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[…]
more Blake – (“A Dream”)
October 24, 2018
AG:  So, “A Dream”, next, page sixteen. I always thought this one particularly as a piece of the bodhisattva notion, or the prophetic faculty of the poet or the bodhisattva notion of the wakened mind; that is that you take care of the others first:  I put a chorus on this, just[…]
more Blake (Infant Joy)
October 22, 2018
Allen Ginsberg’s lectures on William Blake’s Songs of Innocence continue here  Today – Allen’s class from January 22nd, 1979. The tape begins in the middle of consideration of  Blake’s “Infant Joy” I have no name/ I am but two days old.—/ What shall I call thee? / I happy am/ Joy is[…]
more Blake – (“Laughing Song”)
October 17, 2018
Allen Ginsberg on William Blake’s Songs of Innocence continues AG:   Meanwhile, “The Laughing Song” – (to Peter Orlovsky)  Do you have a text? “When the green words laugh, with the voice of joy/And the dimpling stream runs laughing by,/When the air does laugh with our merry wit,And the green hill laughs with[…]
Don’t Hide The Madness
October 13, 2018
Coming out next week ( on Tuesday) – and much anticipated – Don’t Hide The Madness – William S Burroughs in Conversation with Allen Ginsberg., from 1992, a documentary record of the meeting of two great minds. As Burroughs and Ginsberg biographer, Barry Miles has written – “Steven Taylor’s transcriptions of Billl[…]
Friday’s Weekly Round-Up – 386
October 5, 2018
The annual Jack Kerouac festival in Lowell, his home town (Lowell Celebrates Kerouac) began yesterday and continues through Monday.  This year, LCK is observing the thirtieth anniversary of the dedication of the Jack Kerouac Commemorative and the sixtieth anniversary of the publication of The Dharma Bums. Among the highlights, David Amram (of[…]
Alice Notley on Allen Ginsberg – 3
September 12, 2018
Alice Notley on Allen Ginsberg’s internationalism continuing from here AN: I will now totally speed up with my list. But first I will go to sleep and dream I lose my purse (I learned to record my dreams from Allen and Jack Kerouac) but then I realize I am dreaming so I[…]
Jack Kerouac (No Turning Back/Spontaneity)
July 25, 2018
Student: What I really love about that book (Mexico City Blues) is the way he (Kerouac) looked upon himself like a Charlie Parker or a Lester Young … AG: Hm-hmm. Student: … writing, instead of playing a trumpet, a sax.. AG: Yeah.  Well, the notion there is that once[…]
Friday’s Weekly Round-Up – 375
July 20, 2018
The Beat Scene – Photographs by Burt Glenn – edited by Tony Nourmand and Michael Shulman (with an essay by Jack Kerouac), a dazzling portfolio of images shot between 1957 and 1960,  both in New York and San Francisco – close up, contemporaneous, and at the heart of the Beat phenomenon –[…]
Friday’s Weekly Round-Up – 370
June 15, 2018
It’s the anniversary today (born 1763) of the birth of the great Japanese haiku poet, Issa [Nanao Sakakai –  “Inch By Inch” – translations of Issa – “Katatsumuri Sort-soronobore Fujinoyama” (“Inch by inch -/Little snail/Creep up and up[…]