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View Diary: Books That Changed My Life: "Howl" by Allen Ginsberg (149 comments)

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  •  I saw him at The Ledge at Rutgers in (4+ / 0-)

    the middling 60's before their was a proper student union hall for pupils to linger in. I shouldn't have been there at all as a junior/senior in high school but I often did things disapproved of. He just hung out with many of the lovelys from time to time.
    First time I didn't have a clue who he was. I mentioned his amazing conversation to my uncle in passing (a beatnick from Columbia in the 50's). He was speechless at my ignorance, went to his bookshelf and brought me his revered copy of Howl. When I saw Mr. G several times after this, I later reported to my uncle that I was surely less of an embarrassment now. Nope, he was again steamed. Said he would have let me cling to the copy at least long enough to get an autograph had he known these sightings would be regular. Hah!
    I am often impoverished in the material world, but my life has been charmed. Howl and it's author are one pointer to that reality.
    Thanks for this exquisite diary, cll.

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