Ginsberg, Beats and the Politics of Dissent

[Bob Donlin, Neal Cassady, Allen Ginsberg, Robert LaVigne & Lawrence Ferlinghetti, City Lights Books, 1955. c Allen Ginsberg Estate]

Lee Siegel argues, provocatively and curiously (and. we think, wildly erroneously) for the relationship between the Beat Generation and the contemporary phenomenon of The Tea Party (focusing on the sociology of dissent) in this past weekend’s New York Times – two very different ideas of American freedom but with curious points of divergence (or so he proposes). Check it out. >>

Elsewhere in the New York Times universe, Amanda Christy Brown and Holly Epstein Ojalvo present a pretty useful teaching model … Read More

Eliot Katz: Recalling Allen

Brooklyn Rail have just posted Eliot Katz’ appreciation of Allen from his 2009 book Love, War, Fire, Wind: Looking out from North America’s Skull published by Narcissus Press & it definitely seemed appropriate to repost here today. Eliot’s been quite ill, recovering from over a year long bout of Lyme disease & we’re all hoping he’s feeling better soon.

Recalling Allen

by Eliot Katz

The world could sure use Allen Ginsberg’s sane voice and political vision today. Lucky for the planet, his voice is still with us—in books, recordings, and recollections.

Allen was a generous teacher and friend. I met … Read More

NPR On Point with Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Freidman

Great hour-long interview with Rob Epstein & Jeff Freidman (from NPR’s On Point with Tom Ashbrook).

Tuesday, October 5, 2010 at 11:00 AM EDT

Beat Epic: Allen Ginsberg’s “Howl”

“We talk with the directors of a new film celebrating Allen Ginsberg’s epic beat generation poem “Howl.””

[A crowd listens to Allen Ginsberg give a reading of uncensored poetry at New York City’s Washington Square park, 1966. (AP)] … Read More

William Ney: A Talk with Allen Ginsberg After the Tompkins Square Police Riot

William Ney brought this to our attention this morning and we thought it appropriate to post since it was at this riot that Allen formally met Eric Drooker who’s done the animation for the HOWL film.

[Photo: Allen Ginsberg. c. Steve Miles/All Rights Reserved]

By William Ney

This interview first appeared in the September 1988 issue of The New Common Good, a monthly broadsheet published by Marvin Jones and Chris Huestis, the owners of PACA Gallery on 7th Street just west of Tompkins Square in Manhattan, where, weeks before, throughout the night of August 6, 1988, what enlightened locals still … Read More

Stanley Fish in New York Times on HOWL

We woke up this morning to see this beautiful piece by Stanley Fish in the New York Times blog. As our friend Ken Nielsen cleverly describes it – “Stanley Fish’s thoughtful column on why HOWL is not only a movie about a text, but actually a movie becoming its own text about a text. It’s a performance of literary criticism.”

[Jack Manning/The New York Times]Literary Criticism Comes to the Movies


There are movies based on literary works (“Paradise Lost” is on the way, I am told), bio-pics about literary greats (“Bright Star,” “The Hours”), movies that … Read More

Russell Morse: Howling from the Tombs

from New America Media, Commentary, Russell Morse, (Posted: Oct 01, 2010)

“I recently attended a film screening of Howl on a rooftop in New York City’s Lower East Side, shivering and alone in a crowd of hundreds. As a fan of the poem, I approached the film adaptation with some ambivalence; and as a fan of the actor James Franco, I worried that his performance would miss the essential splendor of the goofy, unrequited lover that Allen Ginsberg was at the time he penned Howl. Read full story >>

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LA Times: Reading Howl and Howl

Quite the reaction at Hollywood’s Sunset 5…


By the time they got to the Holy-Holy-Holy part, the 50 poets and fans who’d assembled for a group reading of Allen Ginsberg’s “Howl” had worked up lots of momentum. Voices raised together, arms thrust in the air, people stamped. The event was scheduled but unscripted, appropriately chaotic; the sound guy got caught in traffic so there were no mics. No problem: a rough circle formed and people raised their voices one by one, sometimes doubling or overlapping. Read full story at LA Times >>

While we’re on HOWL group readings, here’s one … Read More

Howlingly Cute – Boing Boing on PressPop’s Ginsberg Figurine

Some decent press on Archer Prewitts’s Presspop Ginsberg figurine from the good people at

Howlingly Cute

Douglas Rushkoff at 1:43 PM Friday, Oct 1, 2010(

Douglas Rushkoff is a guest blogger. He is the author, most recently, of Program or Be Programmed.

One of my favorite musicians and artists, Archer Prewitt, best known for the comic Sof’Boy and band Sea and Cake has just finished the latest figurine in his series for PressPop, the Allen Ginsberg doll – authorized by Ginsberg Estate. Complete with glasses, book, and beaded necklace, he should make a fine addition to anyone’s … Read More