Friday’s Weekly Round-Up – 190

We Are Continually Exposed To The Flashbulb of Death” – The Photographs of Allen Ginsberg 1953-1996 continues at the University of Toronto Art Center. Barbara Fischer, the director of the Center discusses the exhibition and the extraordinary trove of photoshere

The William Blake Trust is trying to save William Blake’s cottage and are launching, starting today, an on-line crowdfunding campaign. Read more about this very worthy cause here. and here.       We have until Halloween (the 31st of October)

Cottage in Blake's Milton

And more poets and fund-raising projects –Lawrence Ferlinghetti in San Francisco’s North Beach has been spearheading the  planning for a North Beach “writer’s piazza– which, despite initial doubts, might actually see fruition.

Naropa’s 40th anniversary celebrated in the local paperThe Boulder Daily Camera

A couple of weeks ago,  we featured respectful silent footage of Allen’s “resting place” the Gomel Chesed Cemetetry in Newark. Here’s another “resting place” (sic) – Anne Waldman visits the memorial spot for the old “Dharma lion” at the Shambhala Mountain Center, near Red Feather Lakes, Colorado and sends us the following shot:

As ever, we cannot recommend too highly the extraordinary resources at PennSound. Here‘s a recent addition – from the WBFO radio program, “Stonewall Nation” (from 1978, courtesy the tape collection of Robert Creeley) – Allen talks about talking to his family about coming out – The whole program is instructional – (on being closeted, on desire and compassion, on the (anti-gay, mercifully rejected) Briggs Initiative of ’78, on the Beats and Nature, on Rocky Flats and plutonium – plus a rousing rendition of “Everybody Sing” – (“Everybody’s just a little bit homosexual, whether they like it or not..”). It may be listened to, in its entirety, here.  (Open Culture has a note on it here)

George J Apostolos

and – breaking news – a newly-discovered trove of Jack Kerouac letters (seventeen complete letters, two postcards and seven substantial fragments) written from New York City to his Lowell childhood friend George J  Apostolos between 1940 and 1941 – see more about this here,  here,  and here

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