[“Harry Smith at kitchen table. 437 East 12th Street. Apt 22, he lived in tiny guest room off to the side of the kitchen, suffered compression fracture of knee, bumped by car on First Avenue corner, so stayed on nine months before moving up to Cooperstown for half a year – still drank two bottles of beer in his room, taped ambient sounds on New York Lower Manhattan with a Sony Pro-Walkman microphone wrapped in towel on outside window ledge, kitchen and front room. Night, June 16, 1988, another stay for several weeks before we both moved to Boulder –
[William Carlos Williams, reclining on the roof of the Passaic Central Hospital, 1936 – photo c. Beinecke Library]
AG: We left William Carlos Williams in his kitchen, waiting for the water to freshen at the sink tap at one in the morning, and since then, I’ve been back to my kitchen, and, for the first time in my life, watched myself wait for the water to freshen at the sink tap, and was getting a great deal of kicks out of that. And in the last lecture (here at Naropa) by (Chogyam) Trungpa (Rinpoche), there was some advice to … Read More
Courtesy of David Hrbeck, earlier this year, we featured wonderful footage of Allen reading, in 1993, in a high-school gymnasium in Olomouc, in the Czech Republic (along with an actor, Mikuláš Pánek, reading, eloquently, the Czech translations), “Sunflower Sutra”, “Kral Majales”, “Kaddish”, “Return of Kral Majales”. Here’s an additional poem from that reading (first in Czech, and then in the English), the wise, profound and deeply moving “Gospel Noble Truths”.
Here’s another rendition (also from Allen’s 1993 Czech tour, this one recorded at the American Cultural Center in Prague)
[Sam Riley – Sal Paradise (Jack Kerouac) & Tom Sturridge – Carlo Marx (Allen Ginsberg) in Walter Salles’ On The Road]
Walter Salles’ On the Road movie premiered last night and the first reviews are starting to come in. The commonly-held view is that it doesn’t disappoint, but then neither does it set you on fire with that transcendental “Beat” energy, (corollary how could it? how is it possible to duplicate the book?), here’s Justin Chang in Variety:
“A classic novel’s long journey to the big screen comes to a gratifying but not exactly triumphant end with “On … Read More
We’ve featured two of these before (“Death is…” and “Marijuana makes”, here’s a third -compositional roll-calls, (NAROPA) class collaborations. This particular one dates from July 28, 1975.
AG: If you’re not on the roll, see me after (the class). If you are on the roll, answer. Just fill out (complete) the sentence – “A hole in the pants at my knees..”,”A hole in the pants at my knees..”, No, it’s not [Allen corrects himself] – “A hole in my knee pants…” And you can fill it out any way you want. Like -“A hole in my knee pants … Read More