‘Book Bites’ for Wednesday 13th February 2013

Ginsberg snaps to The Beat – If you’re a fan of the Beat Generation and you live in New York, then you might want to get yourself along to the NYU’s Grey Art Gallery where there is an exhibition of photographs snapped by none other than Beat icon, Allen Ginsberg. All the usual suspects from Ginsberg’s circle of friends are captured – Kerouac, Burroughs, Neal Cassady etc. and there’s even a few of Ginsberg himself. The exhibitions runs until April 6th.

And what about fans of the Beat Generation who live outside of New York I hear you cry. Well, the Grey Art Gallery have kindly put up an exhibition gallery online so that we can all enjoy the fruits of Ginsberg’s photographic labours. I know, they’re spoiling us aren’t they? 🙂

Ballard on film – Are you a fan of sci-fi writer J.G. Ballard? Good, then you’ll love this short documentary about him, in which he’s extensively interviewed and grilled with a ton of YES/NO questions. It was produced in 1983 by The Unlimited Dream Company.

Goodreads.com is where it’s at – Over at the New York Times, Leslie Kaufman talks about the rising popularity of the GoodReads website. Who would have thought it, huh?

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About Rob

Rob, a self-confessed bibliophile, is without any hope of rehabilitation. He gets unnaturally excited over anything book-shaped, and if book sniffing were a crime then he would have been locked up years ago (which wouldn't bother him in the slightest provided his cell was lined with books).


  1. stujallen (Twitter: stujallen)

    will have a look at the ballard film thanks rob ,I m looking forward to getting the b s johnson films that are coming out soon ,all the best stu

  2. I just can’t get past all of the cattiness and self-promotion on GoodReads. I prefer the quiet, respectful library feel of LibraryThing. 😉

    • Rob (Twitter: robaroundbooks)

      You and me both Kristen. Goodreads is manic and feels like one of the circles of Dante’s Hell.