[photo: Robert Duncan, Anne Waldman, unknown, Chogyam Trungpa, Rinpoche, Boulder CO, 1976. c. Allen Ginsberg Estate]
This is probably as good a time as any to plug the Naropa Poetics Audio Archives. One by one their archive department has been digitizing their recorded lectures, readings and panels, and making them available to all via archive.org. With over 5000 hours of materiel, it’s an embarrassment of riches too long to list here, but they include lectures and readings by among others Amiri Baraka, GregoryCorso, Philip Whalen, Robert Creeley, William Burroughs, Joanne Kyger,Harry Smith,… Read More
Matt Wolf’s intimate documentary on Arthur Russell premiered last spring and is now available on dvd as well as through iTunes. Though I was well aware of the recordings they’d done together, I hadn’t realized quite how frequently his and Allen’s lives intersected beyond that.
Snag Films just introduced Jerry Aronson’s Ginsberg documentary The Life and Times of Allen Ginsberg to their online catalog, which means you can watch it for free! (after sitting through a few ads that is, but we figure that’s a small & relatively painless price to pay)
They’ve been doing this one for quite some time now, but it only seems to get better and better. If you find yourself in the Santa Barbara area this weekend, you be doing yourself a nice little favor by checking it out. For more info visit artsandlectures.ucsb.edu.
while you’re at it, be sure to check for your local screening of Steven Sebring’s film Dream of Life… Read More
We unleashed two major letters collections last fall, and they’re long overdue. I should add their near simultaneous pub dates were quite by accident, but what’s done is done. You might want to run to the nearest fine bookstore or library in your neighborhood and see just what the fuss is all about. The Letters of Allen Ginsberg is the culmination of years and years of relentless sifting and searching by bibliographer & biographer Bill Morgan who set for himself the monumental task of reducing some 3700 letters into a manageable book of 165 letters.
This is old news by now, but pleasantly amusing and so quintessential Ginsberg that it was crying out to be our launch story. At Senator Eugene McCarthy‘s suggestion, Allen has called Kissinger in order to arrange a conversation between among others, civil rights activist Ralph Abernathy, then CIA head Richard Helms, pacifist David Dellinger, and even (Richard) Nixon, in order to brainstorm for ways out of the Vietnam war.
2017 update – the original link is no longer working but you can read the article/transcript (from the … Read More