Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg: The Letters

letters First review of Jack Kerouac & Allen Ginsberg: The Letters is in. This from Publishers Weekly who usually get out the first reviews. The book is set for a July 12 pub date.

“Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg: The Letters

Edited by Bill Morgan and David Stanford, Viking, $35 (528p) ISBN 978-0-670-02194-9

At times loving, at others blistering, sarcastic, often uncomfortably self-lacerating and intimate, these 200 letters, collected in a heroic editorial effort by Ginsberg biographer Morgan and independent editor Stanford, cover the years 1944–1963, the most fertile in the creative lives of Kerouac and Ginsberg. A disbelieving Ginsberg writes … Read More

Tracing Neal Cassady’s last footsteps in San Miguel de Allende

[San Miguel de Allende. Photo: Eneas via Flickr, Creative Commons]

Neal Cassady died in the middle of the night alongside the railroad tracks on the outskirts of San Miguel de Allende after leaving a party. It’s been said that he died of exposure, but the cause of death was never quite determined. Here’s an intriguing read by novelist Peter Ferry exploring Neal Cassady’s connection with that central Mexican town long after he passed away.

Searching for Neal Cassady in San Miguel de Allende

Travel Stories: Novelist Peter Ferry hunts down the ghost of the beatnik legend who inspired Kerouac, Ginsberg … Read More

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

[ W. S. Burroughs at rest in the side-yard of his house, 1991, gelatin silver print, printed 1991-1997, image: 22.1 x 33 cm (8 11/16 x 13 in.), sheet: 27.9 x 35.4 cm (11 x 13 15/16 in.) Gift of Gary S. Davis © Copyright 2010 The Allen Ginsberg Estate. All rights reserved.]

Beat Memories: The Photographs of Allen Ginsberg opened last weekend at the National Gallery in Washington DC and will be up through September 6. The coverage so far has been very positive. We’ll start off with Clair O’Neill’s NPR Story then over to Art Daily, and … Read More

Kral Majales


[Allen Ginsberg, crowned Kral Majales (King of May), Prague, 1965. Photographer unknown. c Allen Ginsberg LLC)]

Allen’s Czech translator, Josef Rauvolf, happened to locate this one for us. We’ve seen bits of footage from that day, but none with some of the actual sound as you get here. Allen comes on as May King at around 1:30. Keep in mind this is the first traditional May Day celebration – where students elect a May King (Kral Majales) to rule over a bacchanal each May day – that the Communists allowed since their takeover in 1945. The Communists had instead used … Read More

Vera von Kreutzbruck interviews Rob Epstein & Jeffrey Friedman for WIP

[Howl Directors Jeffrey Friedman and Rob Epstein. Photograph courtesy of the Berlinale.]

Interview with Howl film directors Epstein and Friedman: “Allen Ginsberg’s Poetic Prophecy”

by Vera von Kreutzbruck– Germany –Howl, a biopic centered on beatnik Allen Ginsberg’s seminal poem and the resulting obscenity trial, was the most moving and intellectually engaging film presented at this year’s Berlin International Film Festival. Read interview >> Read More

Happy Birthday Elsa Dorfman!



[Elsa Dorfman with the Polaroid 20×24 camera. There are only six of these cameras in the world. The image is 23″x36″ and is of course in that wonderful Polaroid color. photos c. Elsa Dorfman]

Allen met Elsa Dorfman in 1959 when she was working at Grove Press and was arranging poetry readings for Grove’s poets, including Charles Olson, Robert Duncan, Michael McClure, Philip Whalen, Denise Levertov, Joel Oppenheimer, and Edward Field. She kept close with these poets, and continued to book readings when she returned to her home-town, Cambridge, where, in the late ’60s, she took up photography. Her … Read More

Howl gets picked up by Oscilloscope Laboratories

It’s official! Adam Yauch’s Oscilloscope Laboratories has picked up Howl for distribution, which means we’re looking at a September general theatrical release. Directors Rob Epstein & Jeffrey Friedman had been holding out in hopes that “O-scope” would buy the film, since, in their words, it’s ‘one of the hippest distributors out there.” Good catch for all we say.

Sundance Opener “HOWL” Heads To Oscilloscope

by Peter Knegt

Sundance Opener “HOWL” Heads To Oscilloscope

[A scene from “Howl.” Image courtesy of Oscilloscope Laboratories.]


Oscilloscope Laboratories has acquired U.S. distribution rights to Academy Award winning documentarians Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman’s first narrative feature “HOWL.”

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The Beats at Naropa. Edited by Anne Waldman and Laura Wright


[The Beats at Naropa, edited by Laura Wright & Anne Waldman. Coffee House Press, 2009]

Anne Waldman & Laura Wright’s The Beats at Naropa has been on the shelves for almost a year now, but since we just recently got our hands on Marc Olmsted’s review of the book, it’s more than worth mentioning again, alongside Marc’s, thorough, entertaining, and anecdotal walk through the book, that gives us a little background on Naropa as well.

Beats at Naropa

Marc Olmsted

The cover photo says it all. It’s 1975. There’s Allen Ginsberg with Bell’s Palsy after an allergic reaction to antibiotics … Read More