Friday’s Weekly Round-Up – 350

Jerry Aronson‘s definitive documentary DVD,  The Life And Times of Allen Ginsberg, has been noted on this site several times before, but it’s a must-see, must-view, and, on the occasion of a refurbishing of Jerry’s web-site, bears repeating/revisiting.

Archivist, poet, Randy Roark, remembers Allen’s response – “He saw a working copy at one point and, after it was over, said, “So that’s who I am?”

Aronson himself recalls,  “I showed Allen the finished film in 1992 when it was really done, and he had not watched much of it, and I was anxious, waiting for his response. When … Read More

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“Hates dull teachers and Republicans,” , “May all of your 50 children be Democrats” – Yesterday an inscribed copy of Allen’s 1943 Paterson High School yearbook went up for auction (see here for a detailed earlier report)

The estimated value was $3,000-$5,000.  It apparently didn’t  meet that reserve price – too high?

More on the recent digitalization of “Howl”  (recently reported on here and here – and here)

“I don’t think he would be out of touch with the role of history in the last few months,…He’d be pushing for the ouster of Trump. He’d be in the … Read More

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[Ed & Miriam Sanders photographed in Woodstock by Allen Ginsberg, April 18, 1983. c Allen Ginsberg Estate]

 
 
This coming Sunday from 6 to 8.30  in New York City at the Bowery Poets Club, “Poets, musicians, friends and family are gathering to celebrate the three-quarter of a century mark in the life of .. formidable poet, author, Yippie activist, Pentagon exorcist and founding Fug, Ed Sanders“. Among those participating Steven Taylor, Coby Batty, Larry “Ratso” Sloman, Sparrow, Penny Arcade, John S Hall.. and (guests of honor) Ed and Miriam Sanders. 

John Tytell‘s … Read More

Friday’s Weekly Round-Up – 149

[Allen Ginsberg, Eastside Highshool Paterson NJ 1942 or 43. Ginsberg family photo/c. Allen Ginsberg Estate]

[Allen Ginsberg, Mexico, 1954. c Allen Ginsberg Estate]

Jordan Larson in The Atlantic last week on that Beats-on-the-silver-screen phenomenon – “What Hollywood Gets Wrong About Jack Kerouac and The Beat Generation”. Nice to see critical eyes returning to Walter Salles’ labor of love “On The Road” – and Michael Polish’s equally reverential “Big Sur” (not to mention Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman’s “Howl”, with James Franco’s unforgettable performance). Larson’s primary thesis – “The current Beat revival arguably goes too far with … Read More

Randy Roark’s Postcards

 

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33 18 postcards 1

Just over a year ago, we spotlighted Randy Roark’s memories of Allen on Newtopia.   That piece has now been considerably augmented. “A Poet’s Progress: Apprenticing with Allen Ginsberg: The Object Is To See Clearly” has now morphed (with the addition of further biographical and autobiographical materials) into “A Poet’s Progress – Life Lessons from Ginsberg, Snyder and Whalen“, and is very much worthy of a peruse, (not the least for a welter of captivating visual material). Allen’s postcards to Randy, scanned for the purpose of the article [we offer only the reverse sides here] make, naturally, for a … Read More

Spontaneous Poetics 82 (Edward Marshall – 2)

[Leave the Word Alone – Edward Marshall (title page spread, including print by James Kearns), Pequod Press, New York, 1979]

This July 5 1976 “Spontaneous Poetics” lecture (a continuation from the July 2 1976 class, the opening class of the second session, recently transcribed) is introduced as “Lively Poetics” (which as Randy Roark notes, “may be the name given to this second-semester class to differentiate it from the session one class”). That class also had the interim moniker – “Spontaneous and Improvised Poetics”.

Roark goes on to note that “this class is recorded a great distance from the speaker…which will … Read More

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[Apparition of the young Allen Ginsberg in the window of the Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco – Photograph by Steve Silberman]

Beat Memories, Allen’s photo show opened yesterday at the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco. Organized by Sarah Greenough, Senior Curator and Head of the Department of Photographs at the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC, the show arrives in the Bay Area after a hugely successful run at the Grey Gallery, New York. Reviews and appreciations of that (which were manifold), and of the original DC exhibition, may be read here, here, here

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