[Handbill hand-written by Ed Sanders on the occasion of October 21 1967 Pentagon Exorcism]
Today, as the estimable Dangerous Minds have pointed out, is the 44th anniversary of the attempted exorcism and levitation of the Pentagon. Here’s Edward Folger’s “impressionistic immersion” (in that day), “Washington 10/21/67”. Devin Faraci, over on Badass Digest, inducts one of the key participants Abbie Hoffman into the Badass Hall of Fame. Hoffman’s spirit, all be it twenty-two years on from his physical demise, continues to hover. Certainly it’ll be hovering over the proceedings in New York on Sunday. Poets for Renewable Energy
Daisetsu Teitaro Suzuki (1870-1966), the great roshi, (teacher), prolific author of a variety of texts, including the hugely-influential An Introduction to Zen Buddhism (1934) and Zen and Japanese Culture (1959), subject of Michael Goldberg’s extraordinary film, A Zen Life (2006), is universally credited with introducing Zen (Japanese Buddhism) to the West. Gary Snyder, in the film, calls him “probably the most culturally significant Japanese person in international terms, in all of history”. Carl Jung had earlier written, “Suzuki’s works on Zen Buddhism are among the best contributions to the knowledge of living Buddhism…We … Read More
[“Occupy Wall Street protester Kai C. reads the book “Fall of America” by Allen Ginsberg as he sits at a tent city in front of Oakland city hall on October 13, 2011 in Oakland, California..” – image via Emirates 24/7 Getty Images/AFP]
[István Eörsi, Kiev Restaurant, NYC August, 1984. photo c. Allen Ginsberg Estate]
Today marks the anniversary, six years on, of the death of István Eörsi, Allen’s friend, Hungarian translator, documentarian (1997’s “A Poet on The Lower East Side”), and, considerable presence in his own terms – poet, playwright and political activist (Eörsi, a student (and life-long disciple) of the philosopher Georg Lukács, was imprisoned in 1956, following his activities as part of the Hungarian uprising, and spent three-and-a-half years in jail).
A “clowning stoic” as his friend George Konrad once described him, Eörsi remained true, uncorrupted, deeply committed, … Read More
[How the Swans Came to the Lake: A Narrative History of Buddhism in America . Rick Fields, Shambhala, Boston & London; 1992 (1981)]
Back to 1975, and another in our on-going series of fugitive Ginsberg interviews. This one’s with the much-missed Rick Fields, author of How The Swans Came To The Lake (A Narrative History of Buddhism in America). It’s a transcription from his radio show, Open Secret. The subject, the curious connection between Buddhism and William Carlos Williams.