A Very Brief History of the Orlovsky Family

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Lafcadio & Peter Orlovsky, outside Peter’s small apartment on Potrero Hill, San Francisco, ca. June 1956. Allen Ginsberg Estate/Corbis

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Ginsberg caption: Peter Orlovsky returned to New York from India, Avenue C and 5th Street, September 1963. Allen Ginsberg (c. Allen Ginsberg Estate)

Marie, Lafcadio & Kate Orlovsky, Plainview, NY, December 27, 1989. (c. Allen Ginsberg Estate)

Marie Orlovsky, December 27, 1989. (c Allen Ginsberg Estate)

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Ginsberg caption: Peter Orlovsky b. 1933 visiting his family – Lafcadio age 47 had lived with us in San Francisco – NY 1955-61 & later intermittent years; mother Kate Orlovsky age 78 totally deaf after … Read More

You Tube Mystery Clip

Ever since we first saw this clip we’d assumed it was Robert Frank, but he just informed us it’s not his. Anybody wanna take a stab at it? We’re guessing it’s circa June 1964. it’s shot on the corner of East 9th Street & 3rd Avenue, New York City.

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William Blake’s First Exhibition Recreated at the Tate Britain

William Blake, Jacob’s Ladder 1799-1806. Pen and grey ink and watercolour on paper © The Trustees of the British Museum

200 years ago, at age 52 William Blake had his first exhibition at a tiny gallery in London’s Soho district. Not a single work sold, and worse, the only review has been called one of the harshest in history of British art. Tate Britain have managed to locate 10 of the 16 original works, the 10th just recently added having been deemed sturdy enough for travel to their gallery. The exhibition opened April 20 and will remain through October 4.… Read More

Anger Advice

While we be busily a-brewing-up the next big posting, we figured, surely it wouldn’t hurt to put this one out there. For some reason it never had a composition-date attached to it, but our guess is that it’s probably late ’80s or early ’90s. It appeared in Deliberate Prose: Selected Essays 1952-1995, Harper Perennial

ANGER ADVICE

At root of intolerance is anger. The medicine for anger is awareness of anger: “Anger doesn’t like to be reminded of fits,” said poet Jack Kerouac. If we make a practice of noticing our thoughts, to “catch yourself thinking” (as the phrase goes … Read More

Kerouac’s Imaginary Baseball Teams

One of the really fun and curious items on display the New York Public Libraries’ Kerouac exhibition last year was Jack’s mapping of the imaginary Baseball Leagues he dreamed up in his adolescence, complete with statistics, announcements and reports in great detail. The Berg Collections’ curator, Isaac Gewirtz, has written a 75 page book on the subject published by the New York Public Library. Though now only available in their gift shop, I’m sure you can order them online. NYTimes Story.

Random photo of the day….

[photo: Jimmy Dale Gilmore and Philip Glass and Bob Thurman, Tibet House Rehearsal, … Read More

Diane DiPrima San Francisco Poet Laureate

It’s just been announced that Diane DiPrima has been elected the new San Francisco Poet Laureate. A bit last minute notice here but for those of you in the area, there will be a brief ceremony and announcement at the Richmond Branch Library in San Francisco today, Friday at 11 am. The Library is at 351 9th Avenue between Geary and Clement. Diane will do a short reading as well. There will be a more formal inauguration in the near future.

Random Photo of the Day…

Taylor Mead, 2nd Ave & 6th Street, New York City, November 1992. c. Allen … Read More

Country Blues

photo: The “photo-booth self-portrait” of Johnson from the early 1930s, one of only two known photos of Johnson made public. From the Granger Collection, New York.

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Back in the late 80s, Ginsberg made a handful of blues collections for a Brooklyn College Course he was teaching. They pretty much were collections of his favorite blues songs from over the years, and usually were his favorites because of the lyrics, which blues lines he only seemed to like more over the years.

This one’s from January 1989. Yes, that xerox of a xerox can’t really be scanned any better I’m afraid, … Read More

Naked Lunch @ 50: Anniversary Essays

“‘Disgusting,’ they said . . . ‘Pornographic’ . . . ‘Un-American trash’ . . . ‘Unpublishable’ . . . Well, it came out in 1959, and it found an audience . . . Town meetings . . . Book burnings . . . And an Inquiry by the State Supreme Court . . . That book made quite a little impression . . .” — William Burroughs

Naked Lunch@50: Anniversary Essays, edited by Oliver Harris and Ian MacFadyen, to be published by Southern Illinois University Press in June 2009, is the first book devoted in its entirety to William Burroughs’ … Read More

Sonic Youth: Sensational Fix

image: Lee Ranaldo, Steve Shelley, Allen Ginsberg, Steven Taylor. Wichita Vortex Sutra performance. St Mark’s Church, NYC October 1994. c. John Grady

After launching last June in Saint-Nazaire, Sonic Youth’s exhibition they curated with Roland Groenenboon moves to Malmö on May 26th for the rest of the summer, then on to Pamplona, Spain, in October. (www.centrohuarte.es) The show documents their extensive collaborations in and out of music, and collaborate they did! Unfortunately for us stateside peeps there are no US cities scheduled… yet(!)

For those of us who can’t manage to swing over to Sweden or Spain, there is a … Read More

Jack Spicer, Kevin Killian and more At The Poetry Project

St Mark’s Poetry Project have got the killer lineup next week. (my apologies we’re a bit NYC-event-centric this round!). Simon Cutts & Nancy Kuhl kick things off Monday night, John Giorno, Wednesday night, Thursday it’s John Ashbery, and Friday, it’s the Panel & Reading For The Collected Jack Spicer My Vocabulary Did this To Me, with Dodie Bellamy, Anselm Berrigan, Julian T. Brolaski, C A Conrad, Samuel R. Delany, Peter Gizzi, Kevin Killian, Basil King, Douglas A. Martin, Deborah Remington, Harris Schiff, Rod Smith, George Stanley, Lewis Warsh & Karen Weiser. Check their site for details, times etc.Read More