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Friday’s Weekly Round-Up – 434
Jack Kerouac with one of his three cats, St Petersburg,  circa 1968.  Courtesy New York Public Library/Jack Kerouac Estate Kerouac – We mentioned it last week – but coming up, Monday, commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the writer’s death. This weekend in Halifax, England, (Friday and Saturday)  Simon Warner hosts “Kerouac[…]
1989, Ginsberg and Corso – The Conversation Continues – 11
Allen Ginsberg and Gregory Corso – continuing from – here  AG: Ok now (Interview magazine), they wanted us to run down some of these projects. GC: Oh,  let’s run down the projects and put an end to this. I think, you and  I had a good blab, we had a good talk.[…]
1989, Ginsberg and Corso – The Conversation Continues – 10
[“I like Antler’s ideas and progression of ideas..” (Allen Ginsberg, 1989)] Gregory Corso and Allen Ginsberg conversation continues – from here AG: …Someone who loves the language. GC: ..like Hart Crane did with the language, huh? – and say something too, on top of it.. AG: Oddly enough, the nearest to that[…]
1989, Ginsberg and Corso – The Conversation Continues – 9
[437 East 12th Street, New York City, Allen Ginsberg’s old apartment building] Gregory Corso and Allen Ginsberg in conversation continues from here GC: Oh, speaking of the Living Theater. They’ve got a theater (1987), I (just) found out (in New York City).. AG: They’ve got a theater down in… GC:  …in the[…]
1989, Ginsberg and Corso – The Conversation Continues – 8
Gregory Corso and Allen Ginsberg in conversation continuing from here  GC: We’re taking the whole world thing, right?  Look, the French didn’t do shit, did they? –  maybe in a way they did.. AG Alright, go ahead. GC:  Yves Bonnefoy. [Yves Bonnefoy (1923-2016)] AG: Bonnefoy.  And who’s the lady we read with[…]
John Giorno (1936-2019)
John Giorno, December 20, 1987, NYC – photo: Allen Ginsberg More sad news to impart – John Giorno died last night. We just heard the news. More to follow Here’s another typically luminous poem of John’s I am standing on the corner of Stanton and Chrystie, waiting for the traffic light to[…]
Conversations With Allen Ginsberg
We briefly mentioned David Stephen Calonne‘s Conversations With Allen Ginsberg (from University of Mississippi Press, part of their Literary Conversation series), earlier this summer. Time to mention it again. Allen “loved the art of conversation”, editor Calonne writes. “Among Beat Generation authors, he was the most generous by far in granting interviews[…]
Friday’s Weekly Round-Up – 433
[Jack Kerouac (1922-1969)] Lowell Celebrates Kerouac again this year –  this year “observing the 50th anniversary of the passing of Jack Kerouac in October of 1969 (October 21) and his continuing literary and cultural legacy”.  Today (Friday) among the highlights –  7.15 – Remembrances of Billy Koumantzelis and Al Hinkle, hosted by[…]
1989, Ginsberg and Corso – The Conversation Continues – 7 (Vladimir Vysotsky)
Allen Ginsberg-Gregory Corso conversation continues from here AG: The Russians had a couple of great singers. GC:  Ok, the Russians. AG:  (Vladimir) Vysotsky  GC: The Russians. AG; Vysotsky was their great singer-poet, like (Bob) Dylan,  a good poet. GC: Recent? AG: He died in 1980 at the age of 42 – drink..[…]
John Lennon’s Birthday
October 9, 1971 at the Hotel Syracuse, Syracuse, New York, John Lennon and company at an impromptu celebration, his 31st birthday party, following the opening of Yoko Ono’s “This is Not Here” exhibition at the Everson Museum, Syracuse Another treasure from the  Ginsberg Stanford archives – John Lennon‘s 31st birthday. Check out[…]
1989, Ginsberg and Corso – The Conversation Continues – 6
Allen Ginsberg-Gregory Corso conversation continues from – here GC: Right, I want to find out if you saw these people . Do you remember once we went to see Yoko Ono.. AG: Yeah GC: and she had some young guys up there and she was playing a record called Dogtown, and so[…]
1989, Ginsberg and Corso – The Conversation Continues – 5
Allen Ginsberg and Gregory Corso in conversation continuing from here  – (a brief (selective) survey of (19th and) 20th century American poetry) AG: So who are the poets you thought from our time were any good? GC: What you mean..ball?  (that was) how I saw the game.. AG: Looking. GC Looking at[…]
Friday’s Weekly Round-Up – 432
Jack Kerouac (1922-1969) “Everybody goes home in October” –  (Jack Kerouac in On The Road ) – The annual Lowell Celebrates Kerouac Festival begins next Thursday with a kick-off at Cappy’s Copper Kettle (245 Central Street) – music and readings, with Alan Crane, George Koumantzelis, Colleen Nichols, and Meg Smith with special[…]
1989, Ginsberg and Corso – The Conversation Continues – 4
[World heavyweight champion, Mike Tyson, aged thirteen] continuing from here Allen Ginsberg and Gregory Corso in conversation  Allen and Gregory discuss the contemporary (1989) poetry terrain    AG:  (Among our friends…) You know any young poets that can take up the relay? GC: Now that’s something, Allen, I think they’d go to you[…]
1989, Ginsberg and Corso – The Conversation Continues – 3
[Yusef Hawkins (1973-1989), murder victim in the racially-charged murder case, from 1989, the Bensonhurst Murder Case ] Bensonhurst and Central Park incidents.  Allen Ginsberg and Gregory Corso, 1989 (sic) in conversation – continuing from here GC:  The..  So (what do you think about..  speaking about that) about this Bensonhurst thing, and all[…]