Jack Kerouac And Allen Ginsberg: The Letters. New York Sunday Times Review

Ok, this is really old news, but better late than never, yes. Well, we kinda didn’t jump all over this review since we’re not totally thrilled with it. It’s not a bad review by any stretch, but there’s no real direct engagement with the substance of the letters. It is a big review nevertheless, and, besides, the Letters even got another mention last Sunday in the New York Sunday Book Review’s ‘ Editors’ Choice’ section. That makes 3 mentions in the times in just one month!

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Happy Birthday Ed Sanders

[Ed Sanders in his leafy front yard, Woodstock New York, June 30, 1985 trying to put hubcap back on his front tire, I was on my way to visit Karmapa Monastic Center, top of nearby mountain, he was working with revived Fugs Poetry Rock Band, inventing “electronic lyre” and tuning Sappho’s Mixolydian verse. (Allen Ginsberg caption)] … Read More

Sean Wilentz: Bob Dylan in America

The New Yorker has printed an excerpt from Sean Wilentz’ forthcoming Bob Dylan in America, due out next month & published by Doubleday. Sean’s father Eli, and uncle, Ted, ran the Eighth Street Bookshop on West 8th Street and MacDougal Street in New York City’s Greenwich Village, where Allen & Peter stayed briefly after returning from 3 years of travel around the world, which is also where Allen met Bob Dylan for the first time. Sean Wilentz is the Sidney and Ruth Lapidus Professor of History at Princeton University where he’s taught since 1979.

New Yorker music critic Alex Ross … Read More

Harold Chapman: My Best Shot

Things seem to hit critical mass every now and again, and it’s especially the case for Harold Chapman and his photo of Allen & Peter at St-Germain-des-Pres, Paris 1956. Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman recreated the shot in Howl film, out in September, and it’s been used quite often in connection with the film. Chapman by coincidence has a show up this month at Chelsea Proud Gallery in London, mentioned on this blog a few weeks ago, and that’s added to the photo’s popularity. Now we get Chapman’s take on the photo:

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437 East 12th Street in Transition

Rosebud Pettet came by yesterday wondering what’s become of Allen’s old apartment on East 12th since we’d all heard they’d started gutting it after Peter Orlovsky died. We thought we’d sneak in and see what was left. Luckily the workmen were sympathetic and let us snoop around. Of course we snapped a few shots. Our apologies the quality ain’t better, but tiptoeing around workers and over rubble had its effect, and well, obviously the iPhone is no match for Allen’s Olympus XA!

And what became known as “Harry’s Room” ever since his 9 month stay in 1985, has been converted … Read More

Why We Love the Internets part 72: “Burroughs: The Movie” and “Flicker: Brion Gysin’s Dream Machine”

There’s just so much material out there, with content growing exponentially by the day that it’s pretty much overwhelming, but there’s still nothing like finding something you’ve been looking for for ages, and finding it. At long last we have a chance to see Howard Brookner’s long out of print Burroughs the Movie from 1983. John Giorno had released it on VHS in the mid 80s, but then it just seemed to disappear. We weren’t even able to find a decent jpg of the cover anyplace to post here, so without going to Allen’s Collection at Stanford and scanning the … Read More