Allen Ginsberg Parinirvana

 [Allen holding an abbreviated version of his poem “Gone, Gone, Gone” January 1997. Photo: c. Richard Nagler, used with permission]

Irwin Allen Ginsberg died on this day, April 5 1997. We direct your attention to two haunting accounts of his last hours, one by Rosebud Feliu-Pettet, the other by Gelek Rinpoche.

Allen’s parinirvana

Previous notices on this occasion from The Allen Ginsberg Project  may be contemplated  here. here and hereRead More

Friday Round-Up – 306

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 [Jack Kerouac (1922-1969) in 1957 – Photograph by Jerry Yulsman]

updated news of the fabled Kerouac-Cassady letter – see here

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Tomorrow, (Saturday March 11) – Jack Kerouac’s 95th Birthday Celebrations in Lowell, Mass,, kick off at 12 o’clock, (12 Noon) in the Pollard Library with a Pollard Library Tour, led by Bill Walsh, followed by “The Unknown Kerouac”, a presentation and discussion by Todd Tietchen and Jean Christophe Cloutier of the most recently published Kerouac volume. Then, in the evening, at Zorba’s Music Hall –  “Happy Birthday Jack!” -“A celebration of Kerouac’s Birthday with The Neverly Brothers (Dave … Read More

Friday’s Weekly Round-Up – 303

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[Gelek Rimpoche and Allen Ginsberg, Wilmette, IL, 1991.  Photo: Jennifer Girard ]

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[Gelek Rimpoche via Jewel Heart ]

 

Sad news this week of the passing of Allen’s last great spiritual advisor, Gelek Rimpoche (1937-2017), teaching the lesson of impermanence. Gelek was there at Allen’s deathbed  (see this account). Allen was deeply inspired by Gelek and did numerous benefits for his organization, Jewel Heart

Jewel Heart have opened up a page for remembrances

More word of memorial events to follow

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Next Thursday and for the next five Thursdays, at the Newberry, Chicago’s independent humanities research library, our friend John Read More

Friday’s Weekly Round-Up – 290

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Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834)

Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s birthday today – from Richard Holmes’ definitive biography: ” (William) Wordsworth called him “the most wonderful man” he had ever known; but many subsequent biographers have been skeptical. It would seem possible to write an entire book on Coleridge’s opium addiction, his plagiarisms, his fecklessness in marriage, his political “apostasy”, his sexual fantasies, or his radiations of mystic humbug.

And indeed, all these books have been written. But no biographer…has tried to examine his entire life in a broad and sympathetic manner, and to ask the one vital question; what … Read More

Studs Terkel Interviews Allen Ginsberg and Philip Glass on WFMT, Chicago, 1990 – part 1

[Studs Terkel, 1912-2008

Jewel Heart Center, Ann Arbor, Michigan, Philip GlassGelek Rinpoche & Allen Ginsberg, November 17, 1989]

[Philip Glass]

[Allen Ginsberg]

Studs Terkel Interviews Allen Ginsberg and Philip Glass, 1990

We featured, a week or so back, Studs Terkel’s hilarious 1959 radio interview with Allen, Gregory Corso, and a mostly-silent Peter Orlovsky. Here’s another Terkel interview with Allen (alongside composer-collaborator, Philip Glass), this one recorded over three decades later. Ginsberg and Glass are in town (Chicago) for a benefit performance for Gelek Rinpoche‘s Jewel Heart organization (as Terkel periodically reminds his listeners), an event … Read More

Allen Ginsberg’s Parinirvana

[Allen Ginsberg, Bob Rosenthal, James Grauerholz, Michael McClure, Peter Orlovsky – from Colin Still’s No More To Say And Nothing To Weep For – An Elegy For Allen Ginsberg 1926-1997 (1997)]

Saturday April 5th – Allen Ginsberg’s Parinirvana. Two Perspectives on Allen’s Last Hours  First, Gelek Rinpoche We lost Allen [Ginsberg], but believe me, he died very well – extremely well. We would be very lucky to go like he did. He was absolutely ready. It is interesting. It looked like he was always thinking that he had another ten years to live. Last year, after the summer retreat, … Read More

Gelek Rinpoche’s Birthday

Happy (74th) Birthday Gelek Rinpoche! Tibetan Lama, Allen’s friend & guru, founder of Jewel Heart, currently centered in Ann Arbor Michigan.  For an illuminating introduction, here’s  the trailer for Nikki Appino’s new documentary American Rimpoche,  peppered with photos by Allen, and music by Philip Glass.

Trailer for The American Rimpoche from Nikki Appino on Vimeo.… Read More