Friday’s Weekly Round-Up – 344

We promised we’d have word for you, and now it’s finally out! A definitive Chinese edition of the Collected Poems 1947-1997, from Chinese publishing house Shanghai 99  has just hit stores in China – a stunning three-volume set, with translations by Hui Ming.   More details on the publisher’s Chinese language web-site- here.  (and more details from us in the weeks ahead)

More news (Beat Generation news) :

[Two (undated) images by Jack Kerouac – “Untitled” and “Raven” – from the upcoming MA*GA Museum, “Beat Painting” show – courtesy ANSA]

Jack Kerouac’s Beat Painting show opens on Sunday at The Read More

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Allen Ginsberg in the Archives at Stanford University

Today big news to report, Stanford University have finally completed a monumental task – the audio/video elements that were reformatted from the Ginsberg papers are now available as streaming media through their catalog. We’ll be focusing more on this in the weeks ahead. Meanwhile to access the Ginsberg catalog immediately – see here

(and read Stanford’s announcement of this, indeed,  major “cause for celebration” – here)

Today, please be aware,  is Hart Crane‘s birthday (born 1899. died off the Gulf of Mexico).

Allen to his Naropa students (in 1978):  “Does … Read More

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[Pat Sebold with Linda Forgosh, executive director of the Jewish Historical Society of New Jersey]

Family heirlooms –  Pat Sebold, Allen’s first cousin (Allen’s father, Louis, was the brother of her mother, Clara), earlier this month, donated “a voluminous collection of Ginsberg memorabilia to the Jewish Historical Society of New Jersey – “The trove”, The New Jersey Jewish News reports, “includes signed copies of hardbound and paperback versions of her cousin’s poetry, as well as personal letters, postcards, family photographs, and yellowed newspaper-clippings…” From one of the postcards (Allen, writing from Amsterdam): “Cheese, canals, windows, bridges, dog shit, Indonesian … Read More

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Sometime since we noted great Ginsberg parodies – Remember Yelp? and Tweet? – even “Peter LaBarbera” (!) – Filip Noterdaeme has taken it one stage further, not just revisiting ‘Howl” (the opening poem) but that entire book! – Growl and Other Poems will be published by Lit Fest Press in the Spring of 2016. Meanwhile, here’s the opening salvo – “Growl” (and Noterdaeme on the thinking behind it) Gary Snyder in the current Newsweek Robert Frank in this weekend’s The New York Times Jonah Raskin‘s curt and-to-the-point interview with Lawrence Ferlinghetti published  … Read More

Friday’s Weekly Round-Up – 185

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A must-read piece to start off this Friday’s Weekly Round-Up,  Stevan Weine, professor of psychiatry at the University of Illinois at Chicago, in Critical Inquiry – “Allen Ginsberg’s  Magical Evolving Visions” – “Ginsberg used his experiences with visions to devise a radical new way of depicting madness“, he writes, “not as a singular unitary construct but, in multiples – as

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A Mix Tape/Allen Ginsberg Dancing

Sonic Youth: Sensational Fix

image: Lee Ranaldo, Steve Shelley, Allen Ginsberg, Steven Taylor. Wichita Vortex Sutra performance. St Mark’s Church, NYC October 1994. c. John Grady

After launching last June in Saint-Nazaire, Sonic Youth’s exhibition they curated with Roland Groenenboon moves to Malmö on May 26th for the rest of the summer, then on to Pamplona, Spain, in October. (www.centrohuarte.es) The show documents their extensive collaborations in and out of music, and collaborate they did! Unfortunately for us stateside peeps there are no US cities scheduled… yet(!)

For those of us who can’t manage to swing over to Sweden or Spain, there is a … Read More