Following on from yesterday’s posting of Allen in Scotland in 1973, there’s a fourth and final video that we omitted, but include today just to give you the complete picture.
It consists of documentation of a press-conference (but with considerable intrusive ambient sound interference, not to mention amateur camera-work, making it almost impossible – indeed quite literally impossible – to transcribe – Listen hard and you can, perhaps, glean a few of the highlights.
Approximately sixteen minutes in, that conference concludes, and the focus shifts to Allen in a performance of the popular Hindu mantra, Om Namah Shivaya, accompanying … Read More
More vintage video today (courtesy the CCA (Center For Contemporary Arts), Glasgow), documentary footage of Allen’s reading at the Scottish Arts Council Building in Blythswood Square, on August 10 1973, divided into three parts.
Part One – [Be aware of the technical difficulties at the very beginning (for approximately the first minute), but audio and video soon emerge] and Allen is seen close-up, in mid-song, ecstatic joyful, playing the harmonium, accompanied by two young Scottish guitarists, (Allan and Victor), and repeating the refrain from William Blake’s “Spring” poem (from “Songs of Innocence“) – “Merrily, merrily, we welcome in the … Read More
Well, it’s become something of a tradition itself (an alternative dyspepsic tradition), and in the year of the Burroughs Centennial, we sure as heck weren’t going to miss out on this one – William S Burroughs lays down a wry litany of reasons-to-be-grateful, the United States of America celebrates its own shameful history of exploitation and consumption. Happy Thanksgiving!
For John Dillinger
In hope he is still alive
Thanksgiving Day, November 28, 1986Thanks for the wild turkey and the Passenger Pigeons, destined to be shit out through wholesome American guts thanks for a Continent to despoil and poison – … Read More
Student: Yeah. This is making me nervous, but I wanted to say how it [Samatha Vipassana meditation] was different from(Jack) Kerouac‘s sketching. Like when you lose yourself, like when he went down to the sea
Student:…and then you’re aware that you’re listening to the sea, or that you’re listening to the wind, rather than just having it come through, and not… you know?… I wanted to (know)…
AG: What’s … Read More
[Buddhist Practitioners (students of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche) – Shambhala Training – Land O’ Lakes Seminary, 1976, Land O’Lakes, Wisconsin]
Student: I just wanted to know…like you’re a famous poet, okay?
AG: You’re day-dreaming
Student: I’m day-dreaming, yes, okay..
AG: You see, I hadn’t thought about that, amd maybe most of the class..
Student: I’m thinking…
AG: ..was involved in the subject, I think, at this point..
Student; I’m thinking of the stimulus. I’m thinking about you as a stimulus to come out, you know, you create, you create with your words, you create imagery. You take things that happen. I
Allen’s class on meditation and poetics (from July 1978) continues
AG: For the purpose of what we’re doing in the class, there may be a Dante-an structure that somebody might want to work with, later. But right now we’re reducing everything right down to the first breath. The first thought. To bear attention to what is called Samatha Vipassana in Buddhist meditation. Samatha – bare attention ,or attentiveness, or mindfulness, or tranquilization of mind – and Vipassana — insight. The Vipassana part is the insight that comes when your mind
Ken Kesey: This is a piece called “Abdul the Bulbul”. [Editorial note – published as “Abdul and Ebenezer”] It was published a while back [March 1976] in Esquire. It’s a piece from a work that I’ve been doing for some time called The Demon Box. The Demon Box is a way of trying to write a novel, and keep your mind scattered upon raising four teenage kids,