Friday Weekly Round-Up – 109

Daniel Radcliffe as Allen Ginsberg. The long-awaited Kill Your Darlings opens at the Sundance Film Festival today. More on that in the days ahead. And more too on the adaptation of Kerouac’s Big Sur (also opening in the coming weeks at Sundance).

Still with the movies, Chris Felvers documentary, Ferlinghetti: A Rebirth of Wonder, debuts in select US theaters, February 8th, featuring Ferlinghetti, Allen,
Michael McClure, Anne Waldman, Amiri Baraka, Dennis Hopper, Bob Dylan, and a host of others. Here’s the trailer.

(The trailer for Felver’s earlier Ferlinghetti film, incidentally, can be seen here.)

And, talking of trailers, (or “teasers”, in this particular case), Francesco Tabarelli’s on-going work on the Beats in Italy (I figli dello stupore – La beat generation italiana) continues to work towards completion. A taste of that film (featuring Gianni Milano, Marcello Baraghini, Matteo Guamaccia, John Sinclair and John Giorno) may be had here:

Two big Ginsberg events this past week in NYC – the opening of the (revised and travelling) Ginsberg photo show at NYU  – Flavorwire presents 25 of the 94 iconic images here

and last Wednesday-night, the launch of Ginsberg Recordings latest – a limited edition of vinyl First Blues. Regretfully, Lou Reed and Steven Taylor had to cancel, but there was plenty of others on hand to celebrate the bard, amomg them –  David AmramAnne WaldmanHettie Jones and Arthur’s Landing

Michael McClure‘s poem “Memphisto 20” is published this week in The New Yorker. Rebecca Foresman interviews him “about the striking interplay between Thoreauvian transcendentalism and Old Testament fatalism” in the poem.

Steve Heilig‘s piece “Beat Poets, Acid Gurus, the Governor and Me” (on Ginsberg and Snyder and also Timothy Leary and Jerry Brown) is also well worth reading.

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