PG: “I had met Allen Ginsberg many times after I returned from Paris and India in 1967. He, of course was close to William Burroughs, whom I knew from the Chappaqua film work when I was assisting Ravi Shankar. We had shared the stage quite a few times at music-poetry events and at the Nova Convention in 1979 in New York City, a celebration of Burroughs’ work. But we didn’t do any work together until 1988. It then happened that a theater group that emerged from the … Read More
“Some years later when my sister Sheppie’s husband, Morton Abramowitz was the Ambassador to Turkey, Allen Ginsberg came with me and some other friends on a tour of Greek theaters on the Ionian coast. I was interested in the acoustics and how they worked, so Allen would go on the stage and recite the famous W.B.Yeats poem “Sailing to Byzantium”. … Read More
“When I first read Allen Ginsberg’s poems as a teenager, they worked on me like a gateway drug. Leading me deeper and deeper into a life of poetry, Ginsberg’s poetry woke me up and whet a poetic appetite I’ve spent years trying to satisfy. I saw the world differently after reading “Howl”, “Kaddish”, “Sunflower Sutra” and “America“. Language became clamorous and … Read More
More detailed technical analysis. As with an earlier posting this week, we suggest following along with the original audio available here, beginning at approximately 19:30 in and concluding at approximately around 32:00.
AG: Well, we’ve got a case here [“I Syng of A Mayden’], applying the same method here – “I sing of a maiden that is..” – “I syng of a mayden..” [Allen begins singing] – “I syng of a mayden that is makeles…(that is make-less, makeles) – … Read More
Five years gone by now since the death of the mandarin lawyer-novelist-historian Louis Auchincloss (“New York lawyer, thoughtful high society belleletteriste biographer, aristocratic novelist, member of American Institute of Arts and Letters”). Auchincloss was among the company in 1985 in a PEN-sponsored delegation of American writers visiting the Soviet Union.
“The archive contains approximately 354 boxes (primarily “bankers’ boxes”), 54 spring binders (exceeding 8,300 pages, 39 3-ring binders, 27 archival boxes of audio and video tapes, 7 filing cabinets, approximately 60 books, 21 shelf-feet of chronological and alphabetical files, 1 mimeograph machine, 11 electronic musical instruments (The Electronic Bard System), the Peace Eye Bookstore sign, and assorted other items.”
“Over … Read More