Today marks the Carolyn Cassady Centennial
See also Malin Korkeasalo and Maria Ramström’s 2011 documentary, Love Always, Carolyn –here (plus a little bonus footage from the movie – Carolyn singing! – here)
More Carolyn Cassady footage here (footage from June 2013, filmed, shortly before her death, at her home in England):
and in February of 2019 Carolyn is featured in Katie Nelson and Olivia Meikle’s Whats Her Name podcast
Ecology – we focused last week on Earth Day (with the reminder that every day is Earth Day). In that context, we should note that the new issue of Beatdom (Beatdom #23) goes on sale next month. Jonas Faust writes on “Nature, the Self, and its Redemption in the Pastoral Poems of Allen Ginsberg”, Alexandre Ferrere presents “A Derridian Exploration into Allen Ginsberg’s Archive(s”), Stevan Weine’s book is reviewed, Bill Morgan is interviewed. More details (full details) here.
This week in the US (April 23-29) is designated National Library Week by the ALA (American Library Association) and, not surprisingly, some considerable attention has been given to issues of censorship. According to their (ALA)’s recent report, attempts to ban books in the United States have exploded over the past two years. 2,571 titles, it was estimated, were targeted in 2022, (compared with 223 in 2020).
Separately, a new report from free speech organization PEN America further details this rise of censorship efforts across the United States, exploring how organized efforts or new legislation have contributed to book removals.
ALA presented in its report a list of the “Top 13 Most Challenged Books of 2022” – here