Stanley Fish in New York Times on HOWL

We woke up this morning to see this beautiful piece by Stanley Fish in the New York Times blog. As our friend Ken Nielsen cleverly describes it – “Stanley Fish’s thoughtful column on why HOWL is not only a movie about a text, but actually a movie becoming its own text about a text. It’s a performance of literary criticism.”

[Jack Manning/The New York Times]Literary Criticism Comes to the Movies


There are movies based on literary works (“Paradise Lost” is on the way, I am told), bio-pics about literary greats (“Bright Star,” “The Hours”), movies that … Read More

Russell Morse: Howling from the Tombs

from New America Media, Commentary, Russell Morse, (Posted: Oct 01, 2010)

“I recently attended a film screening of Howl on a rooftop in New York City’s Lower East Side, shivering and alone in a crowd of hundreds. As a fan of the poem, I approached the film adaptation with some ambivalence; and as a fan of the actor James Franco, I worried that his performance would miss the essential splendor of the goofy, unrequited lover that Allen Ginsberg was at the time he penned Howl. Read full story >>

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LA Times: Reading Howl and Howl

Quite the reaction at Hollywood’s Sunset 5…


By the time they got to the Holy-Holy-Holy part, the 50 poets and fans who’d assembled for a group reading of Allen Ginsberg’s “Howl” had worked up lots of momentum. Voices raised together, arms thrust in the air, people stamped. The event was scheduled but unscripted, appropriately chaotic; the sound guy got caught in traffic so there were no mics. No problem: a rough circle formed and people raised their voices one by one, sometimes doubling or overlapping. Read full story at LA Times >>

While we’re on HOWL group readings, here’s one … Read More

Howlingly Cute – Boing Boing on PressPop’s Ginsberg Figurine

Some decent press on Archer Prewitts’s Presspop Ginsberg figurine from the good people at

Howlingly Cute

Douglas Rushkoff at 1:43 PM Friday, Oct 1, 2010(

Douglas Rushkoff is a guest blogger. He is the author, most recently, of Program or Be Programmed.

One of my favorite musicians and artists, Archer Prewitt, best known for the comic Sof’Boy and band Sea and Cake has just finished the latest figurine in his series for PressPop, the Allen Ginsberg doll – authorized by Ginsberg Estate. Complete with glasses, book, and beaded necklace, he should make a fine addition to anyone’s … Read More

Bay Area Writers React to the Movie HOWL

Great roundtable discussion on Howl after a Berkeley screening last weekend, with Brenda Knight, Suzi Olmsted, Marc Olmsted, Gerald Nicosia, Nick Mamatas, Seth Harwood, and hosted by East Bay Literary Examiner’s Tony R. Rodriguez. A lively conversation with fantastic insights all in all but we do have to note that we’re a bit perplexed with Nicosia’s allegation that Peter was ‘locked up in Vermont by some lawyer.’ It’s a little unclear how he’s so certain that that’s the case, since, as far as we know, he himself never spent any time up there in St.Johnsbury with Peter. So it goes…… Read More

Howl Reviews New York Magazine & The Advocate (& the LA Times)

Since the Sundance opening of James Franco’s take on Allen Ginsberg in Howl, I’d heard the movie was howlingly bad — which makes me think that some of the best critical minds of my generation have been destroyed by cynicism. The film, directed by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman, is an exhilarating tribute from one form (cinema) to another (poetry). Read full story >>

While your at New York Magazine, check out Franco’s favorite poems list >>

And then there’s James Franco in the October issue of The Advocate. (a few more day’s of HOWL press and we’ll stop, we … Read More

Regina Weinreich: Howl for Peter Orlovsky: A Clash of Aesthetics

From Gossip Central: A Diary of the Arts

A scheduling glitch created the following conundrum: Best Generation poet and Allen Ginsberg’s longtime mate, Peter Orlovsky, who died in June, was remembered on Wednesday at St. Mark’s Church. Meanwhile the New York premiere of “Howl,” the new movie starring James Franco with Peter (Aaron Tveit) in a small role took place a few blocks across town at the IFC Center. Having filled the prestigious slot of opening night film at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, the anticipation was high for this movie: part animation, part courtroom drama, part … Read More

Visualizing Madness: The Art of “Howl” Steve Silberman interviews Eric Drooker

Steve Silberman interviews Eric Drooker and gets behind the animation element of HOWL, the section we think is so far the most under-appreciated component to the film.

Visualizing Madness: The Art of “Howl”

By Steve Silberman Posted: September 24, 2010On a hot August night on the Lower East Side in 1988, poet Allen Ginsberg stepped out of a cab and into a riot. Tensions simmering between police and squatters in Tompkins Square Park had been brought to a boil by a curfew. The author of “Howl” — an epic lament for the “best minds” of the poet’s … Read More