We’re taking some badly needed time off, but will be back in full swing September 2! We’ll leave you with these two William F Buckley clips. One with Allen the other with Timothy Leary. Alas, they’re not entire interviews, but fun stuff here nonetheless.
Ok, this is really old news, but better late than never, yes. Well, we kinda didn’t jump all over this review since we’re not totally thrilled with it. It’s not a bad review by any stretch, but there’s no real direct engagement with the substance of the letters. It is a big review nevertheless, and, besides, the Letters even got another mention last Sunday in the New York Sunday Book Review’s ‘ Editors’ Choice’ section. That makes 3 mentions in the times in just one month!
Capturing the young Allen Ginsberg, as the author did for this month’s biopic Howl, means tweaked ears, a New Jersey accent, and a thorough understanding of what fueled the Beat poet’s masterpiece—and a landmark 1957 obscenity trial. read full story … Read More
[Ed Sanders in his leafy front yard, Woodstock New York, June 30, 1985 trying to put hubcap back on his front tire, I was on my way to visit Karmapa Monastic Center, top of nearby mountain, he was working with revived Fugs Poetry Rock Band, inventing “electronic lyre” and tuning Sappho’s Mixolydian verse. (Allen Ginsberg caption)] … Read More
The New Yorker has printed an excerpt from Sean Wilentz’ forthcoming Bob Dylan in America, due out next month & published by Doubleday. Sean’s father Eli, and uncle, Ted, ran the Eighth Street Bookshop on West 8th Street and MacDougal Street in New York City’s Greenwich Village, where Allen & Peter stayed briefly after returning from 3 years of travel around the world, which is also where Allen met Bob Dylan for the first time. Sean Wilentz is the Sidney and Ruth Lapidus Professor of History at Princeton University where he’s taught since 1979.
Things seem to hit critical mass every now and again, and it’s especially the case for Harold Chapman and his photo of Allen & Peter at St-Germain-des-Pres, Paris 1956. Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman recreated the shot in Howl film, out in September, and it’s been used quite often in connection with the film. Chapman by coincidence has a show up this month at Chelsea Proud Gallery in London, mentioned on this blog a few weeks ago, and that’s added to the photo’s popularity. Now we get Chapman’s take on the photo:
Rosebud Pettet came by yesterday wondering what’s become of Allen’s old apartment on East 12th since we’d all heard they’d started gutting it after Peter Orlovsky died. We thought we’d sneak in and see what was left. Luckily the workmen were sympathetic and let us snoop around. Of course we snapped a few shots. Our apologies the quality ain’t better, but tiptoeing around workers and over rubble had its effect, and well, obviously the iPhone is no match for Allen’s Olympus XA!
And what became known as “Harry’s Room” ever since his 9 month stay in 1985, has been converted … Read More
Lenny Bruce‘s memorial from 44 years ago today. Hosted by Paul Krassner, it includes performances by Joe Lee Wilson, Allen Garfield, The Fugs, Allen Ginsberg and Peter Orlovsky, Tony Scott Quartet, Jean Shepard, The Rev. Howard Moody, The Rev. Al Carmines and many more. Allen reads his poem”Who Be Kind to.”… Read More
There’s just so much material out there, with content growing exponentially by the day that it’s pretty much overwhelming, but there’s still nothing like finding something you’ve been looking for for ages, and finding it. At long last we have a chance to see Howard Brookner’s long out of print Burroughs the Movie from 1983. John Giorno had released it on VHS in the mid 80s, but then it just seemed to disappear. We weren’t even able to find a decent jpg of the cover anyplace to post here, so without going to Allen’s Collection at Stanford and scanning the … Read More