"And for God's sake, don't let me ever hear you say, 'I can't read fiction. I only have time for the truth.' Fiction is the truth, fool! Ever hear of 'literature'? That means fiction too, stupid." -John Waters
Allen Ginsberg's Howl & Other Poems was originally published by City Lights Books in the fall of 1956. Subsequently seized by U.S. Customs and the San Francisco police, it was the subject of a long court trial at which a series of poets and professors persuaded the court that the book was not obscene.
An Holy Spirit-less parish priest, a grandchild's possible autism diagnosis, a mother losing her sight, some Beatles, more Baltimore, a happy anniversary to an ex, Apocalypse Now - a new appreciation, a job layoff, cancer and gardening, clematis - a testimony, an overly zealous hotel clerk, a neighbor's suicide attempt, and lots more.
Set against the backdrop of the turbulent 1960s, American Boy explores the trenchant issues of a century just passed: the Vietnam War, the disintegration of family, child abuse, adultery, divorce, the plight of Native Americans, the emergence of jazz, and the loss of innocence. Learn More