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First Thought: Conversations with Allen Ginsberg (University of Minnesota Press), edited by Michael Schumacher

May. 16, 2017
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For defining the anguish of society’s outsiders with his 1955 poem “Howl,” Allen Ginsberg became a characteristic voice of the Beat Generation. He continued as an influential figure in the ’60s counterculture and survived to become a cultural elder statesman. First Thought collects 18 interviews with Ginsberg from 1960 through 1997 and contains previously unpublished material. He emerges as a thoughtful yet sensual man grappling with issues of his day, sometimes with prescience. He was talking about global warming and the digitalization of information in 1978! Editor Michael Schumacher, a Kenosha writer who authored a biography of Ginsberg, included one of his discussions with the poet—a 1986 interview on recurring dreams, growing old and intimations of death. 

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