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"Reading Time" by artist Michael Bowen

“Reading Time,” Painting by artist Michael Bowen, who, in the late 1950s, lived with other hardcore beatniks in the Abalone Factory at Princeton-by-the-Sea. (Photo: L-R: Beat Artist Michael Bowen with beat writer Gregory Corso standing in front of the Trieste … Continue reading

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Drama on the Internet: My Search For The Beatniks of Princeton Part II

(Photo: The artist and beatnik Michael McCracken is as handsome as he was described by the famous San Francisco attorney Marvin Lewis. This is the first photo I’ve seen of McCracken). Then a few days ago I get this mysterious … Continue reading

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Drama On The Internet: My Search For the Beatniks of Princeton, Part II

(The artist Michael McCracken, courtesy Michael Rothenberg). One of the most adventurous stories I pursued in the late 1970s was my search for the beatniks that lived in the old Abalone Factory in Princeton. I was especially searching for the … Continue reading

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My Search for the Beatniks Who Lived at the "Abalone Factory," Princeton-by-the-Sea: Part IX: Conclusion

Attorney Marvin Lewis (ML): A couple of weeks after that I heard from McCracken. Michael McCracken (MM): Next Sunday, your painting will be ready. Come and get it. ML: How do I find you? MM: Just go to a grocery … Continue reading

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My Search for the Beatniks Who Lived at the "Abalone Factory," Princeton-by-the-Sea: Part VIII

Marvin Lewis (ML) (to June): This puts one way back with a half-hour for the other case. So I got my investigators, four of them. ML (to investigators): Scour North Beach. Find her wherever she is. ML (to June) In … Continue reading

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My Search for the Beatniks Who Lived at the "Abalone Factory," Princeton-by-the-Sea: Part VI

Marvin Lewis (ML) And this girl stood up, as if she was a slave to her master, and she was actually going to come around and give herself to me. ML: In front of you? Michael McCracken (MM): Of course. … Continue reading

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My Search for the Beatniks Who Lived at the "Abalone Factory," Princeton-by-the-Sea: Part IV

Marvin Lewis (ML): I called [my client] Carol and I said, ‘Carol, please, this young man–I don’t want to tell tales out of school’ — but, she said, ‘Why didn’t you accept this girl? He gives her to you graciously. … Continue reading

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My Search for the Beatniks Who Lived at the "Abalone Factory," Princeton-by-the-Sea: Part III

Marvin Lewis (ML) : So–in the interim a very peculiar thing that I wlll never forget as long as I live occurred. He came up to me one day and said, ‘You know, you’re a very interesting man.’ He said, … Continue reading

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My Search for the Beatniks Who Lived at the "Abalone Factory," Princeton-by-the-Sea: Part II

Marvin Lewis (ML): One day I got a phone call. My secretary said this Carol was coming in with her boyfriend, McCracken. They came in. I don’t remember whether I was in this building, or whether I was across the … Continue reading

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My Search for the Beatniks Who Lived at the "Abalone Factory," Princeton-by-the-Sea: Part I

You might wonder–legitimately–why I was going to interview the stellar attorney Marvin Lewis for a story about beatniks at Princeton. My answer is, read and you’ll see why–or at least I think you will. Suffice it to say I that … Continue reading

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