Category: 1950s


Ferlinghetti & I on the Culture Gabfest

It was an honor to be asked to be part of this week’s Slate Culture Gabfest (which I have listened to since it started in something like 2005). I talked with Steve Metcalf and Dana Stevens about Lawrence Ferlinghetti and we listened to a performance of “Baseball Canto”: Enjoy the...


The Beatniks are crazy

Late 1959. Science Digest summarizes a psychological study done on “beatniks” in San Francisco. It’s another way in which dissent gets pathologized at a time like that (late ’50s—a time of post-McCarthy thaw, a time in which a variety of heretical political positions could be once again taken). Here’s the...