For those of you who might find yourself in Paris tonight! – > Patti Smith salutes Allen , at La Salle Pleyel, part of a week-long engagement. She’ll be joined, as she has been on several previous such occasions , by Lenny Kaye and Philip Glass. Their thoughts about the project and about Allen are usefully captured in a series of promotional shorts, shot in conjunction with a 2009 performance at Les Nuits de Fourviere, the festival at Lyon. Patti’s interview can be found here , Lenny Kaye’s and Philip’s below.
“Anti-Normative”? – James Franco, Allen Ginsberg, Harvey Milk and Hart Crane. Well is he or isn’t he? – and does it really matter?. James Franco continues to make news, speculating on his own sexual identity “It’s funny because the way that kind of stuff is talked about on blogs is so black-and-white,”..“It’s all cut-and-dry identity politics. ‘Is he straight or is he gay?’ Or, ‘This is your third gay movie — come out already!’ And all based on, gay or straight, based on the idea that your object of affection decides your sexuality..There are lots of other reasons to be … Read More
[Shig Murao, Cafe Trieste, San Francisco, June 1988. Photo: Allen Ginsberg. c. Allen Ginsberg Estate]
Poet Ron Silliman over on his blog has been running a contest and offering free copies of the Howl DVD to the first three that get the answer right. Too late now, the answers are in, but readers of The Allen Ginsberg Project shouldn’t have had much difficulty. Shig Murao, the answer, the “forgotten” hero of the Howl trial, we reported on, you may recall, in October of last year. Tuesday’s Silliman posting posed the question, today’s (Wednesday) provides the answer.
Herbert E Huncke, “the original Beat”, “Elmer Hassel” of On The Road, who died August 1996 (despite a life of excess, he lived to the ripe old age of 81) would have been 96 today.
Sadly, Ben Schafer’s 1997 compendium The Herbert Huncke Reader is out of print (tho’ second-hand copies are still available and well worth tracking down). More immediately available are a series of recordings he made towards the end of his life, reading some of his deceptively simple first-person prose recollections, From Dream to Dream (available in its entirety on Ubuweb).
Hagiography – lives of the saints – Bill Morris’ provocative and challenging essay, published just before the New Year, has had a lot of us (including us here at The Allen Ginsberg Project) thinking. Creativity and biography, creation and mythography, what exactly is the relationship? Joe Woodward, an ex-student of Allen’s, writing in The Huffington Post, has an interesting take, remembering Allen’s “student potlucks” – (and for those further interested in Allen’s culinary and entertaining skills, we suggest you click here!)
“Ginsberg”, Woodward writes,” beyond the fireworks of his crazed life, was actually a … Read More
[“John Wieners, tragic American poet, visiting my room Park Plaza Hotel, Boston February 1, 1985. We’d met three decades earlier at Cedar Bar, New York — Robert Creeley & Frank O’Hara both admired his gift then, Hotel Wentley Poems were published that decade — but none of his books were in print at time of this visit.” (Allen Ginsberg Caption.) c. Allen Ginsberg Estate]
[John Wieners at the Odessa Restaurant, New York City, November 1993. Photo: c. Allen Ginsberg]
Happy Birthday, John Wieners
The first of our 2011 birthday shout-outs goes out to the ever-present, graceful spirit of “pure poet”,”pure … Read More
We’d mentioned the Woodstock Times obituary in our last posting, but on second thought, consider it worthy of a full post mention, since it goes into such precise detail about her life & life’s work. It also includes a small selection of tributes worth more than a second glance.
Janine Pommy Vega dies; her mighty voice soars on
Janine Pommy Vega, 68 — poet, political activist, Beat legend, world traveler, hiker and lover of the Catskills, teacher of aspiring writers in schools and prisons, and so much, much more — died on December 23 at her mountain home in Willow, … Read More
Things got a little crazy over the holidays and among many other things we forgot to mention Patti Smith’s 64th birthday on December 30th, same day as Paul Bowles! Happy Birthday Patti! The New York Times have also given Janine Pommy Vega a decent obituary – that appeared in yesterday’s edition – we’re happy they deem her important enough to report on! The Woodstock Times however has a much better, more thorough, one. Certainly the big news on the Ginsberg front is the US January 4th (that’s tomorrow!) release of the HOWL Blu-Ray/DVD release, with heaps of extras including interviews … Read More