[Anton Corbijn - Allen Ginsberg, New York, 1996 - via Philips de Pury]
Barney Rosset's passing, on Tuesday, continues to seem like a watershed moment in the history, certainly in America, of literary censorship (see our posting here and Rosset's New York Times obituary here). Louisa Thomas' 2008 Newsweek profile of him can be found here and Loren Glass's two-part piece for the Los Angeles Review of Books here.
Emeritus professor at the University of Massachusetts, Jules Chametzky, in Jewish Currents, honors Allen as a "pioneering poet and activist", and concludes with a personal testament, saluting (his) "candor yes, courage, yes, and most assuredly, heart".
The Boo-Hooray Gallery in New York City, we've spoken of before, in the context of their rich miscellaneous Angus MacLise show. Time to do so again - this time focusing on another plethora of artifacts, having to do with Ed Sanders, author of the recently-published memoir, Fug You. Video of Ed reading at the opening may be viewed here. The show closes March 8.
"While living in the East Village during the early 90s, I had the honor of meeting and visiting with Allen. To be counted among the actors charged with breathing life into this story gives me a gratifying sense of serendipity. His life and work are a continuing inspiration to me."