Ginsbergian Zeitgeist – We’re, admittedly, a little late in putting this up – but here‘s (recently-deposed) Russian power-broker/politician, Vladislav Surkov reading Allen Ginsberg (in English!) – “Sunflower Sutra” (the English begins approximately two minutes in) – (thanks too to “Cloudpine” – we should point out, entirely unrelated – for his fantasy Alexander-Rodchenko-inspired Howl cover!)
“No hope Communism/No hope Capitalism” – Here’s another surprising sighting, Gary Silverman’s “I saw the best taxes of my generation..”, [sic], an extended Ginsbergian metaphor in..(of all places) The Financial Times!
So, looking back on last week, birthday week… First, the New York City Howl Festival.
– and its annual Howl group-reading – see here.
and in Seattle, the Splab annual marathon Ginsberg reading (their 12th!) went off, we’re pleased to report – an unqualified success (Paul Nelson, Splab co-founder,’s 1994 interview with Allen (including readings of “The Velocity of Money”, [sic], “Research”, “Steal This Poem” and “Autumn Leaves’), incidentally, may be, usefully, accessed here).
and Beat Memories, Allen’s photo exhibit, continues to draw appreciative and enthusiastic crowds.
Speaking of San Francisco – and queerdom, and poetry, and memories – Alysia Abbott’s memoir of her father, poet Steve Abbott – Fairyland, just published by Norton, is well worth checking out. An interview with her on NPR is available here (and her interview with The Atlantic blog, here).
Disturbing up-date on a story that we reported on here some years back – the theft of Robert Lavigne’s paintings.