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The Internet Age Began on August 9, 1995

The Internet Age turns 20 years old this weekend, on Sunday, August 9. I'm not talking about the Internet itself, which was born in the late 1960s when two computers on two different university networks first exchanged messages, thus establishing a network between networks, an "inter-net". Show More Summary

My Summer Vacation at Willa Cather Camp

(Please enjoy this delightful photo essay by Sherri Hoffman Hoye, who has been a friend of Litkicks for many years but has never felt inspired to contribute an article until she made a recent journey to a town called Red Cloud, Nebraska... Show More Summary

Birth Pangs: When Kerouac Met The Web

(Today is the 21st birthday of Literary Kicks. I'm making it my new habit to celebrate these birthdays with memories from friends of the site, so here's Tim K. Gallaher remembering way back when. Tim is a former member of the 1970s San...Show More Summary

The Noble Racist: Atticus Finch and the Ashley Wilkes Principle

Go Set a Watchman, Harper Lee's long-unseen companion novel to To Kill A Mockingbird, is arriving with a shock. Where Lee's classic novel presents Atticus Finch as a lawyer who fights heroically for an African-American who is unjustly...Show More Summary

Let's Head Back to Tennessee, Jed

The Grateful Dead's 50th anniversary final shows are now over. Blowing past the boring cliches about aging hippies, the finale turned out to be a spectacular tribute to a gentle cultural phenomenon that offers balm and hope to a pained world... Show More Summary

Conjuring the Beat Generation: Gerd Stern and the Cassady Kin

One of the exciting things about the Beat Museum's Beatnik Shindig which is happening next weekend in San Francisco is the activity it's stirring up. The photo above, which has never been published before, shows a gang of unknown beatniks...Show More Summary

Splinters

“What is life? A madness. What is life? An illusion, a shadow, a story.” - Pedro Calderon de la Barca I think it would be fun if Literary Kicks won the 3 Quarks Daily Arts and Literature Prize in 2015. My blog post "First There Is AShow More Summary

About Us

Turn off your mind relax and float downstream. Welcome to Literary Kicks, a website about literature. It's also about music, philosophy, Internet culture, pacifism, visual art, world history, literary criticism, pop culture, politics,...Show More Summary

A Beat Gathering in San Francisco, June 28 and 29

The Beat Museum in San Francisco is hosting a major literary conference this summer. The Beatnik Shindig or 2015 Beat Generation Conference will take place at the Fort Mason Center on San Francisco's beautiful waterfront from June 26 to June 28... Show More Summary

Satin Island: Tom McCarthy's Humanistic Weave

Tom McCarthy is a popular British avant-garde novelist with a forbidding public image. He writes technological dystopian fiction that looks at the world with the same cold sinister stare as that of Chuck Palahniuk or William Vollmann, and he physically resembles Dwight Schrute from "The Office". Show More Summary

Ta-Nehisi Coates is Wrong, Wrong, Wrong About Nonviolence

Ta-Nehisi Coates, a Baltimore native and widely respected young writer, has written a powerful article about the shocking riots that are taking place in that city this week, following the inexplicable death of an innocent African-American named Freddie Gray in police custody. Show More Summary

First There Is A Mountain

When I'm feeling stressed out, I head for nature. I found myself driving to Old Rag Mountain in Virginia's Shenandoah range this weekend. I've done a few amazing hikes in this region: Mary's Rock, Catoctin, Hawksbill, Big Schloss, sometimes with others and sometimes alone. Show More Summary

Appomattox: How a War Ends

On the morning of April 9, 1865, one hundred and fifty years ago, the main Confederate army attempted a last desperate escape from its encirclement southwest of Richmond, Virginia. The attempt was over by the break of dawn, and General Robert E. Show More Summary

Sixteen Songs About a Ship of Fools

A few days ago I began exploring how writers from Plato to Sebastian Brant to Katherine Anne Porter have used the metaphor of a "ship of fools". This was inspired by my discovery that sixteen different songs called "Ship of Fools" have...Show More Summary

Ship of Fools, the Enduring Metaphor

I stumbled upon our society's most fascinating enduring metaphor by coincidence. Clicking around on iTunes, I suddenly noticed that I owned six different songs called "Ship of Fools". But these weren't six different versions of a song. Show More Summary

Pacifism Weekend: Why The Iran Deal Is Very Good News

If you've heard any recent news coverage about the peace agreement between Iran, USA, UK, France, Germany, Russia and China that will hopefully move forward this week, there's a good chance this is because the opposition in USA has been so noisy. Show More Summary

Nicholson Baker and Him: A Talk with J. C. Hallman

"Do we really want writers to be okay? Just okay?" That intriguing response is one of many I elicited from J. C. Hallman, author of B & Me: A True Story of Literary Arousal, a bright, funny and expansive account of a rewarding and investigative personal journey through another living writer's unusual career. This other writer is Nicholson Baker,...

From Contradiction to Cartoon: Reflections of Napoleon Bonaparte

In about four months we're going to hear a few news blips about the 200th anniversary of Napoleon Bonaparte's final defeat at Waterloo, which went down on June 18, 1815. It's a good guess that the tone of these news blips will be apathetic...Show More Summary

Kathy Acker: Dead Doll Humility

GET RID OF MEANING. YOUR MIND IS A NIGHTMARE THAT HAS BEEN EATING YOU: NOW EAT YOUR MIND. I saw Kathy Acker's name fly by in a tweet yesterday. Her name carries power for those who remember it. Alternative and transgressive literature...Show More Summary

Geek Sublime by Vikram Chandra

Twenty-five centuries ago, a Hindu scholar named Panini produced an analysis of the Sanskrit language so remarkable that later language theorists such as Ferdinand de Saussure would eventually cite it as the foundation of linguistics itself. Panini shows up in Geek Sublime: The Beauty of Code, the Code of Beauty, a new book by novelist and computer...

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