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The Starving, Hysterical, Naked Mind of Allen Ginsberg –

The literary icon of the beat generation took his muse from the complications of his youth: a schizophrenic mother and a demanding father, as well as the search for self in straight-laced mid-century America. Inspired by the likes of Jack Kerouac and William Burroughs, Ginsberg created a new style, raging against the constrictions of traditional poetry and become himself an inspiration to artists of all stripes, including Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney, Philip Glass, and U2. Along with a digestible biography, the article also includes a primer on Howl, his watershed poetry collection.

In Mental Floss by Ransom Riggs, January/February 2008

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