Remembering Peter Orlovsky: Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman

[Peter Orlovsky & Allen Ginsberg, Place Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Paris, December 1957. Photo: c. Harold Chapman]

Remembering Peter Orlovsky

Posted on June 02, 2010Directors Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman remember fondly their time spent with the late Peter Orlovsky while preparing to make Howl, their movie based on Allen Ginsberg’s life, which opens in September.

By Rob Epstein & Jeffrey FriedmanWe first met Peter Orlovsky six summers ago, as we were embarking on our film based on the 1955 poem “Howl” by Peter’s longtime partner, Allen Ginsberg. Peter was the first person we set out to meet as … Read More

Impossible Happiness: An Elegy for Peter Orlovsky by Steve Silberman

[Peter Orlovsky, East Houston St and Bowery, New York City, 1964. Photo. c Allen Ginsberg Estate]

Impossible Happiness:

An Elegy for Peter Orlovsky

Posted on Shambhala SunSpace June 01, 2010 By Steve Silberman Saxifrage is my flower that splits the rocks – William Carlos Williams The night I met Allen Ginsberg in 1976, his lifelong companion Peter Orlovsky raised a handkerchief to Allen’s nose a fraction of a second before he sneezed. We were in a basement club in Greenwich Village commemorating the death of Neal Cassady, one of Allen’s great loves, and the muse of Jack Kerouac’s novel On … Read More