Friday Weekly Round-Up – 530

William Carlos Williams, 1949 – photo: Musya S Sheeler – courtesy New Directions and the collection at the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Yale University


Ken Kesey at Hotel Excelsior, 81st Street, New York, December 14, 1989 – photo: Allen Ginsberg, courtesy Stanford University Libraries / Allen Ginsberg Estate

It’s William Carlos Williams birthday today. It’s also the birthday of Ken Kesey

Both prominent figures in Allen’s life and both featured extensively previously elsewhere on The Allen Ginsberg Project.

For Williams, we’d direct you to here,  here,  here,  here, and here

For Kesey  here, here, here and here


A new Ginsberg title just out from Il Saggiatore  Senza Filtri  (Uncensored) –Interviste 1958-1996 – an Italian translation, by Sara Sullam (with introduction by Edmund White.) of Spontaneous MindDavid Carters 2001 book of Selected Interviews

and did we note this one (from last year) – the Italian edition of Don’t Hide The Madness (translated by Silvia Albesano)


A further reminder of Tuesday’s photo-show opening in New York  – “Transforming Minds – Kyabaje Gelek Rimpoche & Friends Photographs by Allen Ginsberg 1989-1997.

The curators explain the background:

“The idea of this show evolved over several conversations Peter Hale of the Ginsberg Estate had with Carole Corcoran  and Ben Paljor Chatag of Jewel Heart starting in the summer of 2018. (Gelek) Rimpoche had left us the previous year, and the highly polarized environment in the country and world was becoming more worrisome by the day.  Aware that Allen had taken many photos of Rimpoche between 1989-1997 and that an interest in dharma, spirituality and possibility of transformation was again gaining popularity in certain circles, we thought we could make a positive contribution through a photo exhibit of Allen’s photographs celebrating Gelek Rimpoche and their unique relationship.
The timing for the show was also ripe for re-exploring & re-examining Allen’s photography. While his archive has been safely housed at Stanford University since his death in 1997, the over 2500 contact sheets – proof sheets for every roll of film in the archive  –  had only been digitized in 2016, making them far more accessible and much easier to view
Late in the summer of 2018 ..(we) began narrowing our selections from the 139 contact sheet pages Rimpoche appears on  (easily 500 images) down to the forty here on exhibit at Tibet House. Allen’s extensive notes on the contact sheets, and the countless images he’d circled intending to print up but hadn’t the time or the funds to do so within his lifetime, guided our selection process…”

Also opening on Tuesday (in the UK, at the Oxmarket Gallery at the University of Chichester in West Sussex, curated by two professors there, Dick Ellis and Hugo Frey) –  a multimedia exhibition of artworks by Gregory Corso.


David Amram will headline a free outdoor concert tomorrow Saturday September 18, launching this year’s The Village Trip arts festival

Meanwhile, on the West Coast, it’s the Michael McClure celebration at the California Shakespeare Theater in Orinda – see here

Speaking of Michael, a belated note on Brian Hassett’s recent sleuthing of the hitherto-mysterious George Harrison-Michael McClure connection – and a deep-dive into the history of “The Beard” 

and don’t forget Mule Kick Blues


  1. Very much appreciate reading this and further references.
    May I ask why there is no mention of Philip Glass who is on the picture and was involved ?
    Thank you for your answer

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