Friday’s Weekly Round-Up – 567 (Lucien Carr’s Birthday)

Lucien Carr and Allen Ginsberg – photo: Allen Ginsberg, courtesy Stanford University Libraries / Allen Ginsberg Estate

Lucien Carr‘s birthday today.  For more of Lucien on the Allen Ginsberg Project – see. here here and here

and Basil Bunting‘s birthday  – see here and here and here for more on Basil


Memory Gardens – Bob Rosenthal, Eliot Katz, Sharon Mesmer and Lee Ann Brown, all poets who knew Allen well and were close to him during his lifetime, celebrate the bard this Sunday at the Hoboken Historical Museum in New Jersey


This past week we’ve said farewell to Burroughs at 110,  Burroughs at Beatdom month.
The last three articles: “An Interview with James Grauerholz”,”Burroughs and Warhol – An Interview with Victor Bockris”,” and “Burroughs in Beatdom: Some of our own contributions to Burroughs Studies“.

Look out for Victor Bockris‘   The Burroughs-Warhol Connection “a collection of stories, interviews, and photos featuring two of the 20th century’s most iconic artists” out “later this year” from Beatdom.

“Over the course of 1980, Bockris bought the two men together several times as part of an interviewing concept he had developed whilst working for Warhol’s Interview magazine. The resulting tapes show us the small talk, the comic mishaps, and hint at the unique genius of these countercultural giants..”


More John Allen Cassady on his father Neal on Simon Warner’s Rock and The Beat Generation Substack 

See also a version of Nina Zivancevic’s Allen Ginsberg interview (that originally ran here and here).

We note in passing, the death, this past week, of the prominent American poet, Lyn Hejinian.  Lyn it was who delivered the inaugural lecture as the first Allen Ginsberg Visiting Fellow at Naropa University back in 2011.
This year (2024)’s most recent Visiting Fellow was the poet, Selah Satestrom.

The 37th Annual Tibet House Benefit Concert took place last Monday at Carnegie Hall.
T.v. comedian/actor Bowen Yang (backed by members of The Patti Smith band) gave a
(from all accounts) “dynamic reading” of Allen’s classic 1965 poem “Who Be Kind To”
–  (“Be kind to yourself, Harry because unkindness/ comes when the body explodes..”)
(See here for more about that poem’s dedicatee, poète maudit, Harry Fainlight).

Anselm Berrigan read Allen’s poems last night in a poetry celebration, as part of the Beat Art Work – Power of the Gaze show currently on (through till March 3rd) at New York’s Outsider Art Fair

Will Heinrich in the New York Times singles out Peter Orlovsky‘s self-portrait as the star of the show -see here 

Material Wealth  UK book tour begins next week.  First stop, (March 7) The Horse Hospital
in London.

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  1. Thank you for the mention of The Burroughs-Warhol Connection by Victor Bockris. It’s been an honour to be involved with this project.

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