Patti Smith turns 70 today. She’ll be performing tonight, in Chicago, at the Riviera Theatre, with her band, part of an on-going tour celebrating the release of her groundbreaking 1975 debut album, Horses
What a year it’s been for Patti! (always quite a year for Patti! – poet as rock-star, poet as performer, poet as activist)
The Ginsberg-Orlovsky correspondence. Mindful that yesterday we provided you only with selected snippets. Here’s one uninterrupted letter from that voluminous correspondence (only a small segment of which was made available in Straight Hearts’ Delight – and only the Orlovsky side in Peter Orlovsky – A Life In Words.)
Here’s Allen writing from ℅ U.S. Consul, Tangiers, Morocco, August 3rd, 1961, (to Peter in Athens)
Strange day yesterday, woke up depressed, thinking I am a poet, & all along had been your lover – I am … Read More
A wonderful Ginsberg issue (for all of you who read Portuguese – and even those of you don’t, (including several pictures of Allen that we’d, frankly, never seen before) -Claudio Willer Cesar Kiraly, Evaldo Gondim, among others. For more (including an on-line viewing of the journal), see here
November is, admittedly, some ways away, but no harm in announcing the European Beat Studies Network‘s Third Annual Conference ( this year to be held in Tangier, Morocco, November 17 to 19, at the Hotel Chellah).
“The well-established Beat-Tangier connection makes it a natural home”, the organizers write, “for a EBSN conference – above all, (fittingly) in 2014, the centennial of William Burroughs..”
“Geographically and historically, (it) is an East-West crossroads”, and the conference.. (intends to explore).”cultural hybridity and conflict”, “both before and since the Beat 1950’s and (19)60’s”.
“The psychogeography of (Burroughs’) “Interzone”.. is “uncannily … Read More
Allen Ginsberg, goaded on at the beginning there by a typically giddy Simon Vinkenoog, reads “Mafkees” (a.k.a. “Birdbrain“) (from a reading in 1983, from Allen’s European tour, recorded that year in Amsterdam) – (for earlier (alternative) versions of this “Ginsberg minor classic”, see our previous postings – here and here) .
This recording includes, also, a brief segment from a Dutch interview – wherein Allen, bemused and non-plussed, sweetly chastises the hapless interviewer
[2014 update – the video of this interview is, unfortunately no longer available but we have maintained the transcript]
[Paul Bowles preparing mint tea on arrival at acquaintance Christopher Wanklyn’s souk household in the medina, I took train from Tangier and stayed with them a week, Marrakesh, Maroc, July 20, 1961. (Allen Ginsberg caption) c. Allen Ginsberg Estate]
Paul Bowles Centennial Today – December 30 2010 – Paul Bowles (1910-1999)