Outside of Society, That’s Where Patti Smith Wants to be

Patti Smith was in the New York Times yesterday, discussing the PBS premier of the documentary, “Patti Smith, Dream of Life”, on Dec. 30th. The broadcast, part of the PBS series “POV,” is but the first step in what appears to be an all-out blitz to erase any remaining notions that Ms. Smith has not done enough work yet. That quote didn’t sit right with me, as I wasn’t aware  anybody thought Smith’s body of work was lacking anything — […]

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New York City Hardcore Poetry

By Jason Diamond   The Cro-Mags, in my opinion, were the best New York City Hardcore band besides Agnostic Front. The band’s ties with the New York literary scene date back to the mid-1970’s, when future Cro-Mag bassist Harley Flanagan began publishing poetry before his tenth birthday. While this might seem like the precocious action of a child, the beginning of Flanagan’s literary career would make many contemporary writers a bit envious. Flanagan, as documented in American Hardcore, published Stories […]

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Bites: Ginsberg Dumped a Body, Roth Reviews, Lethem in Miami, Lou Dobbs Unemployed, Spoonbill & Sugartown is Ten, and More.

Allen Ginsberg helped dispose of a body?  Will this be portrayed in the movie starring James Franco? Lit. A.V. Club reviews Philip Roth’s The Humbling. Village Voice go back to 1966 to hang out with Ed Saunders.  Fug, and “Fuck You” publisher. The Daily Beast takes a look at the best of British literature. Stephen King’s Under the Dome has “the scope and flavor of literary Americana” says the New York Times. The guy that put out The Simpsons: An […]

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