Coming up to Kerouac

Here is a link to the Original Scroll:

On the Road: The Original Scroll

The book I highly recommended in class to consider reading along with On the Road, is the following collection of Allen Ginsberg’s lectures on the Beats:

The Best Minds of My Generation: A Literary History of the Beats

Another great work to consider is Robert Frank’s seminal photobook (Kerouac wrote the Introduction):

The Americans

More resources to come, especially on the influence of music and eastern traditions.


George Eliot, Genre Painting, and Street Photography

I can't get the links at Victorian web to work, so I suggest you Google: "George Eliot and the Visual Arts" to find it on victorianweb.org.

The two street photographers we looked at were: Joel Meyerowitz and Bruce Gilden. For a particularly British point of view on the ordinary, consider Martin Parr. Also, at the suggestion of Frank Maresca, consider Rosalind Solomon.


First class and Sappho

Welcome back! You can now download our Syllabus with recommended editions and schedule for discussion: Syllabus

For our first session of Brilliant Minds, Spring 2018, we'll be discussing poems and fragments of Sappho. I've ordered Anne Carson's wonderful edition, which offers the Greek text on facing pages. You can visually discern some of the linguistic patterning and poetic devices even without knowing the language.

Back in 2000, I translated selected poems and fragments (three of which were published by William Packard in The New York Quarterly). I recently found my old word processing files and converted them to create an eBook version in both PDF and EPUB formats. A complimentary PDF version is available here: Download Sappho_fragments_180203

(Both versions are available on the Lulu store: EPUB, PDF)