Kerouac – We mentioned it last week – but coming up, Monday, commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the writer’s death. This weekend in Halifax, England, (Friday and Saturday) Simon Warner hosts “Kerouac on Screen”, film, panels, and performance. For more details – see here
“Gone in October” – plenty of Kerouac celebration already – Czech poets celebrated the 50th anniversary of Jack’s passing at the beautiful Czech gothic castle Pirkštejn this past October 12th. Translator Josef Rauvolf talked about Jack, then Petr Onufer read his translations of Book of Haikus (kniha haiku) supported by his band The Guilty Pleasures, and ten Czech poets read their works influenced by Kerouac or mentioning him. The weather (we heard) was superb, the mood as well and the audience loved it.
More Kerouac news, Gerald Nicosia (also noted last week) can be heard on the radio, talking with Dave Hoekstra – dishing the dirt – “Kerouac – The Last Quarter Century” – see –here (He’ll also be at Beyond Baroque in LA with Paul Blake III, Kerouac’s closest living relative, and other guests, 8 o’clock this Sunday)
and Paul Maher, Jr., another maverick Kerouac scholar, just recently posted “When Jack Kerouac Had His Crack-Up” on the Please Kill Me site – Big Sur and beyond. Well worth a look.
(And, while you’re there , check out Paul’s previous article (from this past September) “When Jack (Kerouac) Met Max (Bodenheim)” – Maxwell Bodenheim?
John Giorno‘s death last week still leaving us reeling. A vast outpouring of affectionate remembrance. Here‘s his New York Times obituary, here‘s local news site, E.V.Grieve. Here‘s Tricycle (and an additional note on his Buddhism from the Times – here). Here‘s his obituary in ArtNews, and here, in Artforum.
International appreciation too. Here’s Alexandra Schwartzbrod in Liberation, (French) Corriere della Sera, (Italian) El Pais, (Spanish). The list could (and will) go on and on.
Harold Bloom – (since we’ve been featuring William Blake a fair bit recently), Bloom, the literary critic (controversial literary critic), and great Blake scholar, also died this past week, see his New York Times obituary – here
Lew Welch – check out Charles Upton‘s account of his search for the bones (following Jonah Raskin’s revived (but still pertinent) review in the Anderson Valley Advertiser)
& see an illuminating video-encounter with his long-time secretary Mihoko Okamura (recorded in 2005) by Ellen Pearlman – here