Meditation and Poetics – 11

[Jean-Marc Barr as Jack Kerouac in Michael Polish’s 2013 film adaptation of Kerouac’s 1962 novel, “Big Sur]

AG:  What?  Did you…? 

Student:  Yeah.  This is making me nervous, but I wanted to say how it [Samatha Vipassana meditation] was different from (Jack) Kerouacs sketching.  Like when you lose yourself, like when he went down to the sea  AG:  Um-hmm. Student:…and then you’re aware that you’re listening to the sea, or that you’re listening to the wind, rather than just having it come through, and not… you know?… I wanted to (know)… AG: What’s … Read More

Friday’s Weekly Round-Up – 151

Continuing from last week, (we can’t seem to leave it alone!) Kill Your Darlings (see earlier digests here and here) continues to garner reviews (mostly positive ones) – Michael O’Sullivan in The Washington Post takes up the debate over the blurring of fiction and fact (in particular, the presentation of Lucien Carr – wait a minute, “the Lucian Carr character”) – “You’d better like it complicated”, he writes, “The film is awash in delicious and difficult ambiguities”.  These “delicious and … Read More

Scraps & Gleanings – A Sunday Miscellany

 

It’s the Year of the Ginz! – didn’t you know it? – According to France’s Liberation – “Après l’année Kerouac, en 2012, c’est au tour d’Allen Ginsberg d’être honoré comme symbole d’une jeunesse en rébellion contre les mœurs de l’american dream puritain“. (Following the Year of Kerouac in 2012, it is the turn of Allen Ginsberg to be honored as the symbol of youth in revolt against the manners of the puritanical “American Dream””)  Liberation notes the extension of Jean Jacques Lebel’s multi-media Ginsberg extravaganza at the Pompidou Center in Metz, through to the beginning of next year. Beat movies

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Friday’s Weekly Round-Up – 150

[Lucien Carr and Allen Ginsberg at Lucien’s wedding, January 4, 1952]

Kill Your Darlings – We mentioned last week the dissenting position, eloquently voiced by Bob Rosenthal in his post from last February – here. – “The film takes its..title too seriously”, he wrote then. “The large fabrications in the film are not so worrisome as the small ones. In any case, when the truth is stepped on and the nuance of truth is denied, the message becomes moribund”. Both Marc Olmsted in Sensitive Skin  and Brian Hassett in Brianland have taken up the cudgels and gone, perhaps, … Read More

Friday’s Weekly Round-Up – 144

[Leonardo DiCaprio and Allen Ginsberg – Photograph by Jerry Aronson]  

“The film of the year”? – “The film of the year”? –  Well, obviously, we had to run this one! – Rebecca Cope, in Harpers Bazaar, on Kill Your Darlings.  Kill Your Darlings “buzz” continues to roll on, full pace. Here’s Timothy M Gray, in Variety: “The chief lure of “Darlings” for mainstream audiences and kudos voters will be word of mouth about (Daniel)Radcliffe’s breakthrough performance [as Allen Ginsberg], though the film has many other assets…Radcliffe said he’s dissimilar to Ginsberg, but added, “We are both

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Friday’s Weekly Round-Up – 119

Harry Smith at Allen Ginsberg's Kitchen Table, New York City, 16 June 1988 / Allen Ginsberg

[Harry Smith – Photograph by Allen Ginsberg – Copyright The Estate of Allen Ginsberg – Caption reads: “Harry Smith at kitchen table 437 East 12th Street. Apt 22, he lived in tiny quiet room off to the side of the kitchen, suffered compression fracture of knee, bumped by car on First Avenue corner – so stayed on nine months before moving to Cooperstown for half a year – still drank two bottles of beer in his room, taped ambient sounds of New York Lower Manhattan with a Sony Pro Walkman microphone wrapped in towel on outside window, ledge kitchen and … Read More

Friday Weekly Round-Up – 109

Daniel Radcliffe as Allen Ginsberg. The long-awaited Kill Your Darlings opens at the Sundance Film Festival today. More on that in the days ahead. And more too on the adaptation of Kerouac’s Big Sur (also opening in the coming weeks at Sundance).

Still with the movies, Chris Felver‘s documentary, Ferlinghetti: A Rebirth of Wonder, debuts in select US theaters, February 8th, featuring Ferlinghetti, Allen, Michael McClure, Anne Waldman, Amiri Baraka, Dennis Hopper, Bob Dylan, and a host of others. Here’s the trailer.

(The trailer for Felver’s earlier Ferlinghetti film, incidentally, can be seen here.)… Read More

Ben Gibbard & Jay Farrar

As we’d mentioned last week in one of our posts, Death Cab for Cutie & Postal Service’s Ben Gibbard along with Son Volt’s Jay Farrar, teamed up to write twelve original tracks based on Kerouac’s words from his novel Big Sur, for the film One Fast Move or I’m Gone. If ya haven’t got the cd yet, here are a few streams to break you in.

NPR Music (Benjamin Gibbard & Jay Farrar live at the 9:30 Club, Washington DC for All Songs Considered)

KCRW’s Today’s Top Tune: Breathe Our Iodine

and a little more press on the … Read More

One Fast Move and I’m Gone

One Fast Move and I’m Gone, documentary on Kerouac’s Big Sur opened last weekend in 20 US cities. The soundtrack featuring 12 original songs composed and performed by Ben Gibbard (Death Cab for Cutie, Postal Service) and Jay Farrar (Son Volt) with lyrics based on the prose of Jack Kerouac’s 1962 novel Big Sur, has an official release today.

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