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“French Revolution” – 1
November 19, 2018
[Death mask of King Louis XVI after his execution in 1793 – by Marie Tussaud] Allen Ginsberg on William Blake’s poem “The French Revolution”, continues AG: Okay, now to the poem.  So you get the idea.  ((S. Foster Damon) also says (that) Blake had to make up the details of Louis’s council meetings pretty much […]
Allen Ginsberg and Bob Dylan on Renaldo and Clara
November 17, 2018
“Allen Ginsberg:  What attracts you as a poet to movies? What do you look for? Bob Dylan: To shift my consciousness somewhere – hopefully to a place that applies to my own personal experience. I want to be entertained. If I see a movie that really moves me around I’m totally astounded. I’m wiped out. […]
Friday’s Weekly Round-Up – 392
November 16, 2018
[Allen Ginsberg October 16, 1965,  at the Vietnam Day Committe’s march through Oakland – photo: Kit Sagen] Don’t Hide The Madness  – read David S Wills’ “Angry Young Men Become Nice Old Men’,  his review of the Ginsberg-Burroughs book on Beatdom – here Allen Ginsberg photographer, the UK-based  Far Out magazine. features a deftly-chosen annotated […]
Background to The French Revolution
November 15, 2018
Allen Ginsberg on the French Revolution (continued from yesterday) AG: So then on July 8th, nine days later, after the mercenaries had surrounded Paris and Versailles at the order of the king, the commons voted to tell the king to get rid of the soldiers –  to send them back where they belong.  A motion […]
The Three Estates (French Revolution)
November 14, 2018
[Caricature of The Third Estate carrying the First and Second Estate on its back -The Bibliothèque nationale de France] AG:  The events covered by Blake’s “French Revolution” may be summarized briefly from history, according to Erdman.  The three estates – that is the king, the priests, and the commons – convened on May 4th, 1789, […]
William Blake’s Revolutionary Tradition
November 13, 2018
[William Godwin and Mary Wollstonecraft] [Mary Shelley and Percy Bysshe Shelley] Ginsberg on William Blake continues AG:  Let’s see.  What else?  In his notebook of 1798, (in the) marginalia, there’s a portrait-like drawing of a face of Paine‘s and the note written “Well done, Paine.” He may have gone to the revolutionary circle that included home […]
“Who Will Take Over The Universe?”
November 12, 2018
[“The Ghost of John F. Dulles hangs/over America like dirty linen/draped over the wintry red sunset” (Allen Ginsberg)] Allen Ginsberg continues on the influence of Blake’s “The French Revolution” on his poetry  AG:  Another version, a couple of years later, directly inspired by the (William Blake’s) “French Revolution”, is the first poem in a book […]
Bob Rosenthal’s Straight Around Allen
November 10, 2018
  There have been a number of recent Beat books of late and our imprimatur of “essential reading” might seem a little easily dispensed and perfunctory – but no, not for this one, not so. This one is essential reading. Bob Rosenthal’s Straight Around Allen – On The Business of Being Allen Ginsberg has long […]
Friday’s Weekly Round-Up – 391
November 9, 2018
[Robert Frank – New York City, September 1993 – photo: Allen Ginsberg] November 9th – Robert Frank‘s birthday, his 94th birthday We draw your attention to previous Robert Frank birthday postings here on the Allen Ginsberg Project –  here, here, here, here and here   Don’t Hide The Madness – the William Burroughs-Allen Ginsberg conversations, has […]
Death to Van Gogh’s Ear – 2 (Einstein, Bertrand Russell, and Charlie Chaplin)
November 8, 2018
continuing from here  AG: “Einstein alive was mocked for his heavenly politics.”  – (At the end of his life Einstein got worried about the atom bomb and tried to get into politics quite heavily (with) celestial notions of the dangers.  And immediately Time magazine and the wits of the newspapers of the day began mocking […]
Death to Van Gogh’s Ear – 1
November 7, 2018
[Self-portrait with Bandaged Ear –  painting by Vincent van Gogh, 1889] Allen Ginsberg, Naropa, 1979, continuing AG: What I’m trying to say (is that this is) a modern application of similar exaggeration or hyperbole, as I found it. (It is in a) Paris text, (written in) 1958, (while) reading this particular (poem) (Blake’s “The French […]
more Blake – (“Epic Simile”)
November 6, 2018
[Max Beckmann, Bird’s Hell, 1938, oil on canvas, 47 1/4 × 63 1/4 inches, private collection, New York.] Allen Ginsberg on William Blake continues AG: Everybody notices (Blake’s) “From my window I see the old mountains of France, like aged men, fading away,” and (Harold) Bloom refers to this as an epic simile.  I refer to […]
Allen Ginsberg – Iron Curtain Journals
November 5, 2018
Publication day tomorrow (November 6) for Allen Ginsberg – Iron Curtain Journals – January-May 1965, edited by Michael Schumacher and published by the University of Minnesota Press – the first of three in a series of unpublished travel journals Anne Waldman: “”Iron Curtain Journals is a romp of complex encounters and intrigue: arrest, deportation, samizdat romance, […]
Friday’s Weekly Round-Up – 390
November 2, 2018
November 2nd – it’s the anniversary of  the assasination of Pier Paolo Pasolini.  To read more about the extraordinary Pasolini and the brutal assassination – see here  Sunday November 4 at the Naropa Performing Arts Center a performance of the Lee Hyla (Kronos Quartet) setting of Howl by the Playground Ensemble  Here’s a previous performance of […]
Since When – Bill Berkson
November 1, 2018
from Bill Berkson‘s book of memoirs and appraisals, Since When, just out this week from Coffee House Press, in Minneapolis, and unequivocally recommended. on Allen Ginsberg “…It took me almost thirty years to relax about being in the same room with this poet, whose close-up stare in Harry Redl’s photograph I had. stared back at […]