Sunday January 19 was the anniversary of the painter Paul Cézanne‘s birthday. David S Willis’ Beatdom celebrated with the re-publication of Connor McDonald’s essay, “Virgules/After Cézanne”. “Le petite sensation”, the influence of Cézanne on “Howl” (Allen, it should be pointed out, was a student of the great Cezanne scholar, Meyer Schapiro) – this is a topic that we on the Allen Ginsberg Project have previously examined – see here and here.
Today (Friday) marks the anniversary of the death (two years ago now) of the great Chilean poet, Nicanor Parra – at 102! Check out our centennial posting on Allen’s friend, the never-to-be-forgotten “anti-poet” – here See also here
I Seem To Live, Jonas Mekas‘ second volume of his autobiography, covering 1953-64 (the first, I Had Nowhere To Go, covered 1944-53), has just come out – 800 plus pages! There’ll be a publication party tomorrow at Anthology Film Archives in New York, alongside a showing of a newly-restored print of his (1961) first and only feature, Guns of The Trees, featuring, (not on the screen but on the soundtrack), a memorable contribution by Allen)