Household Affairs

In 1987 Sony Corp gave out a batch of High 8 cams to artists and writers around the world, and in return they asked that each make a movie. Allen got one, and Household Affairs was the result. Edited by Allen’s close friend and accompanist, Steven Taylor, this was filmed over a period of two months, October-November, 1987, and focuses mostly on Julius Orlovsky who’d been staying as a guest over that period. Brilliant insight into the daily routine at the apartement on East 12th Street back in the 80s, with ‘cameos’ from the likes of Harry Smith, Allen’s Russian … Read More

Warhol’s Junk

Huffington Post among others report that archiving finally begins on 610 boxes and cabinets full of Andy Warhol’s “junk” collection (It took them this long to get started?) and for some reason this image seem to be the favorite for all the sites covering the story. We manged to track down this jpg large enough to read:

January 6, 1978

Dear Andy —

Here’s another big book Gordon & I manufactured — with odd snapshots & Diary notes. See p 153 for Subliminal CIA-Iran story Oct 1960 — No need to read this thru Just glance at it when you’re … Read More

Fernanda Pivano 1917-2009

[photo: Allen with Fernanda Pivano & Ettore Sottsass, probably in Rapallo near Genoa, at the time they were visiting Ezra Pound there, late Summer 1967. c. Allen Ginsberg Estate.]

[Ezra Pound, Allen Ginsberg and Fernanda Pivano La Gritta American Bar, Portofino, Italy, September 1967. c. Ettore Sottsass]

Yes, this is starting to look like some kind of obit page, but these things really do need mention. ANSA reported yesterday that Fernanda Pivano passed away Tuesday night at a clinic in Milan. She was 92 years old. A close friend of Allen’s till his death (she & her ex husband Ettore … Read More

Naked Lunch @ 50: Chicago Celebration & Fundraiser for WSB: A Man Within

We highly recommend this one. Should be an amazing event, with Academy-Award Nominee, Peter Weller (Naked Lunch), for an evening of art, readings, happenings and performances to support the new documentary William S. Burroughs: A Man Within, directed by Yony Leyser. Also appearing are Editor & WSB Estate Executor James Grauerholz, Poet Anne Waldman, Producer Hal Willner, Poet John Giorno, Beat-Scholar Tony Trigilio, and even former Weatherman, Bill Ayers!

Also featuring a rare exhibition of William Burroughs’ paintings and drawings on paper, and a special preview-screening of the documentary trailer.

5:30 pm to 9:30 pm Friday, August 28, 2009… Read More

Howl Festival 2009 Blog officially up and running….

Howl Festival 2009 launches the weekend of September 4th, boasting “Two Stages, Three Days, Art Around the Park, Hip Hop Howl!, Low Life! Howl Kidz!” & much much more more at Tompkin’s Park in NYC’s East Village. Loads of other events throughout the neighborhood will continute throughout the whole month of September including a film festival, poetry reading series, poetry lectures and more. Stay tuned to their blogEast Village Howler” for updates & developments. Also check the Howl Fest main website for the master schedule Read More

Encyclopedia of the New York School Poets



Facts on File have just published The Encyclopedia of the New York School Poets, authored by Terence Diggory. This sort of thing is mostly intended for libraries, hence the $75 price-tag. On the other hand that means you’re local library should have a few copies, and if they don’t, ask them to get one!


The New York School started in the 1950s and was one of the most influential movements of American poetry—from the last half of the 20th century to today. In more than 450 entries, Encyclopedia of the New York School Poets is an … Read More

Some Recent You Tube Nuggets

For quite sometime we thought photographer Harold Chapman had vanished without a trace. All we had was his amazing book of photos from the Beat Hotel in the late 50s and early 60s. His shots of Peter and Allen, Ian Sommerville, William Burroughs, Brion Gysin, and Gregory Corso, are among the most iconic ever shot of these people, but his chronicling of the characters and scene at the hotel on 9 rue Git-le-Coeur, is pretty much the only visual documentation there is of that era. At any rate, he resurfaced some 5 years ago with a few photo exhibitions here … Read More