Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Naked Angels

"Whither goest thou, America, in thy shiny car in the night?"

-Jack Kerouac

Found this on the discard shelf of library. I have read a lot of secondary Beat material and while at UConn wish I had taken a class with Ann Charters, one of the leading Beat scholars in the country. Charters included, the opening chapter of Naked Angels ("Broken Circuit"), is the best short introduction to the holy trinity of the 'angel headed hipsters' of the Beat movement I have read. (Burroughs did not consider himself part of the Beats but he did serve as mentor like Manet to the Impressionist movement that followed him). It could stand alone as a course syllabus. Imminently quotable and full of information that could also lead one into a dissertation sized digression. I had a hard time finding out about this book orginally published in 1976 as it was out of print. It is being reprinted next month. While looking into the author and book I kept running across a reference to a motorcyle movie from 1969. (Featured below). Gotta stick with the theme.

"Mother has just got out of prison and wants to get revenge on the biker gang that put him there."

1 comment:

El Duderino said...

Isn't it true that you start your life a sweet child believing in everything under your father's roof? Then comes the day of Laodiceans, when you know you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked, and with the visage of a gruesome grieving ghost you go shuddering through nightmare life. JK