The Poetry Project/School of Visual Arts/NYU & Columbia University Present: Naked Lunch @ 50

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School of Visual Arts (SVA), in conjunction with Columbia University and New York University (NYU), are presenting a series of free events to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the publication of Naked Lunch, with Screenings, talks and readings at all locations. Check the SVA website for complete schedule & list of guests, which will include poet Michael McClure, Burroughs scholar Oliver Harris (editor Yage Letters Redux, The Letters of William Burroughs 1945-1959) , Barry Miles (The Beat Hotel), Regina Weinreich (Kerouac’s Spontaneous Poetics), Anne Waldman, producer Hal Willner, among many others.

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Jim Carroll 1949-2009

[Jim Carroll, at the Bottom Line, NYC September 1984, c. Allen Ginsberg LLC]

Jim Carroll passed away on Friday at his home in NYC, he was 60 years old. So far, Tom Clark’s got a moving tribute going on his blog really worth checking >>

Los Angeles poet, Lewis MacAdams, remembering Jim Carroll in the LA Times >>

Jeffrey Brown interviews Patti Smith on the life of Jim Carroll on PBS.org >>

New York Times obit >>

New York Times “Jim Carroll’s Long Way Home” >>

And Jim Carroll talking about Basketball in a 1991 interview in Cleveland. (via New … Read More

Gospel Noble Truths

Our friend Kirt Markle has been busy experimenting with collage images for quite some time. Starting with still images, he’s recently moved into treating video & film footage with visual collage & textures. This round he took on Allen’s “Gospel Noble Truths” performed with Steven Taylor, with stunning & pleasing effect

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The Death of Joan Vollmer Burroughs

[Joan Vollmer, Morningside heights, NYC, ca 1944. c Allen Ginsberg Estate]

[W.S. Burroughs and Joan Vollmer, East Texas, August 1947. c Allen Ginsberg Estate]

[La Prensa September 1951]

So much to post, so little time! But, since September 6, a few days ago, was/is the (58th) anniversary of Joan Vollmer’s death, we wanted to draw some attention to James Grauerholz‘ excellent, & meticulously researched, essay on the subject – the event which marks one of the most, if not the most, pivotal points in William Burroughs’ life (for Joan, that goes without saying!) Joan’s role in the early … Read More

Household Affairs

In 1987 Sony Corp gave out a batch of High 8 cams to artists and writers around the world, and in return they asked that each make a movie. Allen got one, and Household Affairs was the result. Edited by Allen’s close friend and accompanist, Steven Taylor, this was filmed over a period of two months, October-November, 1987, and focuses mostly on Julius Orlovsky who’d been staying as a guest over that period. Brilliant insight into the daily routine at the apartement on East 12th Street back in the 80s, with ‘cameos’ from the likes of Harry Smith, Allen’s Russian … Read More

Warhol’s Junk

Huffington Post among others report that archiving finally begins on 610 boxes and cabinets full of Andy Warhol’s “junk” collection (It took them this long to get started?) and for some reason this image seem to be the favorite for all the sites covering the story. We manged to track down this jpg large enough to read:

January 6, 1978

Dear Andy —

Here’s another big book Gordon & I manufactured — with odd snapshots & Diary notes. See p 153 for Subliminal CIA-Iran story Oct 1960 — No need to read this thru Just glance at it when you’re … Read More

Fernanda Pivano 1917-2009

[photo: Allen with Fernanda Pivano & Ettore Sottsass, probably in Rapallo near Genoa, at the time they were visiting Ezra Pound there, late Summer 1967. c. Allen Ginsberg Estate.]

[Ezra Pound, Allen Ginsberg and Fernanda Pivano La Gritta American Bar, Portofino, Italy, September 1967. c. Ettore Sottsass]

Yes, this is starting to look like some kind of obit page, but these things really do need mention. ANSA reported yesterday that Fernanda Pivano passed away Tuesday night at a clinic in Milan. She was 92 years old. A close friend of Allen’s till his death (she & her ex husband Ettore … Read More