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Friday’s Weekly Round-Up – 415 (Whitman’s Birthday)
May 31, 2019
A monumental occasion, today, the 200th anniversary of the birth of the great bard of America (indeed, great bard of the world), beloved Walt Whitman. HAPPY 200th BIRTHDAY WALT! For a selection of posts about Whitman on the Allen Ginsberg Project – see here, here, here, here, and here (on his birthday), and here and here. A […]
Blame It On Blake – Jacob Rabinowitz
May 30, 2019
We’ve been focusing on William Blake for the last couple of weeks and thought today to take time out to recommend an extraordinary (and immensely readable) new book – Blame It On Blake by Jacob Rabinowitz. It should be pointed out at the outset that this book is only peripherally about Blake (as is made clear […]
Ginsberg on Blake continues – 7
May 29, 2019
Ginsberg on Blake continues from here AG: So, “One Law for the Lion & Ox is Oppression.” How do you take that?  We had that before, I think.  Didn’t he have that in the “Proverbs of Hell”?  Was that one of them? Student: Yeah. AG: “One Law for the Lion & Ox is oppression.”  Did he already […]
Ginsberg on Blake continues – 6
May 28, 2019
Allen Ginsberg on William Blake’s “Marriage of Heaven and Hell”  continues from here  AG:  So, on Plate XXI – ” I have always found that Angels have vanity..” – (The hippie term would be squares, I suppose you could call these) – “I have always found that Angels have vanity to speak of themselves as the […]
Ginsberg on Blake continues – 5
May 27, 2019
Allen Ginsberg’s notes on William Blake’s “The Marriage of Heaven and Hell” continue from here AG: “The man who never alters his opinion is like standing water, & breeds reptiles of the mind.”  So, it breeds reptiles in the mind, standing water – A man who never alters his mind.  And there is an interesting […]
Friday’s Weekly Round-Up – 414 (Bob Dylan’s birthday)
May 24, 2019
Bob Dylan’s birthday today. He’ll be 78.  As ever, we wish him a very happy birthday. The big news (reported earlier) is the upcoming Netflix Martin Scorsese film, “Rolling Thunder Revue – A Bob Dylan Story”, and the release (on June 7) of a monumental 14-CD Box Set, “Bob Dylan – The Rolling Thunder Revue: […]
Ginsberg on Blake continues – 4
May 23, 2019
[“Behemoth and Leviathan” – William Blake (1757–1827), pen and black ink, gray wash, and watercolor, over traces of graphite, in the collection of The Morgan Library and Museum, New York] AG: So, if anybody’s ever had a great acid trip where they’ve seen the Leviathan, the great serpent, the serpent of the State, the serpent of the […]
Ginsberg on Blake continues – 3 (Thomas Hobbes)
May 22, 2019
[Thomas Hobbes (1588-1579] Does anybody know Hobbes?  Thomas Hobbes?  Can we have a little paragraph on Hobbes and what Hobbes’s significance is? Student: He was the first overtly materialistic philosopher, and he was pretty much atheistic and his doctrine of Leviathan was this doctrine that the State is this highly centralized and absolutely autocratic organ. AG: Should […]
Ginsberg on Blake continues – 2
May 21, 2019
Allen Ginsberg on William Blake’s Marriage of Heaven and Hell continues AG: Where are we?  Plate XVIII.  Let’s see what it looks (like)…  It’s mostly… XVIII and XIX, what comes now, are mostly just straight text without too much illustration, except a few tiny figures in between. So we’ve got an abyss. Is anybody interested in […]
Ginsberg on Blake continues – 1
May 20, 2019
We continue this week with transcription of Allen’s February 1978 class on William Blake,  and “The Marriage of Heaven and Hell“, continuing from here AG:  Let me get the books out. Where were we ?  We got up to Plate XVI?  Yes… Max Plowman)  says – this is about the origin of the Gods. We […]
Friday’s Weekly Round-Up – 418
May 17, 2019
The iconic picture of Peter Orlovsky, the painting that made Allen fall in love with him, Robert LaVigne‘s Nude With Onions (1954), is going up for sale. The painting will be featured in Bent, an upcoming auction at Sotheby’s, (“Because progress is never a straight line”), taking place next month, (on June 27, in celebration […]
Danish Interview (with Ole Reitov) – 8
May 16, 2019
[Robert Wyatt] Ole Reitov’s interview with Allen Ginsberg continues from here (and concludes here)  OR: Did you see Robert Wyatt when you were in London? AG: I haven’t been there for a couple of years OR: Because he’s been moving into very traditional Communism..but he is interesting in a sense, because he… AG: Robert Wyatt? […]
Danish Interview (with Ole Reitov) – 7
May 15, 2019
[Gabriel García Márquez (1927-2014)] Allen’s interview with Danish journalist, Ole Reitov continues OR: Did you get to meet (Gabriel Garcia) Marquez? AG: No, never did… Well, just once in Santiago. OR: But he is not allowed to enter the States, is he? AG: (Herbert) Marcuse? OR: No, Gabriel Garcia Marquez. AG: Oh, no , never […]
Danish Interview (with Ole Reitov) – 6
May 14, 2019
[“..the old bohemian tradition, the greatest tradition, I think…” (Allen Ginsberg)] Ole Reitov’s interview with Allen Ginsberg continues from – here AG: I think we are on the eve of some general mass awakening.. OR: …which means that within our generation that change will actually come AG: I think an inkling of the change. But […]
Danish Interview (with Ole Reitov) – 5
May 13, 2019
Allen Ginsberg 1983 interview with Ole Reitov continues –  AG: And let us conclude for the sake of the information (with a recent recording experience with The Clash) – that’s at the end of the “Ghetto Defendant“ cut on their album Combat Rock, which is now, (1983) I think, the largest single selling album in […]