Friday, September 30, 2011

Friday's Weekly Round-Up 43



We've been serializing Allen's NAROPA lectures of late (more, much more, to come) so the presence of this "practicum" is (as it always was) really useful. Daniel Nester on We Who Are About To Die.com has a version ("June 3 1992, revised March 29 1995") posted here .
[2013 update - this link has, unfortunately, been taken down ( presumably for copyright reasons). We do hope to have a version of the practicum available on-line (again) sometime in the future

And still on the topic of essential teaching tools - the Poetry Foundation recently spotlighted Steve Silberman's "Celestial Homework" - "Specialized Reading List For "Literary History of the Beat Generation", a course taught by Allen Ginsberg at Naropa Institute during the summer of 1977"

Armed with these two, you should be ready for more "A History of Poetry" coming next week.

"In 1988..I happened to run into Allen Ginsberg in St Marks Bookshop in New York" (this is Philip Glass talking), "and (I) asked him if he would perform with me. We were in the poetry section, and he grabbed a book from the shelf and pointed out Wichita Vortex Sutra.."

That the St Marks is threatened and its fate currently hanging in the air was recently reported on here in the New York Times and here in Business News (sic). For more on this contact Joyce Ravitz of the Cooper Square Committee - "Save The Saint Mark's Bookshop"

Speaking of bookstores, here's an Israeli perspective on City Lights - Doron Rosenblum in/on "Mr. Ferlinghetti's Bookstore"

& Donnie Mather's Kaddish continues its New York performances (oh yes, we told you about that)

2 comments:

  1. Great initiative! Thank you for starting this. @samme on twitter

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    ~ Vajracarya the Venerable Chogyam Trungpa, Rinpoche, Spring, 1979.

    རྣམ་པར་སྣང་མཛད
    Upaya Council

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