"The author is particularly good on Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Amiri Baraka, and the little-known Mark Schleifer. This first rate book contributes to understanding US politics (both in the Cold War and after) as well as Bohemian writing. Tietchen writes concisely and clearly."
“Tietchen’s book is well researched, smartly argued, and quite successful at rehabilitating an unfair popular image of the Beats as apolitical deadbeats. He situates the Cubaloguers skillfully and interestingly among the ideological and political battles of that time.”
--The Caribbean Review of Books
Only by expanding our conception of Beat canonicity, as Tietchen does, can we understand more deeply the initial allure of the Cuban Revolution in the shaping of New Left political conciousness in the United States. . . . Remind[s] us that the critical community's once-dominant conception of Beat writers is changing: it is no longer adequate to see the Beats as mere hipsters who emerged sui generis in the 1950s without a recognizable literary-historical lineage.
A tightly-focused, compelling narrative about the encounter between mid-century American radicals and the intense, blossoming of promise in the political landscape of revolutionary Cuba.
--Journal of Modern Literature