From the announcement by the conference organizers:
“This year’s conference will honor and address the key role that the French capital and Francophone cultures have played in the transculturalism of the Beats, by welcoming submissions in both French and English and holding a plenary session on language barriers and … Read More
[Allen Ginsberg’s Desk – Drawing by Allen Ginsberg]
The second-part of an in-depth interview with Michael Horowitz, Timothy Leary’s longtime archivist, recently appeared. The first (posted back in November 2015) can be seen here.
The second, brings Allen in to the picture (Lisa Rein, the Archives digital librarian, is the interviewer):
LR: What was the dynamic between Ginsberg and Leary?
MH: The synergy between them was powerful. There’s a book devoted to their psychedelic partnership, White Hand Society. It went back to the Harvard period when Allen and Peter were … Read More
[Man Ray and Allen Ginsberg at the English Bookshop, Paris, 1961 – Photograph by Loomis Dean]
Man Ray (Emmanuel Radnitzky, 1890-1976) and Allen Ginsberg in conversation (Peter Orlovsky) there in the background. The date, we’re surmising, is, on the second of Allen’s sustained Paris visits, in 1961. The location – the cellar of the English Bookshop (42 rue de Seine, Paris), where, as Jean Jacques Lebel, organizer, co-ordinator and provocateur, points out, “we held many a bilingual reading in the ‘Fifties and ‘Sixties.”
Here’s Jean Paul Fargier‘s 1998 tv documentary film on Man Ray – … Read More
We’re a little behind “Our Allen” with this stuff, but wanted to share with you a few more of Randy Roark‘s treasure-trove of old Allen pages
His observations on these two:
“By popular demand, this is the other poem I photocopied from Allen’s notebooks so he could take it on an airplane and decode the words I couldn’t decipher. It was … Read More
[Ernst Jandl (and Michael Horovitz) at the International Poetry Incarnation at The Royal Albert Hall in London, 1965]
AG: There’s a film actually…
Student (CC): Wholly Communion. Yeah, I’ve seen it. It’s around town
AG: In fact, we might try and get (it).. because the (Ernst) Jandl is on it, the Jandl (collaborative) piece is on it. Nineteen sixty-five..
Student (CC): It is..
AG: … (a) poetry reading in (London’s) Albert Hall. Then…
Student (CC): Wholly Communion – W-H-O-L-L-Y Communion
Student: (There’s another one)
AG: Pardon me?
Student: They had another one, “Poets Against the Bomb”, at the
It’s the Year of the Ginz! – didn’t you know it? – According to France’s Liberation – “Après l’année Kerouac, en 2012, c’est au tour d’Allen Ginsberg d’être honoré comme symbole d’une jeunesse en rébellion contre les mœurs de l’american dream puritain“. (Following the Year of Kerouac in 2012, it is the turn of Allen Ginsberg to be honored as the symbol of youth in revolt against the manners of the puritanical “American Dream””)
Liberation notes the extension of Jean Jacques Lebel’s multi-media Ginsberg extravaganza at the Pompidou Center in Metz, through to the beginning of next year.