Gone Travelling and John Lennon doc teaser

A few of us here are gone traveling across the country and globe for the next few weeks and likely we won’t be able to keep this up as regularly as we usually do. We should be back up ‘n’ running full speed ahead after December 14th. In the meantime, we’ll leave you with this trailer for the PBS American Masters John Lennon documentary. In case you missed it, and are in the US, they’re airing it a few more times next week.

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Crazy Wisdom: A Film about the Life and Times of Chogyam Trungpa, Rinpoche

Johanna Demetrakas’ film Crazy Wisdom, on Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, looks just about done. It still needs some final tweaking, and she’s got a Kickstarter to raise the last bit of money to do it. The trailer has been posted on Chronicle Project, along with more info on their fundraising efforts.

(more on Crazy Wisdom, including the trailer for the film can be seen here) … Read More

Happy Birthday Joanne Kyger

[Joanne Kyger, hills leading to Himalayan Peaks, studying guidebook on wall in Amora, we were on Pilgrimage to Buddhist sites, here visiting Lama Govinda, March 1962. (c. Allen Ginsberg Estate)]

[Joanne Kyger, Allen’s kitchen, 437 East 12th St.NYC, November 1989]

Here’s Joanne reading for UC Berkeley’s Lunch Poems series a few years back. (a fantastic series, if you’re unaware of it – definitely worth checking out also, when you get time, all the other readers).

And another more recent photo by John Sarsgard, taken last summer at Joanne’s home in Bolinas.

[Joanne Kyger, Bolinas, CA 2010. c. John Sarsgard
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Thai Allen Ginsberg

Beat inspired Thai poet Zakariya Amataya, the first ever Muslim recipient of the prestigious South East Asian Writers Award gets a good profiling this week. Interesting character, we look forward to hearing more about him. “Maybe we call Walt Whitman the father of new American poets, but I think the second [father] is Allen Ginsberg”, he proudly declares.

Kerouac in Persian

Elsewhere from around the globe (from IBNA – the Iran Book News Agency), Jack Kerouac’s ‘Book of Haikus’, we’ve just heard, has just been translated into Persian by the Iranian-born,English-based poet, writer, broadcaster, Alireza … Read More

Fixing the Poem Transcription for Allen Ginsberg’s Poem “Things I’ll Not Do”

This was one of the last poems Allen wrote. You’ll see the date is March 30, 1997, he passed away just five days later. Although many of his poems’ first drafts looked like this, for the most part, if anything was unclear, we could just ask. That, obviously, wasn’t an option after April 5 that year. Pretty much all of us – some ten of us – who’d worked with him, examined it, handing it around, vainly trying to decipher some of the references, place-names we’d never heard of. “Tibet Templed Baluchistan”? or “Caves of Dunhuang”? (which went incorrectly transcribed … Read More

The Dharmic Dirty Old Man: Jim Edwards Interviews Allen Ginsberg

[Allen Ginsberg (left) with James Edwards (University of Tulsa)]

A fantastic interview digest that offers a snapshot of Allen in the late 1970s. Originally published in The Collegian in 1977, it’s reprinted here online in Oklahoma’s This Land In case you might end up wondering, the “Cotten-clad-One” (sic) referenced is Tibetan yogi Milarepa.

November 15, 2010

The following is an interview with Allen Ginsberg originally published by the University of Tulsa’s student newspaper The Collegian in 1977. It is reprinted here with permission from the Collegian’s publication board and TU’s University Relations office.

GINSBERG WAS HERE. Dharmic Dirty Old … Read More

US Theater Dates Announced for: William S Burroughs: A Man Within

In Theaters

11/17/10 – New York, NY – IFC Center11/25/10 – Los Angeles, CA – Downtown Independent12/03/10 – Detroit, MI – Burton12/04/10 – Lawrence, KS – Liberty Hall12/10/10 – Dallas, TX – Texas Theater12/13/10 – Albuquerque, NM – The Guild12/13/10 – Greensboro, NC – Circus Cinema12/17/10 – Eugene, OR – Bijou

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[Allen Ginsberg & Steven Taylor, Passaic Falls, Paterson, NJ, May 1978. photo: c. Terry Sanders]


Allen was always proud of – and rightly so – his New Jersey roots. This past weekend, several young poets from that State gathered together at The Poetry Center at Passaic County Community College for the annual Allen Ginsberg Poetry Awards, “honoring Allen Ginsberg’s Contribution to American Literature.”

In a related story, Allen is – and, perhaps surprisingly, given the company – among those nominated for the 2011 New Jersey Hall of Fame in what appears to be a spirited … Read More

Happy Birthday David Amram

A bit late notice, but for those of you in the New York City area, he’s celebrating his 80th at Symphony Space tonight, in the form of a benefit for Clearwater (founded by Pete Seeger) and The Woody Guthrie Foundation, titled: David Amram, The First 80 Years. Some things you can expect, above and beyond Mr. Amram’s ebullient good nature & music:

the New York premiere of Amram‘s Symphonic Variations on A Song By Woody Guthrie the first ever concert performance of excerpts from Amram‘s classic film scores Splendor In The Grass & The Manchurian Candidate a screening of… Read More