Mania by Ronald K.L. Collins

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By the time Lucien Carr stabbed David Kammerer to death on the banks of the Hudson River in August 1944, it was clear that the hard-partying teenage companion to Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, Neal Cassady, and William S. Burroughs might need to reevaluate his life. A two-year stint in a reformatory straightened out the wayward youth but did little to curb the wild ways of his friends.

MANIA tells the story of this remarkable group—who strained against the conformity of postwar America, who experimented with drink, drugs, sex, jazz, and literature, and who yearned to be heard, to remake art and society in their own libertine image. What is more remarkable than the manic lives they led is that they succeeded—remaking their own generation and inspiring the ones that followed. From the breakthrough success of Kerouac's On the Road to the controversy of Ginsberg's Howl and Burroughs' Naked Lunch, the counterculture was about to go mainstream for the first time, and America would never be the same again.

Based on more than eight years' writing and research, Ronald Collins and David Skover—authors of the highly acclaimed The Trials of Lenny Bruce—bring the stories of these artists, hipsters, hustlers, and maniacs to life in a dramatic, fast-paced, and often darkly comic narrative.

"Collins and Skover’s MANIA is easily the best book about the formative years and early adventures of the men and women called collectively the Beat Generation that I have ever seen, not to mention the most attractive." --Zack Kopp, Examiner.com
 

About Ronald K.L. Collins

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Ronald K. L. Collins is the Harold S. Shefelman Scholar at the University of Washington Law School. Collins was a scholar at the Washington, D.C., office of the First Amendment Center, where he wrote and lectured on freedom of expression, and where he is still a senior fellow. His journalistic writings on the First Amendment have appeared in Columbia Journalism Review, the New York Times and the Washington Post, among other publications. He is the book editor of SCOTUSblog. In addition to the books that he has co-authored with David Skover, Collins is the editor of Oliver Wendell Holmes: A Free Speech Reader (2010) and co-author with Sam Chaltain of We Must Not Be Afraid to Be Free (2011). His latest book is Nuanced Absolutism: Floyd Abrams and the First Amendment (2013). David M. Skover is the Fredric C. Tausend Professor of Law at Seattle University School of Law. He teaches, writes and lectures in the fields of federal constitutional law, federal jurisdiction, mass communications theory and the First Amendment. Skover graduated from the Woodrow Wilson School of International and Domestic Affairs at Princeton University. He received his law degree from Yale Law School, where he was an editor of the Yale Law Journal. Thereafter, he served as a law clerk for Judge Jon O. Newman of the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. In addition to the books that he has co-authored with Ronald Collins, he is the co-author with Pierre Schlag of Tactics of Legal Reasoning (1986).
 
Published November 21, 2013 by Top Five Books. 485 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Literature & Fiction, History. Non-fiction

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Collins and Skover (authors of The Trials of Lenny Bruce) offer a vivid retelling of the lives of the beats.

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Examiner

The Hunger Games is the latest book-to-movie hit that has a multi-generation appeal, as evidenced by the demographics turning up at movie theaters in the middle Tennessee area.

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Denver Post

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Diehard GameFan

The possible pipe shapes include two straight pipes (vertical and horizontal), four curved pipes, and a cross shaped pipe you can direct the Flooze through twice if you assemble the pipes strategically (doing so nets you extra points).

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