Beat aficionados, today is the birthday of Herbert Huncke, "the original Beat". Comprehensive info' on him is available here, here and here.
American Hipster, Hilary Holiday's long-awaited biography is due out this Spring (a brief excerpt from the opening chapter can be read here).
and, for those of you who missed it, there's a quaint story Jonathan Lethem tells in a recent (October 2011) issue of the New Yorker. "Allen Ginsberg had taken a carton of his collection "Planet News" and autographed every copy "To Herbert from Allen with love". He then gave them to Huncke to sell.." Now read on..