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Election Eve
November 2, 2020
And now a message from our good friend Woody Guthrie
Halloween (Skeletons)
October 31, 2020
Skeletons on parade today.  It is, after all, Halloween. For more info on Allen’s “Ballad of The Skeletons” – see here  And on a positive, less depressing, note: Boo! – (and more skeletons tomorrow, it’s (upcoming) Dia de los Muertos)
Friday’s Weekly Round-Up – 488
October 30, 2020
Coming soon – The Fall of America Journals.  (official pub. date November 10) Allen Ginsberg and Gregory Corso, San Francisco, 1956 – photographer unknown Allen Ginsberg and Gregory Corso, New York City, 1993 – photo: Ben Schafer “Standing on a street corner waiting for no one is Power” – Gregory Corso as an inspiration (the […]
Allen Ginsberg and Ezra Pound
October 30, 2020
Ezra Pound, Allen Ginsberg and Fernanda Pivano, Portofino, Italy, September 1967 – photo: Ettore Sottsass Ezra Pound’s birthday today From the forthcoming Fall of America Journals “10/22/67 – Going to Pound’s house – how old? – “How old are you, old man?” I said,  several wines and a stick of pot midway between meal. “82 in […]
Remembering Diane Di Prima
October 29, 2020
Diane di Prima (1934-2020) From “Statement From the Family of Poet Diane di Prima” Poet, Playwright, Activist, Buddhist, Feminist pioneer, Diane di Prima made her transition on the morning of Sunday October 25. Diane had been fighting a long battle with a number of major health challenges among them Parkinson’s Disease and Sjogren’s Syndrome. She […]
Dandelion
October 28, 2020
  In the studio with The Rolling Stones (and Paul McCartney and John Lennon!)  – Another excerpt from the forthcoming Fall of America Journals. The occasion was a nighttime recording session, (on July 19, 1967), at London’s Olympic Studios, following Jagger and Richards’ drug conviction and fleeting incarceration. It was a crucial time. The band recorded […]
The Leaning Tower of Pisa
October 27, 2020
From the forthcoming Fall of America Journals, a quiet moment, Allen Ginsberg in Italy, musing and notating outside the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa  The Leaning Tower of Pisa’s nine marble stories/in sunset in white stone in a field of green/grass surrounded by Sunday families./1967 A.D, still stands while I sit/ crosslegged smoking & laughing […]
Diane Di Prima (1934-2020)
October 26, 2020
Diane Di Prima – photo: Allen Ginsberg, courtesy Stanford University Libraries / Allen Ginsberg Estate Sad sad news to report tonight –  the passing of the great Diane Di Prima. We saluted her here this past August 6th on the occasion of her 86th birthday. Much more to follow but, for the meantime, here on […]
Friday’s Weekly Round-Up – 487
October 23, 2020
Allen Ginsberg chanting mantra, in 1968 – excerpted from  Chicago Trial Testimony comic (illustrations by Pat Ryan), City Lights, 1975 from the script of the recently-released Aaron Sorkin film, The Trial of the Chicago 7 Government Witness: I remember also right in front of the group was Mr Allen Ginsberg. Government Prosecutor Richard Schultz (Joseph […]
Timothy Leary Centennial
October 22, 2020
Timothy Leary (1920-1996) Timothy Leary – “Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out” ESP recording, 1966 Timothy Leary – BBC documentary, 2000   Timothy Leary Centennial today. We’ve a guest posting from our friend Peter Conners, author of White Hand Society: The Psychedelic Partnership of Timothy Leary & Allen Ginsberg ‘In my book, White Hand Society: […]
On the Anniversary of the Death of Jack Kerouac
October 21, 2020
Jack Kerouac, Tangier Morocco, April 1957. Photo: Allen Ginsberg, courtesy Stanford University Libraries / Allen Ginsberg Estate 51 years ago today Jack Kerouac passed away in St. Anthony’s Hospital Emergency Center,  St Petersburg, Florida, from an abdominal hemorrhage and cirrhosis of the liver, caused by, amongst other things, and most significantly, a lifetime of heavy drinking. […]
Rimbaud’s Birthday
October 20, 2020
Jean Nicholas Arthur Rimbaud was born on this day (October 20, 1854) in the provincial town of Charleville (now part of Charleville-Mézières) in the Ardennes district of northeastern France. Here‘s some of Allen’s notes from his visit to Charleville in the company of  Dutch poet (and his Dutch translator), Simon Vinkenoog, back in December 1982 Here‘s, […]
Friday’s Weekly Round-Up – 486
October 16, 2020
from “Sheltered Lit – “If Iconic Authors  Had Written During Covid-19” – Ward Sutton, in the New York Times Book Review, October 11 2020 The Beat Generation in the New York Times Book Review to start us off. Wait a minute, is that Kerouac reading Carolyn Cassady? It’s the anniversary of Jack Kerouac’s passing next […]
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 […]