50 years ago Allen Ginsberg’s “Howl” was published. I read it for the first time while I was in high school. I picked up some sort of beat poetry book and it was one of the poems that had a pretty big impact on me and my writing. It also solidified my intentions to study American literature in college and work on my own writing. I read everything I could by and about the Beat Generation of writers.

I attended the University of Kansas and was fortunate enough to have spent some time with William S. Burroughs, thanks to James Grauerholz. At some point I had shared with James my desire to meet Ginsberg and already had a trip planned to visit New York in May of 1997. James said he would help set it up and then Ginsberg passed away shortly thereafter.

Less than a year later, I’m living in Los Angeles. I have a friend called Rose. I had met her years before in New York while attending CMJ. I knew she made jewelry with Sylvia Plath’s words, but I wanted desperately to make me a ring with words from “Howl.” After some negotiating, she agreed to make it if she could pick out the words. Several weeks later, I had a ring. It’s one of my most prized possessions, not just because it’s one of a kind, but because it was handmade by someone I know. I run into Rose every once in a while and always flash her the ring to make her smile.

Boot Camp

BootcampbritneyiraqYou’ve probably read everything about Apple’s new Boot Camp technology. It’s been generating more buzz than Britney Spears, but not as much as Iraq. Of course I couldn’t wait for some time over the weekend to play with it. As of this afternoon I am running Windows XP Pro on my Intel Core Duo Mac Mini. While I won’t be using it full time, it’s nice to be able to switch back and forth. I have to say, XP is running very smooth and quite fast. No major kinks yet, but that seems to be the overall consensus as well.