Friday’s Weekly Round-Up – 275

In Paris, in the Beaubourg the Beat Generation show continues – all summer it continues (the show closes on October 3rd). See here en anglais) a video tour conducted for Blouin ArtInfo by two of the show’s three (sic) curators, Jean-Jacques Lebel and Rani Singh.- [2018 update – this video-tour is no longer available]

Philippe-Alain Michaud, the other, principal, curator.can be seen (briefly) talking about the show (en francais) here).

More international press here – from Les InRocks here,  Roaditudehere, FrancetvInfohere – and Le Mondehere (and a slideshow-presentation – here)

and in Italian (a report from Corriere Della Sera) – here

See also our previous notices of the exhibition here,  here and  here.

Neal Cassady, Los Gatos, California, 1962 – Photograph by Ettore Sottsass – one of the numerous photographs of Beat luminaries currently on display  at the Beat Generation show at the Pompidou Center

Rick Schober‘s enterprising  Corso-centric Tough Poets Press, which brought out last year the stellar collection of Gregory Corso interviews, The Whole Shot, has another title just out, Gregory’s first play (from 1954), Sarpedon.  Prior to his first collection of poetry, The Vestal Lady on Brattle & Other Poems, Schober notes, “Corso wrote three plays, while living as a “stowaway” on the campus of Harvard University”. Sarpedon, described by the author as “a great funny Prometheus Unbound...all in metre and rhyme”, and “ attempt to replicate Euripides, though the whole shot be original..” is presented here for the first time, fully contextualized and annotated, and supplemented with a two-page introduction by Corso himself, taken from a transcript of his prefatory remarks at a 1978 reading of the play that he gave at Naropa.

That reading (he also reads three short poems – early drafts from Herald of the Autichthonic Spirit) may be heard in its entirety – here    

& Gregory Corso’s beloved Percy Bysshe Shelley died on this day,1822, drowned in his own sailing boat, the Don Juan, while returning from Livorno to Lerici in the late afternoon, during a violent summer storm. Too young! – He was just one month shy of his thirtieth birthday.

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