Friday’s Weekly Round-Up – 388
October 19, 2018
Andy Warhol’s photo archive  (consisting of 3,600 contact sheets and 130,000 images -“the most complete collection of the artist’s black-and-white photography ever made available to the public”)  was[…]
William Blake (Annotations to Lavater)
July 23, 2018
AG: Now, (William) Blake had books and did a lot of reading, and he was reading the books of his day, including a book called the Aphorisms on Man   translated by (Henry) Fuseli a friend of his, from the original manuscript of the Reverend Johann Kaspar Lavater, citizen of Zurich, London, printed[…]
Friday’s Weekly Round-Up – 371 (Gay Pride)
June 22, 2018
Gay Pride in San Francisco and New York this weekend   Allen Ginsberg interviewed on Stonewall Nation, (WBFO-FM, SUNY, Buffalo), October 6, 1978, by Alex Van Oss and Al Hershberger (recording courtesy the incomparable PennSound) AVO: You’ve been out as gay for[…]
Jack Kerouac to Allen Ginsberg November 1957
November 30, 2017
Another Ginsberg letter today – this one to Allen (dated November 30, 1957 – sixty years ago today) from Jack Kerouac in Orlando, Florida to Allen in Paris.  Jack confesses he’s drunk,[…]
Friday’s Weekly Round-Up – 335
September 29, 2017
William Blake and the Age of Aquarius, a stunning new show opened this past week at the Block Museum at Northwestern (Evanston, Illinois). Above is a reproduction of the catalog cover. The exhibition, curated by Northwestern University art professor, Stephen F Eisenman, is a breakthrough exhibit, exploring, for the first time,  “the[…]
Friday’s Weekly Round-Up – 333
September 15, 2017
Next week in Paris (September 20-22) sees the sixth Annual Conference of the European Beat Studies Network –  “The Transcultural Beat Generation”  is this year’s focus “(Collaboration. Publication, Translation)”.  The three days are broken down as follows: Wednesday, the 20th – “French Edition(s) and Beat Intellectual Life in Paris” – Thursday, the[…]
Friday’s Weekly Round-Up – 332
September 8, 2017
“….exquisite mind cartoons that could be heard with eyes closed, the voice perfectly ordinary with the slight edge of extravagant conversational camp, a mind artifice not unnatural to hypnagogic revery, deceptive, till you hear the chasm landscapes and awkward universes created and[…]
Sept 5 – On The Road – 60th
September 5, 2017
Sixty years ago today, Jack Kerouac‘s ground-breaking seminal  “Beat Generation” novel,  On The Road, was published by Viking Press. The book was conceived and composed several years earlier. [Jack Kerouac. Design for front[…]
Friday’s Weekly Round-Up – 331
September 1, 2017
More Ginsberg memories (see last week) – Judy Goldhaft, director of The Planet Drum Foundation, recollects an unusual seder: “For the first time since the crucifixion, there was a total lunar eclipse on the night of the seder in 1968. That apparently happened also on[…]
Allen Ginsberg on David Letterman Show, 1982
April 8, 2017
Allen’s late-night American tv appearances – We’ve already featured a previous one (from May 10, 1994 on the Conan O’Brien tv show) –  here’s another appearance, the previous decade, (from “Late Night With David Letterman” – this program was broadcast on June 10, 1982, on NBC) Memorable is Letterman’s shocking confession that[…]