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Memoirs of a Beatnik explained Memoirs of a Beatnik, review Memoirs of a Beatnik, trailer Memoirs of a Beatnik, box office Memoirs of a Beatnik, analysis Memoirs of a Beatnik, Memoirs of a Beatnik 1c05 Long Regarded As An Underground Classic For Its Gritty And Unabashedly Erotic Portrayal Of The Beat Years, Memoirs Of A Beatnik Is A Moving Account Of A Powerful Woman Artist Coming Of Age Sensually And Intellectually In A Movement Dominated By A Small Confederacy Of Men, Many Of Whom She Lived With And Loved Filled With Anecdotes About Her Adventures In New York City, Diane Di Prima S Memoir Shows Her Learning To Raise Her Rebellion Into Art, And Making Her Way Toward Literary Success Memoirs Of A Beatnik Offers A Fascinating Narrative About The Courage And Triumphs Of The Imagination

  • Paperback
  • 208 pages
  • Memoirs of a Beatnik
  • Diane di Prima
  • English
  • 03 October 2019
  • 9780140235395

About the Author: Diane di Prima

Diane Di Prima is an American poet.



10 thoughts on “Memoirs of a Beatnik

  1. says:

    What I wanted was to know what it was like for a woman to be part of such an amazing scene and time, what I got was a lot of unsavory descriptions of casual sex with multiple partners I had no idea I d become such a prude.

  2. says:

    A schizophrenic book, with two distinct personalities hardcore smut and bohemian memoir It starts out on the smutty side the first three chapters are basically quick set ups for sex scenes and the sex is written about in classic porno style lots of lines like I took his huge, throbbing cock into my hungry, wet pussy Fun to read, though I didn t find it erotic enough to actually get my blood moving What kept me reading was the other side of the story, those glimpses of bohemian life, of life as lived by someone with no real interest in making even a somewhat comfortable living Poverty and squalor, free spirited artists, fags and outcasts The account is hardly cohesive, and could be eloquent in its delivery, but it feels real, and it covers a truly fascinating time period the start of the American counterculture movement, a decade before the 60s di Prima guesses that there are maybe another 400 or so bohemian types in the entire United States during this period, and I believe her I m currently reading di Prima s proper memoir, Recollections of My Life as a Woman, written several decades later, and compared to this it feels like an old lady s whine fest Memoirs of a Beatnik might be sort of juvenile, with it s hormone driven sex obsession and it s wide eyed naivete, but frankly, it s all the better for it.

  3. says:

    Sometimes evocative, mostly just depressingly bad There s an unpleasant whiff of internalized misogyny in di Prima s digressions about birth control, sex, and unconventional domestic arrangements Her work as a poet and writer are left totally vague during the years she spent in Manhattan Kerouac and Ginsberg are trotted out like caricatures.This fictionalized autobiography could have been so interesting A female poet s perspective on the proto beatnik scene of 1950 s New York is a rarity I wish a the writing was better, b the book had some structure other than a loose chronology, and c she hadn t gone along with her publisher s demand for tons of ludicrous sex scenes The book peters out in San Francisco, 1968 another huge missed opportunity for insight A worthwhile read for the odd details here and there about street life and the beginnings of mid century counterculture, but not much else.

  4. says:

    I laugh at all the negative reviews of the book because all they saw was a pornographic novel, which is true, because that is what is was written as But there is stuff hidden beneath the surface that you really don t notice until the last chapter This was a woman who was beat outside of the beats for a long time She was someone outside of Kerouac and Ginsberg s circle, so she wasn t even aware the was a thing called Beat until she read Howl But most of the sex was written just to satisfy her publishers so she could get paid And I think the Author s note and the Afterword says a lot to why she wrote this book the way she did.Now I went into this book knowing what to expect because my teacher warned us before reading it for my Beat class So yes I can understand why you would be disappointed But the focus on sex was only to satisfy the publisher since a lot of it was made up Even the term beatnik was the Hollywood term for the Beats and so you could see that it really isn t something that she could term serious writing as she mentions in her afterword.

  5. says:

    I am going to make this short and sweet I absolutely hated this book I am far from being a prude, but the content of this book was neither worth my time nor money and I was majorly disappointed that it could even be called a memoir of a beatnik no less How interesting, I thought The feminist in me thought how interesting it would be to read about beatniks from a woman s perspective Diane Di Prima is not someone I ever want to read or know anything about.Here s how one reviewer put it best Porn, porn, porn Let s see chapter 1, sex with Ivan Chapter 2, recollection of the first time she had sex with Ivan Chapter 3, sex with Robin a man in love with Ivan Chapter 4, Sex with Tomi a female friend Chapter 5, Tomi has sex with Tomi s brother incest Chapter 6, Sex with 4 other women Chapter 7, sex with Tomi s father Serge Chapter 8, sex with young Jack and some guy with big ears while runaway girl watches And so it goes, through all the chapters So, if you re looking for a spank book, then check it out If you re looking for a book about the beats from a woman s perspective as it is boldly proclaimed on the front cover , look somewhere else The most uninteresting, disgusting life ever And the ending was the most anticlimactic I ve read How do you think a memoir focused on a woman having nothing but sex for 14 chapters end Why, she gets knocked up of course.Give me a break.

  6. says:

    This book is 80% hyped up erotica which becomes fairly predictable after the first couple chapters, boring even and 20% reality It is worth reading for that 20%, the glimpse through the keyhole of how the Beat artists, poets, writers and actors lived in 1950s New York City, in all its splendid grittiness There are intriguing paragraphs about foraging for wood to burn in dumpy West side apartments, subsisting on vats of oatmeal, stale bread and endless cups of sweet, milky coffee, sleeping four on a pull out couch in rat infested digs where rodents are the size of housecats, reading books any books, all books Homeric Greek primers, books about revolutions, multi volume histories of the Republic, Beat poetry though it was not yet known as such , clanking away on typewriters, scribbling in dog eared notebooks, taking odd jobs art model, porn model, marriage buster for hire, secretary, shopkeeper , getting high on hashish and cheap wine, hobnobbing with New York s underworld , making excursions into the country a bucolic interlude on the Hudson playing earth mama to three men, a surreal outing with a sexually dysfunctional family in Darien who read like a twisted version of the Addams Family.However to get to all this good stuff you have to wade through other paragraphs many others of what amounts to cheap and even boring porn There are only so many ways you can do it , and these are replayed for us over and over with a seemingly endless cast of funky characters, male and female MORE SEX her editor demanded, and that is what di Prima gave him because she was hard up for cash in 1969, trying to support a baby and a motley household of unemployed hangers on in her new home in San Francisco Towards the end of the book she slips in a mea culpa we read a sub chapter, Evening by the Fire, Maybe which plays out like a Fellini film with too many body parts intertwined on the couch, contrasted by Evening by the Fire, Actually a modest scene of domesticity in which our players read, write, and nap in separate corners of the living room but never too far from the only source of heat the wood fire This and an admission in the Afterword that scenes were spiced up for print like adding oregano to tomato sauce as she put it leave us wondering just what the split is between fact and fiction Here is one book where the facts are much interesting than the made up stuff.

  7. says:

    Kind of awesome Absolutely LOADED with high detail explicit polyeverything sex, but in a way that irks me a whole lot less than Henry Miller because it s not ragingly sexist, funny that or even Anais Nin because it s not as oooh and aahhh about the whole thing It s also mostly, except for a couple of really awful incidents really quite hot, and an interesting look at the whole having sex with your friends in the bushes impulse that artsy types tend to get sometimes.Note that Di Prima wrote porn to get by in this period, and clearly some of that sensibility leaks through Apparently for those works she d get her friends to fully clothed try out positions with her to see if they were even remotely feasible, and I do wonder how much this stuff got projected backwards.She s not naive about that issue There is a hilarious part where she clearly tweaks the reader, describing an orgy for 3 pages under the title What you wish had happened before she cuts it off with What actually happened , which is a bunch of people sharing an apartment and being cold and hungry and bored In between all the squelchy noises and the moaning which really is a large portion of the book, even finally throwing in an orgy with Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg and about 3 other people to seal the deal , is a really piercing look at the bums, runaways and, yes, bohemians getting high, getting laid and trying to get by in New York on the Lower East Side right before this whole Beat thing broke open wide A great look at the odd jobs, the drug habits, the crash pads, attempts to create a little bit of art, the slang, the creepy predators, and all the rest that was going on at the time Di Prima is a really still fresh voice, one I think was criminally underrated while everyone was busy worshiping every little Pome Kerouac ever dribbled out One that manages to look past the macho self aggrandizement of that movement and into its day to day life.

  8. says:

    The title caught my eye in the secondhand bookstore I ve never really understood what a beatnik was, beyond vaguaries like counter culture, poetry and erm wearing black turtlenecks I turned to the forward of the book in which the author recalls being asked by a student after she gave a poetry reading in the late 60s whatever happened to all the beatniks She replied something along the lines of, well sweety some of us sold out and became hippies This confused me Wasn t the hippy movement, cohesive as you could claim it to be, about not selling out being anti establishment etc as well So my interest was piqued and I wanted to know what then was the beatnik movement about Well so what did this book tell me Nothing Lots of sex Ridiculous long passages about shagging this person and that And then towards the end she talks about writing a book and getting the manuscript back from the publisher with good, add sex written in red pen And then it dawns on you, this is that book And then you realise its probably therefore made up to fit the publishers demands for a racy page turner Was that what she meant by selling out But I don t see what that has to do with being a hippy Wikipedia claims it is a fictionalized account but fails to mention its also tedious and not very well written.

  9. says:

    Before grunge, before punks, before goths and emos and hippies and hipsters, there were beatniks In a post war era where women were expected to look, act and think a certain way, the author of this book was a woman living as a beatnik, wearing unconventional styles, listening to poetry, learning about the world around her and doing things that at the time were unheard of Memoirs of a Beatnik is the best and most honest view of a beatnik that you re going to get.

  10. says:

    Disappointing I really expected her to show us what is was like to be part of such an inspirational movement, time, city It s a shame she only writes a few words about it in the last third of the book.

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