Kerouac, Ginsberg and Mead on the meaning of ‘Beat’ – Over at Open Culture there’s a hot serving of rare audio recordings in which Beat gods Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg and Margaret Mead get down to the nitty gritty of what the Beat Movement actually is. Essential listening, if only to hear lost voices.
Literature by State – The Business Insider of all places has constructed a rather splendid map showing the most famous books set in every American state. It’s really rather good, and ideal fodder for fans of American Lit.
Lifehacker’s ‘The Best Resources for Writers – Lifehacker are in the midst of creating a ‘mega list’ of bookish resources for writers. It’s ‘mega’ because they’ve invited readers to submit their own suggestions, and although it’s a task of sorting the wheat from the chaff, which is always the case with these kind of ventures, a quick glance would suggest that there isn’t too much chaff being added. Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird is there, as is Stephen King’s On Writing (two of my favs), and there’s a peppering of titles from the masters such as Ernest Hemingway and George Orwell.