"A woman from the audience asks: ‘Why were there so few women among the Beat writers?’ and [Gregory] Corso, suddenly utterly serious, leans forward and says: “There were women, they were there, I knew them, their families put them in institutions, they were given electric shock. In the ’50s if you were male you could be a rebel, but if you were female your families had you locked up."
Stephen Scobie, on the Naropa Institute’s 1994 tribute to Allen Ginsberg (via fuckyeahbeatniks)
Terrifying. Our blind spots to history are enormous.
Wow today was really a moment in my life. Went to Erykah Badu’s house and she pulled me aside to look through my clothes and asked me a bit about my story. Ending with her telling me I have a very bright future. That genuine interaction with someone who has inspired me for so many years has definitely reassured me in my endeavors.
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"The album introduced a striking voice—a diamond ground in the pestle of a filthy ashtray—with a remarkably assured delivery, the lyrics managing to sound at once channelled and rhythmically free. It united some of the best producers, cohesively, without opting for easy hits. And by serving one small, pressurized landscape as a whole, as if seen from every angle, ‘Illmatic’ bottled a time."
— James Guida on Nas’s debut album, twenty years later: http://nyr.kr/1jD87zy (via newyorker)
(Source: newyorker.com, via newyorker)