Peter Orlovsky – A Triple-X reading. (You have been warned)AG: ..The next reader, who will conclude the evening, is the ever-popular, Peter Orlovsky, sometime Instructor at Naropa Institute (he has conducted a workshop for the last few years), sometime Ambulance Attendant, Farmer & Nut-tree Planter, Silk-screen Handyman, House-Cleaner, Newsboy, Postal Clerk, discharged from the military after telling a government psychiatrist that – quote – “an army is an army against love” … Read More
And here‘s a “sneak preview” (from Harpers) from the next Ginsberg book – “1/29/84” , one of the poems in Wait Till I’m Dead, a volume of uncollected poems that will be published by Grove-Atlantic this coming February.Meanwhile, out next … Read More
And the Communists have nothing to offer but fat cheeks and eyeglasses andlying policemenand the Capitalists proffer Napalm and money in green suitcases to theNaked,and the Communists create heavy industry but the heart is also heavyand the beautiful engineers are all dead, the secret technicians conspire fortheir own glamourin the Future, in the Future, but now drink vodka and lament the SecurityForces,and the Capitalists drink gin and whiskey on airplanes
The Ginsberg-Orlovsky correspondence. Mindful thatyesterday we provided you only with selected snippets. Here’s one uninterrupted letter from that voluminous correspondence (only a small segment of which was made available in Straight Hearts’ Delight – and only the Orlovsky side in Peter Orlovsky – A Life In Words.) Here’s Allen writing from ℅ U.S. Consul, Tangiers, Morocco, August 3rd, 1961, (to Peter in Athens)Dear Peter,Strange day yesterday, woke up depressed, thinking I am a … Read More
Leyland in his introduction notes:
” Three years ago  I conceived the idea of publishing a “lovers handbook” by Allen Ginsberg and Peter Orlovsky. My intention was to include poems and letters by the two … Read More
The significance of Allen in the Gay Liberation struggle need hardly be stressed, one of the real heroes, one of the acknowledged key LGBT pioneers.
Here’s his plaque on the Castro (San Francisco)’s Rainbow Honor Walk
William Burroughs audio (see yesterday) continuesWSB: Cambridge Mass 1938 – that was the year of the big hurricane – Kells Elvins and your reporter were writing a shipwreck story based on the sinking of the Titanic . The Titanic was supposed to be sink-proof. It was all divided up into segments, you know, so if you have a leak here, the other compartments will keep the thing afloat. But the iceberg just sliced right through all the compartments, like a can opener. The ship went down in three hours with twelve hundred passengers. The Captain went down with the ship on this … Read More
Always a pleasure to feature William Burroughs here on the Ginsberg blog. Today, a reading from July 1989
– “Art Now – A Day of Contemporary Art” – “A William S Burroughs reading, compiled from a number of works” – Burroughs covers topics from miracles and magic to the Titanic, narcotics, the supernatural and hospitals”.
WSB: Yes, Brion (Gysin) always told me that an artist has to go around and flog his paintings like a rug-merchant. He’s got to show up at all of these … Read More
M’lords, m’ladies of the Royal Court” – Fifty-five years since the passing of the great Lord Buckley. Just re-released by City Lights this year – what Buckley scholar, Oliver Trager has called, “this sacred artifact, this holy talisman” – Hiporama of the Classics – “First published in 1960, this new expanded edition contains, in addition to Buckley’s hip-semantic raps, a new foreward by Al Young and photographs by legendary music photographers, Jim Marshall, Jerry Stoll, and others”