I'm going to try to do a book review once a week as I read . . A LOT. And none of that kindle cheating stuff, real paper, ink, have-to-have-a-uhaul-just-to-move-em-all books. I think my book collecting has reached manic levels, but honestly, there's worse things I could be doing.
I wanted to start these not with a particular book but with a generation of writers that influenced me a lot growing up, both directly from their words and indirectly through the people they inspired like Bob Dylan, John Lennon, and Hunter S Thompson. Ferlinghetti is still alive and runs City Lights bookstore in San Fran, finding him is on my near future bucket list.
This is the Beat Generation. http://www.litkicks.com/Texts/ThisIsBeatGen.html A great article from 1952 on the birth of the beat.