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Lionel Ziprin (1924-2009) – 3
Lionel Ziprin, poet (from David Katz’s biographical essay in The Jewish Quarterly) “Ziprin began writing poetry (early), and received a scholarship to Columbia University, impressing the critic and scholar Mark Van Doren with articles on Thomas Wolfe, Keats and the Greeks..” Contact at Columbia, with his friend, Asa Benveniste, led to subsequent[…]
Lionel Ziprin (1924-2009) – 2
Lionel Ziprin and Allen Ginsberg, at the Small Press Book Fair, New York City, December 2, 1990 – photograph by Clayton Patterson On the extraordinary Lionel Ziprin – continuing from here   The importance of archives, the importance of archival preservation – not only “The Rabbi’s Basement Tapes”. There were, on Lionel’s death,[…]
Lionel Ziprin (1924-2009) – 1
Lionel Ziprin, 1990 –  photo: Allen Ginsberg, courtesy Stanford University Libraries / Allen Ginsberg Estate Lionel Ziprin, “Mystic of the Lower East Side”, was an extraordinary character. William Grimes‘ March 2009 obituary in The New York Times is a must-read: “For decades, Mr. Ziprin, a self-created planet, exerted a powerful gravitational attraction[…]
Irving Rosenthal’s Kaliflower interview – 1971
“Irving Rosenthal, Burroughs’ Naked Lunch editor at 1959 Chicago Review, Big Table Magazine, & Grove Press, author of Classic Sheeper (Grove, N.Y. 1967) prose, here at home on anonymous commune in San Francisco – A visit October 122, 1984, we hadn’t seen each other for several years, I was on my way[…]
William Burroughs Conversation continues – (Conclusion)
William S Burroughs – photo by Allen Ginsberg The transcription of a 1985 panel conversation at Naropa featuring Allen Ginsberg and Gregory Corso interviewing William S Burroughs concludes today. For the beginning of this conversation – see here AG: We have time for three more minutes of question-and -answer.  Michael (sic)? Q:  […]
Friday’s Weekly Round-Up – 485
“I’m sick and tired of hearing things from uptight, short-sighted, narrow-minded hypocritics/ All I want is the truth, just give me some truth/ I’ve had enough of reading things by neurotic, psychotic, pig-headed politicians/ All I want is the truth, just give me some truth..” It’s John Lennon‘s 80th birthday today. Celebrating[…]
William Burroughs Conversation – continues 10 (Brian Jones & John Giorno)
Brian Jones (1942-1969) WSB :  What you got? AG: Oh there’s more but I think we should open it.. GC; Oh, let’s hit a big one,   Well, why don’t we do this and then we can cut out. AG: ..open it up and… GC: Open it out and let them ask their[…]
William Burroughs Conversation continues – 9 (Corso Pouting)
Allen Ginsberg and William Burroughs and Gregory Corso in conversation, 1985 at Naropa, continues from here AG: We should go back to some situation where Gregory is. WSB: Yeah..er.. well, wait a minute, where are we.. GC: I was where you knocked me out  – on the beach when he’s lying down[…]
William Burroughs Conversation continues – 8 (Jack Kerouac)
Peter Orlovsky and Jack Kerouac squinting, probably late afternoon sunlight, William Burroughs with eyeglasses prone in olive-green Army surplus jacket, shoes on, watching, Moroccan boys interested, Tangier Port docks and custom house in background, where Peter & I’d landed on Yugoslavian freighter from New York carrying Naked Lunch letters’ manuscript, Jack was[…]
Bob Rosenthal in The Journal of Beat Studies
The scholarly journal of The Beat Studies Association,  the Journal of Beat Studies (edited by Ronna C Johnson and Nancy Grace) has a new issue out (the 2020 issue, Volume 8). It’s full (as with previous years) with a plethora of riches, notably a survey of the “State-of-the-Field” (of Beat scholarship), and[…]
Friday’s Weekly Round-Up – 484
 “Howl”  (for Carl Solomon) – It’s a good time to listen to Allen’s great prophetic groundbreaking poem. (It’s always a good time to listen to Allen’s great prophetic groundbreaking poem!).  Unfortunately, no audio exists of the very first rendition, October 7, 1965, in San Francisco, at the Six Gallery, but we[…]
William Burroughs Conversation continues – 7 – (Wilhelm Reich)
Wilhelm Reich (1897-1957) The 1985 Ginsberg, Corso, Burroughs conversation continues. The discussion opens up with a question from the audience   Q (Audience member): Burroughs! WSB: Yes Q (Audience member): Can I ask a question? WSB: Yes. Yes, ask it. Q (Audience member):  Did you have any connection with (Wilhelm) Reich? AG: With[…]
William Burroughs Conversation continues – 6. (Burroughs and Leary)
William Burroughs and Timothy Leary, Lawrence Kansas, 1987 – photo by Philip Heying Allen Ginsberg, Gregory Corso and William Burroughs 1985 Naropa conversation continues from here WSB: But the point is this was sort of the start of the whole psychedelic thing and Leary had invited me over to his place. AG:[…]
William Burroughs Conversation continues – 5 (Leary in Tangier)
William Burroughs, May 1986 – photo by Allen Ginsberg – courtesy Stanford University Libraries / Allen Ginsberg Estate AG: Well now the tone of that period (in Tangier).  I think (Timothy) Leary had come, and Bill had taken some psilocybin. I was a little afraid of it for some reason or other[…]
William Burroughs Conversation continues – 4 (Flicker)
“Peter Orlovsky legs crossed mysterious-haired, W.S. Burroughs with camera & hat shading Mediterranean sun, myself white-pants earnest smoking, Alan Ansen resolute visiting from Venice to help type new apocalyptic cut-up material overflow from Naked Lunch, Gregory Corso’d been gambling at casino with Francis Bacon, Corso here sunglassed & Minox’d, Ian Sommerville assisting[…]