AG: I don’t know. I guess, presumably, the people in the United States will get more and more violent about their frustrations and pretty soon the government will get more and more upset, and I suppose they’ll probably withdraw everything, withdraw all the troops. I don’t know, I’m not … Read More
AG: Well, sir, everybody was kind of stupefied, you know – about sex, for instance, I mean, nowadays , Holden Caulfield would have a little sexual adventure. Nowadays, young kids get much more information. Everything’s much more open, you know. Nobody is…. The imagery is there, as it is in a primitive community, or there is in a farm community, where kids see cows copulate. So
Setting up An Appointment – A moment of quotidian practicality – A non-event on the Ginsberg blog today (we don’t even have tape of the subsequent interview!) (from 1969) Interviewer: Mr Ginsberg, I’m from CBC – Hi! AG: Hi Interviewer: We would like to interview you tonight which wouldn’t take very long. Would you be willing?
AG: Ah, well, what time?
Interviewer: 7.30 to 8.30
AG: I guess, ok, it’s just that I wanted to do some socializing and go downtown… Where are you? Where’s your office?
Q: (One of the most disturbing themes I think I see studying your poetry deals with tragedy…)AG: One of the most persistent themes that deals with..?.. that’s appearing..?, studying my poetry.. – yes?..
Q:…that deals with.. the amount of pain and agony that life represents – (and) the liberation that death brings..AG: (Oh, so, curiously enough, the pain that life represents, and…?)
Q: The liberation…AG: The liberation of death.. That’s specifically in (Jack) … Read More
AG: What happened in Havana? To me? I got kicked out of Havana or arrested in the morning, one morning, for having complained, loudly, to friends and newspaper reporters and local bureaucrats and literary people that the government was kicking all the fairies out of the theater-school, and … Read More
Celebrating Jack Kerouac‘s birthday today on the Allen Ginsberg Project.
See here for some of our earlier Kerouac birthday celebrations and Kerouac celebrations – and here – and here – and here – and here – and here
Today, we thought to celebrate via transcription of a hitherto untranscribed panel at the 1982 Jack Kerouac On The Road Conference. The focus was Kerouac’s Catholicism and Buddhism.
Allen introduces the proceedings:
AG: Fellow celebrants, fellow poets, fellow sentient beings. Welcome to the discussion of Kerouac, Catholicism and Buddhism, and we have an all-star cast lined up – a terrific … Read More