Norman Mailer papers now open for research
More than 1,000 boxes of materials from the Norman Mailer archive opened for research on January 3. The collection, which took archivists more than two years to catalog, is the Center's largest single-author archive. LEARN MORE. Also, READ a story in the Sunday Times of London that describes Mailer’s playful exchange with Madonna and his correspondence with Truman Capote.
Ransom Center acquires Tim O’Brien materials
The Ransom Center has acquired the archive of writer Tim O'Brien, author of such memorable works as The Things They Carried (1990) and Going After Cacciato (1978), which received the National Book Award in 1979. The more than 25 boxes of material document O'Brien's life and work, demonstrating the complex and multifaceted relationships that exist between experience, memory, and the creative process. LEARN MORE.
Ransom Center launches new website
The Ransom Center launched a new website in January to provide online visitors easier access to information about our collections, exhibitions, and programs. New features include an online edition of the Guide to the Collections, multimedia content such as slideshows, video clips, and audio podcasts, and the feature “Writers Reflect,” where individuals whose materials reside at the Ransom Center share their views. You can also take the Beatnik Questionnaire and become eligible to win a private tour of On the Road with the Beats for you and 10 of your friends.
Sign up now for marathon reading of On the Road
On Saturday, March 29, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., the Ransom Center hosts a marathon reading of Jack Kerouac’s novel On the Road at Spider House Café. Learn more and SIGN UP now to become a reader at this event.
On the Road with the Beats
Opening February 5: An exhibition tracing the travels of Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, William S. Burroughs, and their friends across America and the globe. Manuscripts, books, photographs, and visual art from the Ransom Center’s collections tell the story of the Beat Generation and the literary and social revolution they inspired. The scroll manuscript of Jack Kerouac’s On the Road will be on display March 7 through June 1, 2008. LEARN MORE.
Jess: To and From the Printed Page
Opening February 12: An exhibition focusing on the influential San Francisco artist known as “Jess” (Burgess Collins) that explores his ongoing dialogue between visual images and printed text. Imaginative collage works and paintings derived from poetry, literary classics, and even the Sunday comics are featured. LEARN MORE.
*Docent-led tours of both exhibitions are offered Tuesdays at noon and Saturdays at 2 p.m. For groups of more than 10 people, please call Lisa Murray at 512-475-8086 to arrange a tour.
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 6:30 P.M. HOGG AUDITORIUM *SOLD OUT
LECTURE For the 2008 Harry Middleton Lecture Series, playwright, writer, and film director David Mamet, whose papers are at the Ransom Center, discusses his career and work with Robert Faires. Tickets for this event are no longer available. There will be a stand-by line starting at 5:30 p.m. in front of Hogg Auditorium to fill unclaimed seats. Seating is not guaranteed for guests in the stand-by line. Co-presented by the LBJ Foundation and the LBJ Presidential Library and Museum.
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 7 P.M.
TOUR Molly Schwartzburg, the Ransom Center’s Curator of British and American Literature, leads a gallery tour of On the Road with the Beats.
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 6, NOON
READING Poetry on the Plaza: Sylvia Plath and Anne Sexton.
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 7 P.M.
LECTURE For the 2008 Carl H. and Lily Pforzheimer Lecture, Robert W. Darnton, Carl H. Pforzheimer University Professor and Director of the Harvard University Libraries, presents “Slander: The Art and Politics of Libel in Eighteenth-Century France.” A reception follows. If you can't make it to this program, you can view a live webcast of the lecture. Please note the lecture will start streaming at this link beginning at 7 p.m. on Thursday.
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 9 A.M.-4 P.M. SOLD OUT
WORKSHOP The Ransom Center and Education Service Center Region XIII present a free teacher workshop examining the United States in the 1950s, in conjunction with the Ransom Center's exhibition On the Road with the Beats. Update your preferences now to receive K-12 educator information about future programs.
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 7 P.M.
SCOOT INN, 1308 E. 4th Street
PERFORMANCE Spike Gillespie, Jesse Sublett, and friends read Beat love poems, while DJ BeBop Kid spins a groovy jazz mix. Promotional media sponsors: Austinist and The Austin Chronicle.
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 7 P.M.
PERFORMANCE Department of Theatre and Dance graduate students from The University of Texas at Austin premiere Beat Voices, a set of original performance pieces that bring characters from the Beat generation to life. LEARN MORE.
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 7 P.M.
PANEL Jess: To and From the Printed Page curator Ingrid Schaffner, author Lisa Jarnot, and Austin artist Lance Letscher discuss Jess’s literary collaborations and his mastery of the collage medium.