter Is Holy: The Complete, Uncensored History of the Beat Generation

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The Typewriter Is Holy: The Complete, Uncensored History of the Beat Generation

About “Bill Morgan

  • Bill Morgan

    Bill Morgan is a painter and archival consultant working in New York City His previous publications include The Works of Allen Ginsberg 1941 1994 A Descriptive Bibliography and Lawrence Ferlinghetti a Comprehensive Bibliography He has worked as an archivist for Allen Ginsberg, Abbie Hoffman, and Timothy Leary.



407 thoughts on “The Typewriter Is Holy: The Complete, Uncensored History of the Beat Generation

  • The author, Bill Morgan, tried to write a history of the beat generation that would appeal to those who were not familiar with the beat writers Kerouac, Ginsberg, Snyder et as well as those who have read many books by the writers as well as books about them For the most part he was successful.The times when the book was not satisfying was when it read as a travelogue or chronological outline of their lives The most satisfying parts were he wrote in depth about the conflicts and relationships bet [...]


  • If you are interested in the beat generation and the many writers who were part of it as I am a huge fan , then this book is a must read for you It encompasses many of the already known beats Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, William Burroughs,etc and the other writers who until now have been overlooked Some of these are Joanne Kyger, Alan Amsen, etc as well as the times and experiences that they lived through I was extremely pleased at the writer s techniques and the way he kept me interested throu [...]


  • On the plus side, Morgan s book was a pretty quick read, and there s plenty of information for someone who has a limited biographical sketch of the Beats On the minus side, the writing is wooden particularly noticeable in a book about dynamic writers , and Morgan never really makes a convincing argument for how the Beats changed America or why they re particularly important, for that matter Overall, it was a meh read for me.


  • I have to give this book five stars because I casually meant to read the first few pages ended up reading the whole thing in just about one sitting The writing, however, struck me as fairly poor the pace is uneven , unless I was just tired from a long read, just plain scattered towards the end , the amount of repetition is staggering I kid you not when I say one paragraph will consist of six sentences, four of them saying the exact same thing with the words re ordered Then you ll hear the same s [...]


  • The second book I bought at City Lights in March, Typewriter is a good history of the Beat Generation writers and the diverse courses their careers and personal lives took Though the transitions among the different writers aren t always smooth from paragraph to paragraph, overall the narrative moves smoothly from its beginnings with Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, and Neal Cassady influencing each other to a variety of younger writers eventually following in their wake and joining in with the wild [...]


  • A thoroughly entertaining recounting of the emergence and evolution of the Beat writers which does a good job of locating their parallel stories in time so, for example, you know where the others were and what they were up to when Ginsberg was reading Howl at the Six Gallery Ginsberg emerges as the hero of the piece, generous in his friendship and a bonding force, instrumental in bringing many of his Beat friends to prominence in the world of literature.


  • Excellent book for anyone desiring to understand the Beat Generation of the 40s that grew into the Hippie Movement of the 60s It is a behind the scenes of the lives of Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg and their Beat friends.


  • Een encyclopedische kennis staat niet garant voor een goed boek Of ook, een oersaai boek over de Beats het kan dus.


  • This really is the uncensored and complete story The book is full of interesting stories and little moments which give a very personal understanding of members of the beat generation One story that in particular caught my interest is the account of Lucien Carr biting off glass from his beer bottle bleeding badly he challenges the others to the same, and Burroughs enters the room with a tray of razor blades and light bulbs as hor d oeuvres The book s theme is that the beat movement should be seen [...]


  • tkreviews the typewrEven as a child of the eighties, I feel indebted to the Beat Generation, a group of writers that had a major influence on the cultural and literary landscape of America, beginning in the 50s, through the upheaval of the 60s, and on to the end of the century I have been fascinated, inspired and sometimes repulsed by their idiosyncratic antics, intellectual enthusiasm, and rejection of social norms since I first read Kerouac s On the Road one summer in college Since then, I ve [...]


  • To begin with, I would say that, overall, I was very pleased with the books claim to be the Complete, Uncensored history of the beats The claim is well founded and seemingly very accurate I learned things about every beat in this book that I had never even heard of or suspected before It is full of intriguing insights into the joys, tragedies, sex lives, psyches, etc, of all the famous beats I would never have suspected that so many of them were criminals, and not just drug fiends and petty thie [...]


  • Author Bill Morgan explains in the Introduction that his intent is to construct a chronology of the Beats following the model of Susan Cheever s American Bloomsbury Louisa May Alcott, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Margaret Fuller, Nathaniel Hawthorne , and Henry David Thoreau Their Lives, Their Loves, Their Work The plan is to show that the Beats, like the Transcendentalists, had a major impact on changes in society and American thought.The chronology of what they did, where they traveled and when their [...]


  • Jack Kerouac was shy He was bitter at his lack of success compared with his fellow writers In 1955 he was carrying around the completed manuscripts of five major books and he was still unable to find a publisher for any of them This portrait was a surprise to me Surely On the Road was the novel that spoke for the Beat Generation And still does This book describes the individual paths of a number of writers of those decades 50s and 60s not all of whom I recognised Some of them were indeed publish [...]


  • This is the first ever non fiction book that I read from cover to cover in my life And boy, did it take a significant part of my life to read I started reading it a few days before the semester started and I finished it during finals week Still, the five months were worth it Also, I don t know how to review a non fiction book, so I m just going to focus on the author s writing style I don t really have anything to compare it to, considering this is also the first book about the Beats I ve ever r [...]


  • Michelle says I was interested in this book because I knew it would be something that my husband would eat up and love to talk about And he did He read it in less than a week during his lunch breaks and came home this evening saying he was done already He then started to babble on and on, with much enthusiasm, about the history of the beat poets and writers Well, if that much excitement can be generated from a book, then, by golly, he must review it So I give you once again, my famous Guest Revi [...]


  • If you ve read the tagline of this blog, you know I am aficionado of the Beats As such, I have read a lot of material related to the Beat Generation and its writers all of Allen Ginsberg s poems, many of Jack Kerouac s and William Burroughs novels and other writings, The First Third by Neal Cassady, multiple biographies of all four, and poetry by Amiri Baraka, Gregory Corso, Robert Creeley, Diane DiPrima, Denise Levertov, Michael McClure, Gary Snyder, Anne Waldman, and John Wieners I even have o [...]


  • Bill Morgan wrote a great bio of Ginsberg,and was tight with many of Beat s heavy hittersThis book is unique in that it centers on the interactions of Beat s big daddies from their first meetings,getting to know one another,getting famous,and eventually diverging and scattering with Ginsberg the eternal cheerleader and introducer holding the center.Jack Kerouac is my literary hero,my main daddy ,and his portrait in this book is not flattering.cally a good,creative decade,brilliance,then a slow,a [...]


  • This is a wonderful book to learn about the history of the Beat Generation as a whole Bill Morgan makes a firm argument that Allen Ginsberg was the central figure and social glue who held the group together, making crucial introductions, coordinating activities and encouraging his friends to write and submit their work to publishers He also helped them with editing and supported them financially when he could I learned that the Beat Generation began a lot earlier than I thought, and according to [...]


  • A relatively brief but comprehensive overview of the major players of the so called Beats , a term that some of those often included did not really accept, at least as it was generally known The author s stated perspective that Allen Ginsberg was the lynchpin of the social group is well supported Morgan writes clearly and the major figures Ginsberg, Kerouac, Cassady, Burroughs are well represented as are a number of other lesser known figures Morgan is not shy of sharing his opinions about the w [...]


  • The best thing about this book is the title from Footnote to Howl by Allen Ginsberg The sub title is a bit of marketing flair Bill Morgan, a one man Beat Generation history machine tapped unparalleled sources and friendship for the complete and uncensored information, but from a cursory read I didn t find much that was new Mr Morgan set out to write a history of the Beat Generation for folks who had never heard of the Beat Generation, and as a primer this book will do It s neither as entertainin [...]


  • A fascinating, thorough biography of the entire beat movement and all those contained therein The early chapters declared Allen Ginsberg as the centre of all things beat and I worried that it was going to be a laborious and biased trawl through his life with everyone else playing bit parts but I was wrong In chronological order Ginsberg, Kerouac, Burroughs, Cassady, Corso, Ferlinghetti and many other lesser or little known poets and writers are followed from their beginnings to their ends and th [...]


  • I ll begin by saying that I thought this book was terribly written There was no writing style at all The book was just a list of all of the various activities of the beats However, I enjoyed the reading experience because I learned so much about the individuals I had very little knowledge of the personal lives of any of these writers other than a vague notion of the beats as cool guys wandering around the country enjoying life and writing Learning that they were involved in very naughty behavior [...]


  • I picked this book up at the library in hopes it would help shed some light onto some of the lesser known writers associated with The Beats, but I should have read the liner notes The book concentrates on the lives on the Mount Rush of the genre Kerouac, Ginsberg, Burroughs and Neal Cassady which is fine but I d like to know a bit about the Corsos, Whalens, Braughtigans and McClures of the group as writers and individual rather than as ancilliary characters I guess we ll see here we goLATEREh, [...]


  • I enjoyed the book a great deal, even though it seemed to contain too much and too little information at once, trying to juggle the lives of a couple of dozen creative, restless, and troublemaking people Their work was groundbreaking and they were also terribly shitty people to many of those around them Lots of sex, drugs, travel, and writing Stereotypical bohemians Part of me envies part of them.


  • This beautiful title caught my eye at the library Alas, the rest of the book is not so poetically written The writing in this is a little stilted it s clearly written by a researcher and not a poet or novelist Still, it s a fascinating peek into the life of the Beat Poets Crazy, narcissistic, drug addled brilliance Best read with a Beat Poetry anthology next to you as the author references poems, but doesn t provide them in the text Go be holy, my friends.


  • Bill Morgan probably knows about the beats as a whole than anyone else alive is Charles Plymell still with us Here he presents his usual scholarly overview of the nuts and bolts of these precursors to hippies and initiators of alternative culture I was fascinated with new insights and the way the author was able to tie everything together so that the various comings and going finally made some sort of sense.


  • Interesting read if you have an interest in the Beat Generation Definitely does not idealize the lifestyle, focuses rather on how the social circle was created and how it inspired the later writers in the 60 s Glad I didn t read this at 16 when I thought On The Road was the best book ever written, but it puts an interesting perspective on the movement and its influence on subsequent cultural movements.


  • I ve read Jack Kerouac for years and love his writing even if he was a misogynistic drunk This book better informed my study of the Beat Generation and has inspired me to read William Burroughs and Gary Snyder, and to pay a long overdue visit to City Lights the next time I m up in San Francisco The writing style is a trifle prosaic, but these are such fascinating people that it the writer redeems himself through the thorough, thoughtful stories he tells about them.


  • A great book for people who have an interest in the Beat Generation If you already have a large knowledge of the Beats, this book serves as sort of an outline Even though I learned no new information from this book, it fascinated me I just couldn t put it down It re encouraged me that I should continue my studies on the Beat Generation for those writers were than juvenille delinquents, they were ahead of their time and their lasting influence still resonates today.


  • The title is taken from a line in Footnote to Howl I love Bill Morgan He worked with Ginsberg for decades and wrote my favorite Ginsberg bio I Celebrate Myself This book didn t have a ton of info I hadn t read before, but it did have some, and I loved the way he gave a yearly account of what everyone was doing at the same time Sometimes that gets confusing in the nemerous Beat bios.


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