Herbert Huncke

From Ann Douglas’ recent New York Times review of  The Best Minds of My Generation

“Ginsberg also makes room for Herbert Huncke, whom he calls the “originator” of Beatness. An addict, gay hustler and petty thief, seeking, in his words, the freedom “to become more obscure,” Huncke introduced Ginsberg, Kerouac and Burroughs to the mid-1940s underworld of Times Square. In a bold stroke of canon-stretching, Ginsberg pronounces his sketches of the lower depths, published almost by accident and innocent of literary allusion, “classics.” In celebrating the unlettered Huncke, Ginsberg was suggesting that professionals may have more to learn from … Read More

Friday’s Weekly Round-Up – 59

[ Allen Ginsberg – photo by Michele Corleone]
If the event of Allen’s pubic hair was the big story this week (“Daniel Radcliffe told not to trim his pubic hair for latest Allen Ginsberg role”) that would say much about movie-making and fatuousness. It was the big story (but a few other things, mercifully, happened). Philip Glass celebrated his 75th birthday (and premiered at Carnegie Hall, to an enraptured response, his 9th Symphony), William Burroughs’ second collection of letters, Rub Out The Words: The Letters of William S Burroughs 1959-1974 (edited by Bill Morgan) made an early … Read More

Remembering Bob Kaufman

[Bob Kaufman 1925-1986]

April 18 is the birthday of the late great Bob Kaufman  Cranial Guitar, his Selected Poems from Coffee House Press, is certainly a good place to start – and check out in there the very useful (28-page) introduction by poet David Henderson (in fact, check out, if you can find it, Henderson’s 1991 NPR documentary (co-produced with Vic Bedoian), “Bob Kaufman, Poet”, it’s a remarkable work in and of itself). Another useful secondary source is A.D. Winans memoir, posted here. Jack Hirschman, at the “Does The Secret Mind Whisper?” celebrations, a

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