Barry Farber Interview – 6 (continues)

[ Carl Solomon, Allen Ginsberg and John Tytell are shown here at Allen’s Cherry Valley Farm. Photo: Mellon Tytell]

“You’re making some sort of Cold War problem when what I’m saying is that the problem is ecological”  (Allen Ginsberg to Barry Farber, 1976) –

The Allen Ginsberg-Barry Farber conversation continues.

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

Martin Torgoff’s Bop Apocalypse


Bop Apocalypse – Jazz, Race, The Beats, & Drugs – putting the word out on Martin Torgoffs new book from Da Capo.

From the author’s web-site:  “Bop Apocalypse is largely the story of the evolution of jazz and its relationship to the Beats: the first time that drug use coalesced with music and literature, becoming a central element in the creation of an avant-garde American voice and underground cultural sensibility.”.

The book, (an  outgrowth of a chapter in an earlier book of Torgoff’s, and very much its compliment, Can’t Find My Way Home), “features vivid portraits of … Read More

Friday’s Weekly Round-Up -194

[Kate Moss in her Bella Freud “Ginsberg Is God” fashion sweater]

Bella Freud is painter Lucian Freud‘s daughter and an eminent fashion designer. A while back we featured the sweater!

but, good lord, how could we have forgotten the candle?

and how too to forget the perfume?

Ginsberg is God Eau de Parfum

Too easy to mock the advertising copy. So, let’s go ahead and mock the advertising copy – “For Men and Women” (well, at least no Beat sexism there!) – “Enriched with black pepper and elemi and infused with sacred woods and resins that act as the scents for temples … Read More

Friday’s Weekly Round-Up – 186

[Ed & Miriam Sanders photographed in Woodstock by Allen Ginsberg, April 18, 1983. c Allen Ginsberg Estate]

This coming Sunday from 6 to 8.30  in New York City at the Bowery Poets Club, “Poets, musicians, friends and family are gathering to celebrate the three-quarter of a century mark in the life of .. formidable poet, author, Yippie activist, Pentagon exorcist and founding Fug, Ed Sanders“. Among those participating Steven Taylor, Coby Batty, Larry “Ratso” Sloman, Sparrow, Penny Arcade, John S Hall.. and (guests of honor) Ed and Miriam Sanders. 

John Tytell‘s … Read More

William S Burroughs – Call Me Burroughs

William S. Burroughs week all this week, leading up to Wednesday, which will mark the one hundredth anniversary of his birth – and, just in time for that monumental occasion, a huge new biography by Barry Miles has just come out, 718 pages (“almost as long”, Wall Street Journal reviewer Henry Allen,  points out, “as Ted Morgan’s Literary Outlaw – The Life and Times of William S Burroughs (1988), which came out at 768 pages when reissued with new material in 2012″. Miles, himself, the reviewer notes, has already written one Burroughs biography, William Burroughs – El Hombre Invisible Read More

Adaptations Project Production of Kaddish opens this week in New York

Produced by The Adaptations Project on Sept 29 – Oct 9, 2011 at New York’s 4th Street Theatre.

Directed by Kim Weild and Performed by Donnie Mather. This multimedia memory play is a collision of Poetry, Video, Music, & Theatre. The production marks the 50th Anniversary of the poem’s publication.


Tickets at or 1-800-838-3006. General Admission $18

Artists Talkbacks:

Following select performances, stay for an intimate post-show discussion on Kaddish, Ginsberg, and The Adaptations Project along with several special guests.

Oct 1 Saturday following the 3pm matinee
Oct 4 Tuesday with John Tytell (Professor and author of Naked Read More

Holy March 30 (Carl Solomon)

[Carl Solomon and Allen Ginsberg at the West End bar, New York City, 1978. photo. c. Michael Uffer]

“Holy Peter, holy Allen, holy Solomon…”

“Carl Solomon, I’m with you in Rockland..” Carl Solomon (1928-1993), famed dedicatee of Howl, was born on this date,March 30.

Footage of Allen (accompanied by Ed Sanders) reciting the Heart Sutra, in memoriam, on the occasion of his passing, can be found here

Allen, quoted in Spin magazine, July 1997:

“I had a great dream the other day of Carl Solomon, who died several years ago. I meet him in the afterlife and say, “How is … Read More