Allen Ginsberg, James Franco & “Selfies”
May 9, 2014
  The “selfie” (word of the moment), the ubiquitous “selfie” – As Paul Gallagher noted recently, on one of our all-time favorite blogs, Dangerous Minds – “Along with being a poet, Beat writer, radical, teacher, diarist, singer, musician, photographer and Buddhist, Allen Ginsberg was also the pioneer of the selfie. Long before[…]
Some Ginsberg Animation & Illustration
January 7, 2014
Here’s a graphics-rendering of (the first part of) “Howl” (complete with Spanish sub-titles!) that’s been up there on You Tube for over five years now. That means you may very well have watched it – It also means you may very well might not have. Of all the, often well-meaning but not-necessarily[…]
Friday’s Weekly Round-Up – 155
December 6, 2013
Kill Your Darlings (we hadn’t actually mentioned it for a couple of weeks!) opens in the UK and Ireland today (It opened in Australia yesterday). We’d draw your attention, if you missed them, to a few of our early postings – here, here and here – but, also, importantly, here and here.  […]
Friday’s Weekly Round-Up – 137
August 2, 2013
Comedy Central’s “roasting” of the actor James Franco takes place this month in Los Angeles (and will be aired on that (television) channel on September 2nd. Upcoming Ginsberg mockery? (Boxer, Mike Tyson, it might be recalled, gave Allen a surprising, and curiously-respectful,[…]
Friday’s Weekly Round-Up – 104
December 14, 2012
An interesting note by self-confessed “bourgeois philistine”, Lewis Lapham, to appear in the upcoming Winter 2012 issue of Lapham’s Quarterly. This, from a slighty-adapted version posted at (the complete essay, “Raiding Consciousness: Why the War on Drugs Is a War on Human Nature”, is well worth reading). Lapham, here is looking[…]
Friday’s Weekly Round-Up – 71
April 27, 2012
  Today is the anniversary of the death of Hart Crane – see here (and last week we reminded you of James Franco’s ambitious Hart Crane movie. Also last week, we noted[…]
Friday’s Weekly Round-Up – 70
April 20, 2012
Another Ginsberg tat? Why not? – Leyna has “ecstatic and insatiate” tattooed on her arm (from “Howl” – “who copulated ecstatic and insatiate..” – but you all knew that.) For more Ginsberg “tats” (and there’s always more Ginsberg tats), click here. And would it be too obvious a segue to mention the[…]
Patti Smith’s Howl Spells
February 13, 2012
Dave L Stevens (of Stevens Internet Productions) has generously uploaded to You Tube this stunning performance of “Spell” a.k.a.“Footnote to Howl” by Patti Smith and her band, with Philip Glass on piano, and back-up “vocals” by saffron-robed Buddhist monks (the recitation was in honor of a visit by His Holiness the Dalai[…]
Friday’s Weekly Round-Up – 31
July 1, 2011
Bob Rosenthal, “poet and writer, long-time secretary for Allen, and Trustee of the Allen Ginsberg Trust”, leads off this Friday’s weekly Round-Up, reading Allen’s remarkable 1965 poem, “Who Be Kind To”. Allen’s own reading of the poem can be accessed here. Harry Fainlight, dedicatee of the poem, can be seen, in sweet[…]
Friday’s Weekly Round-Up – 29
June 17, 2011
Trawling through E-bay, this past week, we came across this, Ted Berrigan and Allen Ginsberg’s collaborative poem, Reds: REDS There isn’t much to say to Marxists in Nicaragua with .45’s afraid of the U.S. Secretary of State, eating celery. Back in[…]