The Hungryalists – who here remembers The Hungryalists? Even we, in our extensive Beats In India post last year neglected to mention them. We have had a permanent link to Tridib and Alo Mitra’s important account – and an updating of it and restatement appeared in the Indian press last week (see the Calcutta Telegraph here.)
Meanwhile in China… at the Hong Kong Contemporary Art Museum (sic) in Beijing, the poet Bei Dao has a photography show, 14 singular works, “Nil Mirror”. “Bei Dao himself admits, his mentor for photography is fellow poet…Allen Ginsberg”. “He suggested to never use the flash in photography”, he declares, “because it threatens to compress the whole space into a flat surface that lacks any real atmosphere”.
Meanwhile at la Maison de la Poésie in Paris (all this month)… “66 Gallery – Howl”, a performance piece, featuring Douglas Rand (with music by Jean-Damien Ratel), directed by Bérangère Jannelle. Jannelle (alongside another important European theatrical director and Ginsberg-adaptor, Maya Boesch) is featured in this intriguing article from Movement magazine.
“Le lien entre la Beat Generation et l‘époque actuelle est le désespoir….où, en tant qu’artistes, on se sent écartelés entre artistique et economique, le “retour de ces mythologies n’a rien d’etonnant..”
[“The link between the Beat Generation and present times is despair…In a time like ours, where, as artists, we feel torn between the artistic and the economic, the “return” of these (Beat) mythologies [sic] is not (at all) surprising..”]
Speaking of City Lights, we’re happy now to report that video of the recent Lew Welch celebration is now up – Gary Snyder, Joanne Kyger, Peter Coyote, David Meltzer, Jerry Martien, Steve Sanfield, Tom Killion and Huey Lewis reading on the occasion of the release of the new edition of the classic Ring of Bone. The book continues to garner enthusiastic reviews. Most recently, here’s Maria Damon in the current Rain Taxi
Carolyn Cassady – oh dear! – “Carolyn Cassady will not be watching (Walter Salles’) “On The Road”. “Jack was a big athletic man”, she’s quoted as saying, “and Neal was very muscular. But the actors they’ve chosen to play them are such wimps!”. Perhaps more revealing is the following (from the same article) – “Fighting the legend that has swallowed up her life is beyond her now-dwindling powers. And anyway, she needs what energy she has left for her on-going battle with the UK Border Agency over its refusal to allow her 60 year old son, John Allen (“named after Jack and Allen Ginsberg”) to visit her. He was turned back at Heathrow (airport) earlier this year because he had (only) a one-way ticket, though he’d been here (the United Kingdom) many times before” – “I’m getting old and I need his help. I can’t even get to the shops for groceries”, she declares.
“On The Road” opens today in England. We’ll have more reports about and reviews of it in the coming days.