AG: Okay, the formulation I finally arrived at was…
[Allen reads from Planet News] –“Holy Ghost on the Nod over the Body of Bliss” –“Is this the God of Gods the one I heard about/in memorized language Universities murmur?/Dollar bills can buy it! the great substance/exchanges itself freely through all the world’s/ poetry money, past and future currencies/issued and redeemed by the identical bank,/electric monopoly after monopoly owl-eyed/on every one … Read More
[One of Gregory Corso’s triangles – a favorite game he played, drawing unexpected xonnections between kindred spirits – Courtesy the collection of Raymond Foye. – Raymond Foye writes: “He could spend a whole day on a game of this sort, in cafes & bars, testing out ideas, quizzing people, having fun. As the day wore on and there were more & more drinks, things would start to get edgy and challenging. It would eventually end with him screaming insults at everybody and tearing up … Read More
“The work and not just the poetry of Ginsberg (1926-97), one of 20th-century America’s most important and notorious literary figures has finally been given the career-arching overview it deserves. Schumacher (Dharma Lion) has compiled the poet’s greatest hits into this volume, including the regularly-anthologized, “Howl“, “Kaddish“, “A Supermarket In California”, “America”, and “Kral Majales”. What distinguishes this book … Read More
Q: Jack Kerouac abandoned his Catholicism, which was the Church in which he had been brought up. You mentioned that, and at the same time, you coupled it with a statement that seemed to suggest that you are returning to a Kabbalistic or Hassidic tradition. How do you reconcile a return to a traditional Jewish root with an enthusiastic interest in Hare Krishna…It … Read More
Q: What is your present  thinking about drugs?
AG: Well, it looks like marijuana will slowly be legalized in the United States (since grandmother Margaret Mead came out for it the other day! ). So I saw an AP dispatch yesterday that said that Governor Kirk of Florida called her “a dirty old lady”
Q: (He)..said she should be locked up with all the other degenerates!
Q: But what was it about the stronger stuff?
AG: And then crime in New York and the larger … Read More