I've spoken before on my love of "Howl," but until last weekend I'd never taken the time to listen to Ginsberg read it himself. Wow. I walked through the Woods listening to this on my iPod and promptly lost my mind. It almost isn't a poem...
Ta-Nehisi Coates is a national correspondent at The Atlantic, where he writes about culture, politics, and social issues. He is the author of the memoir The Beautiful Struggle.
Born in 1975, the product of two beautiful parents. Raised in West Baltimore -- not quite The Wire, but sometimes ill all the same. Studied at the Mecca for some years in the mid-'90s. Emerged with a purpose, if not a degree. Slowly migrated up the East Coast with a baby and my beloved, until I reached the shores of Harlem. Wrote some stuff along the way.