Harold Norse Farewell

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[Poet Harold Norse in his apartment kitchen, 157 Albion Street, San Francisco, May 28, 1988 – for HN with old Affection from Allen Ginsberg AH c. Allen Ginsberg Estate]

Poet Harold Norse passed away early Monday morning at nearly 93 years old. Andrei Codrescu’s Exquisite Corpse details some of his last hours with notes from friends.

[WS Burroughs & Harold Norse, Varsity Apartments, Boulder CO, August 1978. photo: Rochelle Kraut] … Read More

First Look….

Sneak preveiws are starting to trickle in. First Look have posted a recreation of Harold Chapman’s classic photo of Peter Orlovsky and Allen Ginsberg at Place St-Germain-des-Prés, Paris, December 1957, with Aaron Tveit as Peter and Jame Franco as Allen. Pretty convincing we think!

[photo: still from fromHowl]

[image: Peter Orlovsky & Allen Ginsberg, Place St-Germain-des-Prés, Paris, December 1957. c. Harold Chapman/OMC Gallery from Beats a Paris]

And Variety….

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Happy Birthday Allen Ginsberg!

If my math serves us well, that would make Allen 83 years old today..

[Self-portrait on my seventieth birthday in Borsolino hat and black cashmere-silk scarf from Milan & Dublin thornproof tweed suit, Oleg Cassini tie from Goodwill shirt same source, kitchen window mid-day, I stayed home and worked on Selected Poems 1947-95 proofs after returning from Walker Art Center reading- Beat exhibition weekend. Monday, June 3, 1996, NY (c. Allen Ginsberg Estate)]

And now, for the annual Kousa Dogwood photo. Following a tradition started in 1975 of planting flowering trees commemorating writers in the garden at St Mark’s Church … Read More

A Very Brief History of the Orlovsky Family

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Lafcadio & Peter Orlovsky, outside Peter’s small apartment on Potrero Hill, San Francisco, ca. June 1956. Allen Ginsberg Estate/Corbis

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Ginsberg caption: Peter Orlovsky returned to New York from India, Avenue C and 5th Street, September 1963. Allen Ginsberg (c. Allen Ginsberg Estate)

Marie, Lafcadio & Kate Orlovsky, Plainview, NY, December 27, 1989. (c. Allen Ginsberg Estate)

Marie Orlovsky, December 27, 1989. (c Allen Ginsberg Estate)

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Ginsberg caption: Peter Orlovsky b. 1933 visiting his family – Lafcadio age 47 had lived with us in San Francisco – NY 1955-61 & later intermittent years; mother Kate Orlovsky age 78 totally deaf after … Read More

You Tube Mystery Clip

Ever since we first saw this clip we’d assumed it was Robert Frank, but he just informed us it’s not his. Anybody wanna take a stab at it? We’re guessing it’s circa June 1964. it’s shot on the corner of East 9th Street & 3rd Avenue, New York City.

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William Blake’s First Exhibition Recreated at the Tate Britain

William Blake, Jacob’s Ladder 1799-1806. Pen and grey ink and watercolour on paper © The Trustees of the British Museum

200 years ago, at age 52 William Blake had his first exhibition at a tiny gallery in London’s Soho district. Not a single work sold, and worse, the only review has been called one of the harshest in history of British art. Tate Britain have managed to locate 10 of the 16 original works, the 10th just recently added having been deemed sturdy enough for travel to their gallery. The exhibition opened April 20 and will remain through October 4.… Read More

Anger Advice

While we be busily a-brewing-up the next big posting, we figured, surely it wouldn’t hurt to put this one out there. For some reason it never had a composition-date attached to it, but our guess is that it’s probably late ’80s or early ’90s. It appeared in Deliberate Prose: Selected Essays 1952-1995, Harper Perennial

ANGER ADVICE

At root of intolerance is anger. The medicine for anger is awareness of anger: “Anger doesn’t like to be reminded of fits,” said poet Jack Kerouac. If we make a practice of noticing our thoughts, to “catch yourself thinking” (as the phrase goes … Read More

Kerouac’s Imaginary Baseball Teams

One of the really fun and curious items on display the New York Public Libraries’ Kerouac exhibition last year was Jack’s mapping of the imaginary Baseball Leagues he dreamed up in his adolescence, complete with statistics, announcements and reports in great detail. The Berg Collections’ curator, Isaac Gewirtz, has written a 75 page book on the subject published by the New York Public Library. Though now only available in their gift shop, I’m sure you can order them online. NYTimes Story.

Random photo of the day….

[photo: Jimmy Dale Gilmore and Philip Glass and Bob Thurman, Tibet House Rehearsal, … Read More