Howl and the 10 Best Movies About Writers: How Many Have You Seen?

Howl opened last week in a limited number of theaters to mixed reviews. The long-awaited film ambitiously weaves James Franco's portrayal of Allen Ginsberg with an animated version of the poem that served as the Beat Generation's manifesto.  A few disappointed reviews won't keep away the film's primary audience of readers and writers who are fascinated by the lives of literary icons, who are inspired by attempts to communicate the precious experience of creating with words, and who admire the complicated endeavor of using one art form to portray another -- in this case, animation within a larger film reinvents an important poem that defined a generation. ...more
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