437 East 12th Street in Transition

Rosebud Pettet came by yesterday wondering what’s become of Allen’s old apartment on East 12th since we’d all heard they’d started gutting it after Peter Orlovsky died. We thought we’d sneak in and see what was left. Luckily the workmen were sympathetic and let us snoop around. Of course we snapped a few shots. Our apologies the quality ain’t better, but tiptoeing around workers and over rubble had its effect, and well, obviously the iPhone is no match for Allen’s Olympus XA!

And what became known as “Harry’s Room” ever since his 9 month stay in 1985, has been converted … Read More

Why We Love the Internets part 72: “Burroughs: The Movie” and “Flicker: Brion Gysin’s Dream Machine”

There’s just so much material out there, with content growing exponentially by the day that it’s pretty much overwhelming, but there’s still nothing like finding something you’ve been looking for for ages, and finding it. At long last we have a chance to see Howard Brookner’s long out of print Burroughs the Movie from 1983. John Giorno had released it on VHS in the mid 80s, but then it just seemed to disappear. We weren’t even able to find a decent jpg of the cover anyplace to post here, so without going to Allen’s Collection at Stanford and scanning the … Read More

Beat Generator

Photo by Christopher Dombres. Creative Commons Attribution License.

Stumbled across this nifty ‘Beat Generator’ image in Washington City Paper’s Weekend Arts Round-Up coverage of last weekends goings-on in DC. They also had an interview with Anne Waldman as she walked through the National Gallery’s “Beat Memories” exhibition [this interview with Jesse Rausch is now no longer available on-line but photos from the occasion, by Chris Svetlik, may be seen here]. She (Anne) was in the capital to read “Howl”, backed by a string-quartet performing Lee Hyla’s score for the poem. There’s a 3-minute clip of that performance posted … Read More

Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg: The Letters. Reviews streaming in

[A late-1950s New York minute: clockwise from far right, Allen Ginsberg, Gregory Corso (in cap), the painter Larry Rivers, Jack Kerouac and the musician David Amram. John Cohen/Getty Images]

Been very pleased with the positive press devoted to the Kerouac -Ginsberg correspondence book Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg: The Letters. This kind of attention shouldn’t come as a huge surprise, given the stature of the two, and it is difficult to negatively critique letters that weren’t quite intended for the public. At any rate, the most recent comes from NY Times‘ Janet Maslin, and we’re told to expect a … Read More

Beat Memories: The Photographs of Allen Ginsberg May 2–September 6, 2010

[Allen Ginsberg, 206 East 7th St., New York City, Fall 1953. Snapped by William S Burroughs. c. Allen Ginsberg Estate. Courtesy the National Gallery of Art]

And further to our last post, although the “DC Howl” is this weekend, the Beat Memories show is up till September 14 (shamelessly plug away we do, but it really is worth catching). Edmund White gives it some decent words in the NY Review of Books Blog that was posted yesterday, and a glowing review in the Washington Post by David Montgomery, as well, and to top it off, one on CNNRead More

Summer Plans? Howabout Harold Chapman, Brion Gysin, Anne Waldman and Kyp Malone

Harold Chapman @ Proud Galleries, Chelsea, London July 29-August 29

[Ian Sommerville, Montparnasse, 1960. c.Harold Chapman]

[Peter Orlovsky & Allen Ginsberg, their room at 9 rue Git-le-Coeur, Paris December 1957. c. Harold Chapman]

Harold Chapman’s got an exhibition opening next week, July 29, at London’s Chelsea Proud Gallery , and it’ll be up for the month of August. Chapman documented the Beat Hotel more thoroughly than anybody else, and tho he’s had a few books in print, they’re hard to find. Here’s chance to get the full scope of his work. The Independent‘s Rob Sharp gives him and the … Read More

Watch the Howl Trailer

Oscilloscope Laboratories launched the Howl trailer & the poster yesterday and they both seem to be everywhere all of a sudden.

Here’s New York Mag’s write-up:

James Franco does a mean, understated impersonation of Allen Ginsberg in this excellently edited trailer for Howl, a biopic of the poet centering around his most famous poem’s obscenity trial. The trailer cuts between the trial—with Treat Williams and Mary Louise Parker on the stand, and Jon Hamm, in full Don Draper gear, as Ginsberg’s lawyer—, black and white footage of Franco reciting “Howl” in a club, and color footage of Franco, with a … Read More

Tuli Kupferberg RIP

We’ve just been told that Tuli passed away this afternoon at 12:30 with his family by his side. He’d been quite ill for some time, so not entirely unexpected, but still this news always seems to come as a surprise. New York Times obit gives a decent but brief overview of his life, with a full obit to follow they state.

As a reminder of Tuli’s unique and great sense of humor we thought we’d post some of his drawings that his daughter Samara posted on their blog a few months ago. But also check out his (Thelma Blitz’s) You Read More