Speaking of Gregory, don’t miss Gregory Stephenson‘s pioneering research piece – “Poetic Licence – The Crime and Hard Time of Gregory Corso, or A Portrait of the Poet as a Young Felon”, recently up on Empty Mirror
and another “don’t miss” piece – Jake Marmer’s review of Iron Curtain Journals in Tablet
“At the heart of Beat poetry was a cathartic, improvisational, and confessional soul-baring – and so it is not surprising that Ginsberg’s journals are excitingly readable.” “They are inflected with the same aesthetic and literary qualities”, he declares,” as Ginsberg’s poetry”.
Allen’s art as resistance art – see this notice of Indian artist, Shilpa Gupta’s art in India Today
Allen and the FBI – Remember our (MuckRock)‘s revealing of Allen’s FBI surveillance? (see also Lytle Shaw‘s cogent discussion in the recently-published Narrowcast). Allen, of course, was far from the only writer targeted. We mentioned in our previous posting Herbert Mitgang‘s 1988 digest, Dangerous Dossiers – Exposing the Secret War Against America’s Greatest Authors. This research has now been considerably updated and expanded (thanks to MuckRock and others) – Writers Under Surveillance – the FBI files (edited by JPat Brown, B.C.D.Lipton and Michael Morisy, published at the end of last year by MIT Press) is a harrowing, disturbing, shameful, and salutary collection. The surveillance state has exponentially advanced since the ’80’s and Allen’s time. Douglas Kennedy‘s review of this important book can be read here.