“Should. Should. Should. Should. Should. You keep making this sound, “Should”, I don’t think anybody “should” do anything.” – If you’ve not seen it, don’t miss this account, Richard J McCarthy’s account, of a 1969 encounter with Allen.
Zeitgeist, cultural zeitgeist – Last Sunday, tv-watching America hears Allen get a name-check via Ben Feldman, the latest cast member on the mega-hit tv-series Mad Men, playing the part of junior copywriter, Michael (sic) Ginsberg. (Jon Hamm (Jake Ehrlich, Allen’s defense lawyer in the Howl movie) is Don Draper, his fictional boss).
Wasn’t it just last year that we read this sentence (in the New York Times, of all places!): “Try to picture Allen Ginsberg having a chat with Don Draper, across the counter at the local coffee house, about the latest Lady Gaga video, and you’ll realize how far we’ve come.”
Jake Marmer’s piece in Tablet magazine on octogenarian “Beat poet”, Herschel (Hersch) Silverman, is a gem and well worth reading – “Candystore emperor”, as Allen described him, “dreaming of telling the Truth, but his Karma is selling jellybeans and being kind”.
Another worthwhile read – Iain Sinclair‘s review of a new biography of another “fragile soul” who, during his lifetime, during his later years, drifted into Allen’s satellite, the great English Surrealist, David Gascoyne.
Last night (jazz and) Beat poet ruth weiss returned to New Orleans and performed – first time in 61 years! – More on the sorely-neglected weiss (lower case, it’s important!) here and here.
Nicole Henares reviews “The Language of Bebop.. in Allen’s “Howl””.
Daniel Radcliffe in People magazine, the first official promo and on-set interview for Kill Your Darlings – People: “Are you a Ginsberg fan?” – Daniel: “The more I learned, the more I liked him. There’s unbelievable sweetness and compassion between him and Burroughs and Kerouac. His work was like an explosion”.
(David Krajicek writes about the Kammerer case (the basis of the plot of Kill Your Darlings) today in the New York Times)