[Jack Kerouac (1922-1969) at a “Beat”party, 1959 – Photograph by Burt Glinn./Magnum Photos]
Continuing here from yesterday’s posting – Allen annotates Jack Kerouac’s “Belief & Technique for Modern Prose”
“2. Submissive to everything, open, listening” – so that’s an attitude of mind of.. submissive to any thought that comes along – about fucking your mother, or about…I don’t know, anything it is that is most.. common, and most forbidden, anything that comes along in your mind that is.. fucking God, if you want to, anything that you wouldn’t want, necessarily, anybody to hear, but you hear yourself, and so, … Read More
AG: Has anyone seen Penfield’s Homunculus? – the homunculoid picture drawn on the surface of the brain according to the areas of the brain that relate to the different senses? I think (the) mouth is enormous, actually. The mouth area is enormous. (The) forehead (is) very low, because there’s not much sensation up there. The visual? – I’ve forgotten how much area the visual takes up..
Student: It’s only for touch that he did that.
AG: For touch? – Ah..
Student: There’s also motor homunculus.
AG: That’s right. The thumbs were enormous.
Student: Yeah. Thumbs and the face. As … Read More
“Once a toothless woman opened her door,/chewing a slice of bacon that hung from her mouth like a tongue”
– The most hideous image in American… and the most memorable (it’s one of the most memorable things I’ve ever read) – “Once a toothless woman opened her door,/chewing a slice of bacon that hung from her mouth like a tongue” – You can really see it – And then his comment – “This is where I walked night after night;/this is where I walked away many years.”
That was his [Charles Reznikoff’s] life – but … Read More
Philip Lamantia‘s birthday today. He would have been 87. We take the occasion to remind you once again of Garrett Caples and Andrew Joron’s exemplary edition of the Collected Poems
Here’s the two of them giving a presentation on it (from September of last year)
Here’s our own extensive Lamantia posting(s) – Allen on Lamantia – here
and here, here, here, here, and here
[Harry Smith with his mural, “Jimbo’s Bop City”, San Francisco, 1950 – Photograph by Hy Hirsch]
Gerd Stern: “It was a great success. The auditorium was always full; everybody paid except Harry Smith. Harry Smith was someone who was a spectacular creative being who died recently . I first met Harry–I think the first time I came to San Francisco he was working as a photographer for the Examiner, and he was living in a black hotel–he was pale white–in the Fillmore. He had done these way-ahead-of-their-timemurals at Jimbo’s Bop City—which was just like it
Gerd Stern – Here’s an interview with the truly extraordinary Gerd Stern – Gerd Stern, who, allegedly lost that legendary Neal Cassady manuscript, Gerd Stern, artist, poet and multi-media visionary, at eighty-six years old – what remarkable stories he has to tell! – his oral history, From Beat Scene Poet to Psychedelic Multimedia Artist 1948-1978 was published, and is available on line from University of California, Berkeley. We’ll be quoting, tomorrow, salient paragraphs from it – But first, this.
(Those with an interest in modern music should, also, on no account, miss this – Stern’s vivid first-hand memories of