Allen Ginsberg in India – Allen and the Hungryalists (we’ve pointed out this crucial connection before) – Rima Bhattacharya’s “The Common Thread Between The Beats and The Hungryalists“, (the abstract of a PhD thesis), can be read here (from the same site, another doctoral abstract – Marina Reza on The Hungryalists – here). Essential listening on this topic – Jeet Thayil’s BBC radio documentary (now available on the BBC’s World Service – here). Here‘s a photo-text album of the Hungryalist movement – and here‘s a selection of letters to leading figure, Malay Roychoudhury, including several from Allen, amongst them, this one:
Allen Ginsberg, c/o City Lights, 261 Columbus, SF, Calif. July 11, 1965
I have gotten so many conflicting letters & gossip from everybody, I actually have no idea who’s doing what to who in India. Is your trial over or not, & what’s what? I’ve done all I can from here.
I went to Cuba, as judge of a poetry contest (and later got kicked out for talking too much). It was a Latin American contest, the judges (as myself) all had to be able to read Spanish. Also they’d published poetry of mine & I had friends there and I had spent years in South America. So I got invited. I’ve been back a week & leave again for San Francisco in 2 days. Then settle down to solitary poesy again. Write me news. I haven’t much time to correspond, tho, except in big emergency.
As ever Allen.
Buddhism and the Beats – We featured that topic a while back. In fact, we’ve featured the topic on numerous occasions (most recently in our notice on Robert Inchausti’s Hard To Be A Saint in the City . Another recent address – David S Wills’ essay in the always-interesting Beatdom – “The Intersection of Buddhism and the Beat Generation”, Like everything in Beatdom, well worth a read.
The Beat Generation and Women – “A Fleeting Moment in A Floating World -Women of the Beat Generation Through Allen Ginsberg’s Eyes”, a comprehensive essay by Katie Oates may be read here