City Lights Review No. 6: Ends & Beginnings (1994). Lawrence Ferlinghetti, William S. Burroughs, Andrei Codrescu, Barry Gifford, Allen Ginsberg, James Laughlin, Kay McDonough, Arthur Rimbaud, Ed Sanders, Carl Solomon, Allen Tobias, Anne Waldman.
City Lights Review No. 6: Ends & Beginnings (1994)
City Lights Review No. 6: Ends & Beginnings (1994)
City Lights Review No. 6: Ends & Beginnings (1994)

City Lights Review No. 6: Ends & Beginnings (1994)

ISBN: 0872862925
San Francisco, CA: City Lights Books, 1994. First Printing. Softcover. The sixth number of the literary & cultural-political journal edited & with contributions by Lawrence Ferlinghetti (1919-2021), published by his iconic City Lights Books imprint. For our purposes, this issue is most distinguished by a transcript of William S. Burroughs' speaker-amplified telephone call to an audience at the Beat Generation Conference held at New York University during May 1994 (pgs. 26-29). This writer attended the NYU conference & was in the audience for this event. Less than a year later, I paid a visit to WSB in person, a once-in-a-lifetime experience that is fully described in my published essay Back at the Pond (see our item No.s 1446, 1447,1613, 3621; also posted on our site). "El Hombre Invisible," Founder's Founder of the Beat Generation & the Patron Saint/Demon of our enterprise, lived up to his aloof reputation with only his voice present at the Conference, which delivered a quintessential seasoned monologue that can be savored in this transcription. Shoaf, Section II, No. 320, pg. 107; Schottlaender, C629, pg. 87. Also in this issue are contributions of (mostly) poetry & prose by Andrei Codrescu, Ferlinghetti, Barry Gifford, Allen Ginsberg (WSB's Fellow Founding Father, intimate friend & colleague), James Laughlin (poet & legendary New Directions publisher), Kay McDonough (member of the Baby Beat Generation/ Second San Francisco Renaissance, see our item No.s 3071, 3075), Arthur Rimbaud (facismile of his 1877 hand-written letter to the U.S. Navy), Ed Sanders (the great Beat-&-Beyond poet & publisher who if memory serves made the onstage phonecall to WSB noted above), Allen Tobias (Ginsberg's assistant & our esteemed colleague at the European Beat Studies Network (ebsn.eu), on his memories of Carl Solomon, dedicatee of "Howl"), Beat-New York School Goddess Anne Waldman (also an EBSN participant) & many more. With notes on contributors; a few photographs, illustrations & contemporary ads, including for the City Lights Bookstore in San Francisco. Trade-format softcover, from the collection of Brian Schottlaender, author of "Anything But Routine," the most complete & up-to-date WSB bibliography now in its fourth ever-expanding online edition. We always consult our good friend Brian's ABR for all our WSB-related rarities, as above. A key issue in this important City Lights- Ferlinghetti series, of especial significance to the WSB collector & with distinguished provenance. In good-to-near-fine condition with mild-to-moderate rubbing, scratching, creasing & occasional spotting to front, back covers & spine; mild wear & some tiny bumps, creases at thin edges & corners of same; mild rubbing & spotting to upper & side edges of text block; mild rubbing only to lower edge of same. Interior fine with only mild rubbing, sparse spotting & creasing to blank inner covers esp. front cover; small creases, tiny bumps & occasional spots at/ near corners of some page leaves. Good- Near Fine. [Item #4625]

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