More Shakespeare (Prospero’s Farewell Speech)
January 30, 2017
Our revels now are ended. These our actors, As I foretold you, were all spirits, and Are melted into air, into thin air: And like the baseless fabric of this vision, The cloud-capp’d tow’rs, the[…]
Herbert Huncke’s Birthday
January 9, 2017
Celebrating Herbert Huncke‘s birthday today. “Godfather of the Beats”, he would have been one-hundred-and-two! – See here for our posting on the occasion of his Centennial. Today, courtesy of our friend Laki Vazakas , footage of the great story-teller, raconteur, recorded in New York, at the Chelsea Hotel,  February 7, 1994. Evoking[…]
The Unknown Kerouac
October 2, 2016
Just out from Library of America – The Unknown Kerouac – edited by Todd Tietchen (with several texts newly translated from the French by Jean-Christophe Cloutier)  The publishers write:    “Edited and published with unprecedented access to the  (Jack) Kerouac archives, The Unknown Kerouac presents two lost novels, The Night Is My Woman[…]
Robert Crumb’s Birthday
August 30, 2016
It’s Robert Crumb‘s Birthday. He turns 73 today. Happy Birthday, Robert! R. Crumb on Allen Ginsberg: Allen Ginsberg kissed me once. It was in 1989, before I knew what was going on and I couldn’t stop him, he kissed me on the mouth. I like Howl.[…]
December 25, 2015
Scribbled Christmas comics from Allen Ginsberg from twenty-three years ago. Remember “Put on my tie in a taxi, short of breath, rushing to meditate”   (from American Sentences)? It’s ok, Allen. You can rest now. Our 2013 posting of Jack Kerouac’s Christmas memories of Lowell can be accessed here Not forgetting William Burroughs’  […]
Eliot Katz – The Poetry and Politics of Allen Ginsberg
December 17, 2015
Eliot Katz‘s new book, The Poetry and Politics of Allen Ginsberg is now out from David Wills’ Beatdom books.  For more details, see here  Read his earlier response – (an unpublished letter to the New York Times)  “Ginsberg Apolitical?  I don’t think so” – hereMore of Eliot-on-Allen here and hereKurt Hemmer writes:[…]
Friday’s Weekly Round-Up – 223
June 19, 2015
Rose “Rosebud” Feliu-Pettet,  a long-time friend of Allen’s, author of the definitive account of Allen’s passing,  passed away herself this week. She’d been suffering from a particularly virulent form of cancer, bile duct cancer. She was 69  For more of Rosebud on Allen – see here:  […]
The 1996 National Security Archive Interview – part 2
May 31, 2015
                    Allen’s 1996 Interview for the National Security Archive at George Washington University continues from here AG: So I found I was kicked out by the Prague police and the Havana police. Then, when I got back, I took part in[…]
Allen Ginsberg’s “Beat” Correspondence with Paul Bertram
May 13, 2015
Readers+Writers Journal, this week, announced the discovery (in a trove of newly-found letters and postcards from Allen to his life-long friend, Rutgers professor and Shakespearean scholar, Paul Bertram), of, arguably, the first known reference in the writings of the[…]