Bob Rosenthal first met Allen Ginsberg in the mid-1970s, when he and his wife helped the poet secure an apartment in the New York City building where they were then living. He started doing some part-time work for Ginsberg in 1977, eventually becoming his fulltime secretary in 1979, a job in which he remained until Ginsberg’s death in 1997. Often referred to as Ginsberg’s “right-hand man,” his main role was to handle the increasing amount of administrative … Read More
BF: Allen, when you got out of that plane, being kicked out of Prague, you wrote (“Kral Majales”)… Did you know you were going to write a poem before you got to London?
AG: No.. I always carry a notebook with me. Like, I’ve got one now, just … Read More
ST: While the discussion goes on in the background. I was trying to whisper to the audience that I think there’s a seriousness and semi-seriousness, but we’ll see if you can sort of discern the chaff from the wheat.
AG: No, I’ll talk over him (Gregory Corso)., I’ll talk over him.
Now, the end of the poem [“Howl”] – which is where – “I’m with you in Rockland”, (which is a bug-house). I’m saying, “I sympathize, I … Read More
Carl Solomon and Jack Micheline this weekend on the Allen Ginsberg blog.
The occasion is the 1982 Jack Kerouac Conference at Naropa
These two Beat luminaries were among many notable figures gathered in attendance.
Their reading is available (with introduction by Al Aronowitz and supplementary introductions by Allen) – here
[Al Aronowitz (1928-2005]
Allen Ginsberg: (approximately eighteen minutes in) – “We have the distinguished introducer, Al Aronowitz here, who introduced me to Bob Dylan and introduced Bob Dylan to The Beatles and also introduced The Beatles to grass (this is Al Aronowitz) – as well as introducing the American public … Read More
“So I came and saw him [my father], and he dragged me to my uncle the doctor. My uncle supposedly discovered I had some kind of a problem with my kidneys. They put me into
the hospital. After the hospital, they made me go see a psychiatrist who was a friend of
my uncle. The psychiatrist says to me, “Look, I can’t help you because your father can’t afford to pay … Read More