Gershom Scholem

[Gershom Scholem (1897-1982)]

Gershom Scholem,  from  On Jews and Judaism in Crisis – Selected Essays

“The poet Allen Ginsberg once visited me. A likeable fellow. Genuine. Strange, mad, but genuine. I took a strong liking to him.My wife and I had a very interesting conversation with him, and in her inimitable way she asked him. “Why don’t you come to live here?” (I never ask anyone this question. People know whether and when it is time to come; that’s basic. If people want to come then it’s possible to talk to them about it. But I don’t have it in … Read More

“Still Howling”

 

Michael Anderson’s composite Allen Ginsberg head summons all to the UK “Still Howling” event today at the “recently reopened, post-industrial building”, The Wonder Inn, in Manchester, England. Organized by Simon Warner and Manchester-based artist Roger Bygott, the event runs from 2-11pm, and features a symposium with Barry Miles, Michael Horovitz, Steven Taylor and Peter Hale, plus poets Christina Fonthes, Elmi Ali, and others. Steven Taylor’s participation on this occasion is likely to be pretty poignant (he was born in Manchester and grew up there before emigrating with his family to America in the mid-‘Sixties). He’s … Read More

Friday’s Weekly Round-Up – 235

Featuring shots last week from 1967’s fabled Human Be-In. Here’s another one – from Lisa Law

[Allen Ginsberg, Human Be-In Golden Gate Park, 1967- Photograph © Lisa Law]

and here’s Lisa Law’s famous ecstatic one

[Allen Ginsberg, Human Be-In, Golden Gate Park, 1967- Photograph © Lisa Law]

And here’s a couple more from the generous and talented Lisa

[Allen Ginsberg, Human Be-In, Golden Gate Park, 1967- Photograph © Lisa Law]

[Allen Ginsberg, Human Be-In, Golden Gate Park, 1967- Photograph © Lisa Law]

[Allen Ginsberg, Human Be-In, Golden Gate Park, 1967- Photograph © Lisa Law]

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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

Expansive Poetics – 65 (1965 London Albert Hall Poetry Incarnation)

[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

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Friday’s Weekly Round-Up – 157

[Allen Ginsberg by Dan Bratton (with digital enhancement by Steve Silberman]

New books from the University of California Press noted on the horizon (we’ll be saying more about them all in the weeks ahead) – Robert Duncan’s  Collected Essays and Other Prose and Collected Later Poems and Plays (the introduction to which by the editor, Peter Quartermain can be read here) and (eagerly-awaited) Robert Creeley’s Selected Letters (for those of you who missed it, here‘s a taste from last October’s Poetry magazine – Rod Smith’s introductory note’s here – there’s also a glimpse, some further early missives, … Read More