Obscene: A Portrait of Barney Rosset and Grove Press

Obscene: A Portrait of Barney Rosset and Grove Press
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Geoffrey

If you were born in 1952 in suburban Colorado, and you had any access to that kind of reading material in high school -- I did -- it likely changed your life. I can't think of anyone who had a greater influence on me than Grove Press, which is Barney Rosset. Burroughs, Beckett, Malcolm X, ...Read more

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Zoe

This is a great introduction to the role of the Beat writers in changing the discourse around censorship. Also, there's a Patti Smith song in there :)

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