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Lionel Ziprin (1924-2009) – 3
October 14, 2020
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 publication of the poem […]
Lionel Ziprin (1924-2009) – 2
October 13, 2020
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, an extraordinary amount […]
Lionel Ziprin (1924-2009) – 1
October 12, 2020
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 for poets, artists, experimental filmmakers, […]
Irving Rosenthal’s Kaliflower interview – 1971
October 11, 2020
“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 to China – […]
William Burroughs Conversation continues – (Conclusion)
October 10, 2020
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:  Where’s Peter) (Orlovsky)? […]
Friday’s Weekly Round-Up – 485
October 9, 2020
“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 John Lennon. See […]
William Burroughs Conversation – continues 10 (Brian Jones & John Giorno)
October 8, 2020
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: it up and… GC: Open it out and let them ask their shot. AG: […]
William Burroughs Conversation continues – 9 (Corso Pouting)
October 7, 2020
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: well, wait a minute, where are we.. GC: I was where you knocked me out  – on the beach when he’s lying down and Peter and […]
William Burroughs Conversation continues – 8 (Jack Kerouac)
October 6, 2020
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 typing Bill’s Interzone […]
Bob Rosenthal in The Journal of Beat Studies
October 5, 2020
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 two comprehensive essays […]
Friday’s Weekly Round-Up – 484
October 2, 2020
 “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 do have, courtesy of John […]
William Burroughs Conversation continues – 7 – (Wilhelm Reich)
October 1, 2020
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 what? Q (Audience […]
William Burroughs Conversation continues – 6. (Burroughs and Leary)
September 30, 2020
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: No, no, he […]
William Burroughs Conversation continues – 5 (Leary in Tangier)
September 29, 2020
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 (though I’d had it before, […]
William Burroughs Conversation continues – 4 (Flicker)
September 28, 2020
“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 sound-collage electronic & […]