Friday’s Weekly Round-Up – 540

Merch! – We don’t usually do this but we need to stay afloat (to keep giving you all the Ginsberg and Beat news) and we have some wonderful items.

Check out our store here  (if you haven’t already) and, as a further incentive, there’ll be a twenty percent storewide discount on all items over this weekend – books, records, posters, t-shirts, tote-bags. We’ll be adding to the collection in the coming months.
Please, support what we’re doing here – go take a look – and purchase something!


Gary Snyder, whom we all agree is a national treasure, (ninety-one years old now and still “beautiful and strong”, as his visitor/observer Wang Ping remarks), has been recently wonderfully captured on film reading selections from his work – three animal poems, (“two for bears (“Arctos” (“this is Greek for “bear”) and “this poem is for bear”),  and one for deer (“Long Hair“) – Gary also discusses archery and archery training), as well as, (on a subsequent tape), reading sections from his famous Han Shan (Cold Mountain) poems, and the title poem of his 1983 volume Axe Handles  (Ping reads it in her Chinese translation and discusses it with him – she reads her Chinese translations of each of the poems – discusses its sources and her discoveries via translation )

– charming, intimate moments – and there’s more to come!


“raw immediate and vulnerable” – Lynne Feeley‘s thoughtful review of Diane Di Prima‘s Spring and Autumn Annals, “Diane Di Prima and the Dream of the East Village Avant-Garde”, appears in The Nation this week – see here

Diane Di Prima – photo by Daniel Entin


The Miami University Opera Theater production of Philip Glass and Allen Ginsberg’s  Hydrogen Jukebox is streaming free till the end of the month – catch the entire opera – here


The writer and composer, Paul Bowles and film-maker Bernardo Bertolucci – photo by Allen Ginsberg – Bertolucci passed away, aged 77, in Rome, Italy, three years ago today.

Paul Bowles‘ rather waspish comment on the film, (Bertolucci’s adaptation of Bowles’ The Sheltering Sky) –  while retaining respect for the film-maker – “the less said about the film the better”

William Blake‘s birthday this Sunday – stay tuned!

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