A Semester With Allen Ginsberg

A Semester With Allen Ginsberg

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“Professor Ginsberg sits behind his wide desk frowning up at the low ceiling as though the harsh fluorescent light were assaulting him. Without further ado he begins to take roll. Somehow I thought it would be a hey, drop-in-drop-out-whenever-the-mood-suits-you kind of arrangement. As he calls off the names, I realize that half of the people crammed into this tiny room aren’t even enrolled in the class. They’re just here to catch a glimpse of Ginsberg, to get some kind of Beat benediction.”

Read an excerpt from Elissa Schappell’s essay, “A Semester with Allen Ginsberg,” this week’s Longreads Member Pick:


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