Gregory Corso Reads The Bill of Rights

Gregory Corso reads the Bill of Rights? – That’s right. Footage here from Jerry Poynton and James Rasin of Gregory, in April of 1992, atop a New York City rooftop (Roger & Irvyne Richards‘ old building, and Gregory’s old hang-out, on Horatio Street, over in the West Village). Gregory is filmed reading from/commenting on/annotating – in his own inimitable style (sic!) – several choice selections from the (US) Constitution and the Bill of Rights – the Amendments!  – “the Amendments, they’re the big ball-game”.  (Thomas) Jefferson? – “If he’d been in England at that time, he would … 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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Herbert Huncke’s 1982 Workshop at the Jack Kerouac Conference at Naropa<

[“Old-timer & survivor, Herbert E Huncke, Beat Literary Pioneer, early decades thief, who introduced Burroughs, Kerouac & me to floating population hustling & drug scene Times Square 1945. From ’48 on, he penned remarkable musings, Collected as autobiographical vignettes, anecdotes & storyteller’s tales in the classic The Evening Sun Turned Crimson (Cherry Valley, 1970) and later Guilty of Everything. Here age 78 in basement back-yard, his apartment East 7th Street, near Avenue D, New York, May 18, 1993″]

Herbert Huncke weekend continues.

Herbert Huncke’s Workshop in 1982 at the Jack Kerouac Conference at Naropa Institute Audio (from the remarkable Naropa … Read More

Herbert Huncke – American Hipster

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American Hipster – Hilary Holladay‘s long-awaited biography of the legendary Herbert Huncke – is now out. Holladay, former director of the Kerouac Center for American Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell (and, in that capacity, long-time co-ordinator of the annual Lowell Celebrates Kerouac celebrations) now teaches at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Here she is, discussing the book on WAMU (American University radio) with Allison Quantz, (recorded earlier in the year).

She recently (just last month, in fact) gave a presentation of the book in San Francisco, at The Beat Museum. Here‘s their pre-view/over-view.… Read More

Friday’s Weekly Round-Up – 136

[Allen Ginsberg’s old shoes (a pair of sneakers made in then-communist Czechoslovakia) and a letter from Lawrence Ferlinghetti – part of the Allen Ginsberg Archives at Stanford University]

An interesting review/profile/spotlight, coming off Bill Morgan’s recent talk at Stanford, the home of Allen’s Archive  – and an enthused response (to that curious thing – the poetry archive) lead off the Friday Round-Up this week.  and we mentioned already Peter Orlovsky’s archives, right? Pat Nolan’s “The Quantum of Kerouac” in the current Poetry Flash is definitely worth a read. 

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Friday’s Weekly Round-Up – 134

[Allen Ginsberg – Photograph by Alain Dister  – via “Beat Generation/Allen Ginsberg” at ZKM]  

Big Allen-celebration in San Francisco this evening, Beat Reunion For more details here.   The current July/August issue of Poetry magazine includes this memoir by Marjorie Perloff“Allen Ginsberg – Remembering A Rose Rabbi” – “I have been listening to (his) lectures and marveling at Allen’s interest in the minutiae of prosody“, she writes. She recalls his participation at the 1993 NPF (National Poetry Foundation) Conference (on American poetry of the (19)30’s) –  (“(he) had been invited to pay homage to the ninety-year-old 

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Friday’s Weekly Round Up – 123

[Allen Ginsberg, San Francisco 1994 – photograph by Chris Felver (from the Berg Collection at the New York Public Library]

Belatedly noting the passing (he died April 11, aged 86) of the noted free-speech lawyer, Edward De Grazia, “one of the country’s foremost advocates of the First Amendment, championing the causes of writers, publishers, film-makers and others who challenged legal and moral conventions” (as his Washington Post’s obituary-note succinctly puts it). De Grazia was the author of the wonderfully-titled, (and wonderfully-comprehensive), Girls Lean Back Everywhere -The Laws of Obscenity and the Assault on Genius (the source of that … Read More

Herbert Huncke’s Birthday

[Herbert Huncke reading at Cafe Nico, New York, March 12, 1994 – video by Laki Vazakas]

Herbert Huncke“American hipster” – hustler and saint, poet and story-teller, central source for the Beats, “the man who turned on William Burroughs” –  Today would have been (he made it to his 81st) Huncke’s 98th birthday.

Our 2011 post with comprehensive Huncke links is here.

We’ve featured it before but here again is a link to Francois Bernardi’s film, Original Beats, from 1996 (featuring footage of two quintessential Beat scallywags – Herbert Huncke and Gregory Corso).

and … Read More