Well one set of hippies were certainly the Merry Pranksters. Alex Gibney and Alison Ellwood's Magic Trip movie (that we commented on when it played earlier in the year at Sundance) is now officially out, or near-enough officially out ("on demand" everywhere, and in theaters August 5"). More about the movie and the trailer can be accessed here. Further sample footage (including tantalizing glimpses of (Jack) Kerouac and Allen) can be seen here.
More film news. Howl is now available on Hulu. Good news for those of you in America but no use for those of you outside of its free streaming (i.e. the rest of the world!) The animator of Howl, by the way, Eric Drooker, was interviewed this past week for the San Francisco Literary Examiner. That interview can be accessed here
Howl, the poem - San Diego's Ted Burke has a retrospective review of it.
Howl minutae - "who sank all night in submarine light of Bickford's.." Lucy Cohen Blatter traces the history of that New York City building here.
Allen and his influences. Our good friend Don Share, over at Issa's Untidy Hut, notes (specifically in the poem "Back on Times Square, Dreaming of Times Square") his (Allen's) acknowlegement of Basho.
Another poem, "New Stanzas for Amazing Grace", forms the basis of music teacher Eric Edberg's personal satori - "Allen Ginsberg (Indirectly) Solved My New York Dilemma".
Today (July the 8th) is the 189th anniversary of the great poet Percy Bysshe Shelley's death - just thought you might like to know!