HOWL Movie/Book Trailer Contest from City Lights

A little something we caught wind of via Shelf-Awareness Daily

HOWL Movie/Book Trailer Contest from City Lights

Calling all “angelheaded hipsters.” City Lights bookstore, San Francisco, Calif., is sponsoring a book trailer contest to celebrate the release of the film HOWL, and is asking potential entrants “to create your own personal book trailer for Allen Ginsberg’s notorious epic poem HOWL, no longer than 90 seconds. E-mail us a link to your trailer to contest@citylights.com.” Complete details are available on the City Lights Facebook page.

Deadline for entering the contest is September 24, the same day the movie opens … Read More

Howl: A Graphic Novel Illustrated by Eric Drooker

[Allen Ginsberg and Eric Drooker, Allen’s East 12th St. Apt, NYC, ca 1995. photo: Steven Taylor]

We’re happy to see all the good press covering Eric Drooker’s graphic novel for Howl. The New Yorker’s The Book Bench gives it a positive sweet mention, there’s a feature in Nowness, an interview in 7×7, and Comics Alliance have a full spread of images. Eric Drooker’s posted his introduction from the book on his own site as well as some useful press info there as well. The book is a tie-in with the upcoming Howl film one quarter of … Read More

437 East 12th Street Gut Renovation

Last month we posted that Allen’s East 12th Street apartment got the wrecking ball and featured some shots of the construction going on. EV Grieve picked up on the story and put their hands on the listing for the space at $1,700 a month, and even contacted the Realtor asking if he’d be capitalizing on Allen’s history there, which in the end he decided to do, tho at the time it seems that he’d already had a tenant lined up anyway. The New York Observer have since confirmed the space is now rented for the asking price, and the … Read More

Steven Watson on Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman’s Howl: A Hero Ain’t Nothin’ but a Sandwich

Steven Watson lays it down for us in the current issue of Art Forum. He is the the author of The Birth of the Beat Generation, Factory Made: Warhol and the Sixties, Strange Bedfellows: The First American Avant-Garde among many others.

[Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman, Howl, 2010, still from a black-and-white and color film in 35 mm and Super 16 mm, 90 minutes. Allen Ginsberg (James Franco)]

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PROBABLY NO WORK of American literature of the mid-twentieth century has taken on so many identities as Allen Ginsberg’s 1955 poem “Howl”: Beat anthem, First Amendment cause célèbre, … Read More