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Bohemia by Herbert Gold
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Jun 27, 08

bookshelves: cultural-studies, humor, writers, essays, the-beats, 2008
Recommended to Cari by: J. Martin
Recommended for: Anyone interested in the Kerouac/Ginsberg/beat set.
Read in April, 2008

In Bohemia, a book of essays describing Gold's own adventures in bohemianism with the beat generation, Gold acts as a fly on the wall, collecting stories, ideas, philosophies, and theories of some great and memorable minds. Each part ranges from so-so to excellent, depending much upon the reader's interest in the current topic. The writing is excellent, as is the humor and insights Gold puts forth, although at times, especially to a younger generation, the subjects themselves seem a bit dated.

The first half was intriguing, entertaining, and captivated my interest, whereas the last half (or perhaps third) kind of flagged for me. All in all, however, an interesting and amusing read, though I wouldn't pass it on to anyone not interested in culture studies, bohemia, or the writers and artists mentioned within its pages.
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