Farewell Howard Zinn. Thank you for everything.

[Howard Zinn, via howardzinn.org]

Howard Zinn, historian and shipyard worker, civil rights activist and World War II bombardier, and author of “A People’s History of the United States,” a best seller that inspired a generation of high school and college students to rethink American history, died Wednesday in Santa Monica, Calif. He was 87…”  Read the full New York Times obituary of this important historian and activist – here Read More

William Burroughs – A Man Within Gets A Plug From Variety

“For a guy who always looked cadaverous, William S. Burroughs has been overripe for the kind of substantive, stylistically simpatico docu treatment he gets from helmer Yony Leyser, whose “William S. Burroughs: A Man Within” does real justice to the Beat writer, gun nut and literary icon. ally in urban centers, and more especially, New York” – John Anderson’s enthusiastic review of Yony Leyser’s William Burroughs film can be read – hereRead More

Howl at Sundance – A Solid Recap from Vanity Fair


[The cast and crew the last day of filming in NYC, last year April. Producers Christine Walker and Elizabeth Redleaf are far left, and front row are Jeffrey Friedman, cinematographer Ed Lachman (in hat), James Franco and Rob Epstein. All wearing Ginsberg glasses courtesy the props department. photo: courtesy Jan McLaughlin]

Howl’s Cast and Crew On the Road To Sundance” – Jane Ganahl profile piece on the recently-completed Howl movie is a good read and can be accessed – here

Howl – Post-Sundance Overview


[illustration: Eric Drooker]


[John Hamm left as defense attorney Jake Ehrlich and David Strathairn for the prosecution, in Rob Epstein & Jeffrey Friedman’s Howl]

The reviews have been flooding in since Howl’s premiere last Thursday at Sundance. For better or for worse, the information-age allows for instant reviews, virtually posted, minutes after the house-lights come up. Variety‘s Todd McCarthy probably one of the the first, praises it with an incredibly lukewarm touch, but we here at Ginzy Central seem to think Filmjunk have pretty well nailed it, line for line, both for the film and for answering the critics. … Read More

Howl on film (Franco & Guardian review)

After 8 years in the making, and plenty of reinventions, Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman’s film Howl has finally arrived. It screened to a select audience in NYC Monday, but has it’s official premiere tomorrow night at Sundance, and the first reviews are just starting to trickle in.

A few words from James Franco in Vanity Fair appeared online, but pretty much the official first review comes from B Ruby Rich (“Ginsberg’s Howl Resounds on film“) courtesy London’s Guardian

[Allen Ginsberg, 5 Turner Terrace, Potrero Hill, San Francisco, June 1956. – Photo Snapped by Peter Orlovsky. c.
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Vintage Ken Kesey & Recent Leyser-Burroughs Press Clippings


[Ken Kesey. 1966 – photo: Larry Keenan]

Another Village Voice Clip Job piece from Tony Ortega – this one on Ken Kesey 

from The Village Voice, October 27, 1966, Vol. XII, No. 2

Kesey Reappears, Is Jailed in California

Ken Kesey has been busted.

The elusive novelist, who returned from exile in Mexico two weeks ago to remain in the U.S. “as a fugitive and as salt in the wounds of J. Edgar Hoover,” is now in the Redwood City Jail in California. He is charged with possession of marijuana.

Kesey, 31, was captured by FBI agents after a

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Benefit for Tuli Kupferberg January 22

tuliFor those of you in the NYC area, we’ve got an amazing lineup of talent coming out to support Tuli Kupferberg.

January 22, 7:30pm, St. Ann’s Warehouse, 38 Water St, Brooklyn, NY 11201Sonic Youth Jeff Lewis Lou Reed John Zorn Trio The Fugs Produced by Hal Willner

Kupferberg suffered two strokes in April and September 2009 which left him virtually blind, confined to his apartment and in need of 24-hour care. He is recovering well—he is able to speak clearly—but has overwhelming medical ($3,500 a month!) expenses not covered by Medicare or the very modest publishing/royalties income he … Read More