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No, in the sense I was not a close friend, or a member of their "circles."
Yes, in the limited sense that i went to events where they appeared, and read poetry, or appeared in some other context. Yes, in the sense that I was an avid reader of their works. Yes, in the sense that once in a while some of them might show up at the all night readings at St. Mark's in the Bowery, in NYC, or, later, in SF, at City Lights Bookstore, at the poetry jams at Minnie's Can-Do, or at other events.
The 1967 Human Be-In with Michael McClure, Lenore, Gary Snyder, Charles Olson, and other poets was remarkable.
At one point I had personally signed original copies of Ginsberg's "Howl," Leonard Cohen's "The Spice-Box of Earth," and Lenore Kandel's "The Love Book" which was seized by the police after it was declared obscene. Those were lost in a fire.
«One day it will have to be officially admitted that what we have christened reality is an even greater illusion than the world of dreams.» Salvador Dali
It just uses Dictionary<string,object> and List<object> classes to hold the json objects and "arrays"
Years and years ago, there was this concept that everything is a list. Of course that's the basis of the Lisp, but in the days of the Commodore PET and Apple2, there was this idea of making a program that managed a list of lists recursively. My friend Gregory Yob[^] of Hunt the Wumpus fame was working on this idea, I think he called it a "Book of Lists" but this was in the days before the Internet and I can't find any references to it.
Anyways, I've always wanted to explore the idea further in terms of a generic data structure. But then again, I'm probably reinventing aspects JSON, NoSQL, and god only knows, as you mention, indexing and storage schemes. Ugh. Still, the concept seems sound to me and could probably even express some kind of computer language where instructions are, well, lists of lists.
Not sure if I'll ever do something with the idea though.