Friday, March 12, 2010

Huncke the Juncke: Godfather to Naked Lunch

[Herbert Huncke in photobooth circa 1953. Allen Ginsberg Collection.]

[Herbert Huncke, East 7th Street, New York City May 1993. c. Allen Ginsberg Estate]

Another great one from the Village Voice's "Clip Job" series...

Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the
Voice archives.
September 21, 1967, Vol. XII, No. 49

Huncke the Juncke: Godfather to Naked Lunch
By Don McNeill

My phone rang on a hot morning in July a year ago and it as Allen Ginsberg.

"Do you know Herbert Huncke?" Ginsberg asked. "Have you ever met Huncke?" I said that I hadn't.

"He's the oldest living junkie in New York," Ginsberg said, "and an old sidekick of Burroughs and Kerouac. He turned Burroughs on to junk and he's waiting in line at Manhattan General to get in so he can cut down on his habit. He's been waiting for four days and he thinks he can get in in about 20 minutes, and he needs his suitcase which is in his hotel room, so can you go up to the hospital and get his key, and go to the hotel and get his suitcase and take it to him? He's wearing a white sweater. Hurry!" Full story >>

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for linking to this. I was never as intrigued by Huncke as some characters in the Beat history but he's crucial to an understanding of the more urban Baudelairean aspects of it all. Nice light hip writing too, like in a novel.