Friday’s Weekly Round-Up – 531

“Transforming Minds – Kyabaje Gelek Rimpoche & Friends Photographs by Allen Ginsberg 1989-1997, the photo-exhibit we mentioned here last week, opened this past Tuesday in New York at Tibet House – “Gelek Rimpoche and Allen Ginsberg’s Relationship Through the Lens of Ginsberg’s Camera” – A must-see – It’ll be up until December 12th. For more details and visiting information – see here


A heads-up on an interesting exhibit opening  at the John Natsoulas Center For the Arts in Davis, California, in November – The Beat Goes On – Poets as Painters.   Paintings, illustrations, self-portraiture, and portraits by and of Beat contemporaries will be on display in this deftly-curated and  groundbreaking show.  For more information see here


Howl Gallery’s new space  Howl HA/HA (Howl Arts, Howl Archive) opened officially last week (New York City, again). We wish it good fortune


Opening today (Friday) at the New York Public Library – The Polonsky Exhibition of the New York Public Library’s Treasures, the first-ever permanent exhibition highlighting the Library’s world-renowned research collections . On display over 250 objects, including Jack Kerouac‘s pencil-sketch original cover-design for On The Road  and John Cohen‘s candid photo of Kerouac in New York’s Chinatown in 1959.  Declan Kiely writes on said items here for The Gothamist

Jack Kerouac in Chinatown, 1959 – photo: John Cohen – in the collection the New York Public Library

Speaking of Jack,  Tom Taylor at Far Out presents a handy Jack Kerouac travel guide.


Our friend, Eliot Katz alerted us this week to a little moment of zeitgeist cultural-trivia –
Stephen Colbert mentioned Allen Ginsberg on his TV show tonight (Tuesday), showed a photo of the young Allen, and did a riff off the first line of “Howl”, in conjunction with talking about the new book, Peril (by Bob Woodward and Robert Costa) and the book’s description of one of Donald Trump’s lawyers talking about how they could try to void the (US) election – (See here, at about the 6:50 mark, or a few seconds earlier if you want more context –  “I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness and some douchebag named John Eastman”) – and then, the next night – “Neal Cassady was called the “Adonis of Denver” by Allen Ginsberg & was the model for Dean Moriarty in this novel” turns up as a question in the popular quiz-show, Jeopardy – “a nice coincidence…(Allen) mentioned two nights in a row on mainstream tv”

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