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

Diane DiPrima San Francisco Poet Laureate

It’s just been announced that Diane DiPrima has been elected the new San Francisco Poet Laureate. A bit last minute notice here but for those of you in the area, there will be a brief ceremony and announcement at the Richmond Branch Library in San Francisco today, Friday at 11 am. The Library is at 351 9th Avenue between Geary and Clement. Diane will do a short reading as well. There will be a more formal inauguration in the near future.

Random Photo of the Day…

Taylor Mead, 2nd Ave & 6th Street, New York City, November 1992. c. Allen … Read More

Country Blues

photo: The “photo-booth self-portrait” of Johnson from the early 1930s, one of only two known photos of Johnson made public. From the Granger Collection, New York.

blues-anthology

Back in the late 80s, Ginsberg made a handful of blues collections for a Brooklyn College Course he was teaching. They pretty much were collections of his favorite blues songs from over the years, and usually were his favorites because of the lyrics, which blues lines he only seemed to like more over the years.

This one’s from January 1989. Yes, that xerox of a xerox can’t really be scanned any better I’m afraid, … Read More

Naked Lunch @ 50: Anniversary Essays

“‘Disgusting,’ they said . . . ‘Pornographic’ . . . ‘Un-American trash’ . . . ‘Unpublishable’ . . . Well, it came out in 1959, and it found an audience . . . Town meetings . . . Book burnings . . . And an Inquiry by the State Supreme Court . . . That book made quite a little impression . . .” — William Burroughs

Naked Lunch@50: Anniversary Essays, edited by Oliver Harris and Ian MacFadyen, to be published by Southern Illinois University Press in June 2009, is the first book devoted in its entirety to William Burroughs’ … Read More

Sonic Youth: Sensational Fix

image: Lee Ranaldo, Steve Shelley, Allen Ginsberg, Steven Taylor. Wichita Vortex Sutra performance. St Mark’s Church, NYC October 1994. c. John Grady

After launching last June in Saint-Nazaire, Sonic Youth’s exhibition they curated with Roland Groenenboon moves to Malmö on May 26th for the rest of the summer, then on to Pamplona, Spain, in October. (www.centrohuarte.es) The show documents their extensive collaborations in and out of music, and collaborate they did! Unfortunately for us stateside peeps there are no US cities scheduled… yet(!)

For those of us who can’t manage to swing over to Sweden or Spain, there is a … Read More

Jack Spicer, Kevin Killian and more At The Poetry Project

St Mark’s Poetry Project have got the killer lineup next week. (my apologies we’re a bit NYC-event-centric this round!). Simon Cutts & Nancy Kuhl kick things off Monday night, John Giorno, Wednesday night, Thursday it’s John Ashbery, and Friday, it’s the Panel & Reading For The Collected Jack Spicer My Vocabulary Did this To Me, with Dodie Bellamy, Anselm Berrigan, Julian T. Brolaski, C A Conrad, Samuel R. Delany, Peter Gizzi, Kevin Killian, Basil King, Douglas A. Martin, Deborah Remington, Harris Schiff, Rod Smith, George Stanley, Lewis Warsh & Karen Weiser. Check their site for details, times etc.Read More

Art, Creativity and Tibetan Buddhism

For those of you in the New York City area, here’s a chance to catch Gelek Rinpoche, Philip Glass, Francesco Clemente and Michael Imperioli on the same stage discussing relevance of art & spirituality in a benefit event for Gelek Rinpoche’s Jewel Heart Tibetan Buddhist organization. It’s at the Great Hall at Cooper Union, in lower Manhattan, Saturday May 9th, 7pm. Check Jewel Heart’s website for more details and tickets.… Read More

Meanwhile over at Reality Sandwich….

It’s been a little over a year since internet pioneer Ken Jordan and “psychonaut’ Daniel Pinchbeck launched the Realitysandwich.com website, and they marked the anniversary with the publication of Toward 2012 a selection of 36 essays featured throughout that first year. If you’re not already familiar, click on over and check out the site who’s roster of regular contriubuters include Sharon Gannon, Paul D. Miller aka DJ Spooky, Michael Brownstein, Erik Davis and of course Daniel Pinchbeck.

Ginsberg’s accompanist Steven Taylor posts a regular blog for Reality Sandwich, and I hightly recommend checking his Travels With My Aunt: Part IRead More

Gary Snyder Readings up on Guggenheim Site

image: Gary Snyder in Kyoto, Japan, June 1963. c Allen Ginsberg Estate/Corbis

The Third Mind: American Artists Contemplate Asia, 1860–1989 at the New York City Guggenheim Museum curated by Alexandra Munroe came to a close last week. There’s still a decent online presentation that includes Gary Snyder reading poems of Philip Whalen, Ezra Pound and Jack Kerouac as well as some of his own work, “Endless Streams and Mountains,” “Riprap and Cold Mountains,” and “Mu ch’i’s Persimmons,” all selected by Snyder to accompany the exhibition. Hear the Gary Snyder ReadingsRead More