Q: Do you feel that the death of Jack Kerouac has taken away his image for people, young people, in the (United) States now, to….
AG: Nobody depended on him, He was just a great drunken lout, fortunately! He did it purposely, he desecrated any image possible! – and he went on television drunk, on (William) Buckley (‘s) t.v.show) and burped and farted, just so he wouldn’t have anybody following him! – I mean he didn’t want anybody.. I mean he used to… He thought that I was a monster … Read More
AG: Okay, the formulation I finally arrived at was…
[Allen reads from Planet News] –“Holy Ghost on the Nod over the Body of Bliss” –
“Is this the God of Gods the one I heard about/in memorized language Universities murmur?/Dollar bills can buy it! the great substance/exchanges itself freely through all the world’s/ poetry money, past and future currencies/issued and redeemed by the identical bank,/electric monopoly after monopoly owl-eyed/on every one of 90 million dollar bills vibrating/To the pyramid-top in the United States of Heaven – /Aye aye Sir Owl Oh can you see in … Read More
AG; Now, about the second part, [sic – “How do you reconcile a return to a traditional Jewish root with an enthusiastic interest in Hare Krishna? Do you think that a rabbinical tradition can, in some way, be reconciled with a Hindu or Hare Krishna tradition?] – (it) was a… I didn’t mean to..
Like, I was saying,.. last night, I heard – (and I’m sitting here in Hillel House, so I don’t mean to make it quite that corny – “Well, folks, I want to announce I am now returning to the Hebrew tradition” – that’s not what … Read More
[One of Gregory Corso’s triangles – a favorite game he played, drawing unexpected connections between kindred spirits – Courtesy the collection of Raymond Foye. – Raymond Foye writes: “He could spend a whole day on a game of this sort, in cafes & bars, testing out ideas, quizzing people, having fun. As the day wore on and there were more & more drinks, things would start to get edgy and challenging. It would eventually end with him screaming insults at everybody and tearing up … Read More
“The work and not just the poetry of Ginsberg (1926-97), one of 20th-century America’s most important and notorious literary figures has finally been given the career-arching overview it deserves. Schumacher (Dharma Lion) has compiled the poet’s greatest hits into this volume, including the regularly-anthologized, “Howl“, “Kaddish“, “A Supermarket In California”, “America”, and “Kral Majales”.
“On the walls of the Writers Union Cafe, I saw Allen’s three-fish symbol, drawn by him here in summer 1965 & I drew woman nude with inscription, “The door to the invisible is visible”
“Zoja Voznesensky concluded, after a discussion of Ginsberg (who had visited Moscow, summer of ’65) that Ginsberg was concerned with the interior world while I was concerned with the outside world and therefore my poetry was “more comprehensive” (or something … Read More
[A flyer from the 2009 production in New York of Larry Myers play –“Jack Kerouac: Catholic” – “He (Jack) was proud of being a Canuck Catholic” (Allen Ginsberg)]
Q: May I (now) ask you another question?
Q: Jack Kerouac abandoned his Catholicism, which was the Church in which he had been brought up. You mentioned that, and at the same time, you coupled it with a statement that seemed to suggest that you are returning to a Kabbalistic or Hassidic tradition. How do you reconcile a return to a traditional Jewish root with an enthusiastic interest in … Read More
[Allen Ginsberg, 1966 poster from San Francisco advertising the famous Ken Kesey Acid Tests]
Q: What is your present  thinking about drugs?
AG: Well, it looks like marijuana will slowly be legalized in the United States (since grandmother Margaret Mead came out for it the other day! ). So I saw an AP dispatch yesterday that said that Governor Kirk of Floridacalled her “a dirty old lady”
Q: (He)..said she should be locked up with all the other degenerates!