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In the Stacks: Columbia University, From Homer to Howl January 17, 2011 – Posted in: In the Stacks

This installment of In the Stacks takes us to the Rare Book and Manuscript Library of Columbia University. From Homer: Fragment from Homer’s Odysseyis dating from between the third century to the second century BCE. One 2000 papyrus fragments housed at Columbia. Original contract between Herman Melville and Harper & Brothers for “The Whale,” or better known as Moby Dick. Columbia acquired the archive of the publisher in 1975. Alexander Anderson.  Wood engraving of garden-house scene,  (6.5…

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The Camera Work of Allen Ginsberg May 7, 2010

W. S. Burroughs at rest in the side-yard of his house…, 1991, gelatin silver print,   © Copyright 2010 The Allen Ginsberg LLC. All rights reserved.  A new exhibition of the photographs of Allen Ginsberg opened this week at the National Gallery of Art. The exhibit, titled Beat Memories: The Photographs of Allen Ginsberg,  features 79 black-and-white portraits. Most were donated to the National Gallery by Gary S. Davis who acquired, via the poet’s estate, one…

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Don Draper Eats A Naked Lunch April 21, 2010

Portrait Of The Artist As A Psychotic Junkie.Self-Portrait By William S. Burroughs, 1959.(Image Courtesy Of Columbia University Library.) There are a lot of weird parallels, or at least perpendiculars, between junkie hipster supreme William S. Burroughs (and/or his literary doppelganger William Lee), and Mad Men‘s Don Draper. I couldn’t get that idea out of my head after looking over an April 2010 online exhibit: Naked Lunch: The First Fifty Years. Columbia University curator, Gerald W.…

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