Laki Vazakas’s videos: Herbert Huncke, Charlie Plymell, Mary Beach and more

Laki Vazakas, has been posting his videos of the last 17 years that feature some of the beat generation’s great unsung heroes & we can’t thank him enough. There just isn’t enough footage of any of these colorful personalities, so we jump at ever chance we get to see & hear them. Included in this pantheon are Herbert Huncke, Mary Beach (collagist, translator, editor, wife of Claude Pelieu and so much more) Charles Plymell (old friend of Allen’s since they roomed together with Neal Cassady in 1963), and that’s just for starters. We’ll get you going with Herbert Huncke … Read More

Interview with John Lofton 1989

We stumbled across this humorously puerile You Tube video-skit based on Allen’s interview with the arch-conservative former Washington Times columnist John Lofton and couldn’t resist posting. The You Tube page takes you to the full script of the interview on Beliefnet as it was printed in Harpers Magazine in January 1990 [or it did, the link, that particular link, no longer works], so we figured that we may as well just post the link here too, but with the caveat (and that’s a huge caveat) that it’s abridged and that the complete version is published in David Carter’s meticulously transcribed … Read More

Village Voice Clip Job – Congress Drops Acid with Allen Ginsberg


These Village Voice ‘Clipjob’$ posting are and endless source of entertainment these days, and a real reminder of how some things have changed, while others haven’t.

“Congress Drops Acid with Allen Ginsberg” covers Allen’s 1966 testimony to a Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on his own experiences with LSD in an attempt to dispel government disinformation that was proliferating at the time.

“I’m here to tell you about my personal experiences,” he began softly, “and am worried that without sufficient understanding and sympathy for personal experience laws will be passed that are so rigid that they will cause more harm than the … Read More

Aaron Sinift’s 5 Year Plan

Sinift’s refreshingly sensible art project uses jhola bags made from “khadi” – that handmade cotton based cloth common to Indian rural villages, and essentially the backbone of Gandhi’s self sufficiency program – transforming art into the practical, while employing villagers, funding Doctors Without Borders, and offering art patrons & collectors something as well. His literary supplement includes something from one of Allen’s more obscure books Luminous Dreams (1997 Zasterle Press, Gran Canaria), long out of print.… Read More

Poetry Project offering Kate Simon Prints of WS Burroughs/36th Annual New Years Day Marathon Reading

[WS Burroughs no. 7. c. Kate Simon]

Kate Simon has donated twelve different prints of William S. Burroughs to the Poetry Project to help them raise funds for a potentially huge rent increase they’re facing at St Mark’s Church. Simon photographed Burroughs from 1975 until his death in 1997. Each print is signed by Simon with a description of the scene and the year taken in her script.

They are offering one Simon print of your choice for the purchase of a Patron Membership ($1,000 or above) or any donation above $1,000. This is definitely hands down a rare opportunity … Read More

Asia Society: Beats in India Symposium

In 2008, the Asia Society hosted a mini conference on the Beats in India, partly to celebrate the publication of Deborah Baker’s book A Blue Hand that follows Allen, Gary Snyder, Joanne Kyger, Peter Orlovsky and the mysterious Hope Savage through India. The conference offered some lively debate on who influenced who, and the whole legacy of this first trip they all made back in 1961. This clip, produced by the Asia Society, is a full day simmered down to 5 mins, with playful jibes and comments from Gita Mehta reading from her book Karma Cola, Ed Sanders, Ginsberg … Read More

Red Noir: Anne Waldman, Judith Malina & the Living Theatre


On December tenth, The Living Theatre will open a new – and bold – production: Red Noir. The play is written by poet Anne Waldman and directed by Judith Malina herself.


Red Noir
Greedy hands close a black market deal… A glamorous detective pursues a corporate agent with a valise containing danger… A rogue lab technician follows them with a valise containing hope… A chorus of anarchists brings sanity and peace to a world of strife and struggle…Red Noir was derived by poet Anne Waldman from the metaphors of film noir… it’s a drama of technology, erotics, and politics.An
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LOST & FOUND: The CUNY Poetics Document Initiative

CUNY Professor Ammiel Alcalay has spearheaded a pretty ingenious idea, the the Lost & Found publication project, which is currently announcing it’s first batch of booklets. It’s an exciting project that looks set to bring into print material that would otherwise be too costly to make.


The Center for the Humanities invites you to celebrate the publication of
The Amiri Baraka/Edward Dorn Correspondence
The Kenneth Koch/Frank O’Hara Letters: Selections
Muriel Rukeyser: Darwin & the Writers
Philip Whalen’s Journals: Selections
Robert Creeley: Contexts of Poetry, with selections from Daphne Marlatt’s Journals
the inaugural chapbook series in


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