Never did get around to mentioning Kiyohide Hori’s photo-show of Allen and of the Howl manuscript that took place (sadly now it’s down) in Japan this past summer
More Japanese news… “the Allen Ginsberg-inspired capsule”? – Some fervid debate in the “Comments” section here – “This is everything Allen Ginsberg stood against. These guys obviously know nothing about Allen Ginsberg or what he was all about. The poor guy must be turning in his grave” – (which elicits the response: “Please enlighten us. He was against materialism, which could be related to clothing. But besides that, there’s nothing else in this case that Allen Ginsberg stood against and by far not “everything…”) – Huh?
For a more significant (and indeed profound) spotlight on a Ginsberg Japanese relationship, don’t miss, if you haven’t seen it already, Allen’s lecture at Kyota Seika University in 1988 – “What The East Means To Me”
Patrick Toner, from his biography of Nowlan, If I Could Turn and Meet Myself – The Life of Alden Nowlan (also published by Goose Lane) – “When Nolan met him in his room at the Admiral Beatty Hotel (in Saint John), (Ginsberg) was reading from the Gideon Bible, “Ecclesiastes“, Ginsberg explained, “One great, long, bitter poem!”
And, on tasting dulse (seaweed) in the local city market – “Ah! New Brunswick marijuana!”
And the CIA’s involvement in the drug trade? – that’s another thing that, thanks to Allen, hardly comes as a surprise
Jack Kerouac sings, William Burroughs sings, Allen Ginsberg sings – often (most recently, see Pat Thomas‘ exemplary gathering here) – Alan Bisbort examines the Singing Beats (part one) on Please Kill Me
Four years since the death of Lou Reed. Is it really four years?
and today (October 27)’s the anniversary of the birth of Dylan Thomas