Holy Barbarians: Lawrence Lipton, Gregory Corso , Anais Nin and Ginsberg’s stripping act

As part of the Larry Harnisch Reflects on Los Angeles History series, the LA Times reprinted the section of Lawrence Lipton’s Holy Barbarians where Allen strips naked at a poetry reading in response to a heckler. They’ve also posted Allen’s as well as Anais Nin’s version of the same night. Though he only did this stripping act maybe a few times after, it was this 1956 reading that got him the reputation for doing it all the time. Read more about it all – here


2012 – This “infamous incident” is addressed more thoroughly, and properly contextualized, by The Allen Ginsberg Project here.

The entire Holy Barbarians is now available for perusal here

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