Earth Day tomorrow
The recent report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, a body of experts convened by the United Nations paints a bleak picture.
More Beat Scholarship (from France, from Alexandre Ferrere) – “Bombs, Shapes and Sounds – A Joint Analysis of Gregory Corso’s “Bomb” and “Allen Ginsberg’s “Hum Bom!” – in “The Arts of War and Peace”
Speaking of Beat bombs, not sure if we ever got around to mentioning this (glimpses of Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Jack Hirschman, Gregory Corso City Lights) – Ferdinando Vicentini Organi‘s 2022 documentary
“Did Beat Generation Writer William Burroughs Really Write A Graphic Novel?” asks Brian Cronin in CBR (Comic Book Resources) – and proceeds to answer the question – well, yes and no. Burroughs, while in London, and later in New York, had a fruitful collaboration with artist Malcolm McNeil – Ah Puch Is Here (Ah Pook Is Here), an ultimately uncompleted project. McNeil recounts the project in Observed While Falling- Bill Burroughs, Ah Pook and Me (2012) and the complimentary The Lost Art of Ah Pook Is Here – Images from the Graphic Novel. Cronin’s account draws from this and also three interviews with McNeil here, here, and here
“I love New York/I love ballet/Allen Ginsberg’s USA” –
Stephen Duffy (ex-Duran Duran) ‘s band, The Lilac Time, have a new LP coming out – ‘A Makeshift Raft”, the new single, is a sweet catchy tune that features a respectful (life-affirming) Ginsberg shout-out – Listen to it here
Stevan M Weine’s Best Minds (mentioned here last week). We continue to recommend this groundbreaking study (with one slight caveat – the title! – a book with a similar title (and a not so dissimilar subject matter) came out this week – not to mention, Bill Morgan’s wonderful 1986 festschrift and subsequent 2017 transcribed teachings)
If you missed the Chicago symposium, you’ll have another chance to catch Weine speaking on the book – don’t miss it – Tuesday May 2nd (6:30–8:00pm MST) – in this on-line discussion hosted by and at Naropa
& a celebration and remembrance last Saturday of the pioneering gay scholar David Carter (he wrote the definitive book on the Stonewall uprising, as well as editing/compiling Spontaneous Mind, the 2001 collection of Allen’s interviews). It was fittingly held at the Stonewall. Paul Schindler reviews the occasion – here
We join all David’s friends in remembering him fondly, remembering his kindness and devotion.