Quit Speed – Allen Ginsberg’s 1967 Plea to Peter Orlovsky

August 10 – Fifty years ago today. Allen in London, writing to his beloved, Peter (Orlovsky) in New York City, warning him, pleading with him, about amphetamines (“meth”) – “I’d rather be with you than without you. Stop meth, cool everything, come over here”

Dear Peter,

Irving (Rosenthal) wrote and Barbara (Rubin) wrote, said you were on meth, then, thinking house was afire, window moldings bugged or electrified, etc, and had begun taking them out . I don’t know how far you are into that thought process, but I am worried about the house, my manuscripts, etc. I can’t … Read More

Friday’s Weekly Round-Up – 219

[Allen Ginsberg on Times Square via the Andy Warhol’s Screen Tests – Times Square, May 1, 2015. Photograph by Ka-Man Tse for @TSqArts]

Andy Warhol  Screen Tests: Allen Ginsberg [ST115], 1966, 16mm film, black-and-white, silent, 4.5 minutes at 16 frames per second, ©2015 The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA, a museum of Carnegie Institute. All rights reserved. Film still courtesy The Andy Warhol Museum.]

There hasn’t been a Friday Round-Up for a couple of weeks now, so a brief catching-up:

All this month on New York’s Times Square – Allen Ginsberg’s mug (from Allen Ginsberg’s Andy Warhol Screen Read More

Vintage Beat Generation Footage

More vintage Beat Generation footage this weekend. Both of these we’ve featured before – in fact, if you turn to our column on the right-hand side of the page, you will find a whole list of  “streaming videos”.[Editorial note – This reference is no longer pertinent, refering to an earlier and no longer continued configuration of this web site] These two early film clips stand out, however. The first comes with an additional mystery – who shot it?  Robert Frank was one informed and plausible guess, but he denies it. Whoever it is behind the camera is comfortable, relaxed, … Read More

A Very Brief History of the Orlovsky Family

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Lafcadio & Peter Orlovsky, outside Peter’s small apartment on Potrero Hill, San Francisco, ca. June 1956. Allen Ginsberg Estate/Corbis

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Ginsberg caption: Peter Orlovsky returned to New York from India, Avenue C and 5th Street, September 1963. Allen Ginsberg (c. Allen Ginsberg Estate)

Marie, Lafcadio & Kate Orlovsky, Plainview, NY, December 27, 1989. (c. Allen Ginsberg Estate)

Marie Orlovsky, December 27, 1989. (c Allen Ginsberg Estate)

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Ginsberg caption: Peter Orlovsky b. 1933 visiting his family – Lafcadio age 47 had lived with us in San Francisco – NY 1955-61 & later intermittent years; mother Kate Orlovsky age 78 totally deaf after … Read More