So yesterday’s focus was on Beat sociology, Beat exploitation, Beat demonization (with a little bit of Beat co-option and shameless marketing thrown in.) Here’s (those glorious lurid paperback book covers!) just a little bit more.… Read More
A while back, we ran a number of posts on Beat sociology – “Beatniks” – and Beat Exploitation
Beat Kitsch – see here and here and here and hereThis recent post, from the indefatigable catalogers/bloggers at Houghton Library, Harvard – “Beelzebub Books” (sic) (promising “an uncensored, unexpurgated expose of the Beat Generation”) – got us to pondering the subject again –
“More daring than any fiction”? – (Ah, but it is a fiction!)
Sex and Violence. Hypocritical Thrill-Seeking. Tabloid Sensationalism.
The second item, the New York Mirror‘s April 10, 1961 edition and its unforgettable headline, “3000 … Read More
Leyland in his introduction notes:
” Three years ago  I conceived the idea of publishing a “lovers handbook” by Allen Ginsberg and Peter Orlovsky. My intention was to include poems and letters by the two … Read More
The significance of Allen in the Gay Liberation struggle need hardly be stressed, one of the real heroes, one of the acknowledged key LGBT pioneers.
Here’s his plaque on the Castro (San Francisco)’s Rainbow Honor Walk
We’re a little behind “Our Allen” with this stuff, but wanted to share with you a few more of Randy Roark‘s treasure-trove of old Allen pages
His observations on these two:
“By popular demand, this is the other poem I photocopied from Allen’s notebooks so he could take it on an airplane and decode the words I couldn’t decipher. It was … Read More
The European Beat Studies Network’s Annual Conference next week. This year – in Brussels. Among the explicitly Ginsberg-centric presentations: the whole first (Wednesday morning) opening panel – “Cross-Fertilizations From East & West – 1 – Searching For Which Ginsberg Legacy?” (chaired by Jaap Van Der Bent) – Robert Holton on “Ginsberg’s Performative “Howl”, Trevor Carolan – “Asian Wisdom Traditions, Ecological Poetics and Allen Ginsberg”, Paul McDonald – “Cosmopolitan Comedy – Allen Ginsberg’s Humour and the Challenge to Superiority Theory”, and Franca Bellarsi – “Ginsberg as Mediator Between Anglophone and Francophone Poetry” – and, that afternoon, (on the “Cross-Fertilization between … Read More
AG: …. But to capture the spirit, the breath of the moment, you have to love it. You’re going to have to love the breath of the moment…(Understand it) that way. So I’m saying, “Love the breath of the moment”. Don’t be afraid to love the breath of the moment, even if it’s got garlic on it. It’s not a rule, it’s just sort of an opening, I’m saying. There’s an opening there (that you can) go into and…
(So many).. classical traditions (are) precisely this. … Read More