“French Revolution” – 1
November 19, 2018
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[…]
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.[…]
Friday’s Weekly Round-Up – 392
November 16, 2018
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[…]
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[…]
The Three Estates (French Revolution)
November 14, 2018
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[…]
William Blake’s Revolutionary Tradition
November 13, 2018
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[…]
“Who Will Take Over The Universe?”
November 12, 2018
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[…]
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[…]
Friday’s Weekly Round-Up – 391
November 9, 2018
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[…]
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[…]