Curator Reviews

Lena Dunham

This memoir of the beat generation is unusual in that it is from the female perspective, letting us know that the beats were as bad at being boyfriends as they were good at making art.

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Tracey Thorn

Then in 1987 I read this, which tells the story of Johnson’s affair with Kerouac, and gives a behind the scenes true story of the Beat generation, and more specifically, the women involved with them who are the “minor characters” of the title. I immediately saw what I had missed at the time, and this book continued my feminist education. 

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Daniel Pinchbeck

My mother wrote this memoir about her childhood, her bohemian and Beatnik friends, and her early love affair with Jack Kerouac. She was with him when On the Road came out, and witnessed how his sudden rise to prominence hastened his dissolution.

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