Friday’s Weekly Round-Up – 295



Two early French editions from 10/18, Editions Christian Bourgois

The European Beat Studies Network’s 2017 Annual Conference, the sixth, (this past year (2016), it was held in Manchester, England), will have a decidedly Francophile bent this coming year – “Paris Interzone – The Transcultural Beat Generation (Collaboration, Edition, Translation)”.

From the announcement by the conference organizers:

“This year’s conference will honor and address the key role that the French capital and Francophone cultures have played in the transculturalism of the Beats, by welcoming submissions in both French and English and holding a plenary session on language barriers and translation issues in Beat Studies. For this session, the organizers will act as translators with the aim of opening a long-awaited dialogue between English and French academic cultures. We are also planning to exhibit unpublished documents establishing close connections between Beat authors and their French publishers.”

The conference will take place, from September 20th to September 22nd, at the University of Chicago Center in Paris, and there is currently an open call for papers.

Confirmed keynote speakers will be the irrepressible Jean-Jacques Lebel  (currently active with the ZKM Beat show that we noted here last week) and cultural historian, Andrew Hussey.  

For more information about the European Beat Studies Network see here


Gregory Corso, “There is No More Street Corner …” (1960) – poem-image recently included  in the 2016 Beat Generation show at the Centre Pompidou, Paris (© Archives Jean-Jacques Lebel)

Among the “authors or artists still neglected in Beat Studies”, the conference organizers list Gregory Corso. We’ve been thinking a lot about Gregory of late – As has Andy Clausen. Read an excerpt from his (Andy’s) forthcoming book, “The Latter Days Of The Beat Generation, A First Hand Account” – here


Poster – Reading by Andy Clausen, Allen Ginsberg and Peter Orlovsky – (© Archives Andy Clausen)

The Sunflower Collective, hosts of the Clausen excerpt, have provided some interesting Beat-related materials, of late. See their interview here, a few months back, with Clausen (and an equally-interesting interview, published in October, with Charles Plymell). Just this past week, they published Insiya Poonawalla’s evocative photo-essay on Lawrence Ferlinghetti’s City Lights bookstore. Among the images, this one – a window with Ginsberg merchandise


and this one, heading up to the Poetry Room – Long live City Lights!


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