Note to Self:

Monday, September 6, 2010

Never Stop Howling

The above pin is a souvenir I brought back from a trip I took with my son to San Fransisco this past July; I purchased it at the Beat Museum. It's of course a reference to the poem book, Howl, by Alan Ginsberg. The Beat writers had a huge influence on me when I was younger, thus I recently placed it on the strap of a bag I often carry not to display it for others but more as a reminder for myself...a reminder to never stop howling.

In the event that you've not read the book, here's the opening sentence:
I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness, starving hysterical naked,
dragging themselves through the negro streets at dawn looking for an angry fix;
Angel-headed hipsters burning for the ancient heavenly connection
to the starry dynamo in the machinery of night.

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