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Wed Mar 20, 2019, 06:22 PM

Ferlinghetti celebrated as 100th birthday nears

For many of us the Beats were the Source as one writer dubbed them. The last, as far as I know, to survive is the wonderful poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti who turns 100 on March 24th. San Francisco, where Ferlinghetti started the City Lights bookstore in 1957, has several celebrations planned. I have only been there a couple of times but to me it's a must for anyone who appreciates not only independent bookstores but also American poetry and the contributions of the Beats. A good article on him from the Guardian:

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/mar/19/lawrence-ferlinghetti-turns-100-interview-city-lights

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Wed Mar 20, 2019, 07:57 PM

1. A book he wrote truly influenced me -- 'Quantum Physics For Laymen', I think. A great man.

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Wed Mar 20, 2019, 09:02 PM

2. He put on the reading of Howl that got them arrested

Not as well known of course as Ginsberg, Kerouac and Burroughs but still important in 20th Century American literature.

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Wed Jul 31, 2019, 12:14 AM

3. Of the beats

I like Gary Snyder.

As for Lawrence:I am the door

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