Today is the anniversary of the death of Hart Crane – see here (and last week we reminded you of James Franco’s ambitious Hart Crane movie.
Also last week, we noted the publication of Sharin Elkholy’s The Philosophy of the Beats anthology. Marc Olmsted’s useful essay in that volume can be read in its entirety here.
Here at the Allen Ginsberg Project, we recognize our (inevitable) predominantly Anglophone slant (and, at times, even USA-New York City bias) which is why we were pleased to discover Houman Harouni’s account – practical matters of translation – “Howl in Farsi”
We hope to feature more translation. Here’s “Song” in Arabic” (from the very first “Weekly Round-Up)
And here (not translation this time, but a very different, and usefully different, perspective nonetheless), an unidentified young Islamic-American woman recites the classic Ginsberg poem, “America” (“America I’ve given you all and now I’m nothing/ America two dollars and twentyseven cents January 17, 1956/ I can’t stand my own mind/ America when will we end the human war?..”)
Tomorrow is Beat legend Carolyn Cassady‘s (unbelievable-but-true, 89th) birthday. The faithful custodians over at Kerouac.com/The Beat Museum have opened up a tribute page for her. Read it, please, and add your comments here.
oh – and don’t miss (“this just in”) the first part of Daniel Maurer’s interview with Bob Rosenthal – “Allen Ginsberg Revisited By His Right-Hand Man“. We at the Ginsberg Project, as we’ve said before, can’t wait for Bob’s memoir, “Straight Around Allen” (Bob was Allen’s long-time secretary, and the stories that he has to tell!). We’ll have more to say about this and promised further episodes of the Maurer interview in the days to come.