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Thursday, March 14, 2013

The Car Dates It

"Beat Memories: The Photographs of Allen Ginsberg." A lovely show at NYU's Grey Gallery. Ginsberg, Burroughs, Gregory Corso, Jack Kerouac, Paul Bowles.... Not exactly Click & Clack (On the Road notwithstanding). So this photograph of Burroughs catches the eye. Ginsberg's caption reads "W.S. Burroughs at rest in the side-yard of his house looking at the sky, empty timeless Lawrence Kansas, May 28, 1991. But 'the car dates it' he noticed when he saw this snapshot."

(Photo courtesy Car Lust)
It sure does. A mid-80s Datsun B210, I'd say. In 1991, I was only a couple years parted from my own beloved B210 wagon (stolen and recovered three times within one year). Nice to think that Bill Burroughs and I had similar tastes. In something.

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