Portraits and Sketches Jan Herman
A time capsule made of words, this fascinating and thoroughly entertaining collection of 21 short vignettes shines a personal and penetrating light on a score of mainstream and countercultural figures, including William Burroughs, Norman Mailer, Mary Hemingway, Paul Theroux, John Cheever, Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, James Michener and Nelson Algren. As one enviably close to the originators of the Beat Generation as well as post-Beat and Fluxus writers and artists, author Jan Herman offers invaluable insights and historic perspective gained from his involvement in the avant-garde underground of the 1960s. Including an essay on his own life titled My Adventures in Fugitive Literature Or, How I got to San Francisco, clerked at City Lights, started a little magazine, published William Burroughs, and landed in Vermont as Editor of Something Else Press. The book s title refers to Harvard s so-called Z closet, where treasures like Charles Dickens s walking stick and Emily Dickinson s entire writing room are stored.