Switch costumes with political, scientific, or nostalgic consequence and Tuesday’s all yours:
On the anniversary of Pier Paolo Pasolini’s death, contributors to In Danger: A Pasolini Anthology (City Lights, 2010) and members of the Revolutionary Poets Brigade will read poetry + prose on themes of war, resistance, and revolution.
Authors and translators: Jack Hirschman [you should watch this and hope he reads this second poem], Sharon Doubiago, Dee Allen, Judith Ayn Bernhard, Susanna Bonetti, Agneta Falk, Steven Gray, devorah major [here’s an intense example once you get past the intro] and Jonathan Richman. If you go, you should ask Steven to read one of these poems.
You should really read about Pasolini! That wiki article is fascinating. And thorough.
Free and open to the public, this event is scheduled for 7-9pm at Berkeley City College auditorium (2050 Center St, Berkeley).
published by Cleis Press
Beloved by both Jack Kerouac and Neal Cassady, Lu Anne Henderson’s story has never been told. Lu Anne was a beautiful 15-year-old girl in Denver in 1945 when she met Neal, a fast-talking hurricane of male sexuality and vast promises. The two married, and soon they were hanging out with a group of young would-be writers, including Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg. But Neal and Jack initially didn’t like each other very much. Lu Anne ended up loving them both, and she taught them how to love each other—in effect, making the Beat Generation possible, as well as giving Kerouac material for one of the seminal novels of the 20th century, On the Road. One and Only traces the immense struggles of Lu Anne’s own life, which ranged from the split-up of her family during the Great Depression, to the ravages of abusive men and the grief of losing the two most important men in her life; and shows how her life intertwined with Jack’s and Neal’s to the very end.
Gerald Nicosia’s biography of Jack Kerouac, Memory Babe, won the Distinguished Young Writer Award from the National Society of Arts and Letters while still a work-in-progress. It remains widely regarded as the definitive work on Kerouac. Also the author of Home to War, Nicosia lives in Corte Madera, CA.
Anne Marie Santos, Lu Anne’s daughter, lives in Arlington, VA.
This free event starts at 7pm at City Lights [261 Columbus Ave].
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Tickets for this event are $15 and you can get them in advance.
Doors at 7pm, show at 8:00 p.m.
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