Material Wealth in SF Examiner

“Abundance of Ginsberg riches showcased in Pat Thomas’ new book ‘Material Wealth’”

Editor Jonah Raskin gives readers a glimpse into the arrival masterpiece that is Material Wealth

“In “Material Wealth: Mining the Personal Archive of Allen Ginsberg,” Beat historian Pat Thomas shows readers photos of “Ginzy” throughout his life: Ginsberg with his buddies in college, in a T-shirt as a seaman in the U.S. Merchant Marine organization, in India, and a picture postcard image of him and other Beat luminaries gathered outside the iconic City Lights Bookstore in San Francisco’s North Beach.

In the introduction to “Material Wealth,” Thomas insists that his new upbeat book isn’t a biography. Still, it might well be called a curated biography that showcases the life of the famed Beat poet who traveled more widely than any other 20th-century American poet, performed for audiences often (sometimes 300 readings in a year) and was more deeply involved in causes — anti-war and anti-nuke — than any of his literary contemporaries.”  

The editor also mentions Thomas’ event at City Lights in San Francisco that took place on Wednesday, Jan 24. Thomas was in conversation with Peter Hale, the Official Executor at the Ginseng Estate. 

“On Jan. 24, Thomas will talk more about his research, the book, and all things Ginsberg at the City Lights Bookstore during a conversation with Peter Hale of the Allen Ginsberg Estate…

Thomas’ rare one-night appearance at City Lights is a homecoming of sorts that will return him to a store he has long revered as a key gathering post for bibliophiles from around the world. For 25 years, Thomas lived in the Bay Area where he soaked up its ambience in North Beach and the Mission district, and on Telegraph Avenue and in Jack London Square in Oakland.”

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